Training for the Olympics: A day in the life of a wrestler

Published: Oct. 10, 2016 at 6:14 PM EDT
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It's the ultimate goal to be on Team USA in the Olympic games for wrestlers like Orry Elor, but have you ever wondered what it's like for an athlete to train for the Olympics in the small town of Marquette?

"NMU, OTS, Olympic Training Site program -- We got the only program in the U.S. It trains Greco [wrestling] full-time," said wrestling head coach, Rob Hermann. "It gives the guys, the wrestlers, a chance to go to school plus train Greco full-time. This is a feeder program for USA wrestling. Most Olympian world Olympic medalists have come through Northern Michigan."

Orry Elor came all the way to Marquette from California to train at the Olympic training center. For him, it was a no-brainer.

"I was a transfer student out of Ohio State. I reached out to Rob Hermann, who is the head coach here at the NMU OTS program, with an email and he got back to me very shortly, saying he would love to have me. I decided to hop on that opportunity," Elor said.

Elor spends countless hours in the gym practicing, but if he's not there, you're likely to find in the Northern Michigan University Brain Tumor Center. The Olympics was originally his goal, but since he started school at NMU, he now hopes to also become a biologist, researching brain tumor treatments.

"I feel incredibly grateful towards Northern Michigan University, because I didn't know at first," Elor said.

Elor is just one out of 47 wrestlers that are at the training center hoping to one day become an Olympian.