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#20 Jimmy Pedro

Jimmy Pedro was practically born to be a Judo player. He was raised in his father's dojo and began his training at the age of five. His father was a hard coach but his toughness and style produced champions, and Jimmy quickly became one of them.

Even though Jimmy was having an unbelievably successful childhood Judo career, going undefeated for years at a time, he wanted to quit often. But he knew that under his father, quitting was not an option.

Then at the age of fifteen Jimmy began maturing physically while also traveling across the country to train. While traveling, making new friends in the sport, and competing against some of the best adult Judo players in the country, Jimmy began to realize that he loved the sport of Judo. It was also around this time that Jimmy began to believe something his father told him way back at the age of six while watching the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Jimmy's father said that the best thing one could do for their country is to represent them in the Olympic games. it was at the age of six that the birth of the Olympic Spirit was put inside Jimmy and now at fifteen he made making it to the Olympics his goal.

Jimmy achieved that goal not once but four times, competing in the 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympic games, winning the bronze medal in 1996 and 2004.

After retiring from competition Jimmy set out like his father to create champions. With his father's help Jimmy became the most successful Judo coach in US history. Coaching Travis Stevens to a silver medal in 2016 and coaching Kayla Harrison to two back to back gold medals in 2012 and 2016.

Now retired from Olympic coaching Jimmy owns and operates Pedro's Judo Center on Wakefield Massachusetts. He is also a successful businessman and is currently the President of Fuji Mats and Vice President of Hatashita / Fuji Sports.


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