Date of birth: May 9, 1990
Weight division: 70 kg
Height: 170 cm
Hometown: Whitby, Ontario
Residence: Boston, USA
2013 – Grand Slam Baku – Gold medallist
2014 – Grand Slam Tokyo – Bronze medallist
2017 – Grand Slam Paris – Silver medallist
3 times Pan American champion (2010,2013,2015)
Judo is a family affair for the Zupancics. Kelita was introduced to the sport by her father, a fifth-degree black belt, and to this day, she sees her parents as her idols. She is immensely grateful for how they helped her get where she is today, and dreams of one day inspiring the athletes that will come after her.
At the top of the list of Kelita’s accomplishments are her two Olympic participation: London in 2012 and Rio in 2016, where she finished in 7thplace. Her next goal is clear: she wants to bring home the under 70 kg gold medal from Tokyo, in 2020.
Kelita loves how judo allows her to travel all around the world, meeting wonderful people and making special memories. When she is not training, she is interested in fashion and movies, and she also enjoys reading.
For the entire list of Kelita’s results, please consult her JudoInside page:
Photos cc Rafal Burza and Tom Taylor: https://www.flickr.com/photos/judo_canada/albums/72157702989384345
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