The 2016 Rio Olympic Games have officially come to a close and what an incredible few weeks it has been! This summer Team USA boasted a roster with 294 women, marking the most women to ever compete for any nation at a single Games. Check out how our #TeamWSF athletes performed and were a part of history.
Olympic year is finally here and the WSF is excited to celebrate and share the list of our amazing and talented athletes that will be competing in the Rio Olympic Games. Members of #TeamWSF include WSF leadership and Travel & Training and Rusty Kanokogi grant recipients.
Over the weekend hundreds of young athletes converged in Irving, Texas for the 2016 USA Judo Senior National Championships. We are thrilled to share that present among the hundreds of young men and women were eleven recipients of our Rusty Kanokogi Fund grant.
In 2009, Kayla Harrison received a grant from the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Rusty Kanokogi Fund for the Advancement of U.S. Judo. Three years later in London, she became the first American to ever win Judo gold. Our financial assistance allowed Kayla to fully commit to her training, helping her become the best in the world.
Jordan Mouton will represent Team USA once again after overcoming tough circumstances since the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. Faced with injuries in the past year that hindered her training, Mouton’s performance in her weight class at the Paralympic trials on April 22 in Irving, Texas, would determine her eligibility for the Paralympic team. Mouton won her weight class and earned a spot on the team along with five other individuals in different weight categories.
When Kayla Harrison received the first and only grant of the Rusty Kanokogi Fund for the Advancement of U.S. Judo in 2009, she was an emerging athlete for Team USA. Her successes in 2008 included winning the U.S. Open, a junior word title, and the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Judo.