Rogério Sampaio

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Rogério Sampaio
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Born (1967-09-12) September 12, 1967 (age 54)
Santos, São Paulo

Rogério Sampaio Cardoso (born September 12, 1967 in Santos) is a Brazilian judoka and Olympic champion. He won a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.[1] He dedicated his medal to his brother Ricardo, who fought in the 1988 Summer Olympics and committed suicide in 1991 after a love disappointment.[2]

Sampaio started at judo when he was four, since his mom thought he was restless and needed more discipline. After the Olympics, he won a bronze medal at the 1993 World Judo Championships. But then injuries hurt his career, making him miss both the 1995 Pan American Games and the 1996 Summer Olympics, in which he went only to coach Danielle Zangrando and as a TV commentator. He retired from international competition in 1998.[3]

After retirement, Sampaio runs a dojo in Santos, from which Olympic medalist Leandro Guilheiro originated, and acts as TV commentator. He also coached the Brazilian women's judo team at the 2001 Universiade (fellow Olympic champion Aurélio Miguel coached the masculine).[4]

Rogerio Sampaio is the actual General Secretary of the National Antidoping Agency of Brazil.


  1. ^ "1992 Summer Olympics – Barcelona, Spain – Judo" Archived 2012-08-02 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved on February 28, 2008)
  2. ^ (in Portuguese) Rogério Sampaio: um ouro olímpico com a bênção do irmão Archived 2008-10-08 at the Wayback Machine, Gazeta Esportiva
  3. ^ (in Portuguese) Um campeão olímpico vítima das lesões Archived 2008-12-01 at the Wayback Machine, Gazeta Esportiva
  4. ^ (in Portuguese) Interview with Sampaio, Brazilian Olympic Committee

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