Competition Starts Tomorrow at Grand Prix Miami Streaming LIVE At USA Judo Website

By Ernest Pund | June 14, 2013, 7:40 p.m. (ET)

Competition Starts Tomorrow at Grand Prix Miami, Streaming LIVE At USA Judo Website

The best takedowns, pins and submissions in the world will be on the mats starting tomorrow morning in Miami as USA Judo’s Grand Prix gets underway with the very top athletes from more than 40 nations competing for big ranking points and prize money. Watch the action streaming LIVE on USA Judo’s website starting at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow and Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Among the first to step out tomorrow will be U.S. Olympic Bronze Medalist Marti Malloy, 57 kg (USA Judo Training Site, San Jose State University Judo/NYAC, San Jose, CA).  “I am feeling so excited for competition to start tomorrow! It’s an honor to be fighting in the USA's first Grand Prix and I am looking forward to representing our country the best I can at this event on home soil.”

Malloy is among nearly 330 athletes you can watch LIVE by linking to the streaming feed at USJUDO .ORG. Draws were just completed in at the competition venue, the Doral Golf Resort & Spa, in Miami and you can see the results of those at IPPON.ORG.

“USA Judo is on a phenomenal climb,” said Jose H. Rodriguez, USA Judo’s CEO. “This is the most prestigious tournament we have ever hosted and we thank the International Judo Federation for having the faith in us to do this right. All of our members and supporters can be very proud of what they will see this weekend in Miami. It belongs to us all.”

 “We owe tremendous gratitude, specifically, to our star athletes, Kayla Harrison, Marti Malloy, Travis Stevens, Myles Porter and Dartanyon Crocket, for elevating judo in this country with their victories at the Olympics and Paralympics in London last summer. Judo has terrific momentum in this country. This is going to be a great tournament! Enjoy!”

Go to the US ROSTER to see your team!

Malloy, along with Harrison, Stevens, Porter and some local elites spent the last few days visiting Miami schools and groups of summer-camp kids. They did judo demos and shared their life stories about how they climbed to the top. About 500 Miami kids were left star struck and inspired, many with an Olympic autograph in hand.

“It was so much fun!” said Malloy. “The kids were totally amazed by how judo is done, and  I think there may be a few new judokas coming out of the area, which is exactly what we were hoping for!”

“I am looking forward to watching the amazing competition this weekend!” said Harrison, who is not competing due to an injury. “After a great week of teaching some future olympic champions it will be fun to see the world’s best on American soil. I only wish I was out there with them but I know our athletes will do us proud.”

Lance Nading, President of USA Judo’s Board of Directors, greeted the international delegations at a meeting today: “On behalf of USA Judo Board of Directors I welcome you all to the United States of America. As you know we had some success at London 2012 and I’ve told my constituent groups the importance of hosting great international judo events. This is a very clear mission for us as great judo nations who consistently produce results host great events. You can’t have one without the other. This is our first opportunity to hold such a high level event. We’re really looking forward to hosting the highest level of athletes, referees and coaches.”

Nading continued, “We’re going to work hard and we’re committed to providing the best experience possible. Having come off London 2012 with the world as it is today, with some of our countries having political differences, we have judo as a binding force. Judo penetrates borders and not just sport. Judo is particularly great because of the rich traditional core values which make us brothers in arms. I’m proud that the 2016 Olympic Games will be in this hemisphere in Rio de Janeiro.”

Competition schedule:

Saturday, June 15th:

9 a.m.  Competition begins
                 Women: -48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -63 kg
                  Men: -60kg, -66kg, -73 kg

5 p.m. Final block (including matches for Gold)

Sunday, June 16th:

10 a.m. Competition begins
                 Women -70 kg, -78 kg, +78 kg
                 Men -81 kg, -90 kg, -100 kg, +100 kg

5 p.m. Final block (including matches for Gold)