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COLORADO SPRINGS - USA Judo has selected the team that will represent the USA in the 2001 World Judo Championships to be held in Munich, Germany in July. The team consists of the number one ranked player in each weight category at the close of the National Championships last week in Orlando, Florida. Among the team members is Sandy Bacher of San Jose, Calif., who is also a World Champion in freestyle wrestling. Bacher will compete at 70 kg at the Judo World Championships. She was a member of the last three U.S. Olympic judo teams (1992, 1996, 2000). In wrestling, Bacher was a 1999 World Champion and is a three-time World medalist. She competes in wrestling for the Dave Schultz WC. Other members of the USA World Judo Team have a wrestling background. Competing on the men's team at 66 kg is Alex Ottiano of Lawrence, Mass. Ottiano competed for the Brown University wrestling team. He was also a member of the 2000 Olympic Judo Team. Competing on the women's team at 63 kg is Grace Jividen-Chapman of Lakewood, Colo., a 1992 Olympic Team member. Jividen-Chapman won USA Wrestling U.S. Women's National titles in 1991 and 1992. The team is composed of seven members of the 2000 Olympic team (including two who were also on the 1996 Olympic team and one who was on both the 1992 and 1996 Olympic teams), one member from the 1996 Olympic team, one member from the 1992 Olympic team, and three members from the 2000 Junior World team. This very experienced team will be preparing for the World Championships by attending training camps in Europe and competing in the Pacific Rim Judo Championships on June 22-23, in Los Angeles. Women: 48 kg: Sayaka Matsumoto, Richmond, California (2000 Jr. World Team - silver medal) 52 kg: Charlee Minkin, Colorado Springs, Colorado 57 kg: Ellen Wilson, Colorado Springs, Colorado (2000 Olympic Team) 63 kg: Grace Jividen-Chapman, Lakewood, Colorado (1992 Olympic Team) 70 kg: Sandra Bacher, San Jose, California (1992, 1996, 2000 Olympic Team) 78 kg: Amy Tong, San Jose, California (2000 Olympic Team) +78 kg: Nanoushka St-Pre, Colorado Springs, Colorado (2000 Jr. World Team) Open: Mona Wheeler, Littleton, Colorado Men: 60 kg: Taylor Takata, San Jose, California (2000 Jr. World Team) 66 kg: Alex Ottiano, Lawrence, Massachusetts (2000 Olympic Team) 73 kg: Orlando Fuentes, Colorado Springs, Colorado (1996 Olympic Team) 81 kg: Reno Reser, Colorado Springs, Colorado 90 kg: Brian Olson, Boulder, Colorado (1996, 2000 Olympic Team - 7th place in 2000) 100 kg: Ato Hand, Colorado Springs, Colorado (2000 Olympic Team - 9th place) +100 kg: Martin Boonzaayer, Hoffman Estates, Illinois (2000 Olympic Team) Open: Neil Takamoto, Honolulu, Hawaii Women's Coach: Edward Liddie, Colorado Springs, Colorado (1984 Olympic bronze medallist) Men's Coach: Evelio Garcia, Miami, Florida Manager: Doug Fortune, Williamsburg, Kentucky Physician: Dr. Alan Stockard, Ft. Worth, Texas
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