Kyra Gracie: “The pressure comes from me, not my name”

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If in the men’s division Royler has had his day, the present is dominated by superchampion Roger, and the futureof the promising Kayron, Kron and Clark seems guaranteed; for some time now the females of the family have been represented by one lone lady warrior: Kyra Gracie.

Her medal tally since 2004 comes to four golds, four silvers and one bronze in World Championship competition. A three-time lightweight champion (in fact Kyra counts four lightweight titles once she closed out the division in 2004 with Bianca Andrade, officially getting the silver medal) and winner of the 2008 absolute, Kyra owes nothing to family influence when it comes to her conquests. In 2011 she plans to add further glory to her mantel.

Just before taking off for Miami, to go through the final phase of training with her uncle Rillion, Kyra had an exclusive chat with the GRACIEMAG at the Worlds Blog. In the interview the Gracie touched on the pressure inherent in her famous last name, said what she thinks about the traditional anti-Gracie portion of the crowd at championships, responded to whether her busy extra-mat life hampers her training, and revealed if she considers Luanna Alzuguir to be her greatest rival.

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