Travis Stevens

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Travis Stevens
Born (1986-02-28) February 28, 1986 (age 31)
Bellevue, Washington
Residence Wakefield, Massachusetts
Nationality United States American
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)[1]
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)[1]
Division 81 kilos
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of pedros judo center
Team NYAC
Teacher(s) Renzo Gracie, John Danaher
Trainer Jimmy Pedro
Rank      Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
     Black belt in judo [2]
Notable school(s) Renzo Gracie Academy

Travis Stevens (born February 28, 1986) is a judoka and Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner from the United States who competed in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Summer Olympics.[3] He competes in the men's half-middleweight (-81 kg) division. On August 9, 2016, Stevens became the third American male judoka to win a silver medal in the Olympics.

Career[edit]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, he lost to eventual gold medalist Ole Bischof in the third round, before losing to Tiago Camilo in the repechage.[4]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics he again lost to 2008 gold medalist Ole Bischof, this time in the semi-finals by judges' decision. Stevens was then beaten in the bronze medal match by Canada's Antoine Valois-Fortier.[3][5] Travis also holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under John Danaher and Renzo Gracie, which Danaher awarded on November 19, 2013.

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, he lost to Khasan Khalmaurzaev (Russia) in the finals, earning a silver medal.

An early start at the age of 6 enabled him to acquire a vast amount of knowledge in judo and other martial arts. Travis is an outstanding athlete in the disciplines of judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and holds many accomplishments in both. He is currently ranked number 12 in the world in the -81 kg weight class by the International Judo Federation (as of 9 August 2016).[6] Stevens trains at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City with several elite athletes. He also opened his own school in Boston, Massachusetts on January 12, 2013. Travis also teaches at Renzo Gracie Fort Lee in New Jersey.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Travis Stevens". nbcolympics.com. NBC. 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-07. 
  2. ^ Herle, Erin (2013-11-26), "USA Judo Olympian Travis Stevens earns Jiu-Jitsu black belt from John Danaher", GracieMag, retrieved 2016-10-07 
  3. ^ a b Sport-Reference
  4. ^ "73 - 81kg (half-middleweight) men results - Judo - Beijing 2008 Olympics". www.olympic.org. Retrieved 2016-02-03. 
  5. ^ "73 - 81kg (half-middleweight) men results - Judo - London 2012 Olympics". www.olympic.org. Retrieved 2016-02-03. 
  6. ^ "IJF Senior World Ranking List" (PDF). World Judo Federation. Retrieved 2016-08-09.