Gulfport's Ken Altman is flying high as we speak. The Gulf Coast Judo member earned a spot on the Team USA Judo squad, ready to compete in the Maccabian Games later this month.
Altman said, "I've been involved in judo for most of my life. I joined judo when I was five years old. My father got me involved in it because I was getting picked on by other kids. I competed as a child and knew about the Maccabian Games. They are the Jewish Olympics and take place every four years and I got a wild hair this past year and decided to try out."
Ken traveled to Atlanta in January and competed well. So much so, he polished off the competition in the 198 pound weight division. He's one of over 350 Americans competing in Israel and one of 5000 athletes from 43 nations striving to bring back a medal. When Ken is not flipping around an opponent, he's an attorney.
Altman received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Florida State University and got his law degree at Loyola University in New Orleans. His trip to Tel Aviv is truly an honor. Altman said, "Going to Israel is a personal achievement that I'm very proud of. I'm going to fight hard. I'm going to hopefully come back with a medal and expect to grow spiritually and hope to be a good representative of my country and also my people." Judo has been very good to Ken Altman, who leaves for Israel this coming Saturday.