USA Judo Junior Olympic Championships return to Spokane

It’s no secret Spokane loves its sporting events. This weekend, for the second year in a row, the Lilac City will play host to the USA Junior Judo Olympic Championships.

One thousand athletes from as far as Singapore, Japan and Uganda will be participating, in addition to local judo students!

They joined our Caroline Flynn on Good Morning Northwest Friday morning to show off their moves. You might want to keep an eye on the talent at the main even as the athletes could soon have some special medals around their necks.

Keith Bryant, President of USA Judo said, “in the United States it is still a developing sport and so I think people would see something they don’t see on a daily basis and they’ll get to see the future of what the United States will develop in terms of our future Olympians.”

The Junior Judo Olympic Championships will bring in $1.9 million dollars to the Spokane economy.

The event starts Friday and will continue through the weekend at the Convention Center. National Championships will happen Friday and Saturday while international matches take place Sunday.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children. Kids under the age of 8 get in free.