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For two decades Bob Wall was a force on the tournament circuit placing 1st or 2nd in every major karate championship from 1965 to 1972. Mr. Wall was also a member of the legendary quintet of Chuck Norris, Mike Stone, Joe Lewis, and Skipper Mullins sweeping the world professional titles for 1970, 71, & 72.

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February 13TOURNAMENT LOCATION CHANGEmoved to  Trinity Lutheran School 400 N Swinton Ave Delray Beach, FL 33444 Feb 13 - South Qualifier - Delray Beach - NEWTrinity Lutheran School400 N. Swinton Ave, Delray Beach 33444reply to: kicksouthfloor@gmail.com Feb 20 - North All Regions ChampionshipHeritage High School2351 Malabar Rd , Palm Bayreply to: kicknorthfloor@gmail.com We are busy finalizing details and we need your help! We still need volunteers and referees to make this event a success. If you are available to volunteer (Referee, Scorekeeper, Runner or like to help), please email kicknorthfloor@gmail.com and include the following information; As always, for those who submit...
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A Story by Missy Fitzwater sent to us by Jim Hartley This essay was recently written by a 17 yr. old girl who lives in a small town an hour and a half from my gym.  Her parents drive her there four nights a week to train. Her original coach brought her to me six months ago to work with her as he is getting ready to open his own gym. In my fifty plus years in boxing I’ve read much about the sport but no one has nailed it as well as Missy Fitzwater. This is a masterpiece.  This is a...
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2016 Grappling Summit Saturday Feb 6 Aloha, I would like to invite you to the 2016 Grappling Summit.  A previous email erroroniously listed the date as March 12.  The proper date for the grappling summit is Saturday, Feb. 6 The Grappling Summit, which will be held in Morgan Hill, CA on Saturday, Feb. 6, will be a one-day seminar featuring judo, ju jitsu & wrestling groundwork.  The instructors this year are Shintaro Nakano, Lanny Clark, Alessandro Ferriera, Hans Ingebretsen, Jose Ortiz and Clayton Conrad.  The flier and registration form are included below as attachments which you can download.  As always, if you prefer not to receive emails...
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Practicing martial arts really is a unique activity but do people even realize how important and valuable it is? Sure, it will get you in shape and teach you how to protect yourself and your family. It might even get you ranked and recognized as one of the top fighters in the world, but if you think martial arts training is only about that, you need to broaden your horizons and get excited because there’s much more to it than meets the eye. Remember Bruce Lee’s famous line: “Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory”...
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Writeup From: Elliott Altman Few tough guy actors have as sketchy a reputation as Steven Seagal. From singing with Panda Bears to pretending to be a cop on a reality TV show, the man’s been a bit odd for years now. John Leguizamo famously included a bit in his standup routine about the movie Executive Decision he made with Seagal. He claims Seagal came onto the set and told everyone he was in charge. Leguizamo laughed because it sounded stupid and Seagal attacked him out of nowhere. Other stories also agree he’s a bit of a bully and is known to...
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January 22 & 23, Cocoa, FL Friday - Justin Ortiz Seminar Friday - Referee & Scorekeeper Training Saturday - KICK OFF Competition Saturday Night Awards Banquet...
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I have been practicing Martial Arts for 46 years and I have achieved a 9th degree Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu, 8th degree in Tae Kwon Do, 8th degree in weapons. I have been active as a teacher daily for the last 46 years and I really love the Martial Arts and I believe everyone can benefit from Martial Arts training. Here are 10 reasons why I love the Martial Arts. You can do Martial Arts for a lifetime. Martial Arts are one of the few sports you can do for a lifetime. A lot of sports young people play in...
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Master Rigan Machado is a living legend in the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is considered by many to be the greatest grappler to ever walk the face of the planet. Master Rigan holds the prestigious Red and Black Belt and is nephew of the Legendary Grandmaster Carlos Gracie Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream You can view the article here: http://actorsentertainment.com/actorse/martial-artist-rigan-machado-and-host-chiristie-philips-on-actorse/    ...
