2014 | 68 mins | English
Teshya Alo is 16 years old and 125 pounds. But on the judo and wrestling mats, she throws women twice her age and pounds heavier. And she beats boys. Now, she has her sights set on gold at both the judo and wrestling world championships–and eventually the Olympics. But it won’t be easy.
She is younger and less experienced than her opponents. She trains from Hawai‘i and the cost to travel to tournaments drains her family’s resources. She’s a student at a private school for Native Hawaiians. And she’s going through puberty.
Winning Girl follows the four-year journey of this part-Polynesian female teenage judo and wrestling phenom, and in doing so tells the dynamic story of an elite athlete on her ascent, a girl facing the challenges of growing up and an entire family dedicated to a single dream.
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