Antoine Valois-Fortier was four years old when he discovered judo. His parents thought the sport would be a healthy outlet for their son’s boundless energy, but they didn’t expect it to become Antoine’s greatest passion. Yet, the boy’s talent and athletic skills quickly drew the attention of national team officials. It wasn’t long before the Beauport native started raking in the results. The first time he stepped up on a podium was in the World Cup of 2010. But it was at the London Olympic Games that the world got to know Antoine’s exceptional talent. In winning the 2012 Olympic bronze, Antoine joined his mentor Nicolas Gill in the ranks of the greatest judokas in Canadian history.
In 2014, Antoine Valois-Fortier added a very important medal to his collection: the silver in the World Championships. The year after, he posted another excellent performance at the World Champs and was rewarded with a bronze medal. The 26-year-old athlete is now determined to become World and Olympic champion. Off the tatami, he is a university kinesiology student at UQAM.
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