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  1. His name was Petar Petrovic, not Petra. Great article!

  2. This is your year, Nick!

    Great article–dedicated athletes in the (for now) “not sexy” sports deserve exposure like this.

    It looks like the US has a great shot at judo gold in London and it’ll be geat to see judoka in McDonald’s ads and on Wheaties boxes….and to see the dojo across the country filling up with “I want to be like Nick (Kayla etc)” kids!

    • Dear Bill,

      What an amazing sight that would be, eh? Judo not just as something the local Y offers but as a sport respected and cherished on a large scale! I’ve watched many videos of elite-level judokas competing and it’s a shame how few people there are in the stands. Here’s to a change! :)

      Thanks so much for posting,


  3. Nick has the nicest Judo of any man in the United States. Big Throws, frontways backways or sideways. Haven’t seen an arsenal like his since Mike Swain in the late ’80′s.

  4. Dear James,

    Thanks for posting! I totally agree. I’ve been watching tons of his videos. He’s got a smoothness to him that seems incredibly rare. But what I like is that the smoothness is also intense. He’s got fire inside of him!


  5. Nick won his first match of London 2012 and has advanced to the Round of 16. Next match will be in about ten minutes. Follow him on Twitter: @NickForGold

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