To help get Team USA back to the judo podium, the national judo program has recruited the very best athletes.
Key pieces include:
Kayla Harrison (Pictured)
Since coming onto the adult international circuit following the 2008 Games, 21-year-old Kayla Harrison has impressed and restored hopes of a U.S. Olympic gold.
Harrison shocked the world in 2010, winning the women's half-heavyweight gold at the World Judo Championships in Japan followed by a 2011 bronze in Paris and gold during the Pan American Judo Championships in Guadalajara (2011).
Harrison is the United States' best shot to make history by taking the first gold medal in the history of the national Olympic program.
Another Team USA youngster, Nick Delpopolo will hope to shock the judo world in July as he stands an outside shot at crashing an Olympic finals or bronze medal match.
If Harrison is all-buzz to take the women's gold, Delpopolo will hope to sneak in with the men's. Competing in the 73-kilogram event, Delpopolo will be the lightest American male in London, though his chances of capturing the prize might weight heaviest.
On the men's side, Olympic veteran Travis Stevens hopes to place in the half-middleweight class, having tied for ninth in Beijing.
Since 2008, Stevens has won Pan American bronze in San Salvador (2010) and silver one year later. He will hope that like Harrison's Guadalajara gold, his silver success will translate to an Olympic medal.
Other Key Pieces
The United States will also field Marti Malloy (57-kilogram) and Kyle Vashkulat (100).