‘Hour of Power’ Puts Nick Delpopolo On U.S. Olympic Judo Team

Nick Delpopolo (NYAC/Jason Morris Judo, Scotia, NY) today won the last position on the U.S. Olympic Judo Team roster in a best-of-three battle against fellow U.S. athlete Michael Eldred (Western Idaho Judo Institute, Fruitland, ID).

The two judo fighters have been facing each other across the mats for years, climbing through the brackets and international ranking sheets, now in the 73 kg division. Both qualified to go to the Olympics this summer but countries can only send one athlete per weight division, so USA Judo created the ‘Hour of Power’ to decide who that would be.

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