Judo’s Kayla Harrison, who received a WSF Rusty Kanokogi Fund for the Advancement of U.S. Judo Grant in 2009, won the 78 kg class Judo Grand Slam in Rio on June 9. Travis Stevens, Harrison’s American teammate, came in second in the 81 kg class. A win in this competition was crucial for Harrison, as it secured her qualification for the U.S. Olympic team and served as her last big event before the London Games. With the win, Harrison proved to her opponents, spectators, and to the media that the two-time world medalist should be on their radar in London.
Sailor Anna Tunnicliffe, a 2011 Travel & Training grantee, along with her teammates Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi, captured the bronze medal after beating Team Skudina of Russia in the one race petit finals at the 2012 Skandia Sail for Gold regatta. The third place secured Tunnicliffe’s crew their second straight ISAF Sailing World Cup Women’s Match Racing title. Tunnicliffe and her team will return to Weymoth and Portland in the United Kingdom, where the event was held, for the London Olympic Games.