Olympian Augello announces retirement from wrestling

Haley Augello speaks at a press conference prior to the Rio Olympics (Photo/Tony Rotundo,

Haley Augello has wrestled her last competitive match.

The 2016 Olympian announced her retirement from wrestling over the weekend on social media.

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After much thought & consideration, I officially would like to announce my retirement from Women's Wrestling. Wrestling is a sport that can give & take so much. I will never regret the years of sacrifices I've made because it has brought me to 27 countries, to World Championships, to the 2016 Olympics, and, most importantly, it has brought me to lifelong friendships. Although I am putting out the flame of my competitive days, my fire will NEVER stop burning in the pursuit of athlete equality & safety. When one door closes, another opens. Big things coming soon. 😈 Thank you Terry Steiner, @chunk48, @funky_gold_medina, @boomonday, and @sunkistkids for the unconditional love & support. And a special thank you to my family & @beckaleathers for being my solstice in a sport that can be so mentally & physically grueling. I love you all & am so thankful for those who have followed my journey.

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Augello, an Illinois native, earned a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team in women's wrestling at the age of 21. She finished ninth at the Rio Games at 48 kilograms. In 2017, Augello moved up to 53 kilograms and earned a spot on the U.S. world team, finishing eighth at the World Championships. She fell just short of making the world team in both 2018 and 2019.

Augello also won a Cadet world title in 2011 and three college national titles in the WCWA while attending King University.

"There's not really one answer to why (I'm retiring)," the 25-year-old Augello told USA Wrestling's Mike Willis in a Moments off the Mat interview. "It's just that I don't want to train or compete anymore."

Augello also reflected on her wrestling career, ups and downs, relationships, how she wants to be remembered and much more. Watch USA Wrestling's full interview with Augello below.


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