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Taraje Williams-Murray knows exactly where he’s going to eat when the Olympics are over. He knows the cooking he’s going to do to gain back 25 pounds. He knows all about the lazy Sundays he will have with his girlfriend and family just vegging out.
But he’s putting that all aside for now in the name of sacrifice, which is basically the first word out of 23-year-old Taraje’s mouth these days as he prepares for the Beijing Olympics. He’s a four-time national judo champion and was on the U.S. judo team in Athens four years ago. He knows exactly what kind of sacrifices he’s making with 16-hour training days with strict workouts and a strict diet. It was all the subject of his documentary, “Beyond the Rings”.
Taraje has been competing in judo since he was eight years old. “The pinnacle of any judoka is the Olympics,” he says. He knows all the fun he could be having if he wasn’t training, he can wait for that but he can’t wait to compete.
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