Three Olympic Training Center residents are expected to compete this weekend at the Fall Classic National Championships, a judo domestic qualifying tournament for the U.S. Olympic team trials.
Josh O'Neil, Anna Palmer and Taylor Takata will fight Saturday in Coral Springs, Fla. The men's and women's winners in seven Olympic weight classes are almost guaranteed spots at the trials.
O'Neil placed fifth in the men's 132-pound division this month at the International German Championships. Palmer was the bronze medalist in the women's 114-pound division at the Senior National Championships in April. Takata took fifth in the men's 145-pound division at the 2006 Pan American Championships.
The trials will be held June 13-14, 2008, in Las Vegas. The top eight athletes in each Olympic weight class after the Senior National Championships (April 11-12, 2008, in Virginia Beach, Va.) are eligible to participate.
Women's soccer on the tube
The U.S. women's national soccer team, which is No. 1 in the FIFA world rankings, will compete next month at the Women's World Cup in China. A top-three finish qualifies the U.S. for the 2008 Beijing Games.
A look at the TV schedule:
Sept. 11, vs. North Korea, 2:55 a.m., ESPN2
Sept. 14, vs. Sweden, 2:55 a.m., ESPN
Sept. 18, vs. Nigeria, 5:55 a.m., ESPN
Sept. 22, Quarterfinals*, TBD, ESPN2
Sept. 26-27, Semifinals*, 6 a.m., ESPN2
Sept. 30, Championship game*, 6 a.m., ESPN2