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Meet Team USA: Judo

Kayla Harrison
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Meet Team USA: Judo

Find out who will represent the United States in judo at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The United States successfully qualified six judokas for the 2016 Rio Games. Among the delegation will be four members of the 2012 Olympic team.

Kayla Harrison made history at the London Games when she won the country's first-ever gold medal in judo. (The sport first debuted on the Olympic program in 1964.) Team USA will look to build on that momentum this summer, as Harrison will be one of two judokas on the team with Olympic medals already in their hardware collection.

Below is a rundown of the U.S. Olympic judo team.



Nick Delpopolo

Nick Delpopolo is heading to his second Olympic Games. Credit: IOC

Nick Delpopolo
Men's 73kg/161 lbs

Born in Serbia and Montenegro, Delpopolo spent the early part of his life in an orphanage until he was adopted by a couple from New Jersey and brought to the United States. He reached the Olympics in 2012 but was disqualified after testing positive for marijuana following his competition.



Travis Stevens

Travis Stevens is seeking his first Olympic medal. Credit: Jim Cowsert/USA TODAY Sports

Travis Stevens
Men's 81kg/178.5 lbs

The most veteran member of the team, Stevens will be competing at his third Olympics. He lost in the quarterfinals in 2008 and the semifinals in 2012. The 30-year-old ended the qualification period ranked No. 5 in the world in his weight class.

Colton Brown
Men's 90kg/198.8 lbs

Brown, 25, was a three-time NCAA champion in college. The San Jose State alumnus, who was ranked 27th in his weight class at the end of the qualifying period, will make his Olympic debut in Rio.



Angelica Delgado

Angelica Delgado won her second Pan Am Games bronze medal in 2015. Credit: Matt Detrich/USA TODAY Sports

Angelica Delgado
Women's 52kg/114.5 lbs

A first-generation American, Angelica Delgado’s parents originate from Cuba – a country with a prolific history in judo. The two-time Pan American Games bronze medalist will make her first Olympic appearance in Rio.



Marti Malloy

Marti Malloy won a bronze medal for the United States in 2012. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Marti Malloy
Women's 57kg/125.5 lbs

After winning bronze at the 2012 Games, Malloy returns for her second Olympics. She won silver at the 2013 World Championships and gold at the 2015 Pan American Games. Malloy was ranked No. 4 in the world at 57kg at the end of the qualifying period.



Kayla Harrison

Kayla Harrison is the only American to ever win an Olympic gold medal in judo. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Kayla Harrison
Women's 78kg/172 lbs

The No. 1 ranked judoka in the world at 78kg, Harrison will enter the Rio Games as the top seed in her division. At the 2012 London Games, the Ohio native became the first American ever to win a gold medal in judo. Harrison, a former training partner of 2008 bronze medalist Ronda Rousey, has said that she will most likely retire from the sport after Rio.

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