PARISI Angelo (1953) France / Great Britain / Judo
This judoka, originally from Italy, performed his feats for Great Britain and then France. As a British subject this small man was so talented that he quickly reached world class level and was rewarded by a bronze medal in Munich in 1972.While training in France he fell in love with a French girl, married her and became a French national. This change in nationality prevented him from taking part in the Montreal games, but the formidable attacker was allowed to go to Moscow in 1980. There he won the Olympic heavy weight title, opening the way to French judo, for which Thierry Rey got another title a few days later.