For Immediate Release: Chicago, IL
( August 23, 2016 ) – Sarah Chung of the Menomonee Judo Club – USA Judo Paralympic National Training Center has been invited to represent Team USA at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Sarah will be competing in the +70kg division, where she is currently ranked #8 in the world. Her competition day will be Saturday, September 10th.
This is a huge accomplishment for not only Sarah, but the entire Menomonee Judo family. It’s the first time that a member of Menomonee Judo has made an Olympic or Paralympic team. It’s been a meteoric rise up the ranks for Chung. She began her training at Menomonee Judo less than three years ago. With solid results at three major Paralympic Games qualifying tournaments last year – 5th at the IBSA World Cup in Eger, Hungary
( February,’15 ), 7th at the IBSA World Games in Seoul, Korea
( May,’15 ) and culminating with a 2nd place finish at the ParaPan American Games in Toronto, Canada
( August,’15 ), Sarah put herself in solid position to qualify for the Games.
“I’m absolutely ecstatic! This has been a crazy ride over the last few years. There’s been times where I let doubt creep in as far as my ability to reach this goal, but I couldn’t be more happy for all of the people who have believed in me and supported me on this path.”, said an exuberant Chung. “All of my family, teammates and coaches have played such a major role in this becoming a reality. I want to give a special thank you to Sensei Brett, Sensei Scott, Sensei Danielle and Sensei Shingo for all of the hard work and dedication they have given me.”explained an appreciative Sarah.
“This is another huge step for Menomonee Judo. We’ve worked so hard over the last six plus years to build, from the ground level up, the largest Paralympic Judo program in the United States. We set a goal of qualifying at least one athlete for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio knowing that was going to be a difficult task. At times it looked like we would fall short of that goal, but we never gave up and continued working hard. When Sarah gets on the mat in Rio, it will not only be a victory for her, but our entire Judo family. I’m extremely proud to be a Sensei at Menomonee Judo.”, said Brett Wolf, head instructor at the dojo.
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