2004 Hall of Fame Judo Instructor of the Year
James "Jimmy" Pedro (born October 30,
1970 in Danvers, Massachusetts) is one of the most successful American
judo competitors ever, having won two bronze medals in the Olympics.
Pedro was the World Champion at 73 kg in 1999. He won bronze medals in
the 1991 and 1995 World Championships.
Pedro represented the United States in the 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004
Olympic Games, winning bronze in 1996 and 2004. The United States has
not traditionally been strong in judo, and a bronze medal in Olympic
judo is an enormous accomplishment for an American athlete. His entry in
the "Legends" section of a major judo magazine's web site lists 29 gold
medals in international competition alone.
Pedro retired from competitive judo after the 2004 Olympics. In recent
years he has worked for Google.com, promoted a brand of tatami and zebra
(mats) used for judo and jujutsu practice and competition, and been the
subject of a biographical movie.
He coaches and teaches in Wakefield, Massachusetts. He is the married
father of three children.