Kamran Madani sparing with opponent

Full-time CU Denver online student Kamran Madani won the gold medal at the World University Karate Championship in Japan last month, and he hasn’t slowed down since. He’s competing around the world with the goal of qualifying for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Karate is a newly added event for the Tokyo games.

Kamran Madani holding award
Kamran Madani holding his award at the World University Karate Championship.

As a CU Online student, Madani has the scheduling convenience to pursue his educational goals while maintaining the rigorous training, travel and competition schedule of an Olympic hopeful. He is on schedule to graduate in May 2019 with a degree in psychology.

Corey Edwards, CU Denver online student success manager, has advised Madani throughout his college journey.

“Not everyone is going to be a world-class student athlete like Kamran is, but they have other things that are important to them like their families and their careers; they need flexibility,” Edwards told 9News for a story about Madani and the advantages of online learning.

Watch three TV news stories to learn more about Madani’s exciting life as an online student and an elite student athlete.

CBS4 News at 10
July 31, 2018
Colorado Man Brings Home World Championship In Karate
CU Denver online student Kamran Madani, 21, brought home the gold from the World University Championships in Japan. He’ll compete in a new country every month for the next two years, working to improve his world ranking and land a spot on the Olympic team. He is doing it all while getting his degree online from the University of Colorado Denver. “I remember I was in my room in the middle of Dubai and I was writing an essay for one of my psychology classes,” Madani said.

9News
August 1, 2018
CU Denver online student wins World University Karate Championship
CU Denver student Kamran Madani is earning a college degree online while traveling around the world for Karate competitions with the goal of earning a spot on the USA Olympic team. Nelson Garcia interviews CU Denver academic and student success advisor Corey Edwards about CU Denver’s fully online degree programs. “Not everyone is going to be a world-class student athlete like Kamran is, but they have other things that are important to them like their families and their careers; they need flexibility,” said Edwards.

KWGN Channel 2
August 3, 2018
Daybreak Live: Future Olympian wins Gold at World University Karate Championship
Kamran Madani demonstrates Karate and tells Ken Clark about balancing college and Karate as a CU Denver online student.

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