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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. {#nodes}

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    Olympic CountryGeorgia

    Date Of Birth1982-05-03

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityGeorgia

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

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Judo, 81 - 90kg (middleweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold 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 2008...  more
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    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1990-07-02

    Place Of BirthMiddletown, Ohio

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 78 kg

    Weight75

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Judo, 70 - 78kg (half-heavyweight)

    Olympic Medalist GamesThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games ParticipantThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold 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 the...  more
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    Olympic CountryCzech Republic

    Date Of Birth1990-11-15

    Place Of BirthJihlava, Czech Republic

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityCzech Republic

    Weight100

    Olympic Games ParticipantThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Lukáš Krpálek is an athlete....  more
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    Henk Grol

    Age: 35

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1985-04-14

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Judo, 90 - 100kg (half-heavyweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Hindrik Harmannus Arnoldus "Henk" Grol (born 14 April 1985 in Veendam) is a Dutch judoka....  more
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    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1980-05-31

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityNetherlands

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

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze 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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    Anton Geesink

    Dec. at 76 (1934-2010)

    Date Of Birth1934-04-06

    Place Of BirthUtrecht,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,Utrecht,Europe

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 1964 Summer Olympics - Open Category

    Olympic Medalist EventJudo, Open Category

    Olympic Medalist Games1964 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold 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 1961...  more
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    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1985-08-31

    Place Of BirthEmsdetten,Germany,Steinfurt,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 kg

    Weight100.0

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Judo, 90 - 100kg (half-heavyweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 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 competed...  more
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    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1979-08-27

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityGermany

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

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Judo, 73 - 81kg (half-middleweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Ole Bischof (born 27 August 1979 in Reutlingen) is a German judoka. He is trained by 1984 Olympic gold medalist Frank Wieneke....  more
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    Olympic CountryFrance

    Date Of Birth1989-04-07

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityFrance

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

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Judo, + 100kg (heavyweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze 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) to do...  more
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    Date Of Birth1967-11-21

    Place Of BirthFukuoka,Japan,Kyūshū,Fukuoka Prefecture,Earth

    NationalityJapan

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

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

    Olympic Medalist Games1992 Summer Olympics,1996 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold 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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    Travis Stevens

    Age: 34

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1986-02-28

    Place Of BirthTacoma, Washington, United States of America

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Weight81

    Olympic Games ParticipantThe London 2012 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics

    Travis Stevens (born February 28, 1986) is a judoka and Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner from the United States who competed in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Summer Olympics. He competes in the men's...  more
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    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1980-12-29

    Place Of BirthLudwigsfelde,Germany,Brandenburg,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 57 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Judo, 52 - 57kg (Lightweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold 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 Olympics and...  more
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    Tadahiro Nomura

    Age: 46

    Date Of Birth1974-12-10

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

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics,1996 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold 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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    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1979-06-08

    Place Of BirthSchagen,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,North Holland,Europe

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityNetherlands

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

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

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze 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 2008...  more
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    Stéphanie Possamaï

    Age: 40

    Date Of Birth1980-07-30

    NationalityFrance

    Stéphanie Possamaï (born 30 July 1980, in Bordeaux) is a French judoka. Possamaï won a bronze medal in the -78 kg category at the 2008 Summer Olympics....  more
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    Shohei Ono

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    Olympic CountryItaly

    Date Of Birth1983-03-06

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityItaly

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 57 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Judo, 52 - 57kg (Lightweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Giulia Quintavalle (born March 6, 1983 in Livorno) is an Italian judoka. She won the gold medal in the -57 kg weight class at the 2008 Summer Olympics....  more
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    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1978-09-14

    Place Of BirthMiddelburg,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,Zeeland,Europe

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 63 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Judo, 57 - 63kg (Half-Middleweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Elisabeth Willeboordse is an athlete....  more
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    Ryoko Tani

    Age: 45

    Olympic CountryJapan

    Date Of Birth1975-09-06

    Place Of BirthFukuoka,Japan,Kyūshū,Fukuoka Prefecture,Earth

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityJapan

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo 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 EventWomen's Judo, - 48kg (extra-lightweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics,1992 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics,1992 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze 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 record seven...  more
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    Olympic CountryAustria

    Date Of Birth1981-11-28

    Place Of BirthOberndorf bei Salzburg,Austria,Salzburg,Earth,Europe

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityAustria

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

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

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Ludwig Paischer (born 28 November 1981 in Oberndorf bei Salzburg) is an Austrian judoka. ...  more
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    Olympic CountrySouth Korea

    Date Of Birth1980-08-18

    Place Of BirthGimcheon,South Korea,Asia,East Asia,Korean Peninsula

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalitySouth Korea

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

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold 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 2008...  more
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    Olympic CountryMongolia

    Date Of Birth1984-06-01

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityMongolia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Judo, 90 - 100kg (half-heavyweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold 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, 2015 World...  more
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    Olympic CountryRomania

    Date Of Birth1982-08-30

    Place Of BirthPloieşti,Romania,Earth,Europe,European Union

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityRomania

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 48 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Judo, - 48kg (extra-lightweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Alina Dumitru (Romanian pronunciation: [aˈlina duˈmitru]; born 30 August 1982) is a Romanian judoka, one-time Olympic champion and eight-time European champion. At the 2008 Summer Olympics she...  more
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    Olympic CountrySouth Korea

    Date Of Birth1985-01-25

    Place Of BirthGimcheon,South Korea,Asia,East Asia,Korean Peninsula

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalitySouth Korea

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

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Judo, 73 - 81kg (half-middleweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Kim Jae-bum (Korean pronunciation: [kim.dʑɛ̝.bʌm]; born January 25, 1985 in Gimcheon, Gyeongsangbuk-do) is a retired South Korean judoka. ...  more
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    Jeong Gyeong-Mi

    Age: 35

    Date Of Birth1985-07-26

    Jeong Gyeong-mi (Korean: 정경미; Korean pronunciation: [tɕʌŋ.ɡjʌŋ.mi]; born July 26, 1985 in Gunsan, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea) is a South Korean female judoka. In 2006, she won her first international...  more