DOUILLET David (1969) France / Judo
David Douillet became a legend by becoming judo world champion in all categories in '95. It was the first time that a Frenchman hand rubbed the Japanese faces in the sand. Already world champion in the heavyweight category in '93 and third in the Barcelona games in '92, Douillet established himself as one of the best judokas of the nineties.At the 1996 Atlanta games, he beat the Spaniard Perez in the final leading the way for the French as they romped to victory in the judo event. In winning a second Olympic title in succession in Sydney in 2000 against Japan's Shinohara in the over 100kg category in addition to four world championship titles, Frenchman David Douillet has become the most highly-crowned judoka in the history of the sport, far exceeding the results achieved by the great Yamashita. However, David Douillet had had to make an extraordinary comeback.A few weeks after the Atlanta Games he was involved in a motorbike accident which left him with deep scars. After that, it was lumbago which kept him away from the tatamis.Despite having fought in only two competitions in the three years preceding the Sydney Olympics, he announced he would be 100% fit in Australia. That proved exactly correct. David Douillet now wants to retire from the circuit and dedicate his efforts towards the international sporting movement.