From left to right: Mr. Jose Humberto Rodriguez, USA Judo CEO, Mr. Lance Nading - USA Judo President-, Mr. Vladimir Barta - IJF Sports Director.
Day One of USA Judo’s first World Cadet Championships got underway beneath the chandeliers of the Legends Ballroom at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa, just minutes from the white sands of Miami Beach.
This arguably is the most prestigious judo tournament in the world devoted to the Cadet age group, 15-17 years old. And the competition attracted to these mats was nothing short of that stature. At final count, 536 teens from 80 nations converged on the Doral to participate in the four-day tournament for a shot at $50,000 in prizes for taking medals and a chance to qualify for the judo competition at the multi-sport Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing next year.
USA Judo President Lance Nading commented: “The opportunity to host this particular age group and the idea that these athletes are the best this sport has to offer was very appealing and exciting for us. We will all be focused on their success in the future at maybe Rio 2016 and the 2020 Olympic Games.”
And representing Marius Vizer, president of the International Judo Federation, which sanctions this event, was Mr. Vladimir Barta, the IJF’s Head Sports Director: “I thank USA Judo very much for organizing a nice event. I’m pleased to be here and to return so soon after the Miami Grand Prix. On behalf of our President Mr. Marius Vizer, I declare the 2013 Cadet World Championships officially open."
Competing today were women in the 40 kg. and 44 kg. divisions; and men in the 50 kg. and 55 kg. divisions. After Day One, Japan could claim the top spot among nations with two gold medals and a 5th place, followed closely by Azerbaijan with a gold and silver medal. U.S. athletes finished with a 5th and 7th place after dominating in their victories, shooting tirelessly with a broad range of throws, pins and armbars. For complete results, go to WWW.IPPON.ORG.
Draws for tomorrow’s competition can also be found in the brackets at the above address, with women 48 kg. and 52 kg, and men 60 kg. and 66 kg. beginning at 10 a.m. EST. Watch the action LIVE via webcast at WWW.USJUDO.ORG.
Competing tomorrow for Team USA are two teens from Pembroke Pines, FL, (barely a half hour drive from the venue), Ashlyn White, 48 kg., and Katherine Lieby, 52 kg., both from Somerset Academy-Panther Judo Club, Pembroke Pines, FL. Also competing from the 19-member U.S. team Friday are:
Go to the complete US ROSTER.