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Beauchemin-Pinard becoming the face of Canadian judo

Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard (right)
Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard (right)Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images

According to Marie-Eve Leclerc of www.olympic.ca on Monday, Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard of Montreal, Quebec won the gold medal won a grand slam event in Russia this past weekend. At 20 years of age. Beauchemin-Pinard is becoming a rising star on the world judo scene with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro only two years away.

Beauchemin-Pinard has now won two significant judo competitions in the month of July. The first came at a grand prix event in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia just over two weeks ago and the second came in Tyumen, Russia on July 12, according to www.judoinside.com.

On July 4, Beauchemin-Pinard defeated Makiko Otomo of Japan to win the gold medal in the women's under-57 kilogram division, with Telma Monteiro of Portugal winning bronze. Monteiro is a three-time silver medalist at the World Judo Championships.

On July 12, Beauchemin-Pinard defeated reigning Olympic bronze medalist Marti Malloy of the United States in the under-57 kilogram division with Sabrina Filzmoser of Austria winning bronze. Filzmoser is a two-time bronze medalist at the World Judo Championships.

The results for Beauchemin-Pinard are significant because no Canadian woman in the history of the Olympic Games has won a medal in judo. Canadian men have won five medals.

Doug Rogers of Truro, Nova Scotia won a silver medal in the men's 80kg+ division at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. Mark Berger of Winnipeg, Manitoba won a bronze medal in the men's 95kg+ division at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Antoine Valois-Fortier of Quebec City, Quebec won a bronze medal in the men's 81kg division at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Canada's fifth judo Olympic medalist has a strong conection to the Canadian National Judo Team because he is their current head coach. Nicolas Gill of Montreal won a bronze medal in the 86kg at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and a silver medal in the 100kg at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

Canadians won three other medals this past weekend in Russia. Kelita Zupancic of Whitby, Ontario won a silver medal in the women's 70kg, Kyle Reyes of Quebec won a silver medal in the men's 100kg and Valois-Fortier won a bronze medal in the men's 81kg division.