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Difficult path may benefit Olympic judo hopefuls Vashkulat, Delpopolo

Nick Delpopolo spars with Jack Hatten Wednesday at the Jason Morris Judo Center in Glenville. Delpopolo and teammate Kyle Vashkulat are both competing in the London Olympics.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Nick Delpopolo spars with Jack Hatten Wednesday at the Jason Morris Judo Center in Glenville. Delpopolo and teammate Kyle Vashkulat are both competing in the London Olympics.
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The reward for four years of training, traveling and competing is in sight for Kyle Vashkulat and Nick Delpopolo. The Jason Morris Judo Center athletes, both graduates of Burnt Hills-Ballston lake High School, represent two-thirds of the U.S. men’s judo team that will compete in the London Olympics, which open Friday. “Just getting there is an accomplishment,” said Vashkulat, the youngest member of the U.S. judo contingent — and the 100 kg field — who ...


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