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US Sumo Champions Look Forward to Taiwan
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June 14th started off just like any other beautiful morning in Jackson, Wyoming. The crisp morning began with welcomed sunshine illuminating the snow covered the tops of the highest mountains and the Grand Tetons that encircle and protect the tranquil town. Small passels of gray clouds drifted slowly above bringing the light rain responsible for keeping the surrounding landscape green and lush. The town awoke slowly and peacefully that morning almost unconscious to the forecast of the thunder that would explode later that day as bodies collide in brute force in a small ring at a local resort. Athletes from all over the country, including Jenelle Hamilton from Palmdale, came together on that quiet day to compete for the prospect of achieving a championship title during the 2014 United States Sumo National Championships.

Jenelle Hamilton of Palmdale, is a six-year veteran of the sport and competed as a lightweight contender in both the female lightweight and open weight categories. Lightweight demands contenders to be 65kg/143lbs or less. Open weight does not discriminate against an athlete which allows any athlete to be paired against another despite how much or how little they weigh. Therefore any lightweight, middleweight or heavyweight could be caused to contend against any other athlete registered for the open weight category. Each weight category at this year’s US Nationals included a round robin ranking system followed by additional bouts through double elimination in order to determine prizes. In both the lightweight and open weight categories Hamilton lost only one fight allowing her to be awarded the gold medal and deemed the 2014 US National Female Lightweight and Open Weight Champion. Tiffany Tran of Los Angeles celebrated alongside Hamilton as she was deemed the 2014 US Women's Middleweight Champion. Tran also walked away with the bronze in the Open Weight category.

Jenelle Hamilton is next expected to compete as the United States Lightweight Representative in the 10th Women Sumo World Championships in Taiwan on August 31, 2014. Following the international competition abroad, she, as well as athletes from around the world, will descend upon Long Beach for the 14th Annual US Sumo Open on September 20, 2014. Competition costs are the responsibility of the competitor for most national and international competitions. Hamilton is a single mom who gives back regularly to her community through volunteers her involvement with her daughter’s elementary school in Canyon Country. In addition she leads a Girl Scout troop in Santa Clarita and is a contributing member of a regional non-profit that supports police officers and the children of fallen officers. Those considering a financial contribution to help cover upcoming travel expenses associated with the World Championships can find more information through Hamilton’s GoFundMe account at http://www.gofundme.com/632m64.

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jello1369 commented on Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 17:56 PM

I don't know why the photos loaded sideways and upside down. But one is of Middleweight Champion Tiffany Tran of Los Angeles (left), Lighweight and Open Weight Champion Jenelle Hamilton of Palmdale (center), and Heavyweight Champion Amanda Soule of Idaho (right). The other is a picture of the new 2014 United States Men, Women and Junior Sumo Team.

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