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Spanish judo legend Isabel Fernandez in Olympic Committee
27 Dec 2014 13:25
The Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) has appointed Olympic Champion Isabel Fernández as its vice-president, after the proposal of President Alejandro Blanco. Fernández was crowned Olympic champion of Sydney 2000 in the U57 kilogram category, four years after winning a bronze medal at Atlanta 1996 in the under 56kg.
Her biggest moments in her career was also at the 1997 World Judo Championships in Paris and she wrote six European titles to her name, making her the most successful Spanish judoka of all time.
At the Athens Olympic Games 2004, she was Spain's flagbearer during the Opening Ceremony, and by competing in Beijing 2008, she became one of few Spanish athletes to represent their country at four Olympic Games. After that she became mother and even made a comeback to try to make it to the London Olympic Games.
Today Isabel Fernández, accompanied with her husband, works in the Judo Club Alicante in the city where she currently resides.
She is also well known for bringing together children and youths with disabilities through judo.
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