Team USA Judo Athletes Are Ready to Defend Olympic Gold, Add to U.S. Judo Medal Collection

New York, NY (July 25, 2016) – This August at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, four Judo Olympians from the U.S., including defending Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison, will be well conditioned to expand the medal collection for Team USA. With the support and backing of FUJI Sports, this year’s judoka (judo competitors) have a better shot at winning Olympic medals than any team in U.S. judo history.

            The four Team FUJI Olympic Judo athletes – lead by Harrison and including Travis Stevens, Colton Brown and Angelica Delgado – bring unique talents and riveting stories to the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games Judo events, held August 6 through 12.

            Kayla Harrison, the reigning Olympic champion and the first American to win an Olympic gold medal in judo, carries the world No. 1 ranking into these Olympic Games, following a long run of successful international competition, including a gold medal at the recent World Judo Masters tournament in Mexico. A protégé of coach and mentor Jimmy Pedro, America’s first Olympic medalist in Judo who’s back as team coach following Harrison’s gold medal in 2012 London Games, Harrison has successfully overcome great challenges to reach Judo’s pinnacle, and she’s eager to leave a lasting legacy. She competes in the highly competitive 78 kg weight class.

            Thirty-year-old Travis Stevens enters his third Olympic Games competition with significant momentum; like Harrison he won a gold medal at the recent World Judo Masters event in Mexico. Ranked No. 5 in the world in his 81 kg weight class, Stevens won gold at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. He has developed as a stronger and smarter judo player under the tutelage of coach Jimmy Pedro. In addition to being a world-class Judo athlete, Stevens has earned a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Renzo Gracie and John Danaher.

            Competing in his first Olympic Games and ranked No. 27 in the world at 90 kg, Colton Brown has built a highly respected competitive resume. The 25-year-old is a three-time Collegiate National Champion. Born in New Jersey and training in San Jose, Calif., Brown is well conditions for his inaugural Olympic moment, and well prepared to represent the U.S.A. and Team FUJI.

            The youngest Team FUJI Olympian, Angelica Delgado is a three-time National Champion competing in her first Olympic Games. The 25-year-old judo player has always competed well in South American competitions, with nearly a dozen international medals earned since 2013. Delgado was born in Miami and is currently ranked No. 25 in the world in the 52 kg division.

July 25 2016 TaeKwonDoTimes.