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Valerie Gotay: Olympic Judo Athlete and Mom

In many sports, the Olympics have progressively been undergoing a quiet revolution, one in which women, most specifically ones that are mothers, are still competing at the highest level in their sports well into their thirties. Valerie Gotay, 34, is a prime example. One of three U.S. women over 30 competing in judo at the Beijing Olympics 3, she is also a dedicated mother to her two daughters, eleven year old Breanna and six year old Isabella.

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