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Benjamin Goodrich

Paralympian 2016, 2021

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Ben Goodrich competing in judo
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St. Paul, MN


University of Minnesota

classification: J2

  • Competed in wrestling, track and field and football in high school, but excelled in wrestling where he was named the team MVP as a senior, totaling a 35-3 record that season.

  • Introduced to judo through a physical education class at the University of Minnesota as a freshman in 2011.

  • Earned degrees in finance and accounting from the University of Minnesota, worked as a sales tax technician for the City of Colorado Springs while training for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
  • Made his first international team in 2013

  • Resides in Sweden where he trains along with his wife, Nicolina Pernheim.
  • Two-time Paralympian; one-time Paralympic medalist (1 silver)
    • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, silver (men's -100 kg.)
    • Paralympic Games Rio 2016
  • Parapan American Games Lima 2019, silver medal
  • Three-time Pan American Championships medalist
  • Three-time Judo Grand Prix medalist
  • 2013 Youth World Championships, gold medal

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