USA Judo Training Site in Miami: Destination for Coaches from Latvia and Chile

By Ernest Pund | Oct. 14, 2013, 4:56 p.m. (ET)

 Photo: Pablo Caro of Chile and Einars Pimenovs of Latvia are welcome by Jhonny Prado, head Coach of the USA Judo National Training Site Ki-Itsu-Sai in Coconut Creek.

USA Judo’s Training Site in Miami is the destination of coaches from Latvia and Chile brought to this hotbed of young talent by programs of the U.S. and International Olympic Committees designed to foster great coaches around the world.

Pablo Caro of Chile and Einars Pimenovs of Latvia arrived Sunday in Miami. Through the week they will be training and studying with Jhonny Prado, head coach at USA Judo’s Training Site at Ki-Itsu-Sai in Coconut Creek, a suburb of Miami.

Both Caro and Pimenovs are national coaches who work specifically with up-and-coming stars.

"Both of these coaches work in the developmental programs in their countries, so that's where we are going to focus their time here, on how we go about finding and cultivating young talent in the U.S. That's a much different challenge compared to training experienced, elite athletes," said Prado, who was an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic Judo Team in London and head coach of several U.S. senior and junior teams competing internationally.

The two coaches were brought to Miami through the International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Program, a joint effort of the USOC and the University of Delaware; and the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity Commission. Both goodwill missions are designed to foster sports and train national coaches throughout the world.

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