Cynthia Simon 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 18 days. Arndt is ranked first domestically, and twelfth in the world, behind Hungary’s Flora Buranyi and ahead of Russia’s Elana Bogdanova.
The B3 classified Simon will be competing in the – 52 kg class, and is the United States’ only female competitor in Seoul who also was part of the United States team at the 2012 Summer Paralympics. Simon went out in the 000-101 to eventual bronze Spanish medalist Monica Merenciano Herrero in the quarter finals. She then met Turkey’s Duygu Cete in the repêchage where she lost 0002–014. She entered the Paralympics as a replacement for teammate Jordan Mouton who had to pull out of the Games because of injury.
Last year, Simon competed at the 2014 United States Senior Judo Nationals. Simon represented the United States at the 2013 IBSA Para Pan American Games , where she finished second in a two deep pool. She was beat by Brazil’s Lucia Araujo. At the first ever United States hosted International Championships for the Blind and Visually Impaired in 2013, Simon won a bronze medal. She was part of the 2011 Parapan American Games judo team. She represented the United States at the 2009 U.S. Open Championships for the Visually Impaired, finishing second after losing to German multi-Paralympic medalist Ramona Brussig. Her performance qualified her for her first ever World Team.
Simon has based her training at Kokushikai Judo Academy in Wayne, New Jersey.
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.