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Deaf Utahn wins gold medal in sword fighting at global competition

Posted at 6:07 PM, Jul 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-31 20:07:46-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Safarri Jessop is a 22-year-old Utahn with some serious martial skill, and she recently won a gold and several other medals at the 2016 PanAm Mulimpia Global Martial Arts Open Championships in Las Vegas.

Jessop won gold in Haidong Gumdo Swordfighting and took home several other medals in other events. She also made history as the first deaf Mulimpian competitor. Saturday, Jessop stopped by Good Day Utah to demonstrate her skills and discuss her victory and the challenges she overcame to reach the winner's podium.

See the video above for Jessop's interview, which was translated from sign language by Brek Bolton.