Jordan Burroughs, a 24-year-old wrestler from Sicklerville, N.J., has a Twitter address and a tattoo.
In the gold medal 163-pound wrestling match Friday, Burroughs made good on his multilayered confidence when he beat Iran's Sadegh Goudarzi 1-0, 1-0 at the ExCeL Centre.
Besides the gold medal, Burroughs also earned $250,000 from a program begun in 2009 for wrestlers called "Living the Dream Medal Fund."
"I'm ready to wrestle anyone who steps across that line," Burroughs said. "If the Queen of England came out on the mat, I would probably double-leg her. I was ready to go. I had my crosshairs, my target on a gold medal.
"A lot of people call it cocky, call it overconfidence. But I knew I was going to win."
This was Burroughs' 38th straight freestyle win and he was the top seed in the weight class. That didn't make winning easy though.
"You're supposed to do that, you're the best guy," said Zeke Jones, USA Wrestling's national freestyle coach. "But that's pressure too."
Burroughs also beat Goudarzi to win the 2011 world championships, but Burroughs seemed cautious until the final 10 seconds of the first round. Striking suddenly, Burroughs grabbed Goudarzi's knees. When Goudarzi hit the mat there was an audible thud, loud enough to hear over the noise from a large contingent of Iranian flag-wavers.
Burroughs won the second round in the best-of-three format by bulldozing Goudarzi almost off the mat. Then the noise erupted from another corner, where American flag-wavers were stomping on the metal stands. That's where Burroughs ran, leaping over railings and embracing his mother, Janice Burroughs.
During the medal ceremony Burroughs, who ran out of the tunnel before the start of the match throwing imaginary punches as if he were a boxer, didn't seem so tough. There might have been a tear in his eye.
"This has been a long time coming," Burroughs said. "I've trained for a number of years, dreamed for a number of years and I got it done. I had a plan, executed it perfectly and I'm Olympic champ."
Before the wrestling competition began, Burroughs had put pressure directly on himself. "I have a lot of charisma, a lot of personality," he said. "I'm pretty good-looking. I think I'm good for the sport."
About 20 minutes after receiving his gold medal, Burroughs had already posted a photo of himself and the gold medal to his Twitter page.
The tweet: "I did it! 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist!"
Again, hard to argue.