For immediate release: Leibnitz, Austria – May 30, 2013:
A team of top junior players from the United States is traveling to Austria to compete at the European Junior Cup. The tournament is taking place in Leibnitz and will feature world class competition. Historically, Leibnitz is one of the toughest of the European Junior Cups. The tournament organizing committee is expecting more than 425 athletes from 30 countries.
Representing the United States will be:
George Truong: 60kg ( United States Olympic Training Center )
Summer Truong: 48kg ( United States Olympic Training Center )
Amelia Fulgentes: 57kg
Mackenzie Williams: +78kg ( Becerra Judo )
Head coach: Brett Wolf ( Menomonee Judo Club – Paralympic National Training Site )
All the members of the US team will use this tournament to gain necessary experience as they prepare to compete at IJF run World Championships later this year. Summer Truong is on the United States Cadet ( under 18 ) World Team. Mackenzie Williams has a great shot at earning a wild card to make the team. The Cadet World Championships will take place in Miami, FL this August. George Truong and Mackenzie will be representing the United States at the Junior ( under 21 ) World Championships in Slovenia this October. Amelia Fulgentes ( a two time Junior World Team member ) as well as Summer are trying to earn wild cards for the Junior World Championships.
This is the second tournament in Europe for the Truong’s and Wolf in the last seven months. Back in October 2012, Wolf took a team led by George and Summer to the prestigious Flanders Cup in Lommel, Belgium. Fighting one weight division above his normal 60kg, George took the gold medal in a highly competitive 29 man 66kg division. He went 7 – 0 for the day with some highlight reel ippons. Competing in her first tournament in a year, because of shoulder surgery, Summer showed her world class Judo by earning the silver medal in the 48kg cadet division. She went 4 – 1 and proved that she was back, better than ever.
“I’m honored to have another opportunity to work with such a great group of players at a big event like the European Junior Cup. I’ve traveled with George, Summer and Amelia extensively and know what they bring to the table. Mackenzie has tons of potential. She is really coming into her own.”said coach Wolf.
Competition takes place on June 1st & 2nd. Team USA will take part in a three day training camp at the conclusion of the tournament.