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Combat Sports 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. (79 items)

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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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Teddy Riner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
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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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Tadahiro Nomura is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Arthur Roderick added Tadahiro Nomura age 43
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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Irakli Tsirekidze is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
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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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Ryoko Tani is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
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Ryoko Tani is a politician and former judoka.

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Ariel Ze'evi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
age 41
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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Yael Arad is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
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Yael Arad 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 is credited with bringing judo into ...more

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Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
age 33
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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Anton Geesink is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Allan K Simon added Died 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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Shohei Ono is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
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Ole Bischof is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
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Ole Bischof is a German judoka. He is trained by 1984 Olympic gold medalist Frank Wieneke.

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Henk Grol is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
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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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Benjamin Behrla is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
age 32
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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Stéphanie Possamaï is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Stéphanie Possamaï age 37
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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Travis Stevens is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Travis Stevens age 32
Travis Stevens is a judoka from United States who competed in 2008 Olympics. He participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics, losing against the previous winner of the 2008 Summer Olympics, Ole ...more

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Kim Jae-Bum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
age 33
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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Masato Uchishiba is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
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Masato Uchishiba is a Japanese judoka who won the gold medal in the men's under 66 kg division at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, and at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. ...more

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Lucie Décosse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
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Lucie Décosse is a retired female French judoka.

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Tiago Camilo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
age 35
Tiago Henrique de Oliveira Camilo is a judoka from Brazil, who won the silver medal in the lightweight division at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. In the final he was defeated by ...more

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Elnur Mammadli is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
age 29
Elnur Mammadli is an Azerbaijani judoka. He won the gold medal during the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the -73 kg division. In the final he beat the favorite Wang Ki-Chun. However, Wang suffered ...more

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Ronda Rousey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
age 31
Ronda Jean Rousey is an American mixed martial artist, judoka and actress. She is the first and current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, as well as the last Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight ...more

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Ruben Houkes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
age 38
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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Ludwig Paischer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
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Ludwig Paischer is an Austrian judoka.

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Edith Bosch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
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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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Peter Seisenbacher is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo
Allan K Simon added Peter Seisenbacher age 58
Peter Seisenbacher is a judo coach and retired judoka from Austria. He competed in the middleweight category at the 1980, 1984 and 1988 Olympics and won two gold medals, in 1984 and 1988. He ...more