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July 30, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON - Marti Malloy, a journalism student at San Jose State and a first-time Olympian, emerged with a bronze medal in judo in the 57 kg (125.5 pounds) division in a major surprise. She lost with seven seconds remaining in her semifinal match on Monday against Corina Caprioriu of Romania when Caprioriu hurled her to the mat for automatic winning ippon. About an hour and a half later, Malloy beat Giulia Quintavalle of Italy, the defending Olympic champion, securing the bronze when she was awarded an ippon, bringing on tears of joy. The United States has yet to win an Olympic gold medal in judo.
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February 21, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS - One of the entertaining signatures of a Ronda Rousey fight is the menacing glare she maintains on her ring walk from her arena dressing room to the octagon. Rousey, in an exclusive interview with The Times on Friday less than three hours before her weigh-in for Saturday night's UFC 170 pay-per-view fight against 2004 Olympic silver medalist wrestler Sara McMann, said the focus intensifies on fight day. “When I start putting my hair in fight hair, and put my outfit on … it's fight time.
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March 24, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
The dreams of the judo boys live in a padded room of bruised faces and calloused hands. Foot sweeps and tosses, bodies slapping hard, they drill into the dusk. The coach hollers, the sweat runs, but the boys and young men endure, wanting respect and medals, not so much for themselves, but for a nation more beat up than they are. "It's important wherever we Afghans go to win medals. It lifts the name of the country," said Siawash Toghyan, a big-shouldered teenager who did well in a recent competition in Uzbekistan and hopes to make the next Olympic team.
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February 21, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Ronda Rousey is celebrated as a trailblazer, the first female champion in the male bastion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She got there by herself, with nothing more than the assistance of her mom and a few select others. When she enters the octagon Saturday night at Honda Center for UFC's first female fight - the main event against challenger Liz Carmouche - Rousey does so only after taking a series of boldly independent stances that wove together the fabric of this Santa Monica high school dropout.
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June 22, 2001
The Pacific Rim Judo Championships, featuring more than 200 men and women from 20 nations, will be today and Saturday at Loyola Marymount University's Gersten Pavilion. Preliminary matches will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Medal matches will be at 6 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday.
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July 1, 1995
Nearly 900 youths from the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas are competing this weekend in the U.S. Judo Federation's 1995 Junior, Youth and Team National Championships at UC Irvine. The first of three youth tournaments that make up the "triple crown" of judo, the competitions award points toward competing in the European circuit when the athletes are older. "My ultimate goal is trying to make the U.S. Olympic team in the year 2000," said Aya Kanbe, 18, a graduate of St.
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February 6, 1989 | DONNA CARTER, Times Staff Writer
Tony Okada is almost as shy as he is talented, so he doesn't waste words bragging about what he does best. That is why many people, even some of his wrestling teammates at Savanna High School, don't know that he is one of America's brightest hopes to make the 1992 Olympic team--in judo. It is no accident that Okada, 16, is one of America's elite judo athletes and an outstanding high school wrestler.
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June 21, 1991 | MIKE DOWNEY
Judo offers some strange sights. The Olympic heavyweight championship in 1964 was a struggle between a 192-pound Japanese and a 260-pound Canadian. A repechage match at the Montreal Games of 1976 pitted a 5-foot-6 1/2 Japanese against a 7-foot, 350-pound North Korean. The little guy won. Not nearly so odd, but nonetheless unusual, was the sight of 18-year-old Mike Swain training with the Tokyo Police Dept.
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July 17, 1986 | JOHN NIELSEN, Nielsen is a Studio City free - lance writer
Roy Murakami walks around with a kind of a smirk on his face. He cracks a joke at a young kid, reaching down to help him with a leg lift. He tells another kid to "loosen up, Paco," with the diction of a football coach. He fakes a horrified groan after watching a young black belt, noting that "the kid looks raggedy today." Then, out of the corner of his eye, Murakami sees a 12-year-old walk onto the mat without stopping to bow completely. "TWENTY PUSHUPS NOW!" he barks.
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August 20, 2004 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Ariel Zeevi stretched, bounced and rocked back and forth on his bare feet, bandages on his big toes. A trainer massaged his temples, scratched every inch of his scalp and pounded his back and legs. Israel's star judoka then bounded from the waiting lanes and in short order threw Dutch opponent Elco van Der Geest to take the bronze in men's 100-kilogram competition Thursday, earning his country its first medal of the 2004 Olympic Games and only its fifth in more than 50 years of history.
