Name: Mateo Solis
Position: 12-13 Male Elite Kumite -50 kg
Sport: Karate
Classification: Shotokan
Birthplace: Evanston, Ill.
Hometown: Evanston, Ill.
Other Career Highlights
  • Member of the 2017 Junior National Team for 12-13 year old Male Elite Kumite -40 kg
  • Gold medal at 2018 Nationals in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Member of the 2018 Junior National Team for 12-13 Male Elite Kumite -50 kg
Personal: My favorite food is Indian....My biggest win was winning a gold medal at nationals in 2017 because that was the first time I ever made Team USA. It was the best feeling in the world, and no other win will ever be like that....My hero in real life is my dad, because he is the one who taught me the work ethic that I have today. He is also the one who manages me at tournaments and promotes me. My dad makes me a good person and teaches me social skills and is honest with me....I can do a pretty good British accent....My hobbies include karate, gaming, and shopping....I am inspired by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. He always puts messages out on social media about working hard and staying positive. He tells stories about how he grew up with nothing but worked tirelessly to achieve his dreams and become the person his is today....I love seeing my friends and the adrenaline rush of being on the tatami in front of judges when I am competing...."Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." - Pele