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Helen Maroulis of USA named UWW Women's Comeback of the Year winner; Roman Vlasov of RWF takes men's honor

by Eric Olanowski, United World Wrestling

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (December 10) -- Helen MAROULIS (USA) and Roman VLASOV (RWF) have been named United World Wrestling’s ’21 Female/Male Comeback Wrestlers of the Year.

Maroulis was voted UWW’s women’s Comeback Wrestler of the Year.

After suffering her well-documented brain injury, Maroulis leaped past the physical and mental hurdles en route to winning a Tokyo Olympic bronze medal before capping off her season by adding a third world title to her resume.

After the Russian Olympic Committee inserted Aleksandr CHEKHIRKIN (RWF) into their Tokyo Olympic lineup at 77kg, Roman Vlasov’s dreams of winning a third consecutive Olympic title were put on hold until the ’24 Paris Olympic Games.

The 31-year-old Russian great put the Tokyo snub in the rearview mirror and captained Russia’s lineup at the Oslo World Championships with renewed vigor. He led his country to the GR team title while reaching the top of the world podium for the third time in his storied career.