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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. (86 items)

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Teddy Riner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
age 29
Teddy Pierre-Marie Riner is a French judoka. He has won seven World Championships gold medals, the first male judoka to do so, and an Olympic gold medal. He has also won four gold medals at the ...more
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Toshihiko Koga is a retired Judoka and Olympic champion who competed in the -71 kg and -78 kg divisions. Koga is regarded as having perhaps the greatest Ippon seoi nage ever.
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Tadahiro Nomura is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Arthur Roderick added Tadahiro Nomura age 44
Tadahiro Nomura is one of the most famous judo competitors in Japan. He is the only judoka in the world who has won three Olympic gold medals in a row, all in the extra lightweight division.
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Anton Geesink is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Allan K Simon added Dec. at 76 (1934-2010)
Antonius Johannes "Anton" Geesink was a Dutch 10th-dan judoka from Utrecht. He was a two-time World Judo Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist and won 21 European championships. He was 6 ft ...more
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Ryoko Tani is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
age 43
Ryoko Tani is a politician and former judoka.
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Irakli Tsirekidze is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
age 36
Irakli Tsirekidze is a Georgian judoka. On September 15, 2007, he won a gold medal at world judo championship beating Greek Ilias Iliadis by yuko.
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Lukáš Krpálek is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Hozzeno added age 28
Lukáš Krpálek is an athlete.
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Henk Grol is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
age 33
Hindrik Harmannus Arnoldus "Henk" Grol is a Dutch judoka. Grol competed in the 2007 European Judo Championships in Belgrade, Serbia in the men's under 90 kg, as a replacement for Mark ...more
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Shohei Ono is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Sebbei added Shohei Ono
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Ole Bischof is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
age 39
Ole Bischof is a German judoka. He is trained by 1984 Olympic gold medalist Frank Wieneke.
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Kayla Harrison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Hozzeno added age 28
Kayla Harrison is an American judoka. She won the Junior World Championship in 2008, and was runner-up in 2009. In 2010 she won the World Judo Championships, and in 2012 she was the gold ...more
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Benjamin Behrla is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
age 33
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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Edith Bosch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
age 38
Edith Bosch is a former 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 middleweight ...more
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Ruben Houkes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
age 39
Ruben Houkes 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 2008 Beijing Olympics in the Mens 60kg
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Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
age 34
Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar is a Mongolian judoka. At the 2006 Asian Games he finished in joint fifth place in both the heavyweight division and the open weight class division. In the same ...more
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Gemma Gibbons is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Hozzeno added Gemma Gibbons age 32
Gemma Jeanette Gibbons is a British Judoka. Competing in the women's -70 kg category, she has represented England and Great Britain at Junior, U-23, 'B' and Senior level.
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Majlinda Kelmendi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Hozzeno added Majlinda Kelmendi age 27
Majlinda Kelmendi is a Kosovar Albanian judoka. As of 2013, Majlinda stands first in the international rankings by the International Judo Federation in the −52 kg category. In 2014 Majlinda was ...more
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Stéphanie Possamaï is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Stéphanie Possamaï age 38
Stéphanie Possamaï is a French judoka. Possamaï won a bronze medal in the -78 kg category at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
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Wang Ki-Chun is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
age 30
Wang Ki-Chun is a male judoka from South Korea. He became known for beating the 2004 Olympic champion Lee Won-Hee in the qualification matches for the 2007 World Championships and the 2008 ...more
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Ariel Ze'evi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
age 42
Ariel "Arik" Ze'evi is an Israeli judoka, widely recognized as the country's most prominent judoka since the 1990s to date. Ze'evi, a dan 6 black belt in Judo, has had a long and ...more
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Paula Pareto is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Hozzeno added Paula Pareto age 33
Paula Belén Pareto is an Argentinian judoka.
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Yvonne Bönisch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
age 38
Yvonne Bönisch is a German judoka. She won a gold medal in the lightweight division at the 2004 Summer Olympics. 1987 she began with Judo at JV Ludwigsfelde.
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Kim Jae-Bum is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
age 34
Kim Jae-Bum is a male South Korean judoka. Kim won a gold medal in the -73 kg class at the 2004 World Junior Judo Championships in Budapest, Hungary. At the 2005 Asian Judo Championships in ...more
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Giulia Quintavalle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
age 35
Giulia Quintavalle is an Italian judoka. She won the gold medal in the -57 kg weight class at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
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Elisabeth Willeboordse is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
age 40
Elisabeth Willeboordse is an athlete.