SCOTIA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It’s a year away from the 2016 Olympics, but the training for next year’s game in Rio started a long time ago for two locals.
Brad Bolen and Hannah Martin are looking to become the sixth and seventh athletes from the Jason Morris Judo Center to ever qualify for the Olympics. But it won’t be easy.
“It’s kind of cool,” Martin said. “I feel almost super hero-ish, you know.”
The Burnt Hills graduate has the ability to take down any female who dares to test her in the sport of Judo.
“It’s a little bit like wrestling and jiu-jitsu mixed together, so you can throw, you can arm bar, you can choke people,” she said.
It’s a sport the 26 year old is great at. She’s a two-time U.S. National Champion and a three-time World Team member. But what’s missing is a trip to the Olympics.
It’s the same for fellow Jason Morris Judo Center athlete Brad Bolen. He’s a three-time Judo National Champion. He missed the Olympics by one spot in 2012.
“All I had to do was get through to the finals in the PanAM Championships that year, and as soon as I lost, I knew I wasn’t going to make it,” he said.
For Martin and Bolen to make the Olympics in Rio, Bolen has to be in the top 22 in his weight class in the world. Martin has to be in the top 14.
“I’m, like, right on the edge,” Bolen said. “I’m at number 23 or 24.”
“I have 12 months,” Martin said. “If I medal at three places, then I’m in.”
Until then this is their job. They train four to five hours a day and compete all over the world in hopes they can make their Olympic dreams a reality.