Dugrenier at the Olympic Heroes Parade in Toronto (September 2012)
|Born||June 12, 1979|
Laval, Quebec, Canada
|Height||1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||63 kg (139 lb; 9 st 13 lb)|
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
Martine Dugrenier was raised in the Saint-François neighborhood of Laval, Quebec. 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. She attended Vanier College, where she was introduced to wrestling as it was the only physical education class that could fit in her schedule. 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. 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.
From 2005-2007, she won three consecutive silver medals in the 67-kilogram weight class at the World Wrestling Championships. 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. 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.
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. This became the final match of her career, as she retired from wrestling in 2015 due to an arm injury. She was inducted into the United World Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2016. She currently works as a physical education teacher at Vanier College, having began working as such in 2009. She was inducted into the YM-YWHA Montreal Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2019.
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