Denyse Julien

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Denyse Julien
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Women's Badminton
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place Mar del Plata 1995 Singles
Gold medal – first place Mar del Plata 1995 Doubles
Gold medal – first place Mar del Plata 1995 Mixed
Bronze medal – third place Winnipeg 1999 Singles
Silver medal – second place Winnipeg 1999 Doubles
Gold medal – first place Winnipeg 1999 Mixed
Silver medal – second place Santo Domingo 2003 Doubles
Gold medal – first place Santo Domingo 2003 Mixed

Denyse Julien (born July 22, 1960 in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec) is a female badminton player from Canada notable for her versatility and longevity.


Between 1981 and 2004 Julien won a record 31 Canadian National Championship events, thirteen in singles, eight in women's doubles, and ten in mixed doubles.[1] She also captured five events at the Canadian Open Championships, including women's singles in 1989.[2] Julien earned four individual medals at the quadrennial Commonwealth Games. These include a silver medal in singles (1990), and a silver (1986) and two bronzes (1990, 1994) in women's doubles. Julien's record in another quadrennial competition, the Pan American Games, has been particularly noteworthy. A few months shy of her 35th birthday she won all three events at Mar del Plata, Argentina in 1995 when badminton was introduced into these Games. She won medals in each event at the next competition in Winnipeg in 1999, and a silver in women's doubles and a gold in mixed doubles at the 2003 competition in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Julien won a number of titles in Europe, including women's singles at French (1982) and Welsh (1991, 1995) Opens, women's doubles at the Austrian International (1983), and mixed doubles at the Portugal Open (1998). She competed in three Olympic Games (1992, 1996, 2004), the highlight of which was winning two rounds of singles at the 1992 Games in Barcelona before bowing to China's reigning world champion Tang Jiuhong.