Birthplace: Shiprock, N.M.
Hometown: Albuquerque, N.M.
Residence: Redondo Beach, Calif.
High School: Redondo Union H.S. (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
Year of Graduation: 2012
Coach: Chee Bates (father)
Dojang: Villa's Taekwondo
Read Aug. 11, 2010 article in The Beach Reporter
Other Sports Played in High School: track and cross country
Hobbies: on her days off she likes to go to the mall, the movies, and the beach with her friends
Family: younger brother (Page Bates) also competes in taekwondo...he is a junior black belt and has been competing for 4 years...he won first place at the 2009 Junior Olympics in the 10-11 world class sparring division.
Favorite Foods: Mickey's Pizza on 2nd Street, Panda Express, Meenchies frozen yogurt, El Burrito Jr. (lbj's), cheesecake and Rice Krispie treats
Pre-Competition Meal: lots of grains and yogurt
Favorite Athlete: George St. Pierre
Favorite Movie: "Hercules"
Favorite Music: acoustic, electronica and R&B
Favorite Country Visited for Competition: England
Did You Know?: Jessie started playing violin in the 6th grade and has been playing for 5 years.
Quotable Jessie Bates: "How you climb up the mountain is just as important as how you get down the mountain. And, so it is with life, which for many of us becomes one big gigantic test followed by one big gigantic lesson. In the end, it all comes down to one word. Grace. It's how you accept winning and losing, good luck and bad luck, the darkness and the light."
A special thanks to my grandma, Karen Dixon. She's been there for me from the very start. She might not have known, but she has been the heart and soul of my success.
Mom, Dad, Brother thanks for always being there by my side through the ups and downs. Without you none of this could ever be possible.
I am originally from the Four Corners area, I would like to acknowledge the fact that I was born on the Navajo Reservation and I'm proud to represent the Navajo Nation.
Thanks to: Mary Dixon, Master Chris Ballard, Master Octavio Villa, Gus Villa, Damian Villa, Coach Tim Thackery, Coach Joseph Salim, Sven Lorrimer, James Moontasri, Jessica Pryor, Mayra Grimaldo, Phillip Berdin, Chase Graham, Vila Vazquez, Maricela Zuniga, Gina-Louise Williams, Christian Medina, Jennie McGurn.
Family and friends.
Thanks so much for everyone's help and support. I'm so grateful. -Jessie
MAJOR COMPETITION RESULTS:
2011 USAT National Championships (Sr. Fly): SILVER
2011 USAT Junior Olympics (Jr. Light): BRONZE
2011 USAT San Diego National Qualifier (Sr. Bantam): GOLD
2011 USAT San Diego National Qualifier (Jr. Light): SILVER
2011 U.S. Open (Jr. Light): GOLD
2011 U.S. National Team Trials (Sr. Fly): 3rd
2010 Youth Olympic Games (-49kg): BRONZE
-def. So Hui Kim (KOR), 9-6 (OT)
-def. Chimi Wangmo (BHU), RSC in quarters
-lost to Dana Touran (JOR), 2-1 in semis
2010 Youth Olympic Games Team Member (-49kg)
2010 USAT National Championships (Sr. Fly): BRONZE
2010 USAT Junior Olympics (Jr. Feather): SILVER
2010 USAT Fresno National Qualifier (Sr. Fly): BRONZE
2010 USAT Fresno National Qualifier (Jr. Feather): GOLD
2010 Youth Olympic Games Qualification (under 49kg): 5th
2010 U.S. Open (Jr. Light): GOLD
2010 Youth Olympic Games Qualification Team Member (Fly)
2009 Youth Olympic Games Team Trial (Fly): Gold
2009 Junior Olympics (Light): Quarterfinals
2009 Senior National Championships (Bantam): Bronze
2009 Junior Olympic Qualifier (Light): Gold
2009 California State Tournament, Jrs. (Light): Gold
2009 California State Tournament, Srs. (Bantam): Gold
2009 U.S. Open Sparring (Light): Bronze
2009 U.S. Open Forms (Light): Silver
2009 Senior Team Trials (Bantam): Quarterfinals
2008 Junior Olympics Forms (Light): Silver
2008 Junior Olympics Sparring (Light): Sliver
2008 Junior Qualifier (Light): Silver
2008 California State Tournament Srs. (Bantam): Bronze
2008 California State Tournament Jrs. (Feather): Gold
2007 Junior Olympics Sparring (12-13, Light): Silver
2007 Junior Olympics Forms (12-13, Middle): Silver
2007 Junior Qualifier Sparring (12-13, Light): Gold
2007 New Mexico State Tournament (12-13, Light): Gold
2006 Junior Olympics Elite (12-13, Light): Bronze
2006 Junior Qualifier (12-13, Light): Gold
2006 New Mexico State Tournament (12-13, Bantam): Gold
2005 Junior Olympics World Sparring (Bantam): Gold
2005 Junior Olympics Elite Sparring (Bantam): Gold
2005 Junior Olympics Forms (Middle): Gold
2005 New Mexico State Championships (Bantam): Gold
last updated 9/28/11