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Shes Only 5’3″, But This Latina Olympian Is Not To Be Messed With

This is Angelica Delgado.

The 25-year-old Miami native is the number one ranked female judo fighter in the United States’ 52 kg weight class.

And according to the International Judo Federation, Delgado is the 19th ranked judoka in the world.

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This is Angelica taking down her competition.

When she’s not training or competing to maintain her top ranked position, Angelica takes time out to have fun.

She’s about to have more fun than she’s ever had in her life.

Angelica Delgado is set to make her Olympic debut at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio. It’s been her dream since she was 9 years old.

While most kids that age fill their their free time with video games, Angelica was filling her shelf with medals and trophies.

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Judo is life in the Delgado family.

Her father, Miguel Angel Delgado, was a rising star of Cuba’s national judo team. Unfortunately, Miguel had to flee Cuba.

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His sacrifice opened up the door for Angelica to pursue the sport.

Thanks to his encouragement and her passion, the Olympics went from dream to reality.

Getting to this point hasn’t been easy.

Training has been brutal.

And she’s done it all while working for her degree from the Florida International University in Miami.

But she’s just about to prove to the world that’s she ready to bring home the gold.

“I know most expect me to be content just being an Olympian, but for me, this is only the beginning.”

Angelica Delgado competes for the gold on Aug 7.

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