Marti Malloy Takes Judo Bronze for U.S.A.

Marti Malloy
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Marti Malloy was born June 23, 1986 in Oak Harbor, Washington. She won a Bronze Medal in the 2012 London Olympics for the United States.

Malloy is a Washington State native, who relocated to San Jose State when she went to the University to pursue a degree in journalism.

As a 16-year-old, Marti Malloy made a name for herself in the senior rankings when she claimed a gold medal in her first senior international competition, the 2002 Rendez-Vous Canada. There she defeated both a 2000 Olympian and the previous year’s U.S. National Champion, as well as top athletes from Canada and Great Britain.

In 2005, she continued her success at both the junior and senior levels, winning a silver medal at the U.S. Open and becoming the only U.S. athlete to win gold at the Junior Pan American Championships.

In 2007, Marti moved up from 57 kg to 63 kg where she placed ninth at the World Championships. Although she competed at the 2007 Pan American Games as a 63 kg player, she moved back down to 57 kg that year to win her first Senior National title in that division.

In 2009, Marti Malloy added a second Senior National title and won the World Team Trials to compete on her second Senior World Team.

In 2010, she won her first big international medal at the Pan American Judo Championships and defended her Senior National title from previous year.

In 2012, Marti “Martian” Malloy won bronze at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the class -57 kg, scoring an ippon in her last match against Giulia Quintavalle with a kouchi gari. This was only the second Bronze Medal for a United States Judoka. The first Bronze was won by Ronda Rousey in Beijing in 2008.