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The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo 

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This is a list of the best Olympic athletes in the sport of judo. Olympians on this list have competed at the Olympic games in judo. Olympic athletes on this list have made it all the way to the Olympics in their sport and have either won their event or did not even place. But this list isn't just about winners, times, distances and points, it's about who are the public's favorite Olympic athletes in judo. Olympians on this list have captured the hearts of the public in one way or another, and have led their peers in judo competitions.

Only the greatest judo Olympic athletes are featured on the front page of this list, so vote for your favorites and let only the best judo Olympians see the top. Judo athletes who have competed in the Olympics don't all have what it takes to be called the "best" in their Olympic sport, so vote carefully and make sure that only the true greats get a place on the front page of this list. Athletes here include everyone from Oscar Braison, to Leandro Guilheiro, to Ronda Rousey. You may copy this fact-based list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your opinions, then publish it to share it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social sites you frequent. (87 items)

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Teddy Riner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Age: 29

Olympic Country: France

Date Of Birth: 1989-04-07

Olympic Sport: Judo

Nationality: France

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's Heavyweight (+100 kg)

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Judo, + 100kg (heavyweight)

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal

Teddy Pierre-Marie Riner (French: [tɛ.di/te.di ʁi.nœʁ/ʁi.nɛʁ]; born 7 April 1989) is a French judoka. He has won ten World Championships gold medals, the first and only judoka (male or female) ...more
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Date Of Birth: 1967-11-21

Place Of Birth: Fukuoka, Japan, Kyūshū, Fukuoka Prefecture, Earth, + more

Nationality: Japan

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Men's Lightweight (71kg), Judo at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Men's Half Middleweight (78kg)

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Judo, 65-71kg (Lightweight), Men's Judo, 71-78kg (half middleweight)

Olympic Medalist Games: 1992 Summer Olympics, 1996 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Silver medal

Toshihiko Koga (古賀 稔彦, Koga Toshihiko, born November 21, 1967) is a retired judoka and Olympic champion who competed in the -71 kg and -78 kg divisions. Koga is regarded as having perhaps the ...more
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Henk Grol is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Age: 33

Olympic Country: Netherlands

Date Of Birth: 1985-04-14

Olympic Sport: Judo

Nationality: Netherlands

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 kg

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Judo, 90 - 100kg (half-heavyweight)

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal

Hindrik Harmannus Arnoldus "Henk" Grol (born 14 April 1985 in Veendam) is a Dutch judoka.
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Lukáš Krpá... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Hozzeno added Age: 28

Olympic Country: Czech Republic

Date Of Birth: 1990-11-15

Place Of Birth: Jihlava, Czech Republic

Olympic Sport: Judo

Nationality: Czech Republic

Weight: 100

Olympic Games Participant: The London 2012 Summer Olympics

Lukáš Krpálek is an athlete.
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Kayla Harrison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Hozzeno added Age: 28

Olympic Country: United States of America

Date Of Birth: 1990-07-02

Place Of Birth: Middletown, Ohio

Olympic Sport: Judo

Nationality: United States of America

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 78 kg

Weight: 75

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Judo, 70 - 78kg (half-heavyweight)

Olympic Medalist Games: The London 2012 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: The London 2012 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal

Kayla Harrison (born July 2, 1990) is an American former judoka and who competed in the 78 kg weight category and current mixed martial artist who competes in the lightweight division. She won ...more
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Anton Geesink is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Allan K Simon added Dec. at 76 (1934-2010)

Date Of Birth: 1934-04-06

Place Of Birth: Utrecht, Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Utrecht, Europe, + more

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 1964 Summer Olympics - Open Category

Olympic Medalist Event: Judo, Open Category

Olympic Medalist Games: 1964 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal

Antonius Johannes Geesink (6 April 1934 – 27 August 2010) was a Dutch 10th dan judoka. He was the first non-Japanese judoka to win gold at the World Judo Championship, a feat he accomplished in ...more
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Irakli Tsirekidze is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Age: 36

Olympic Country: Georgia

Date Of Birth: 1982-05-03

Olympic Sport: Judo

Nationality: Georgia

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's Middleweight (90 kg)

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Judo, 81 - 90kg (middleweight)

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal

Irakli Tsirekidze (Georgian: ირაკლი ცირეკიძე) (born 3 May 1982) is a Georgian judoka. On September 15, 2007, he won a gold medal at world judo championship beating Greek Ilias Iliadis by yuko.At ...more
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Ryoko Tani is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Ryoko Tani Age: 43

