In 2009, Lana Stefanac won her weight and absolute in the black belt catagory. Lana was born in Cleveland. Lana is the first American woman to win a world title in the black belt division. Says Lana, “I am the first. I took double gold in the black belt division in 2009. It was my Mother’s birthday gift to win worlds and get my black belt. I called her afterwards and said, Happy Birthday Mom! I did it for you.” Lana was promoted to black belt on the podium. In 2009 the brown and black belt divisions were combined. Says Lana, “I got promoted on the podium after beating Kyra Gracie [in the absolute finals.]”
Sofia’s statement might still be true, there may not have been an American female to win the worlds ~as a black belt~. Though the donation site gofundme.com (http://www.gofundme.com/Sofiaworlds2013) Sofia met her goal and raised $745. Enough to get her to worlds.
“With the donations we were able to raise on gofundme and a generous last minute donation by my sponsor JACO we will be coming to the worlds this year.”
Where was Sofia born? Houston Texas.
But wait, Nyjah Easton is in her bracket and has a first round bye. Not to mention all the other American women in the other weight divisions. This one may come down to the order that the weight classes compete. All the more reason not to miss a thing this weekend at the 2013 World Championships in Long Beach California.