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By: Grandmaster Ted Gambordella I have been practicing Martial Arts for 46 years and I have achieved a 9th degree Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu, 8th degree in Tae Kwon Do, 8th degree in weapons. I have been active as a teacher daily for the last 46 years and I really love the Martial Arts and I believe everyone can benefit from Martial Arts training. Here are 10 reasons why I love the Martial Arts. You can do Martial Arts for a lifetime. Martial Arts are one of the few sports you can do for a lifetime. A lot of sports young people...
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“Smart Kids Move” will combine the sports industry (Martial Arts) with the education industry (Academic Performance) for the benefit of children. The people we are attracting are parents who will want to enroll their children in a martial arts program designed to provide all the traditional benefits of martial arts (discipline, respect, confidence, coordination and self protection) tied into a clinical proven, patent pending system designed specifically to increase cognitive function, intellectual ability and academic performance. “Smart Kids Move” is a company introducing a patent pending program where martial arts school owners incorporate a unique but very simple short and intermittent...
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Motivational Speaker Earnest Hart, Jr. Helps Build Character in Young Students http://www.freespeechjournal.com/non-violent-approach-to-being-bullied.html  ...
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Dear Mentors and Champions Team! New years goal will be to communicate more, I get nice newsletters from youth ministries and they are all pro and nice, with great stories. We have stories, but I just can’t get myself to “ prop” these kids up and put their pictures and stories out publically. The relationship[s we build are 100% trust based and we have to be like grand parents – we’ll challenge you when you screw up, but we will be there for you too. It’s hard to do news letters etc. describing what we do working with “at risk and stupid” young adults. Can’t put...
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Founding member Rigan Machado on the movie set with Keanu Reeves Founding member Rigan Machado on the movie set with Keanu Reeves ...
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Premier Charter School in St. Louis: Building Character One Student at a Time Click here to view this article about one of World Black Belts founding members, Earnest Hart, Jr....
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The Martial Arts Kid to Get Theatrical Release by Traditionz Entertainment The Martial Arts Kid Starring the legendary Don "the Dragon" Wilson, with former Karate champ Champ Cynthia Rothrock, is about an important subject Anti Bullying & should be very well received! World Black Belt supports the stars & the subject! http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/martial-arts-kid-be-released-815016  ...
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Journeys Extra Extra Alina Akram is no stranger to the glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry; lights, camera, and action is what she experiences daily working for one of the hottest entertainment television news program and nationally syndicated, Extra TV. Currently a Field Producer for Extra TV, she has also been a Segment Coordinator and Media Librarian for the show as well and has enjoyed every moment working for the show. Originally based at Victory Studios set in 1994, Extra TV moved to The Grove at Farmers Market in 2010, and made Universal Studios Hollywood its home in 2013. With the show currently...
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Vistage Awards Bob Thurman with 2014 Speaker Innovation Award San Diego, June 3, 2015 – Vistage International, the world’s leading CEO peer advisory membership organization, is proud to present Bob Thurman with the 2014 Vistage Speaker Innovation Award, an award that recognizes the Vistage speaker who best embodies, utilizes, focuses and inspires Vistage members to new ways of thinking, being and running their businesses and lives. Thurman has been a speaker with Vistage for the past two years. His program, CounterAttactics Executive Personal Safety & Defense Workshop, has been publically recognized by members for inspiring them to think differently about safety. “The CounterAttactics presentation was most energetic Vistage meeting I...
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Eric Lee's and Cynthia Rothrock's China Martial Arts Tour On October 11, 2005, Grandmaster Eric Lee, Grandmaster Cynthia Rothrock, Grandmaster Bob Maschmeier, Grandmaster John Olivier, Grandmaster Max Pallen Sr. (myself-Professor Mitch Powell), Master Mark Gerry, Master Erik Kovaleski, Sifu John Magee, Sifu Peter Charos, Sensei William Miller, Sensei Michael Schieberl, Sihing Joe Quintela, and others traveled to China to experience the birth place of the martial arts. We could have easily gone to each historic location and took pictures, but Master Mark Gerry had a plan. Instead of taking pictures, he was determined to do much more. Under his direction we all climbed the Great Wall of China with our...
