A ‘Break’ – The Bad Kind – Leads USA Judo’s Kyle Vashkulat to Olympics


By Ernest Pund, USA Judo Communications

Kyle Vashkulat has a vivid memory of the pivotal moment that put him on a path to the Olympics … and no wonder. He was 14 and fighting at a regional tournament hosted by his club, Liberty Bell Judo near Philadelphia. His opponent went for a leg pick, and Vashkulat reached back to break his fall and block the score. He broke his arm instead, suffering a spiral fracture to the humerus, the heavy bone in the upper arm. “It was like you’d take a stick and start twisting until it breaks completely apart,” Vashkulat recalled.

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