James A. Pedro ’94
Year Inducted: 2004
One of only nine Brown wrestlers to win the Eastern Championship, Jimmy Pedro also placed in the top 4 at the Eastern Championships three times. He was also a three-time Olympian in Judo in Barcelona in 1992, in 1996 in Atlanta, and Sydney in 2000.
Pedro earned First Team All-Ivy honors in 1991, but took two years off from wrestling to train and compete for the1992 Olympics in judo. When he returned, Pedro put together a 25-7 wrestling mark on his way to winning the Eastern Championships as a junior. Pedro also earned First Team All-Ivy honors and was named Academic All-Ivy in 1993. A two-time NCAA qualifier, Pedro made it to the round of 12 in the 1993 NCAA Championships.
Unable to compete his senior year due to injury, Pedro qualified for a position on the United States Goodwill judo team by winning the U.S. National Championships. He amassed six wins against no losses and was named Outstanding Player of the U.S. at the competition. It was his fourth National Championship.
Pedro has won more gold medals in international competition than any other American in history of the sport. He became only the eighth American male to win any kind of judo medal in history when he won a bronze medal in the 1996 Olympic Games. Pedro was a gold medallist in the 1999 World Championships and earned a fourth place finish in the 2000 Olympics. He is only the second American ever to win a World Championship in judo. Pedro is also a two-time gold medallist at the Pan American Games, a five-time U.S. National champion, and was a five-time winner of the USOC’s Male Athlete for Judo.
Pedro is currently the Manager of Olympic Sponsorship at Monster.com, joining the company as its first Olympian employee. Pedro has served as an integral role in creating the Team 2002 Volunteer career site and the TeamUSAnet Olympian career site for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Pedro’s vast knowledge and experience of the Olympics and its athletes will foster the relationship with the USOC, the Salt Lake City Olympic Committee (SLOC), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and other sports governing bodies around the world.
Pedro graduated from Brown in 1994 with a BA in Business Economics. He currently resides in Methuen, MA with his wife, Marie, and their three children, Casey, AJ, and Ricky.