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DRIULIS GONZÁLEZ :

She has won a place in Olympic and international judo. Many describe her behavior over the tatami as “ferocious” and it is literally so because this woman, having a size of 5’4’’, has managed to defeat not only the most difficult rivals in the 123 pound category, but also the serious lesions that have affected her.

Bronze in Barcelona ’92, gold in Atlanta’96, silver in Sydney ’00, and Bronze in Athens ’04 are the best presentation cards of this mulatto woman who looks straight with her expressive eyes.

After her participation in the Olympics held in Sydney, this exceptional athlete, fourth dan black belt, wanted to be a mother and, after some time, she wanted to practice judo again. And she made it. Following an intensive recovery training plan to lose all the extra weight, she managed to be in a great shape again and was able to compete in the 139-pound category in the Greek capital.

A gold medal in world championships, two in Pan-American games and four titles in the demanding World University Championships, among others, supported her decision of returning to the practice of judo.

Born on September 21 st, 1973 , this “guantanamera” has being victorious in the greatest scenarios of world judo. The A-class tournaments organized in Europe , Asia or Africa have been honored by her excellent performances, mainly in the 1990’s.

Profesor Ronaldo Veitía, responsible for the formation of several generations of Judo athletes, managed to polish the raw diamond discovered by Roberto Ortega when the girl was barely ten years old.

The pupil did not let her professors down and managed, little by little, to win herself a place in the history of Cuban sport, that has nominated her three times Best Female Athlete in Cuba and has acknowledged her role in Cuba’s Judo and sport.

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