I didn't know that was the name of a judo competitor either. I've been to one Olympics in my life (Atlanta 1996) and one of the two events I saw was judo. I tried to study up on the sport, though I didn't really get the rules down. But it definitely was fun to watch.



Sayaka Matsumoto will certainly be someone to keep an eye on in Beijing. The Japanese born judoka has been training since she was six and has been a US national champion seven times, but this is her first Olympics. She's a student at Berkeley who has taken off the last three semesters to get ready for the Games. Good luck, Sayaka.