Meet Team USA: Judo
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.