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UWW LIVE: RISAKO KAWAI (JPN), Olympic Gold Medalist & Three-Time World Champ

By Eric Olanowski

Kawai heads into the Toyko Olympics as arguably the top women's wrestler in the world. She joined Eric Olanowski to talk about winning gold at the Rio Olympic Games, followed by three consecutive world titles.

Kawai also opened up about her pair of victories over four-time Olympic champion Kaori ICHO 🐐 to make Japan's '19 world team and a potential matchup with fellow Olympic champion, Helen MAROULI (USA).

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UWW LIVE: Frank Staebler: Three-Time World Champion

By United World Wrestling Press

Frank STAEBLER (GER) has been one of the world's most successful Greco-Roman wrestlers over the past five years. 

The 31-year-old German has captured three world titles since 2015, and also has two world bronze medals on his wrestling resume.

Staebler won his first world title in 2015 at the World Championships in Las Vegas at 66kg. After competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Staebler added back-to-back world titles in 2017 and 2018 at 71kg and 72kg respectively. Last year, Staebler finished with a bronze medal at the World Championships in Nur-Sultan. 

Staebler joined Eric Olanowski to talk about how wrestling has impacted his life, how his loss to Olympic champion Ismael BORRERO (CUB) in Nur-Sultan drives him every day and how he plans on becoming a keynote speaker after retiring after the conclusion of the Tokyo Olympic Games.