Judo Team USA - 2014 NY Open Judo Team Tournament

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Team USA is back at the 2014 New York Open Judo Championship.

About this year's competition, Coach Jimmy Pedro comments: "Team USA is looking forward to competing again on friendly USA soil at the NYAC. This year we hope to dethrone the French to capture the title. Last year we finished a disappointing 3rd place with our B team and our A team finished 5th. We’ll be back stronger in 2014. Watch out!"

This year's Team USA will consist of:

66kg - Brad Bolen

Gold Medal 2010 Pan American Games San Salvador

73kg - Anthony Vennetti

81kg - Travis Stevens

Two Time US Olympian (’08 & ’12)
Five Time World Team Member (’07, ’09, ’10, ’11 & ’13)
Two Time Pan American Medalist
2007 Pan American Games Gold Medalist
Currently Ranked Top 10 in the World for Judo


90kg - Thomas Capra (Kensuke Moriyama as back-up)

2 times Juniors European Cup medalist
2 times 2nd Juniors Nationals France
2 times National Champion Cadets France
Winner of Jimmy Pedro’s challenge – 2013


100kg - Kyle Vashkulat

2010   Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships
2010   Bronze - Senior Pan American Championships


Coach - Jimmy Pedro

World Champion 1999
Olympic Bronze medalist 1996, 2004
World championship Bronze medalist 1991, 1995
US World Team member 1991, 1993, 1995, 1999
US Olympic Team member 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004
US National Champion (5 times)

Film Annex is one of the major sponsors of The New York Open Judo Team Tournament.

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Founded in 1868, the New York Athletic Club can boast of a unique history. The Club's founding premise was to bring structure to a sporting environment that was lacking in organization and uniformity of measurement. Quickly, the NYAC organized the first US championships in boxing, wrestling and outdoor track and…

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