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American judoka Marissa Arndt headed for Seoul

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Adnan Gutic, Marissa Arndt and Eugene Hamilton at the IBSA Judo World Championships for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Image credit: USA Judo

Marissa Arndt is one of six American women scheduled to represent her country in judo at the upcoming IBSA World Games in Seoul that officially get underway in 17 days.  She will be competing in the – 57 kg class, where is currently ranked fifteenth in the world alongside Uzbekistan’s Shoira Masharipova and Russia’s Zeynab Gaurgashvili and Irina Frolova.  None of the four have ranking points in 2014 and 2015. Arndt is ranked second domestically.



Arndt competed at the 2014 USA Judo Senior National Championships, winning silver in women’s 57kg VI division.  She was a member of the USA team at the 2014 International Blind Sports Association World Championships.


Arndt  first tried the sport as a 14-year-old while attending a camp for the visually impaired, and then took it up more seriously when she went to university. She was a member of the Stevens Point Judo Club while a student in the area. After going to graduate school in St. Louis, she joined the White Dragon Judo Club.  Early last year, she was a green belt and was working on her test  for her third-degree brown belt.



Milwaukee based Arndt is a 2013 graduate of University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point in Reno, Nevada.
Judo is taking place at the Seoul Student Gymnasium, with competition officially getting underway on May 12 and running until May 15. Judoka will have the opportunity to start training on May 8, two days before the opening ceremony. Judo has been part of the IBSA World Championships and Games since the event’s inception, and has been on on the Paralympic program since 1988 when Seoul hosted the Games. Women’s judo was added to the Paralympic program in Athens at the 2004 Games.

Laura Hale
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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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