USA Judo Announces Official 2016 Rio Paralympic Games Team

By USA Judo | April 14, 2016, 2:33 p.m. (ET)

Dartanyon Crockett
Dartanyon Crockett, seen here at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, will be heading to Rio looking for more hardware.

Colorado Springs, CO - The National Governing Body for the sport of Judo in the United States, USA Judo, officially announced the team that will represent our nation at the upcoming 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“It has been four years of preparation and we are very excited to finally have an official team for the Rio Paralympics. It fills us with pride to have these four skilled athletes represent the U.S. and two of them going to defend their victories from the 2012 Games in London. Our expectations are high and we are hoping for gold this time around." 

Eddie Liddie – Director Of High Performance

The team will consist of Christella Garcia, Myles Porter, Dartanyon Crockett and Ben Goodrich. Crockett is a former world champion and 2012 Paralympic bronze medalist. Porter has competed in two Paralympic Games; made it to fifth place in Beijing and to the final in London ’12 where he won silver.

The 2016 Paralympic Games are scheduled to take place in 147 days, from September 7-18, with Rio de Janeiro expecting to host about 4,350 Para-athletes from 176 countries and 23 contesting sports.