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

Career honors[edit]

  • 2007 - Taekwondo Hall of Fame ®
  • 1987 - Collegiate Athlete of the Year
  • 1989 - March of Dimes Amateur Athlete of the Year
  • 1989 - Named "Woman of Vision" - Latin Women's Organization for Business Professional Involvement
  • 1991 - U. S. Taekwondo Union "Woman of the Year"
  • 2000 - Selected as one of the top TKD fighters of the 20th century by TKD Times and Martial Arts Illustrated
  • 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.