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Vital Spot and Grand Master Sereff Preparing to Launch Last month you may have read that Grand Master Charles Sereff is preparing to launch his own invention of martial arts and self defense protective equipment. Well, the production date is fast approaching and prototype samples are being built as you read this update. Grand Master Sereff has partnered with two of his students, Mr. Jim Smith as Secretary and Chief Financial Officer (Boulder, Colorado) and Mr. Bob Johnson as President and Chief Operating Officer (Grand Rapids, Michigan), as well as their fourth partner Mr. Mark Oliver as Chief Credit Officer (Hilton Head, South Carolina). Over the last several months the...
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WBB Living Legend Michele Laurin  Stars in Ninong Magic Sky Entertainment is proud to announce 6 time world karate champion, Michael Laurin starring in the action/adventure Ninong. Set in the exotic islands of the Philippines, the story follows a tragic accident that has left Mike Pilon (Michael Laurin) and John Brown (Eric Gable) devastated at the loss of their loved ones. Upon their return to the US, they discover the man who is responsible- they call him Ninong. Guarded by corrupt politicians and government officials, the Ninong (Dominic Keating- Star Trek: Enterprise, Beowulf ) holds the key to discovering the truth of their tragedy. Also starring Tam Nguyen, Marc-...
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Leo Fong: Living Legend, Mentor, and My Dear Friend Leo Fong: Living Legend, Mentor, and My Dear Friend Submitted By:Linda Bustamante Linda Bustamante and Leo Fong Kindness, generosity, and humbleness are some of the many virtues that my good friend Mr. Leo Fong possesses. Who would have known that this year, I would have the honor and privilege, to be able to do a movie with such an empowering and influential martial artist, such as Mr. Leo Fong, who I have admired since I was a little girl. Mr. Leo Fong is a wonderful and inspiring man who believes that if you have a dream and work hard for it,...
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Leo Fong - The subtle power of nonresistance Submitted by: Leo T. Fong Leo Fong teaching at his annual seminar for the University of Pennsylvania Kempo club.   Los Angeles is finally getting over with “Laker Mania” and is now focusing on the next NBA season. I am not an ardent basketball fan, but I do value the dynamics that make a player a superstar like Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. I learn much from watching the likes of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Shaq O’Neal in relationship to my martial arts journey. I also appreciate the skills of players from other sports such as Reggie Bush the running...
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Filipino Martial Arts in the United States This article was put together originally as a way to share with my sons a way they could be proud of their Filipino-American Heritage. I am sharing this article based upon facts, written and oral history that I have been collecting on this subject for many years. There will be some that wish to dispute facts with me. Being a historian by hobby I am always willing to verbally debate this. I am also a Historic re-actor for US history and belong to the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society Lt. Nilinger Chapter, so I take great pride in sharing History with all...
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Solara Speaks - Ode To An Era, School Is Ou Ode To An Era, By: Solara Key It seems like only yesterday that a painfully shy little nine year-old girl, (me,) walked into the Shorin Ryu Martial Arts School of Sensei Jimmie Hayes. In fact, Sensei Hayes will tell you, I was so shy he didn’t think I would last through the week! Two years later, I won my first national tournament in sparring, and met Mr. Bob Wall. Later that year, I became a Junior Correspondent for World Black Belt, and have been ever since. This year, I will be graduating from Siegel High School. Where did the time go? Elementary...
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Linda Bustamante in Action 2012 Every new year brings another birthday, continued growth in the arts and life, new ideas, and new opportunities. This year marks my 6th year of having the honor of being a member of the prestigious World Black Belt (WBB) family. During this time, I have been given the great opportunity to be a part of many of the aspects that this wonderful site has to offer. WBB has put together an amazing website to communicate with the most admired and respected martial artists around the world and has given me the opportunity to share the impact that martial arts has had...
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By Tom Ingargiola USKBA Champion Iron Ron Murray Just wanted to share a special story with you. Ron Murray is a black belt in Shaolin Kempo and has been my student and friend for over fifteen years ! He has been an active kick boxer as well for the past several years and recently reached the pinnacle of his cruiserweight division by winning the USKBA Amateur World Title a few months ago. A much younger opponent challenged him for a unification bout and he put his recently acquired title on the line right away with no hesitation and took his shot...
