Valois-Fortier at the 2016 Olympics
13 March 1990 |
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
|Residence||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||81 kg (179 lb) (2012)|
|Coached by||Nicolas Gill
Sergio Pessoa Sr.
Antoine Valois-Fortier (born 13 March 1990) is a Canadian judoka who won the bronze medal in the −81 kg category at the 2012 Olympics, becoming the first Canadian to win a medal in Olympic judo in twelve years and the fifth to win one in Canadian history.
Valois-Fortier entered the 2012 Olympics ranked 21st in the world in his weight class. He pulled off several upset victories, including a win over Olympic gold medalist Elnur Mammadli, to make the quarterfinals. He lost to Ivan Nifontov of Russia, but made the repechage and defeated Emmanuel Lucenti of Argentina to enter the bronze medal match against Travis Stevens, which he then won. Valois-Fortier's win is Canada's first Olympic medal in Judo since 2000, which was a silver won by his coach Nicolas Gill, and only the fifth won by a Canadian in Olympic history.
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