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Encyclopedia > Jimmy Pedro

Jimmy Pedro is one of the most successful American judo competitors ever, having won two bronze medals in the Olympics. He represented the US in the 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympic games, winning bronze in 1996 and 2004. (The US has not traditionally been strong in judo, and a bronze medal in Olympic judo is an enormous accomplishment for an American player.) His entry in the "Legends" section of a major judo magazine's web site lists 29 gold medals in international competition alone. Judo (Japanese: , jūdō; gentle way) is a martial art, sport, and philosophy originated in Japan. ...

Pedro retired from competitive judo after the 2004 Olympics. In recent years he has worked for Google.com, promoted a brand of tatami (mats) used for judo and jiu-jitsu practice and competition, and been the subject of a biographical movie. He coaches and teaches in Wakefield, Massachusetts. He is the married father of three children. Tatami mats (畳) (originally meant folded and piled) are a traditional Japanese flooring. ...

External links

  1. Jimmy Pedro's entry in the Real Judo "Legends" list


  1. Judo techniques and tactics is a textbook on judo written by Jimmy Pedro and William Durbin. ISBN 0-7360-0343-6
  2. Fury on the mat is a biographical movie about Jimmy Pedro.

  Results from FactBites:
SI.com - Writers - Wahl: Pedro thrilled to take home Judo bronze - Monday August 16, 2004 3:47PM (308 words)
Jimmy Pedro scrapped his way to a medal after a loss to Lee Won Hee.
Pedro didn't take the lightweight gold medal Monday, but he certainly made his dad proud, surviving four exhausting repechage matches (after a loss to champion Lee Won Hee of South Korea) and earning a remarkable bronze in his fourth -- and final -- Olympic Games.
It was Mike who had served as Pedro's training partner, simulating the Russian style of Belarus' Anatoly Laryukov (one of Pedro's repechage victims), and it was Jim Sr., of course, who'd introduced Jimmy to judo as a six-year-old.
Boston.com / Sports / Other sports / Olympics / Judo / Methuen's Pedro wins judo bronze (335 words)
American judoka Jimmy Pedro watched compatriot Derek Parra win the 1,500-meter speedskating gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and made a decision there and then.
Pedro, a resident of Methuen, vowed to defy the years and push his body towards the Olympic podium for one last medal shot, coming out of retirement to compete in Athens at the age of 33.
It was Pedro's second bronze medal after the one he captured in Atlanta in 1996 and the excitement of being back on the podium was contagious.
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