Name: Magdalena Zucek
Sport: Karate
Position: 14-15 Female Elite Kumite +54kg
Classification: Shotokan
Birthplace: Lake Forest, Ill.
Hometown: Libertyville, Ill.
World Championship Experience
  • 2017: Junior PKF 14-15 Kumite: Gold
  • 2017: Junior World Shotokan 14-15 Kumite: Gold
  • 2015: Junior PKF 12-13 Kumite: Silver
Other Career Highlights
  • 4x Junior US Team Member Kumite
  • 2018: NKF Nationals Team Trials 14-15 Elite Kumite: Gold
  • 2017: NKF Nationals Team Trials 14-15 Elite Kumite: Bronze
  • 2017: USA Open 14-15 Elite Kumite : Bronze
  • 2016: NKF National Team Trials 12-13 Elite Kumite: Gold
  • 2016: USA Open 12-13 Adv Kumite: Bronze
  • 2015: NKF National Team Trials 12-13 Elite Kumite: Gold
  • 2015: USA Open 12-13 Adv Kumite: Gold
Personal: The type of music I listen to is the motivational music that tugs at the heartstrings like Aerosmith or Linking Park....This is my 4th time making the Junior US Team. My first two years I made it in 12-13 female +45 kumite and these past two years I've made it in the 14-15 female +54 kumite division....My heroes are my family, especially my brother. He had pushed me to be better ever since I was little. I always strived to be better than him and he always led as an example for me. I don't think I would be this far without the motivation I have to be like him....What I love about competition is that I get to be myself and that I get to meet new competition and get new friends. Competition brings me into a new mindset and lets me show all of the hard work I put into training beforehand....My hidden talents include playing piano and doing pushups with only my hands...."I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times."