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JUDO

As a young girl I was a passionate gymnast, but at the age of fifteen I had a serious accident, which made gymnastics impossible.

That's why I started judo when I was seventeen. In 1992, at the age of twenty-four, I qualified for the Olympic Games in Barcelona. I became vice-European Champion that year and won the bronze medal at the Games.

After 1992 I had several difficult years with shoulder and knee injuries and six operations. Slowly I fought back. I won medals at European Championships again and fought the semi-final at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000. At the age of thirty-six I finally hung up my kimono to work as a software engineer.

 
 
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Heidi

"The Olympics are like a lottery, but by training hard I try to collect as many tickets as possible."

 

Watch a video of the RTBF at the Olympic Games in Barcelona here: