Judo competitor Kyle Vashkulat was born in Soviet Ukraine and immigrated with his family to the US at the age of 9. He was an overweight kid in Philadelphia and judo helped to get him in shape. By the age of 15, he was a serious competitor and moved to train in Schenectady, New York with an elite coach. He’s currently studying at Schenectady Community College.
Kyle made it to the round of 32 in the men's half heavyweight division where he lost to Sayidov Ramzidden, an Uzbek opponent who made it to the bronze medal round.