Olympic Country: Japan

Date Of Birth: 1975-09-06

Place Of Birth: Fukuoka, Japan, Kyūshū, Fukuoka Prefecture, Earth, + more

Olympic Sport: Judo

Nationality: Japan

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 48 kg, Judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 48 kg, Judo at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Women's 48 kg, Judo at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Women's 48 kg

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Judo, - 48kg (extra-lightweight)

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics, 2004 Summer Olympics, 2000 Summer Olympics, 1992 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics, 1992 Summer Olympics, 2000 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal, Gold medal, Silver medal

Ryoko Tani (谷 亮子, Tani Ryōko, née Tamura (田村), born September 6, 1975) is a retired Japanese female judoka and a politician. Competing in the extra-lightweight (48 kg) class, she won a ...more
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Tadahiro Nomura is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Arthur Roderick added Tadahiro Nomura Age: 44

Date Of Birth: 1974-12-10

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's Extra Lightweight (-60 kg), Judo at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's Extra Lightweight (-60 kg), Judo at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Men's Extra Lightweight (-60 kg)

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Judo, - 60 kg Men (extra lightweight)

Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2000 Summer Olympics, 1996 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal

Tadahiro Nomura (野村 忠宏, Nomura Tadahiro, born December 10, 1974 in Kōryō, Nara, Japan) is one of the most famous judo competitors in Japan. He is the only judoka in the world who has won three ...more
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Benjamin Behrla is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Age: 33

Olympic Country: Germany

Date Of Birth: 1985-08-31

Place Of Birth: Emsdetten, Germany, Steinfurt, Europe, Western Europe, + more

Olympic Sport: Judo

Nationality: Germany

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 kg

Weight: 100.0

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Judo, 90 - 100kg (half-heavyweight)

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Benjamin Behrla is a German judoka, competing in the 100 kg-category. Behrla, who is currently ranked at 2nd Dan, won Bronze Medals at the 2008 and the 2010 European Judo Championships. He ...more
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Ole Bischof is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Age: 39

Olympic Country: Germany

Date Of Birth: 1979-08-27

Olympic Sport: Judo

Nationality: Germany

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Half Middleweight (81 kg)

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Judo, 73 - 81kg (half-middleweight)

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal

Ole Bischof (born 27 August 1979 in Reutlingen) is a German judoka. He is trained by 1984 Olympic gold medalist Frank Wieneke.
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Shohei Ono is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
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Naidangiin Tüvshinb... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Age: 34

Olympic Country: Mongolia

Date Of Birth: 1984-06-01

Olympic Sport: Judo

Nationality: Mongolia

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 kg

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Judo, 90 - 100kg (half-heavyweight)

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal

Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar (Mongolian: Найдангийн Түвшинбаяр born 1 June 1984) is a Mongolian judoka. He is the 2008 Olympic Champion, 2012 Olympic silver medalist, 2014 Asian games champion, ...more
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Ruben Houkes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Age: 39

Olympic Country: Netherlands

Date Of Birth: 1979-06-08

Place Of Birth: Schagen, Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands, North Holland, Europe, + more

Olympic Sport: Judo

Nationality: Netherlands

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's Extra Lightweight (-60 kg)

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Judo, - 60 kg Men (extra lightweight)

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal

Ruben Houkes (born 8 June 1979 in Schagen, North Holland) is a Dutch judoka. Houkes won gold in the men's under 60-kilo class at the 2007 World Judo Championships. He won the bronze medal at the ...more
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Edith Bosch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Age: 38

Olympic Country: Netherlands

Date Of Birth: 1980-05-31

Olympic Sport: Judo

Nationality: Netherlands

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 70 kg, Judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 70 kg, Judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 78 kg

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Judo, 63-70kg (Middleweight), Women's Judo, 70 - 78kg (half-heavyweight)

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics, 2004 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal, Silver medal

Edith Bosch (born 31 May 1980) is a Dutch judoka. Her Olympic debut was at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney where she finished seventh. She won the silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the ...more
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Kim Jae-Bum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Age: 34

Olympic Country: South Korea

Date Of Birth: 1985-01-25

Place Of Birth: Gimcheon, South Korea, Asia, East Asia, Korean Peninsula, + more

Olympic Sport: Judo

Nationality: South Korea

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Half Middleweight (81 kg)

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Judo, 73 - 81kg (half-middleweight)

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal

Kim Jae-bum (Korean pronunciation: [kim.dʑɛ̝.bʌm]; born January 25, 1985 in Gimcheon, Gyeongsangbuk-do) is a retired South Korean judoka.
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Ariel Ze'evi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Age: 42

