We love the Olympics! It’s an event that brings the best of the best together, from all over the globe, to compete on the world’s biggest stage. Even though BJJ is not an Olympic sport, Judo is. BJJ historically is a subset of Judo, so watching this event is inspiring.
So who won this year’s martial arts events at the Summer Olympic Games? Let’s find out! Do you have a son or daughter with an interest in being an Olympian one day? If so, call Gracie today. We have a great program for kids martial arts in Raleigh, NC. Best of all, we do not require any contract for children. Call us today, or keep reading to learn more.
Olympic Games Martial Arts Medal Winners
Olympic Judo brought in 392 athletes from over 135 countries. These athletes competed in 14 events. Below you’ll find a list of the men and women who won gold at this year’s 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Women’s Judo Olympic Gold Medal Winners
- Women -48 kg – Paula Pareto ARG
- Women -52 kg – Majlinda Kelmendi KOS
- Women -57 kg – Rafaela Silva BRA
- Women -63 kg – Tina Trstenjak SLO
- Women -70 kg – Haruka Tachimoto JPN
- Women -78 kg – Kayla Harrison USA
- Women +78 kg – Emilie Andeol FRA
Men’s Judo Olympic Gold Medal Winners
- Men -60 kg – Beslan Mudranov RUS
- Men -66 kg – Fabio Basile ITA
- Men -73 kg – Shohei Ono JPN
- Men -81 kg – Khasan Khalmurzaev RUS
- Men -90 kg – Mashu Baker JPN
- Men -100 kg – Lukas Krpalek CZE
Probably the biggest story for the American team was Kayla Harrison winning back-to-back gold medals in her weight class. She is the only American to ever win a gold medal in Judo. She came into the event ranked as the number one female in the world for the Women’s -78 kg. After winning, she announced her retirement. It appears she will be starting a MMA career in the near future.
Travis Stevens just missed making history as the first male gold medalist in Olympic Judo. He did bring home the silver medal, which is the first men’s medal since the 2004 Olympics.
The Olympics are an exciting time, and one that only comes around every 4 years. So if your child has dreams of winning an Olympic medal, get them focused at a young age and have fun with it. Is your child ready for a new challenge? Keep reading to see why Gracie is the best gym in Raleigh, NC for them to learn martial arts.
Kids Martial Arts in Raleigh NC | Gracie Raleigh
Our Junior Gracie Programs were created so that your son or daughter will be armed with a strong set of values and solid personal character. Our world class instructors for kids martial arts in Raleigh NC will teach them how to persevere through life’s tough obstacles.
This program is specifically for children between the ages of 6 and 12, and there is no contract required. We provide a safe and nurturing environment where your child will experience real team building, cooperation and respect. They’ll also learn other positive core values such as focus, discipline, persistence, and dedication. Please give us a call today to learn more.