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February 19, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Real Sports 191: Ronda Rousey   Ronda Rousey, who will fight Liz Carmouche this Saturday at the Honda Center, appears on the premiere of this month's "Real Sports" on HBO tonight at 10 p.m. PT, talking about her fighting style and being the first women's champion in UFC history. We will be live blogging Saturday's fight on our Sports Now blog, and Lance Pugmire, who is covering the event for The Times, wrote this about Rousey in December: "Rousey told of growing up in Santa Monica “as more of a fighter, a tomboy.
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August 11, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Had he chased the dreams that his late father had for him, Haruki Nakamura might be in London about now, slamming Olympic judo opponents to the mat. Nakamura is at Carolina Panthers training camp instead, securing his role as a special-teams standout and, just maybe, the starting safety. Although he grew up near Cleveland and has never visited Japan, Nakamura embraces his Japanese-American heritage and the teachings of a martial art once thought to be his destiny.
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August 7, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
At its birth, mixed martial arts were a competition of fighters from different disciplines — boxing, wrestling, karate, kickboxing, jiujitsu — battling to establish which version of combat was best. Now, the sport of MMA can encompass all of those skills in one fight. In one fighter. "Guys have trained now in MMA from a younger age. They weren't a high school wrestler like me who had to learn the other aspects one by one," said veteran MMA fighter Dan Henderson, 41. One of the sport's latest advancements is personified by the new Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey of Venice.
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August 6, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- U.S. judoka Nicholas Delpopolo, who placed seventh in his division at the Olympics, has been thrown out of the London Games after testing positive for marijuana. The judo fighter, of Westfield, N.J., issued a statement of apology, saying that the test was caused by a "mistake. " "My positive test was caused by my inadvertent consumption of food that I did not realize had been baked with marijuana, before I left for the Olympic Games. I apologize to the U.S. Olympic Committee, to my teammates, and to my fans, and I am embarrassed by this mistake.
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August 3, 2012 | Kevin Baxter
Kayla Harrison promised herself she wouldn't cry if she were lucky enough to make it to the top step of the Olympic medal stand Thursday. It's a promise she kept all the way until the second note of "The Star-Spangled Banner," when she broke down in tears. "I was reflecting back on my life and everything that it's taken to get here. And everything that I've gone through," Harrison said after becoming the first Olympic champion in U.S. judo history by winning the women's 78-kilogram event.
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August 3, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
LONDON — She was still shaking when they led her off the mat, her giant hand trembling in the tiny palm of her Olympic escort. "I was a scared a lot," said Wojdan Shaherkani, who may be the toughest woman at these Olympics. She was still crying when they led her toward the locker room, wrapped in her brother's arms, trying vainly to pinch the tears from her large, dark eyes. Yet the sobs of defeat settled on her cheeks in pools of victory. She had lost a heavyweight judo match in less than two minutes but may have helped alter a course of centuries.
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February 9, 1992 | STEVEN HERBERT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Less than a year after graduating from Savanna High, Tony Okada has earned a berth on the U.S. Olympic team, defeating Eddie Liddie, 2-1, Saturday in the U.S. Olympic judo trials in Colorado Springs, Colo. Okada, the top-ranked American in the 60-kilogram (132-pound) class, was upset by John Matsuoka in the preliminary trials last month.
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August 2, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin walked into the judo arena at the ExCel Exhibition Centre on Thursday just as U.S. medal contender Kayla Harrison was taking the mat for her semifinal match in the 78-kilogram division. Putin, a judo black belt who made an instructional DVD about the sport, had earlier said he was attending the London Games as a private citizen to watch judo. But Cameron said he planned to use the quality time together to talk trade with the Russian leader.
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August 2, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
LONDON -- When Kayla Harrison won the women's 78-kilogram title Thursday, she gave the U.S. its first Olympic gold medal in judo. And if the sport's leaders are hoping to use that victory to popularize judo in the U.S., they couldn't have picked a better spokeswoman than Harrison, a likable, enthusiastic and media-savvy 22-year-old with an inspirational personal story she's not afraid to share. "Kayla is the individual that you can cheer for at any time," says Eddie Liddie, a bronze medalist in judo at the 1984 Games and now the director of high performance for U.S. Judo.
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