CALGARY, Alberta — Seven athletes from the Jason Morris Judo Center in Glenville have qualified to compete for the USA Team in Calgary, Alberta, Canada from Sept. 15-16.
The Pan Ams are significant due to the fact an athlete can earn valuable points on the world rankings toward qualifying for the Paris Olympics.
Hannah Martin will be making her seventh appearance at the Pan Ams at 63 kg, with her best result being a bronze medal in 2013, 2017, and 2019. Nicole Stout will be competing in her fifth Pan Ams at 78 kg.
Nate Keeve is heading to his fourth Pan Ams at 100 kg, with his best result being a bronze medal in 2021. Ari Berliner is competing for the third time, taking bronze at 66 kg in 2022. Kell Berliner, Alex Knauf, and Melissa Myers all will be making their Pan Am debut in Calgary.
The Jason Morris Judo Center has now placed at least one athlete on the Pan Am team for 20 straight years. The JMJC has placed four athletes on the team seven different times and had three athletes on the team five times. Ari Berliner, Keeve, Knauf & Martin also represent the New York Athletic Club. Four-time Olympian and JMJC owner Jason Morris will accompany the group to Calgary to coach them.