|2016 Rio de Janeiro||–70 kg|
|2012 London||–70 kg|
|2009 Rotterdam||–70 kg|
|2013 Rio de Janeiro||–70 kg|
|2014 Chelyabinsk||–70 kg|
|2015 Astana||–70 kg|
|Pan American Games|
|2011 Guadalajara||–70 kg|
|2007 Rio de Janeiro||–70 kg|
|2015 Toronto||–70 kg|
|Pan American Championships|
|2007 Montreal||–70 kg|
|2009 Buenos Aires||–70 kg|
|2014 Guayaquil||–70 kg|
|2016 Havana||–70 kg|
|2015 Edmonton||–70 kg|
|2008 Miami||–70 kg|
|2011 Guadalajara||–70 kg|
|2012 Montreal||–70 kg|
|2013 San José||–70 kg|
From youth, she was very talented in all kind of sports that she participated in like water polo, volleyball, handball, athletics. When she was 14 Ruperto Guaúña, a judo trainer of Litecom school, was looking for a girls for his judo team. That's how Yuri became a judoka.
Yuri began judo late, but she already was already in good physical condition from previous sport so she just needed to learn technical aspects of judo.
In 2008, she participated Olympic Games in Beijing where she placed 7th. She lost to Anaysi Hernández of Cuba in the main draw and then lost a very close match against Leire Iglesias from Spain in the repechage losing her chance to fight for a medal.
In 2009, she won the World Championships in Rotterdam. In the final she gained victory over Anett Mészáros from Hungary and became third South American judoka who won the title by Natasha Hernández (of Venezuela) in 1984 and Daniela Krukower (of Argentina) in 2003.
In 2016, she returned to the Olympic games in Rio and won a silver medal, becoming the 5th Colombian athlete to win 2 Olympic medals.
|2007||Pan American Judo Championships||1st||Middleweight (−70 kg)|
|2008||Pan American Judo Championships||3rd||Middleweight (−70 kg)|
|2008||Olympic Games||7th||Middleweight (−70 kg)|
|2009||Pan American Judo Championships||1st||Middleweight (−70 kg)|
|2009||World Judo Championships||1st||Middleweight (−70 kg)|
|2010||South American Games||1st||Middleweight (−70 kg)|
|2011||Pan American Judo Championships||3rd||Middleweight (−70 kg)|
|2012||Olympic Games||3rd||Middleweight (−70 kg)|
|2014||World Judo Championships||1st||Middleweight (−70 kg)|
|2015||World Judo Championships||3rd||Middleweight (–70 kg)|
|2016||Olympic Games||2nd||Middleweight (−70 kg)|
All results referenced in her JudoInside profile.
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- "63 - 70kg (middleweight) women results - Judo - Beijing 2008 Olympics". www.olympic.org. Retrieved 2016-02-15.
- "World Championships Rotterdam, Event, JudoInside". www.judoinside.com. Retrieved 2016-02-15.
- "International Judo Federation". www.intjudo.eu. Retrieved 2016-02-15.
- "World Championships women Vienna, Event, JudoInside". www.judoinside.com. Retrieved 2016-02-15.
- "World Championships Osaka, Event, JudoInside". www.judoinside.com. Retrieved 2016-02-15.
- "63 - 70kg (middleweight) women results - Judo - London 2012 Olympics". www.olympic.org. Retrieved 2016-02-15.
- elcolombiano.com (2012-08-01). "Yuri Alvear ganó medalla de bronce en judo" (in Spanish). Colprensa. Retrieved 2012-08-21.
- "Yuri Alvear, Judoka, JudoInside". www.judoinside.com. Retrieved 2016-02-15.
|Flagbearer for Colombia
Rio de Janeiro 2016