Nina Cutro-Kelly

Judo

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Weight: +78kg
Date of Birth: 1984
Current Residence: Rennes, France
Hometown: Albany, N.Y.
Club
: Universal Judo
Coach: Jim Hrbek
Education: Bachelor's degrees in Political Science/Pre-Law and French Language / Literature from Union College
Occupation: English and American History teacher at Rennes University in France
Current U.S. Ranking: #2 in the Senior +78kg division

Senior World Championship Teams: 2010, 2009
Junior World Championship Teams: 2002

Personal: Nina grew up as the oldest in a family of six children.  At the age of 8, she started judo as a hobby along with her father who had practiced judo as a teenager.  At 14, Nina began training with 1992 Olympic Coach Jim Hrbek. She still had no intention of ever competing in the sport, despite having wrestled in middle school.  At Hrbek's urging, Nina began competing in late 1999 and placed second in her first Junior National event in the summer of 2000. 

The year 2002 was a busy and pivotal one for Nina. She completed high school after only three years and graduated with honors a full year early. Nina was accepted to Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. and also competed at the Junior World Championships in Jeju, Korea in September. 

During the next four years, Nina successfully balanced a busy judo schedule, a part-time job and a full course load for a double major in Pre-Law and French at Union College. Upon graduation from Union in 2006, Cutro-Kelly decided to defer law school and accepted a full-time teaching position as a lecturer of English at Rennes University in Rennes, France.  Nina currently balances her teaching position with training six days a week with the regional team of western France.

Recent Career Highlights:

2010:

  • Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships
  • Bronze - Sarajevo Open

2009

  • Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships

2008:

  • Silver - Birmingham World Cup (78kg)
  • Fifth - USA Judo Senior National Championships (78kg)

2007:

  • Gold - Fall Classic National Championships (78kg)
  • Silver - Rendez-Vous Canada (78kg)
  • Silver - USA Judo Senior National Championships (78kg)
  • Bronze - Finnish Open (78kg)
  • Fifth - U.S. Open (78kg)
  • Fifth - Golden Judoguis Championships (78kg)

2006:

  • Gold - Irish Open (78kg)
  • Gold - Irish Open (Open)
  • Silver - Liberty Bell Classic (78kg)
  • Silver - Am-Can Challenge (78kg)
  • Bronze - USA Judo Senior National Championships (78kg)
  • Bronze - USA Judo Senior National Championships (Open)
  • Fifth - Finnish Open

2005:

  • Gold - Am Can Challenge (78kg)
  • Gold - Fall Classic National Championships (78kg)
  • Gold - Irish Open (78kg)
  • Gold - Irish Open (Open)
  • Silver - Liberty Bell Classic
  • Silver - USA Judo Senior National Championships (78kg)
  • Silver - USA Judo Senior National Championships (Open)

2004:

  • Gold - Liberty Bell Classic (78kg)

2003:

  • Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships (Open)


2002
:

  • Gold - Junior U.S. Open (IJF-Junior, +78kg)
  • Gold - USA Judo National Junior Olympic Championships (IJF-Junior, +78kg)
  • Bronze - Fall Classic National Championships (78kg)