Maroulis helped out with the finish line for the Presidents Race, which was won by Teddy. That may have been an uplifting experience for the mustachioed mascot, but it was nothing compared to what happened immediately afterwards, when he was literally lifted up by the Olympian.
Maroulis is 5-foot-3 and about 120 pounds, but in her arms Teddy didn’t appear to weigh any more than the gold medal she proudly brought with her. As if to prove the feat was no fluke, she also enjoyed a Prez-hoisting photo-op inside the stadium.
One thing Maroulis did not do Thursday was throw out the first pitch, but she was given an autographed ball in a ceremony before the game. The 24-year-old Magruder High product made history when she defeated legendary Japanese wrestler Saori Yoshida, the three-time defending Olympic champion, to finish atop the podium in Rio.
Presumably, at some point the Nats will honor another history-making gold medalist wrestler from Maryland, Kyle Snyder. Perhaps Teddy can have the 225-pound heavyweight help him win the Presidents Race — by carrying him the whole way.