Marti Malloy and Kayla Harrison to Represent USA in Judo at the London Games
Meet the two women that will represent the U.S. in judo at the Olympic Games in London.
Washington State’s Marti Malloy will be competing in the 57 kg category.
Malloy, 26, is a three time USA Judo Senior National Championships. She currently trains out of USA Judo National Training Site at San Jose State University. Malloy first made a name for herself in the senior rankings as a 16-year-old when she claimed a gold medal in her first senior international competition – the 2002 Rendez-Vous Canada – where she defeated a tough field, including both a 2000 Olympian and the previous year’s U.S. National Champion, as well as top athletes from Canada and Great Britain.
Ohio’s Kayla Harrison will be competing in the 78 kg category.
Harrison, 22, is training at USA Judo National Team FORCE and resides out of Wakefield, MA, which is where Olympic Judo bronze medalist Ronda Rousey trained before the Beijing Olympics. Harrison is a two time junior and a two time senior USA Judo National Champion all before she turned 18. At the junior level, she won nearly every domestic event in which she has ever competed. In 2007, Kayla became the first American ever to win the prestigious Junior Belgian Ladies Open in the 70kg division.
Both missed qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but are looking to be the first U.S. women to get a gold in Judo at the London Olympics.