Wow, it has been a wild three weeks for me and I am so happy to report that I am home again in San Jose CA.
My journey started in Miami where i competed in the Miami World Cup the first of three Olympic qualifiers i would be competing, in just three weeks.
Last year, the first time the tournament ever happened I won it! I surprised the crowd and myself with a huge standing seoi nage(shoulder throw) for a full point after being down most of the match. Well this year I did the same thing! Only this time I was fighting a tough competitor from Germany and we had just started overtime because neither of us had scored in the first regulation 5 minute match. Sure enough in the first exchange of overtime i threw her with that same seoi nage for ippon. I was so happy to see my judo coming along to the point where i could win so big when under the pressure of not just over time, but also of being a returning champ. It set a good pace for me for the next two tournaments.
The next event was the Venezuela World Cup which i took a silver at last year. Unfortunately i came out with a bronze this year after losing a tough quarter final match to a DIFFERENT German fighter at the last second. But i was able to fight through the losers bracket and come out with the bronze medal final win against Canada.
My last and final event was in El Salvador where I also took gold last year. This year i ended up with a silver medal, losing the final to the unconventional and tricky Brazilian girl i have beat just one time, but lost to a few times.Its frustrating to lose to her again but i definitely lost my focus toward the end of that long day of fighting and made a rookie mistake. That will not happen again.
And now i am home again, for a little while that is. I managed to move up to the #10 judo player in the world with all my medal finishes this last month and am now preparing for the World Championships in Paris in late August. This tournament is the single most biggest Olympic point earning event of the year and is very important for Olympic qualification.
I got to take this week off for some days of much needed rest and next week i leave to Boston for a week to train with the rest of the USA World Team, followed by a week in Montreal to train with the Canadian national team. After that i have just 2 weeks before leaving for Paris and I am so excited!
Check in for updates and see pictures from my last trip!!
Thanks for reading!