JUDO: U.S. Open Championships Returns to Colorado Springs, October 24-26

May 14, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
For Immediate Release May 14, 2008 Contact: Nicole Jomantas, 719.271.9937 (cell) Nicole.Jomantas@usajudo.us (Colorado Springs, Colo.)-Once the home of the U.S. Open Judo Championships for 17 years, Colorado Springs will again play host to one of the most prestigious international tournaments in the hemisphere from Oct. 24-26. The tournament will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center with the senior elite divisions being held on Oct. 24 and 25 and the master's (30-years-old and over) and kata (forms) being held on Oct. 26. The U.S. Open, which was held most recently in Gwinnett County, Ga. In 2007, was held in Colorado Springs 17 times between 1982 and 1999. A USA Judo Senior B-Level Point Tournament, the U.S. Open draws competitors from more than 20 nations throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and Oceania annually."Since I arrived at USA Judo three years ago, I have heard from many of the great U.S. Open that used to be held in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Training Center. Now we have it back by popular demand-a U.S. Open at the Olympic Training Center,"said USA Judo CEO Jose H. Rodriguez (Colorado Springs, Colo.) "Those that have not been to the OTC in recent years will be impressed with the many improvements and changes that have been made. Besides, it is always a great pleasure to work with the professional staff of the USOC who are used to putting on first-class events in all sports year-round."For more information, contact Nicole Jomantas, USA Judo Director of Communications and Media Relations, at 719.271.9937 (cell) or Nicole.Jomantas@usajudo.us. -END-