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July 12, 1989 | DAN LE BATARD, Times Staff Writer
Jan Trussell, the reigning national champion of women's judo, faced her toughest fight when she was 18. The opponent was big, strong and very deceptive. The fight lasted eight years. The opponent was cocaine. Trussell, 26, says she won but admits it's a battle that never really ends. She is no longer the same little girl who dabbled in marijuana at 11 and once spent a night in jail at 16 because she was driving while on cocaine.
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July 12, 1989 | DAN LE BATARD, Times Staff Writer
Jan Trussell, the reigning national champion of women's judo, faced her toughest fight when she was 18. The opponent was big, strong and very deceptive. The fight lasted eight years. The opponent was cocaine. Trussell, 26, says she won but admits it's a battle that never really ends. She is no longer the same little girl who dabbled in marijuana at 11 and once spent a night in jail at 16 because she was driving while on cocaine.
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July 9, 1989 | SAM MARCHIANO, Times Staff Writer
Inspiration can come from a variety of sources, and two weeks ago Jan Trussell found it in aerobics. "There's nothing a woman wrestler or judo player hates to watch more than aerobics," said John Ross, Trussell's husband and trainer. "When Jan was on the mat and she saw this woman jumping around and doing aerobics in another part of the gym, it fired her up." Trussell, who thrives on combat, holds wrestling in high esteem but has little respect for aerobics.
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July 9, 1989 | SAM MARCHIANO, Times Staff Writer
Inspiration can come from a variety of sources, and two weeks ago Jan Trussell found it in aerobics. "There's nothing a woman wrestler or judo player hates to watch more than aerobics," said John Ross, Trussell's husband and trainer. "When Jan was on the mat and she saw this woman jumping around and doing aerobics in another part of the gym, it fired her up." Trussell, who thrives on combat, holds wrestling in high esteem but has little respect for aerobics.
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June 27, 1989
Jan Trussell of Gardena won the 53-kilogram (116-pound) title in the first U.S. International women's freestyle wrestling tournament at San Francisco, qualifying for the World Championships later this summer in Switzerland.
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April 27, 1990
Members of the East View Little League have donated $1,400 to the family of first baseman Victoria Brucker, which lost most of its possessions in an early-morning San Pedro house fire last week. Brucker, 13, was the big story at last year's Little League World Series, where she was the first girl to start, pitch and get a hit in a World Series game. She is currently playing in Eastview's Senior League. Jan Trussell, 26, of Gardena will represent the Los Angeles Judo Club at the U.S.
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February 15, 1991 | CHUCK BOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Micky Matsumoto and Jan Trussell take to the mats at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., for their respective matches this weekend at the finals of the World Championship Trials, hope that there are no small children or squeamish spectators around because things could get ugly. Matsumoto, who will compete at 123 pounds, has been known to manually take surgical stitches out of his body before matches. Trussell, who fights at 114 pounds, also has a hard-nosed past.
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March 12, 1989 | ADRIANNE GOODMAN, Times Staff Writer
At the start of her junior year at Palos Verdes High School, Amy Hanson was a bashful student with no clear idea what she wanted to do with her life. In the academically competitive climate of Palos Verdes High, where most students go on to college, Hanson was an average student, neither a high achiever nor one who needed extra help with her schoolwork. 'Kept to Myself' As Hanson recalls it, she figured she would go to college, but she wasn't sure what she would study.
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February 14, 1988 | ADAM MARTIN
No matter how liberated, many men still believe women should be protected from society's harshest excesses--including contact sports. Jan Trussell thinks differently. She doesn't want any protection. And that's not just feminist bravura. Those are fightin' words from a judo champion. Trussell won a gold medal in the 123-pound women's division at the Russian Invitational, held two weeks ago in Lithuania.
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September 17, 1988 | GARY LIBMAN, Times Staff Writer
Jan Trussell is 5-feet-4 and weighs 114 pounds, but better keep her at arm's length. As many of her competitors have learned, if the cherubic-looking judo player gets an opponent in an arm lock, she is apt to break that arm. At the Russian Invitational tournament in Lithuania last winter, for example, Trussell said she was trailing her heavier foe when "I jerked her down to the mat and stepped into an arm bar. "Most people would give up because they cannot stand the pain, but she would not.
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