Helen Maroulis is 121 pounds of pure determination. But on Tuesday, something has knocked her off her feet.
"I'm still in shock," she says.
Maroulis was the first girl in Maryland to place at the state tournament in wrestling. She attended Magruder High School in Rockville.
She has dreamed of being an Olympic champion. At 17 years old, she was the youngest girl to ever make the world team.
Now, the International Olympic Committee says it will eliminate wrestling as an Olympic sport in 2020.
"Helen sent me a text message at 5:30 [a.m.] telling me read this article," says Helen's mother, Paula. "This is horrible. This would be so sad and she actually wrote: 'I love wrestling so much. I can't believe this.'"
Now, Rio 2016 could be Helen's final chance. She did attend the London Olympics as an alternate.
"I had such a sense of national pride," says Helen. "It's not about money or media attention, it's just all of these athletes competing to do something that they love and to represent their country doing it."
WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
Didn't find what you were looking for?