BY SPNW Staff 10:13AM 07/28/2012

State Links To London Olympics: Judo

Two athletes represent Washington, which has had no medalists in judo: Marti Malloy of Oak Harbor and Travis Stevens of Bellevue.

Travis Stevens will compete in his second Olympic Games. He placed ninth in his classification in 2008. / USA Judo

Sportspress Northwest offers another in a series of biographical sketches of athletes with significant ties to Washington who will compete in the Olympics

Today’s focus: Judo.

No judoka with ties to Washington has won an Olympic medal. Washington will be represented by two in London.

2012 JUDO OLYMPIANS

MARTI MALLOY / Oak Harbor

Marty Malloy

BORN: June 23, 1986, Oak Harbor. RESIDENCE: San Jose. SPORT: Judo. EVENT: 57kg, 63kg. COUNTRY: USA. OLYMPICS (1st): 2012. HOW QUALIFIED: Via competition at the Olympic Trials. STATE CONNECTION: Oak Harbor native.

Marti “Martian” Malloy, a  judoka ranked No. 1 in her classification in the U.S. and No. 9 in the world, grew up on Whidbey Island and took up judo as a teenager. A 16, she won a gold medal in her first senior competition, the 2002 Rendez-Vouz Canada, where she defeated a tough field, including a 2000 Olympian and the previous year’s U.S. national champion. Malloy moved to San Jose, in 2005 to take advantage of the judo program at San Jose State University and pursue a degree in journalism. She came close to making the 2008 Olympic judo team.

CAREER — 2012: Won a silver medal at the European Cup in Prague, Czech Republic . . . 2011: Injured . . . 2010: Won silver in team competition at the Pan American Games . . . Won gold at the Belgian Ladies Open . . . Won a silver medal at the Venezuela World cup . . . (2009): Member of the Senior World Championship team . . . 2008: Won gold at the USA Judo Senior National Championships (57kg) . . . Won gold at the Olympic Zone Cup (63kg) . . . Took bronze at the U.S. Open (57kg) . . . 2007: Won gold at the USA Judo Senior National Championships (63kg) . . . Won gold at the Collegiate National Championships (63kg) . . . Won gold at the FEDOJUDO International Cup (63kg) . . . Took a silver at the Finnish Open (63kg) . . . Took silver at the Rendez-Vous Canada (63kg) . . . Earned bronze at the U.S. Open (63kg).

PERSONAL: Malloy grew up at the Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island  . . .  Father Marty was a member of the U.S. Navy, and the base ran free sports programs for families . . . Marti sparred with her siblings growing up, and fought other boys until the age of 12 . . . Graduate of the  San Jose State University judo program, where she trained under the eye of former U.S. Olympic judo coach Yosh Uchida . . . Graduated on the Dean’s List with a degree in advertising . . . When not training, she loves to watch scary movies.

TRAVIS STEVENS / Bellevue

Travis Stevens

BORN: Feb. 28, 1986, Bellevue. RESIDENCE: Wakefield, MA. SPORT: Judo. EVENT: 81kg, 63kg. COUNTRY: USA. OLYMPICS (2nd): 2008, 2012. HOW QUALIFIED: Via competition at the Olympic Trials. STATE CONNECTION: Bellevue native, Auburn-Riverside High, North Shore Community College.

OLYMPICS: Eliminated in the quarterfinal round in 2008; finished in a tie for ninth.

CAREER –  2011: Won a silver medal at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara . . . 2010: Won a bronze medal at the Pan American Games in San Salvador . . . 2008: Won gold at the Pan American Games (gold medal) . . . (2007): Won a gold medal at the USA Judo Senior National Championships, a gold in the Finnish Open, a gold in the Rendez-Vous Canada, a silver at the U.S. Open and a bonze at the British . . . 2006: Won silver at the Pan American Junior Championships . . . (2004): Started competing on the national level and won a silver medal at the USA Junior Olympic National Championships and a bronze at the Junior U.S. Open.

PERSONAL: Trains at the USA Judo National Training Site at the Jason Morris Judo Center in Glenville, NY. . . . Graduated from Auburn-Riverside High . . . Attended college in San Jose . . . Intended to sign up for baseball and wrestling at an after-school sports program as a youth, but “checked the wrong box” and wound up in judo instead.

Olympic Qualifiers

Athletes with connections to the state who have qualified (or been selected) for the Summer Games.

Athlete Sport Gms. # Country State Connection
Nathan Adrian Swimming 2 USA Bremerton native
Scott Baynes Basketball 1 Australia WSU grad
Sue Bird Basketball 3 USA Seattle Storm guard
Kim Butler Basketball 1 G. Britain Bellarmine Prep
Dave Calder Rowing 4 Canada University of Washington
Will Crothers Rowing 1 Canada University of Washington
Tyler Farrar Cycling 1 USA Wenatchee native
Amanda Furrer Shooting 1 USA Mead High, Spokane
Scott Gault Rowing 2 USA University of Washington
Rob Gibson Rowing 1 Canada University of Washington
Lauren Jackson Basketball 4 Australia Seattle Storm forward
Anthony Jacob Rowing 1 Canada University of Washington
Ebba Jungmark Track 2 Sweden WSU grad
Seth Kelsey Fencing 3 Canada Brush Prairie
Ariana Kukors Swimming 1 USA Auburn Mountainview
Meagan Kalmoe Rowing 2 USA University of Washington
Bernard Lagat Track 4 USA Washington State University
Giuseppe Lanzone Rowing 2 USA University of Washington
Amy LePeilbet Soccer 1 USA Spokane native
Adrienne Lyle Equestrian 1 USA University of Washington
Adrienne Martelli Rowing 1 USA University of Washington
Arielle Martin Cycling 1 USA Spanaway native
Conlin McCabe Rowing 1 Canada University of Washington
Tamari Miyashiro Volleyball 1 USA University of Washington
Haley Nemra Track 2 Marshall Is. Marys.-Pilchuck
Brett Newlin Rowing 2 USA University of Washington
Kara Patterson Track 2 USA Seattle native
Jennie Reed Cycling 3 USA Seattle native
Jarred Rome Track 2 USA Marys.-Pilchuck
Janine Sandell Volleyball 1 Great Britain University of Washington
Hope Solo Soccer 2 USA University of Washington
Travis Stevens Judo 2 USA Bellevue native
Courtney Thompson Volleyball 1 USA University of Washington
Aretha Thurmond Track 4 USA University of Washington
Queen Underwood Boxing 1 USA Seattle resident
Eric Uptagrafft Shooting 1 USA Spokane resident
Tejay van Garderen Cycling 1 USA Tacoma native
Brad Walker Track 2 USA University of Washington
Mary Whipple Rowing 3 USA University of Washington

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