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  • Anastasija Zolotic made history by winning the United States its first Olympic gold medal in women’s taekwondo on Sunday.
  • Zolotic, 18, beat Russia’s Tatiana Minina in the taekwondo’s women's 57kg division on Sunday.
  • Zolotic is the fourth American in history to make it to the Olympic taekwondo finals.

A Florida teenager made history by winning the United States its first Olympic gold medal in women’s taekwondo on Sunday.

Anastasija Zolotic, 18, beat Russia’s Tatiana Minina 25-17 in the taekwondo’s women's 57kg division. 

"My 8-year-old self was running around the school yard saying I was going to be Olympic champion, but she could never have imagined what this moment is like," Zolotic told The Associated Press. "It's unbelievable. It really hasn't sunk in yet."


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Born in Largo, Fla., Zolotic now lives in Colorado Springs, Colo., where she trains.

Zolotic is the fourth American in history to make it to the Olympic taekwondo finals, as well as only the second woman to do so. 

"Isn't that amazing? I'm just glad I can do something to raise its profile in the U.S.," Zolotic said. "I just want the country to be proud of me, to share this flood of emotions."


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Published on Jul 26, 2021