1. Official Weigh-ins ended at 4:00pm on Friday March 21,2014 (Gabriela Prado did not make weight)
2. Gabriela Prado's coach informed Corrine Shigemoto (COO USA Judo) they needed extra time to make weight because of a delayed flight.
3. At 4:20pm Gabriela Prado stepped on the Official Scale and was still .4kg over. We have a wittiness that was in the room and they are willing to make a formal statement. But regardless of that, it is stated in the rules the Athlete only gets one opportunity on the Official Scale.
4. On Friday, the night of the draws Grace Jividen brought up the subject of someone not making weight, immediately Jhonny Prado (one of Gabriela's Coaches) jumped up and said she did make weight. Information was presented to Pat Burris (USA Judo Coach Rep) and he then presented the question to Corrine Shigemoto “Did Gabriela Prado make weight?" Her response was Gabriela did make weight but she was given an extension because her flight was delayed (this was stated to everyone in the entire coaches meeting).
5. On Saturday as rumors began to swirl a Facebook posting by Gabriela shows her at the DFW airport at around 10:15am on Friday March 21, 2014, this picture was then sent out to other coaches. As more information began to surface, speculation began to build. It was now obvious her flight was in Texas long before Registration and Official weigh-ins were over.
6. On Sunday the situation was now at a fevers pitch. It was reported to coaches that the tournament director and his staff closed weigh-ins at 4:00pm knowing full well Gabriela Prado DID NOT make weight. They were told by Corrine Shigemoto she would weigh-in Gabriel, much to the demise of the Registration and Weight in staff as well as the tournament director. After competition was complete I presented my case to Corrine Shigemoto and Jose Rodriquez their response was US Judo has extended weigh-ins in the past for athlete who's flights were delayed and or stuck in customs. I then informed them that Gabriela was in fact in Texas before registration and weigh-ins had concluded. They both looked dumbfounded by this information, but stuck to their guns that USA Judo has extended weigh-ins in the past. note: it was brought to my attention that this extension has been given in the past to athletes that have had a delayed flight or customs issues, but that athlete was never given the opportunity to run or lose weight before stepping on the scale. The athlete would rush from the airport and walk directly into weigh-ins without the opportunity to check weight and never an opportunity to lose weight. (This is unprecedented)
7. On Monday after returning home I was bombarded with emails, photos and statements concerning this situation from coaches all over the country. I also reach out to Jim Hrbek to find the proper channels to file a grievance. I was advise by some not pursue this because of a fear of retaliation and speak to Corrine Shigemoto. I personally made a decision to let Willy Cahill (Former Olympic and Para Olympic Coach) speak to Corrine as she was a former student of his in hopes she would do the right thing. In her brief conversation with Willy Cahill she pointed out a disclaimer in the tournament entry form that stated “The Tournament Director reserves the right to make all final decisions regarding this event” then put the extended weigh-in on Tournament Director Burt Becerra saying the tournament director can extend the weigh-ins if he so desires. I immediately reached out to Burt and he sent me a message vehemently denying he extending the weigh-in for Gabriela with a resounding NO WAY. I have all of this documented, I have Facebook photo's of Gabriela time stamped in DFW Texas Airport before registration began and I have the tournament directors direct contradiction of what Corrine Shigemoto stated to Willy Cahill that Burt Becerra extended the weigh-in.
If we as coaches and athletes don’t have faith in our governing body with the basic procedures of registration and weigh-ins, our sport will lose all credibility as well as our governing body.