The Tokyo Games are right around the corner, and judo athletes are preparing to represent the United States in Japan.
Countries qualify quota spots (not individual athletes) to the Olympics. Once a country has earned a quota spot in a certain weight class, it may use its own process to decide which athlete will fill that spot at the Games. Countries are limited to a maximum of one quota place per weight class, but there is no limit on the number of weight classes that a country may qualify a spot in.
Currently, no U.S. judoka has qualified for a spot at the Tokyo Games. The United States will announce its official team at a later date. However, some of the top names to watch as the U.S. prepares to announce its team are as follows.
Colton Brown: Brown won a bronze medal at the 2020 Pan American Judo Championships at 90kg. He also competed at the Rio Games in 2016, but did not win a medal.
Angelica Delgado: Delgado, 30, competed at the Rio Games for the United States at 52kg. She won a bronze medal at the 2020 Judo Grand Slam Düsseldorf in Germany.
Adonis Diaz: Diaz, 24, won silver at the 2020 Pan American Judo Championships at 60kg.