Arlene Limas

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Arlene Limas
Personal information
Born (1966-02-09) February 9, 1966 (age 49)
United States
Alma mater De Paul University (1990)

Arlene Limas (born February 9, 1966)[1] 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 bachelor's degree in Political Science from De Paul University in 1990.[2]

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.[3] She is a member of the Taekwondo Hall of Fame.[2]

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]

  • 2007 - 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LIMAS, Arlene". TaekwondoData.com. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Arlene Limas". LaCancha.com. 
  3. ^ "Taekwondo at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games: Women's Welterweight". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.