JULY 25, 2021 (TOKYO, JAPAN)-The common sentiment for Anastasija Zolotic’s Olympic debut at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 was to get experience and expect big things at the 2024 Paris Games.
Consider that timeline greatly accelerated.
The 18-year-old became the first American woman to win a taekwondo gold medal Monday when she beat fifth-ranked Tatiana Minina of the Russian Olympic Committee 25-17 in the 57 kg. final at Makuhari Messe Hall near Tokyo.
Zolotic, who was born in Largo, Florida, and now lives and trains in Colorado Springs, Colorado, this year won the Pan American Championships silver medal and in 2018 took gold at the junior world championships and silver at the Youth Olympic Games.
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