U.S. Athletes Find Success At International Opens

Photos from the 2015 Austrian Open and 2015 Paraguay Open

June 04, 2015, 11:47 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 4, 2015) -- U.S. athletes earned nine medals at recent G-1 rated international opens in the past week.

A small group of Americans travelled to Europe for the Austrian Open in Innsbruck, May 30-31. The event had over 2,000 competitors for sparring competition, making it the largest G-1 event in Europe. Anastasija Zolotic (Largo, Fla.) competed in the female cadet flyweight division, winning four fights to claim the gold medal. Aiko Coloso (Seminole, Fla.) competed in the female cadet bantamweight division, winning four fights and losing her fifth which earned her a silver medal. Ara White (Largo, Fla.), a 16-year-old current USAT Junior National Team member, competed in the senior female featherweight (-57kg) division, winning three fights. She lost to world-ranked Ana Froemming from Germany and earned a bronze medal. Lauren Bensinger (Lutz, Fla.), current USA Collegiate Team member, competed in the female senior lightweight division and won three fights before falling in the quarterfinals to the French National Team member. The American contingent was coached by Dennis White, head coach of Team T-1. 

At the Paraguay Open, held May 29-31 in Asuncion, two Americans reached the podium in the senior division and four did so in the junior and cadet divisions. Thomas Rahimi (Irving, Texas), captured the silver medal in the men's -74kg division, while Jackie Galloway (Wylie, Texas) earned a bronze in the female +73kg class. In the junior division, Ceana Rodriguez (New Britain, Conn.) won the silver medal in the female -59kg division, Rachel Honchorek took gold in the female -55kg class, Kynedi Gray won the title in the female -68kg division, and Evan Gray took the silver medal in the cadet male -65kg class..