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What do you do after you win an Olympic gold medal? Take a year off? Sit by a pool and enjoy the sunshine? Not if you are Anastasija Zolotic. After a few days off, the Olympic gold medalist, and the first woman from Team USA ever to attain the gold in Taekwondo, was back to her familiar routine of training and going to college. While most 18-year-olds are doing one or the other, Zolotic is doing both.
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This is the last in the "5 Questions" series and we end it with Olympic Judoka, Nina Cutro-Kelly. Not only is Cutro-Kelly an Olympian, but she is also a champion grappler in Sambo (2 times Super World Cup Sambo Champion), BJJ, and Wrestling.

With years of successful competition experience, attained from hard-fought battles on mats all over the world, Cutro-Kelly has much to teach any aspiring student of any art. Read on and learn from one of the best.

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Martial arts teaches more than techniques for fighting or sport, it expands the student's horizons and teaches lessons that apply to life beyond the mat. Colton Brown, from Piscataway, N.J. has traveled the world as a Judo competitor, and after an impressive career that has included the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, Brown announced his retirement as a Judo competitor from Tokyo. Thankfully, Brown shared his answers to the five questions that have been asked of members of the USA Judo Team. Read his answers below, and heed the wisdom of an apex competitor.

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As the Tokyo Olympics wind down the first - and perhaps last - ever karate competition concluded in a fashion sure to leave casual viewers disappointed. In the men's +75 kg kumite event Saudi Arabia's Tareg Hamedi landed a spectacular lead leg head kick to drop Iran's Sajjad Ganjzadeh only to be disqualified for too much contact. Meanwhile, the women's +61 kg division saw Egypt's Feryal Abdelaziz capture gold with a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan's Irina Zaretska.

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