October 25, 2012 Lommel, Belgium
Eight of the top junior Judoka in the country are traveling to Belgium this week to compete at the prestigious Flanders Cup.
The U.S delegation is being led by head coach Brett Wolf ( Menomonee Judo Club – Paralympic National Training Site, Chicago, IL. ). Brett is being assisted by 1988 Olympic Silver Medalist, Lynn Roethke ( Club Olympia Judo, Fond du lac, WI. ). Menomonee Judo has history at this event. Back in 2010, Max Bermont took a bronze medal in the 90kg division as the sole representative for the United States at the tournament.
Highlighting the team are the dynamic brother and sister duo of George and Annie Truong ( Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO. ). Earlier this year George had a great result as he earned a bronze medal at the Miami World Cup in the 60kg division.The Miami World Cup is the top senior international tournament held in the United States. Last November, Annie took 7th place in the 44kg division at the Junior World Championships in Cape Town, South Africa. Her result equaled the best U.S finish ( Everet Desilets took 7th place in the 66kg division ) at the most prestigious junior Judo tournament in the world.
” I’m very excited to be coaching this particular group of players. They are great kids on and off of the mat. I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with both George and Annie at major events around the world. I think they are two of the most talented juniors in the country. ” explained coach Wolf.
The tournament takes place on October 27th and 28th and is followed by a three day training camp. Last year, nearly 600 competitors from 15 countries competed at the event.
Complete Team USA roster for the Flanders Cup:
1. George Truong U20, 66kg
2. Annie Truong U17, 48kg
3. Grant Johnson, U20, 81kg
4. Lauren De Smidt
5. Cole Freeman
6. Caroline Zieba
7. Gabrielle Proksa
8. Arthur Ghukasyan