Judo Preview
The Pan American Games Lima 2019 will be another outstanding competition for USA Judo athletes to tune up for the various point competitions that pave the way for qualification to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. 

 The sport of judo on an international level selects specific events for athletes to earn points for qualification to the Olympic Games. The Pan American Games is not an official points competition; therefore, many top athletes compete to gain experience at a high-level event with top international competitors. 

 The U.S. judo team will arrive in Lima, Peru, after claiming three gold and three bronze medals at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. The United States fielded 12 athletes in 2015, with 50% returning home with medals. Marti Malloy (women’s 57 kg.), Kayla Harrison (women’s 78 kg.) and Travis Stevens (men’s 81 kg.) each claimed victory in their fields, while Angelica Delgado (women’s 48 kg.), Nina Cutro-Kelly (women’s +78 kg.) and Jacob Larson (men’s 90 kg.) all claimed bronze. 

 The 2019 Pan American Games will have 14 total medal opportunities for the sport of judo, seven for the women and seven for the men. Toronto 2015 medalist Cutro-Kelly is back again, as are fellow 2015 teammates Hannah Martin, Delgado (also a 2016 Olympian), Ajax Tadehara and Nick Delpopolo (two-time Olympian). The team is rounded out by eight Team USA athletes making their Pan American Games debuts as they look towards Tokyo 2020.  

 Judo competitions at the 2019 Pan American Games are scheduled to be held between August 8-11 at the Polideportivo 1 venue.