updated 05/11/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/11/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Robin Le Count, 19, a freckle-faced, 5'3" second-year student in political science and economics at Stanford, hardly looks like she can flip a 170-pound quarterback. But she can. In her weight class (107-114), Le Count is one of the top women black belts in the U.S. "I can hold my own with big guys," boasts Robin. Indeed, coed friends, concerned for their safety, sometimes have her walk them to the library at night. When Spokane-born Le Count first asked to take judo lessons with her younger brothers, her mother objected on the grounds that it was unladylike. But Robin's building contractor father prevailed, and at 13, she won the junior nationals in San Bruno, Calif. There she was spotted by Stanford's judo coach, Willy Cahill, who took her under his wing. At 17, she won all her matches at the International Team Tournament in Germany and a gold medal at the Pan Am championships in Mexico City. Last fall I Le Count captured a silver at 1980's premier event, the Canadian Cup in Quebec. In addition to her weekly 21-hour class load and 10 hours of judo instruction, Le Count's regimen includes 100 sit-ups and 100 push-ups daily. Robin hopes to become a lawyer and eventually a judge. Meantime she works summers for her father—running a jackhammer.