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By HANSHI SID CAMPBELL A Journey of 4,000 Miles Begins with the First Step in Radiation Treatment for Hanshi Sid Campbell. The Chronicles of Hanshi’s Personal Journey to Overcome Prostate Cancer. According to the American Cancer Society’s newly released “Cancer Facts and Figures 2005” report, cancer has passed heart disease as top killer of Americans over the age of 85. Among the data pertaining to prostate cancer it is estimated that at least 232,090 new cases will be diagnosed in the United States this year. It is disheartening to realize that the estimated number of American men that will die this...
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2008…What a Year “They say Japan was made by a sword. They say the old gods dipped a coral blade into the ocean, and when they pulled it out, four perfect drops fell back into the sea, and those drops became the islands of Japan. I say Japan was made by a handful of brave men…warriors, willing to give their lives for what seems to have become a forgotten word….HONOR.” - The Last Samurai Whatever Japan was made of, I, for one, love being caught up in the history and customs there. Everything is done so meticulously; from their arts and crafts, to the...
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Journeys A Memorable Night for my Sister and Me By:Linda Bustamante Last year, on February 25, 2008, I entered a contest for my little sister to win Jonas Brothers tickets. I had promised my sister tickets to go see the Jonas Brothers when they came down to our town, but when I tried buying her tickets, they were sold out. When the teller at the ticket booth said that there were no more seats available for the concert, I felt my heart sink with the fear that my sister was not going to be able to see her favorite group.   Little did I know that my martial arts skills...
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Having and Open Mind When Coaching By Drew Thunder Wolf Arthur There is a saying “There is nothing new under the sun”. This is true, but in that all trees are not created the same: like some trees which break under pressure some trees which bend under pressure, things can be different. In such a way when different regimes, courses, ways of teaching, instructing, coaching, or adding, and modifying, or combining techniques synergistically can definitely put a new spin on things, and actually become new, or different at a minimum, or even revolutionary at the highest zenith. Take the titles, and militaristic way I was taught as a kid in Karate classes....
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Journeys Hollywood comes to South Texas By:Linda BustamanteThere are days in one’s life where you realize how blessed you are. For me, those days were in June of 2008. Earlier, I auditioned for the role of “Gabby” for a movie called The Red Queen. After three call backs, I received news that I got cast as the lead role of “Gabriella Carmella Diaz Salinas.” Another passion of mine, besides martial arts, is acting. What I was so drawn to about this role was that I was going to be able to showcase my passion for the martial arts as the character, Gabby. I am able to portray...
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Grandmaster Christopher Nasilowski 10TH DAN Kalaki Arcanis Arnis Submitted By: Grandmaster Vincent Palumbo Grand Master Christopher Nasilowski was born in the city of Pruskoteka in Poland, in the year 1951. He first started to train in the martial arts, in 1967, and it was in the city of Szcztno where he first commenced his study of Judo, which he did for a couple of years, and was there that he learned how to unbalance and throw an opponent to the ground. And this is also where he got his first taste of basic grappling techniques on the ground as well. GM Chris tried some Shotokan Karate and Boxing, but...
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Leo T. Fong teaching a seminar about timing Submitted by: Leo T. Fong TIMING: Someone once said, “Timing is everything!” As I look back and look ahead, I totally agree. Whether it be in business, martial arts, relationships and many other “life spaces”; timing plays an important role in the proficiency content of that particular “life space.” Down through the years, people unfamiliar with the essence of martial arts would ask me the question, “Which style or system is the best? Can a boxer beat a wrestler, kicker beat a puncher?” In my early years I had to ramble around for an answer. Only in recent years I have come...
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Train with the Master of Kalis Ilustrisimo By: Peachie Baron-Saguin Submitted by: Steven Dowd I first met Master Tony Diego when I joined Bakbakan International in 1989. He was a friend of the Master of Bakbakan Christopher Ricketts, and was invited frequently in our practice sessions, to share with the students of Bakbakan his style in sword and knife fighting.Peachie Baron-Saguin training with Master Tony Diego When Master Christopher Ricketts left for the States, I started training with Master Diego on a regular basis with his Binondo group, the Kalis Ilustrisimo. My training then took on a leap. I was showed the proper way to hold the blade,...
