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Mar 28 USA Judo Athletes Catch Fire In El Salvador

March 28, 2012, 3:38 p.m. (ET)
Team led by Coach Prado of Ki-Itsu-Sai lands FIVE GOLD medals

March 13, 2011 – They just couldn’t get enough!

USA Judo’s team fighting today at a Pan American tournament in El Salvador, that drew athletes from Canada south through Central America, landed five gold medals, two silver and three bronze.

CLIMBING THE PODIUM for GOLD at the North and Central American Cup, held in the capital city of San Salvador, were Annie Shiraishi of East Bay Judo Institute in El Cerrito, CA, Angelica Delgado of Ki-Itsu-Sai National Training Center, Coral Springs, FL, Anna Palmer of the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, Jacob Larsen of the Boulder Judo Training Center/OTC of Colorado and Anthony Turner of Ki-Itsu-Sai National Training Center, Coral Springs, FL.

TAKING SILVER were Christal Ransom and Samantha Bleier, both of the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

WINNING BRONZE were Rick Roig and Joshua Prado, both of Ki-Itsu-Sai National Training Center, and Toshiya Nishimura of the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

“It was a great tournament, a great experience for myself and the whole team,” said Jhonny Prado, head coach of Ki-Itsu-Sai National Training Site in Florida. Prado led the team in San Salvador. “It showed us what we had to improve on, individually and as a team for the upcoming Pan-American Championships and Games this summer.”

It is so gratifying to see our athletes successfully compete in these Pan-American Games Qualifying events!” said Jose H. Rodriguez, USA Judo’s Chief Executive Officer. “It is not only a great learning experience for our athletes but also continues to show that USA Judo is supportive of our Latin American neighbors.”


The complete roster and weight divisions follow:


Annie Shiraishi,  48 kilos, East Bay Judo Institute, El Cerrito, CA
Angelica Delgado, 52 kilos, Ki-Itsu-Sai National Training Center, Coral Springs, FL

Anna Palmer, 57 kilos, Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO
Christal Ransom, 63 kilos, Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO
Samantha Bleier,  70 kilos, Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO
 
Ricardo Roig, 55 kilos, Ki-Itsu-Sai National Training Center, Coral Springs, FL

Joshua Prado, 60 kilos, Ki-Itsu-Sai National Training Center, Coral Springs, FL

Toshiya Nishimura, 66 kilos, Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO
Jacob Larsen, 90 kilos, Boulder Judo Training Center/OTC, Colorado
Anthony Turner, +100 kilos, Ki-Itsu-Sai National Training Center, Coral Springs, FL


-- Story by Ernest Pund


Tags: Angelica Delgado, Ann Shiraishi, Anna Palmer, Anna Palmer, Anthony Turner, Christal Ransom, Christal Ransom, Jacob Larsen, Joshua Prado, Road to London, Samantha Bleier, Toshiya Nishimura
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