Olympic Country: Israel

Date Of Birth: 1977-01-16

Place Of Birth: Bnei Brak, Israel, Earth, Middle East, Asia, + more

Olympic Sport: Judo

Nationality: Israel

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 100 kg

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Judo, 90 - 100kg (half-heavyweight)

Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal

Ariel "Arik" Ze'evi (Hebrew: אריאל "אריק" זאבי‎, born 16 January 1977) is a retired Israeli judoka, widely recognized as the country's most prominent judoka during his ...more
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Yael Arad is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Age: 51

Olympic Country: Israel

Date Of Birth: 1967-05-01

Olympic Sport: Judo

Nationality: Israel

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Women's 61 kg

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Half Middleweight, 56-61kg

Olympic Medalist Games: 1992 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 1992 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal

Yael Arad (Hebrew: יעל ארד‎; born May 1, 1967) is an Israeli judoka. She was the first Israeli to win an Olympic medal. She is widely recognized as one of Israel's most successful athletes and ...more
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Wang Ki-Chun is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Age: 30

Olympic Country: South Korea

Date Of Birth: 1988-09-13

Olympic Sport: Judo

Nationality: South Korea

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's Lightweight 73 kg

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Judo, 66 - 73kg (lightweight)

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal

Wang Ki-Chun (Hangul: 왕기춘, Korean pronunciation: [waŋ.ɡi.tɕʰun]; born September 13, 1988 in Jeongeup, Jeollabuk-do) is a former judoka from South Korea. He became known for beating the 2004 ...more
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Yvonne Bönisch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Age: 38

Olympic Country: Germany

Date Of Birth: 1980-12-29

Place Of Birth: Ludwigsfelde, Germany, Brandenburg, Europe, Western Europe, + more

Olympic Sport: Judo

Nationality: Germany

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 57 kg

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Judo, 52 - 57kg (Lightweight)

Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal

Yvonne Bönisch (born 29 December 1980 in Ludwigsfelde, East Germany) was a German judoka. She retired in 2008. She won a gold medal in the lightweight (57 kg) division at the 2004 Summer ...more
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Choi Min-Ho is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Age: 38

Olympic Country: South Korea

Date Of Birth: 1980-08-18

Place Of Birth: Gimcheon, South Korea, Asia, East Asia, Korean Peninsula, + more

Olympic Sport: Judo

Nationality: South Korea

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's Extra Lightweight (-60 kg), Judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's Extra Lightweight (-60 kg)

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Judo, - 60 kg Men (extra lightweight)

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics, 2004 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Bronze medal

Choi Min-ho (Korean: 최민호; born December 9, 1991), better known by the mononym Minho, is a South Korean singer, rapper, and actor. He debuted as a member of South Korean boy group Shinee in May ...more
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Elnur Mammadli is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Age: 30

Olympic Country: Azerbaijan

Date Of Birth: 1988-06-29

Olympic Sport: Judo

Nationality: Azerbaijan

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's Lightweight 73 kg

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Judo, 66 - 73kg (lightweight)

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal

Elnur Mammadli (Azerbaijani: Elnur Məmmədli, born 29 June 1988, Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union) is an Azerbaijani judoka. He won the gold medal during the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the -73 kg ...more
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Lucie Décosse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Age: 37

Olympic Country: France

Date Of Birth: 1981-08-06

Olympic Sport: Judo

Nationality: France

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 63 kg

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Judo, 57 - 63kg (Half-Middleweight)

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal

Lucie Décosse (born 6 August 1981 in Chaumont) is a retired female French judoka.
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Tiago Camilo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Age: 36

Olympic Country: Brazil

Date Of Birth: 1982-05-24

Place Of Birth: Tupã, Brazil, São Paulo, South America, DVD Region 4, + more

Olympic Sport: Judo

Nationality: Brazil

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Half Middleweight (81 kg), Judo at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's Lightweight (73kg)

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Judo, 73 - 81kg (half-middleweight), Men's Judo, 66 - 73kg (lightweight)

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics, 2000 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics, 2000 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal, Silver medal

Tiago Henrique de Oliveira Camilo (born May 24, 1982) is a judoka from Brazil, who won the silver medal in the lightweight (−73 kg) division at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He also won a gold medal ...more
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Ronda Rousey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Age: 32

Olympic Country: United States of America

Date Of Birth: 1987

Place Of Birth: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, United States of America, California

Olympic Sport: Judo

Nationality: United States of America

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 70 kg

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Judo, 63-70kg (Middleweight)

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal

Ronda Jean Rousey (; born February 1, 1987) is an American professional wrestler, actress, author, and former mixed martial artist and judoka. She is currently signed to WWE, and performs on the ...more

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