Arlene Limas

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Arlene Limas

Arlene Limas is an American taekwondo practitioner and multiple international gold medalist. Limas, who is of Mexican and Polish descent, graduated with honors from Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago and received a degree in Political Science from De Paul University.

Limas made history when she became the first American to win a gold medal at the 24th Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea in taekwondo, which made its Olympic debut as an exhibition sport. She is a member of the Taekwondo Hall of Fame.[1]

Career achievements[edit]

  • 1986- World University Championships, Gold Medalist (Berkley Ca.)
  • 1986- World University Championships, Gold Medalist (Berkley Ca.) 1986
  • 1987- National Championships Gold Medalist 1987
  • 1988- Olympic Team Member (Tae Kwon Do), 1988
  • 1988- Olympic Gold Medalist - Welterweight Division, Seoul, Korea 1988
  • 1990- National Championships Gold Medalist, 1990
  • 1989,1990- Olympic Sports Festival Captain (West Team) and Gold Medalist 1989 & 1990
  • 1990- Pan-Am Tae Kwon Do Championships (Puerto Rico) Gold Medalist, 1990
  • 1990- World University Games (Spain) Team Captain & Gold Medalist, 1990
  • 1990- World Cup Gold Medalist (Spain), 1990
  • 1991- National Championships Welterweight Gold Medalist, 1991
  • 1991- Olympic Festival Gold Medalist, 1991
  • 1991- World Championships Gold Medalist ( Athens, Greece ) 1991
  • 1989- National Championships Gold Medalist, 1998
  • 1998- U.S. Team Trials Silver Medalist, 1998
  • 1998- Olympic Weight Division Qualifier Gold Medalist 1998
  • 1998- Choson Cup Olympic Weight Division Invitational Gold Medalist, (Australia) 1998
  • 1998- Pan Am Games Team Trials Silver Medalist, 1999
  • 1999- U.S. Team Trials Gold Medalist, 1999

Career honors[edit]

  • Taekwondo Hall of Fame
  • 1987- Collegiate Athlete of the Year; 1987
  • 1989- March of Dimes Amateur Athlete of the Year, 1989
  • 1989- Named "Woman of Vision" - Latin Women's Organization for Business

Professional Involvement, 1989

  • 1991- U. S. Taekwondo Union "Woman of the Year", 1991
  • 2000- Selected as one of the top TKD fighters of the 20th century

by TKD Times and Martial Arts Illustrated. 2000

[2011-Owns "Power Kix" Tae Kwon Do studio in Stafford, Virginia. 263 Garrisonville Road, Suite 111A Stafford, Virginia 22554 (540) 720-1988 powerkix@powerkixusa[dot]com]

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