Ronda Rousey

Unit 4 Activity

Biography

Ronda Rousey was born in 1987 in California, she had a tough childhood born with her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck, she nearly died from a lack of oxygen and sustained slight brain damage, which impeded her ability to speak an intelligible word until she was 6.

Starting Out

She started judo with her mother as a child and her mother kept her on her toes. When she'd wake her up she'd jump on her and tell her to always be ready. She was added to the United States Olympic team at age 15, and at 16 she became the youngest American to earn the national No. 1 ranking in the women's half-middleweight division. She didn't earn a medal at the 2004 Olympics, she claimed gold at that year's World Junior and Pan American Judo Championships. After getting her Pan American Judo Championship title in 2006, Ronda became the first American woman (in 12 years) to earn a World Championship medal by finishing second in the 2007 tournament. She then won gold at the 2007 Pan American Games, while having a torn knee meniscus. After earning the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics, she retired from judo at age 21

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A lot of people discourage Ronda from being a role model because shes such a tough girl. Some people say looking to her as a role model is promoting violence to girls. Personally i think shes pretty sweet and i'd love to be able to fight like her. What girl can beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. out for Fighter of the Year at the ESPY's then taunt him about not knowing who she is, even challenging him to a fight. She is fearless and that's why we should love her. Shes the image girls need to see that they're not any less capable than any man or anyone who tells them different. I view Ronda as a role model not just for other fighters that are trying to follow in her footsteps, but she is also a light for every single woman on this planet. The ones that work an extra hour to get prepared and make themselves look pretty for this world even tho it still wishes to beat them down on a daily basis. She is the reminder that if you are very good at a job, you should get paid no matter what sex you are. She's a beautiful creature and someone who created her own success.

Hardship

Ronda's victory finally ended with a second-round knockout by Holly Holm in November 2015. The unexpected loss sent ripples through the world of sports and gave Ronda her first serious athletic challenge since her days of competitive judo.

Teenage girls views

-“She shows the world how strong and beautiful women can be,” said Sugey Ceja, 16, a Corona High sophomore ranked No. 3 in the state for girls wrestling.

-“I think she’s a wonderful role model,” said Kaiah Costa, 15, a sophomore at Poly High School in Riverside

-“I want to be a fighter, too,” says Aceval, 16. “Ronda Rousey makes sports like this more acceptable.” “As females, when we see other females succeeding, we can begin to picture ourselves there as well,”

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