|Quick Stats: Jimmy Pedro
|birth date:||October 30|
|training area:||Lawrence, MA|
|coach:||Jim Pedro (father)|
|ranking:||US – 1|
|outstanding achievement:||1996 Olympic Bronze Medalist|
|career goals:||business management|
Then, at the 1999 World Championships in Brimingham, England, I had the performance of my life and came away with my other proudest moment – winning the World Judo Championships in the -73kg division. Everything seemed to come together for me that day and I felt better than I ever had in my entire life. I was ecstatic because it was only the second time in world judo history that the American national anthem would be played at an awards ceremony at the World judo championships. Also, I could now say that at one point in my life I was the “Best judo player on the planet.” Being World Champion is the pinnacle that every athlete hopes to achieve, and I longed for this moment my entire career. I am glad that I was one of the fortunate ones who was able to reach his full potential and achieve his dream.
All the sacrifices were well worth it, and if I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t hesitate for one second to give it a shot. Maybe that is why I am trying to make one last run at that elusive Olympic Gold that I know I am capable of winning. On to Athens I go in 2004.