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has been a very good year for USA Judo leading up to the summer
Olympic Games in Beijing,
China. USA Judo's contingent is being lead
by 1992 Olympic Silver medalist & 4x Olympian, Jason Morris who has
been serving as the Head National coach since 2005.
Morris will be logging quite a bit a travel time and will no doubt
be bringing a heavy dose of Uriah Heep on his Ipod as he is
a big fan.
Morris is also owns
and operates the Glenville, NY based Jason Morris Judo Center where many
of the top athletes train.
Among the many accomplishments of the Judo
team this year are winning 6 medals including 3 Gold (Ryan Reser-73kg,
Ronda Rousey-70kg & Travis Stevens-81kg) at the Pan Am Games in Rio and
having the best World Championships since 1995 winning a total of 15
matches including a silver medal (Ronda Rousey-70kg).
were also held in Brazil. The US team has also seen a lot success on the
European circuit which has been a barometer for athletes winning
medals at the world and Olympic level. Other than the names mentioned
earlier to look for to make a run at the Olympic team and possibly land on
the podium in China are Jeanette Rodriguez (48kg), Val Gotay (57kg),
Katie Mocco (78kg), Taraje Williams-Murray (60kg), Justin Flores (66kg) &
Brian Olson (90kg).
There are many other talented athletes across our great nation that
will challenge those mentioned here for spots on the Olympic team.
"I look forward to further working with the athletes to help them
reach their ultimate goal, winning an Olympic Gold medal" said
For New York Area Heepsters that would like to contact Jason, he can
be reached through
US Olympic 66kg hopeful, Jeremy Liggett (white) throws
opponent at the US Open.
Photo credit: Lou DiGesare/realjudo.net