Martine Dugrenier

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Martine Dugrenier
Martine Dugrenier Olympic Heroes Parade.jpg
Dugrenier at the Olympic Heroes Parade in Toronto (September 2012)
Personal information
Born (1979-06-12) June 12, 1979 (age 41)
Laval, Quebec, Canada
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight63 kg (139 lb; 9 st 13 lb)
Sport
Country Canada
SportWrestling

Martine Dugrenier (born June 12, 1979) is a Canadian retired wrestler. A three time world champion (2008, 2009 and 2010), she has also competed twice at the Olympics, finishing in 5th place both times.

Early life and education[edit]

Martine Dugrenier was raised in the Saint-François neighborhood of Laval, Quebec.[1] As a teenager, she competed in artistic gymnastics, hoping to get a scholarship to an American university, but was forced to stay in Quebec after sustaining a knee injury.[2] She attended Vanier College, where she was introduced to wrestling as it was the only physical education class that could fit in her schedule.[3] She was initially reluctant when her wrestling coach recommended that she switch from artistic gymnastics to wrestling, but eventually made the switch two years later.[3] After graduating from Vanier College in 1999, she studied athletic therapy at Concordia University, where she came in third in her first year at the University Canadian Championships and fifth in her second year while being named Concordia’s Female Athlete of the Year every year from 2002 to 2004.[2]

Career[edit]

From 2005-2007, she won three consecutive silver medals in the 67-kilogram weight class at the World Wrestling Championships.[2] At the 2008 Summer Olympics, she finished 5th overall in the 63 kg freestyle event, winning her first match against Marianna Sastin of Hungary and her quarterfinal match against Xu Haiyan of China, before losing to eventual gold medalist Kaori Icho from Japan. Qualifying for the repechage, she lost her bronze medal final match against American wrestler Randi Miller. Six weeks after the Olympics, she won the first of three consecutive gold medals at the World Championships from 2008-2010 in the 67-kilogram weight class.[2] As the 67 kilogram weight class did not yet exist at the Olympics at the time, she had to compete in the 63-kilogram weight class.[4]

She again competed in the 63-kilogram division at the 2012 Summer Olympics; her fifth position came after losing her bronze medal match to Battsetseg Soronzonbold of Mongolia in the bronze medal final, having previously lost her first match against again-eventual gold medalist Kaori Icho of Japan, and winning her subsequent repechage round two match against Henna Johansson of Sweden.[5] This became the final match of her career, as she retired from wrestling in 2015 due to an arm injury.[6] She was inducted into the United World Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2016.[7] She currently works as a physical education teacher at Vanier College,[6] having began working as such in 2009.[2] She was inducted into the YM-YWHA Montreal Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2019.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilbert, Jean-Marc (1 March 2016). "QUE SONT-ILS DEVENUS? La tigresse de l'arène enseigne la lutte aux collégiens". www.larevue.qc.ca. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e Kaafarani, Lara (20 November 2018). "Vanier Teacher Martine Dugrenier's Wrestling Career". www.vinsider.ca. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b Boucher, Sébastien (19 June 2012). "Une gymnaste devenue lutteuse". www.rds.ca. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  4. ^ Waldie, Paul (28 July 2012). "Wrestler Martine Dugrenier motivated by 2008 near-miss". www.globeandmail.com. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  5. ^ "London 2012 - Wrestling - Women's 63 kg Freestyle". www.olympic.org. IOC. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Martine Dugrenier, Olympic wrestler, forced to retire due to injury". www.cbc.ca. CBC. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Martine Dugrenier To Be Inducted Into UWW Hall of Fame". www.wrestling.ca. Wrestling Canada Lutte. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2018.

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