Ronda Rousey is American Judo Olympian

August 13, 2008

Meet Ronda Rousey, American Judo Olympian. Read her biography and see photos and a video of her below.

Ronda Rousey won the bronze medal in Judo at the 2008 Beijing Olympics on Wednesday. Its the first time ever that an American woman has won in judo. She competes at the middleweight level. There were two bronze medal matches so she will share third place with the Netherlands’ Edith Bosch. Ronda won against Germany’s Annett Boehm for the bronze.

Ronda Rousey was born on February 1, 1987 in Los Angeles, California. She is 21-years-old. She is 5’6″ tall. She consideres Santa Monica, California her home town and lives in Glenville, New York. Her father, Ron, died when she was 8-years-old and she considers him her inspiration. Ronda’s mother, Ann Marie, won the World Judo Championships in 1984 and was the first American to ever do so. She was hesitant to encourage Ronda to go into Judo when Ronda tired of her first sport, swimming, when she was 11-years-old. She relented and Ronda started her career in Judo and excelled right from the beginning.

She is ranked a Third Degree Black Belt (Sandan). She is currently ranked number one in the United States. She participated in the 2004 Athens Olympics and was a 2005 World Team member.

Ronda has a long lists of likes and dislikes. She likes writing, she likes the book ‘Ender’s Game’ and likes the arch in her foot. She hates being cold and hates wearing make-up.

And she really wants to win the Olympics.

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