Name: Kirk Hoffmann
Weight Division: +100kg
Date of Birth: November 13, 1983
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida
Residence: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Club: Olympic Training Center USA Judo National Training Site
Coach: Ed Liddie
Education: Sophomore at University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
Advice he would give to young athletes: Train one day at a time and don't be afraid to lose - that is where the best heroes come from: the comeback stories.

Olympic Teams: Alternate in 2004
World Championship Teams: 2007, 2005
Pan Am Games Teams: 2007
Pan Am Championships Teams: 2007, 2006, 2005 (Bronze), 2004 (Fifth)
Junior World Teams: 2000, 2002

Personal: Kirk began his career in martial arts at 5-years-old and found judo after years of kickboxing and tae kwon do training. Kirk became involved in judo with the hopes of having a well-rounded sense of martial arts, incorporating standing striking with grappling. In 2002 this former high school football star chose to hone his focus entirely on judo, moving to Colorado Springs to train full-time at the U.S. Olympic Training Center at age 18. Kirk improved rapidly, winning a silver medal at the 2004 National Championships and placing second at the Olympic Trials behind Sydney Olympian Martin Boonzaayer.

Recent Career Highlights:
2007:

  • Gold - British Open
  • Silver - New York Open
  • Bronze - Pan American Championships
  • Fifth - USA Judo Senior National Championships

2006:

  • Silver - National Championships
  • Bronze - New York Open
  • Fifth - U.S. Open Championships
  • Fifth - Rendez-Vous Canada

2005:

  • Gold - Puerto Rico Open
  • Gold - National Championships
  • Bronze - Rendez-Vous Canada
  • Bronze - Pan American Championships

2004:

  • Gold - Fall Classic Nationals
  • Silver - National Championships
  • Bronze - Rendez-Vous Canada
  • Fifth - U.S. Open
  • Fifth - Pan American Championships

2003:

  • Bronze - Puerto Rico Open
  • Bronze - Benito Juarez Championships