Team USA to Compete at First-Ever Cadet World Championship in Budapest

Aug. 04, 2009, 4:02 p.m. (ET)

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) - Fifteen U.S. athletes, ages 15-16-years-old, will compete in the first-ever Cadet World Championships in Budapest, Hungary from Thursday through Sunday. 

Team USA will compete against athletes from more than 70 nations with an average of more than 30 players per division.

The athletes, who arrived in Budapest today, were selected at the 2009 Cadet World Team Trials which were held at the USA Judo Youth and Scholastic National Championships on March 28 in York, Pa.  In addition to being an opportunity for athletes to vie for a World title, the Cadet Worlds also will serve as the sole opportunity for athletes to qualify for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.        

Meet the Team

"It's exciting to see kids getting international experience at this level at an early age," said USA Judo Director of Athlete Performance Eddie Liddie (Colorado Springs, Colo.) ""this type of experience will hopefully pay off when they get to the senior level and are competing at the World Championships and Olympic Games.

Although the team is young, many of these athletes bring a great deal of experience to the table, having competed at both junior and senior international events.

Fifteen-year-old Katelyn Bouyssou (Hope, R.I. / NYAC / Mayo Quanchi Judo Club) is currently the reigning National Champion in not only the 15-16-year-old 48kg division, but also in the under-20 junior division as well as the senior division.  Likely one of only a handful of athletes in the world to qualify for all three World Championships (Senior, Junior and Cadet), Bouyssou is a two-time Pan American Infantile Champion who also won a silver medal at the Senior U.S. Open in 2008.

Coming off a gold medal win at the Pan American Juvenile Championships, Max Schneider (Chicago, Ill. / Tohkon) recently competed at the Jikji Cup in Korea, an international junior event, where he placed fifth in the 66kg division. 

Max Golembo (Vernon Hills, Ill. / Cohen's Judo / 73kg) and Destinee Nagtalon (Cupertino, Calif. / San Jose Buddhist / 40kg) were both on the Pan Am Juvenile Team alongside Schneider, winning silver and gold medals, respectively.

Kadee Shadden (Mineral Wells, Texas / Ruben Martin Judo Center) competed on her second Pan Am Juvenile Team this year as well, placing third in the 70kg division after winning gold in 2007.

"It's exciting to see kids getting international experience at this level at an early age," said USA Judo Director of Athlete Performance Eddie Liddie (Colorado Springs, Colo.) ""this type of experience will hopefully pay off when they get to the senior level and are competing at the World Championships and Olympic Games.

Although the team is young, many of these athletes bring a great deal of experience to the table, having competed at both junior and senior international events.

Fifteen-year-old Katelyn Bouyssou (Hope, R.I. / NYAC / Mayo Quanchi Judo Club) is currently the reigning National Champion in not only the 15-16-year-old 48kg division, but also in the under-20 junior division as well as the senior division.  Likely one of only a handful of athletes in the world to qualify for all three World Championships (Senior, Junior and Cadet), Bouyssou is a two-time Pan American Infantile Champion who also won a silver medal at the Senior U.S. Open in 2008.

Coming off a gold medal win at the Pan American Juvenile Championships, Max Schneider (Chicago, Ill. / Tohkon) recently competed at the Jikji Cup in Korea, an international junior event, where he placed fifth in the 66kg division. 

Max Golembo (Vernon Hills, Ill. / Cohen's Judo / 73kg) and Destinee Nagtalon (Cupertino, Calif. / San Jose Buddhist / 40kg) were both on the Pan Am Juvenile Team alongside Schneider, winning silver and gold medals, respectively.

Kadee Shadden (Mineral Wells, Texas / Ruben Martin Judo Center) competed on her second Pan Am Juvenile Team this year as well, placing third in the 70kg division after winning gold in 2007.

The team is being coached by two-time Olympic Coach Jim Hrbek (San Antonio, Texas)Sherrie Phillips (Monument, Colo.) is the team manager.

Competition schedule is as follows:

Thursday, August 6
Male 50kg and 55kg
Female 40kg and 44kg

Friday, August 7
Male 60kg and 66kg
Female 48kg and 52kg

Saturday, August 8
Male 73kg and 81kg
Female 57kg and 63kg

Sunday, August 9
Male 90kg and +90kg
Female 70kg and +70kg

A complete roster of athletes is as follows:

Male 50kg
Anthony Sek (Providence, R.I. / Mayo Quanchi Judo Club)                                       

Male 55kg
George Truong (Colorado Springs, Colo. / Ju Shin Kan)

Male 60kg
Everet Desilets (Hope, R.I. / Mayo Quanchi Judo Club)

Male 66kg
Max Schneider (Chicago, Ill. / Tohkon)

Male 73kg
Max Golembo (Vernon Hills, Ill. / Cohen's Judo)

Male 81kg
Jeremy Galib (Pittsfield, Mass. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Jason Morris Judo Center)

Male 90kg
L.A. Smith (Rahway, N.J. / Cranford Judo)

Male +90kg
Pavel Gorelov (Warwick, N.Y. / Charlottesville Judo Academy)

Female
40kg
Destinee Nagtalon (Cupertino, Calif. / San Jose Buddhist)                                      

Female 44kg
Caitlyn Mason (Providence, R.I. Mayo Quanchi Judo Club)

Female 48kg

Katelyn Bouyssou (Hope, R.I. / NYAC / Mayo Quanhci Judo Club)

Female 52kg

Jessica Irons (Yorkville, Ill. / USA Judo National Team FORCE / Yorkville Judo)

Female 57kg
Carly Patton (Zephyrhills, Fla. / Del. Diaz Mambi Judo)

Female 70kg
 Kadee Shadden (Mineral Wells, Texas / Ruben Martin Judo Center)

Female +70kg
Katinna Rodriguez (Anchorage, Alaska / All-Star Judo)

 


Destinee Nagtalon, 40kg

Caitlyn Mason, 44kg

Katelyn Bouyssou, 48kg

Jessica Irons, 52kg

Carly Patton, 57kg

Kadee Shadden, 70kg

Katinna Rodriguez, +70kg

Anthony Sek, 50kg

George Truong, 66kg

Everet Desilets, 60kg

Max Schneider, 66kg

Max Golembo, 73kg

Jeremy Galib, 81kg

L.A. Smith, 90kg

Pavel Gorelov, +90kg
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