On this day in 2008, Ronda Rousey won a bronze medal in judo as she defeated Annett Boehm by yuko at the Summer Games in Beijing.
Rousey suffered her only loss of the Olympics against Edith Bosch of the Netherlands in an overtime quarterfinal. She won the three matches that followed before winning a bronze medal.
At the time, Rousey did not know what would be next in her career. A foray into MMA was still being debated.
“I don't know,” Rousey told USA Today in Beijing. “He says, ‘Just come and learn how to punch. Maybe we'll find you a fight later. So I don't know. I might learn how to throw a punch, but I'm not making any promises.’”
Rousey made her Olympic debut in Athens, where she was the youngest judoka at the Games. Just 24 years before, Rousey's mother, AnnMarie De Mars, became the first U.S. woman to win a world judo title.
Watch Rousey's bronze medal-winning fight below:
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