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Thomson Punks Melendez For Lightweight Title Submitted by: Mike Afromowitz Josh "The Punk" Thomson serving up a bowl of pain to Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez.In a stunning performance that reminisced that of his teammate, Cung Le, three months ago, 29-year-old Josh “The Punk” Thomson (15-2) made the greatest stand to date in his seven year professional mixed martial arts career as he hammered superstar and longtime training partner, Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez (14-3), for five rounds to capture the Strikeforce world lightweight (155 lb limit) championship by way of unanimous judges’ decision at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California last night. Knockout artist Billy Evangelista (7-0)...
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Submitted by: Mike Afromowitz Jeff Shamrock, nephew of MMA Legend Ken Shamrock, has signed a multi-fight deal with world championship fight promotion, Strikeforce. Shamrock’s first fight under the San Jose based organization will be announced soon. “I am definitely excited to have Ken Shamrock's nephew as a part of the Strikeforce team,” said Strikeforce CEO, Scott Coker. “Jeff possesses that incredible Shamrock strength that his family is known for. I expect great things from Jeff and look forward to his professional debut.” "I am very thankful for this opportunity," said Jeff Shamrock who, at 18 years old, is the youngest member...
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By: Leo Fong The recent MMA match between Frank Shamrock and Cung Le was a match that could have been great. Two great competitors with awesome skills finally will decide who has the bragging rights to be the best of the best. Yet, it was a great disappointment. It is my suspicious that ego played a role in aborting what potentially could have been the match of the year. Contrast and contradictions makes great drama in movies; it is no exception in sports competition. They say in boxing, “style makes the fights.” I was looking forward to the match between Shamrock...
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Russia’s Last Emperor vs The American Maine-iac Submitted by: www.afflictionclothing.com The Cold War might be over, but old rivalries die hard. On July 19th at Honda Center in Anaheim, California, two of the world’s greatest MMA super powers will collide when Russia’s Fedor Emelianenko faces off with America’s Tim Sylvia for the WAMMA heavyweight championship. These two formidable heavyweight champions finally make it into the ring together, in an event as impressive as the two athletes heading the bill — “Affliction Banned.” These two heavy hitters are so accomplished it’s a challenge for them to find competitive opponents. The two are almost perfectly matched in number of professional...
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Starring: A New Colloidal Mineral Enhanced Alkaline Spring Water That Maximizes HydrationMarket Wire: August, 2007 - Celebrity endorsed K.O. Fitness Recovery Drink® from World Black Belt Inc. is the latest entry in the billion dollar bottled water biz. The new designer drink is fortified with colloidal minerals that will knock out your thirst fast and replace sweat lost through exercise. K.O. is claimed to be the world's healthiest fitness recovery drink. K.O. is purely natural, certified alkaline spring water; super charged with a propriety blend of essential colloidal minerals, which include Calcium, Magnesium, Copper, Selenium, Potassium and Zinc. This formula was...
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God Bless The Keepers of Our Country Submitted by: Solara Key (Photo: Papa Todd serving in World War II) The fires that were burning out of control in California really scared me. My brother Todd, his wife Lindy, and my nephews Eric and Dane, along with Lindy’s mother (called Mor Mor by us kids,) all had to evacuate their homes. I am proud of my brother. He was aboard the U.S.S. Constellation and went to fight in the Persian Gulf War. Both of my grandfathers were among those who fought in the war as well. My grandfather on my mom’s side fought in World War II.Papa Key: Veteran of...
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Journeys My Inspiration By Linda Bustamante (Photo: Linda Bustamante with her Sensei Master Martiniano Martinez Jr.) In movies and television today, "teacher", "sensei", or "master" are common titles used to describe a martial arts instructor, but the true essence of a martial arts instructor is much more than a title can ever express. Instructors are not just people one learns combative techniques from; they are individuals who mold character and help one in every aspect of one’s life. Instructors give their students the courage to set foot inside a ring and fight against a person they have never met before with the mindset, "I might...
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Fighting to Stay On Top Submitted by: Harrison Luke Watch Video (add video)It has been over a year now since female karate champion, Charl Pohnel, has relocated to California from Hawaii. Her ambition was to compete in more tournaments and to achieve national championship status. In 2007 CharlAnne’s first Tournament was the Compete Nationals. She fought four times and came out on top as the first place winner. The following weekend she traveled to Utah to compete in the Salt City Internationals. She competed in two different divisions coming up with a first and a third place finish. Disappointed with the third place finish, she was...
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