Alice Schlesinger

Alice Schlesinger (Hebrew: אליס שלזינגר‎; born May 26, 1988) is an Israeli-British retired[1] judoka and sambo competitor. Born in Israel, she competed for that country until 2014, but following a dispute with the national federation she has started competing for Great Britain, of whom she is a citizen through her English-born mother.

Alice Schlesinger
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Alice Schlesinger in 2012
Personal information
Nationality United Kingdom
 Israel
Born (1988-05-26) May 26, 1988 (age 33)
Herzliya, Israel
OccupationJudoka
Height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Sport
SportJudo, Sambo
Weight class–63 kg
Coached byPavel Musin
Achievements and titles
World Champ.Bronze(2009)
European Champ.Silver(2019)
Olympic Games7th (2012)
Profile at external databases
IJF850, 18044
JudoInside.com31043

Judo World Championship bronze medalist (2009),[2] bronze medalist of Judo European Championships (2008, 2009, 2012),[3][4][5][6] world champion in Sambo (2013, 2014),[7] world champion in Kurash (2013).[8]

Early lifeEdit

Schlesinger [9] was born and raised in Herzliya, Israel.[10] Her father is an Israeli Jew, whereas her mother is English-born and a convert to Judaism. Her brother introduced her to the sport as a child and her parents took her to competitions on weekends.[11] She is trained by her Israeli boyfriend/coach, Pavel Musin.[12]

Judo careerEdit

 
Schlesinger in 2015

For IsraelEdit

Schlesinger has won two Israel national championships (including in 2004, at U57).[6] She also won Continental gold medals in the U17, U20, and U23 competitions.[6]

In July 2004, she won the European U17 Judo Championships, at U57, in Rotterdam, Netherlands.[13] In October 2004, she won a bronze medal at the U20 World Judo Championships, at U57, in Budapest, Hungary.[14]

In July 2005, at the age of 17, Schlesinger competed in the 2005 Maccabiah Games, winning the gold medal by defeating the world champion and former Israeli Daniela Krukower.[15][16] In October 2005, she won a bronze medal at the European U20 Judo Championships, at U63, in Zagreb, Croatia.[17]

In September 2006, she won a silver medal at the European U20 Judo Championships, at U63, in Tallinn, Estonia.[18][19][20] Despite the medal, she said: "I had a mediocre tournament. I made mistakes in the final. I plan to go over those mistakes with my coach and correct what needs to be corrected".[19]

In October 2007, she won the European U20 Judo Championship, at U63, in Prague, Czech Republic.[21][22]

She competed at the age of 20 on behalf of Israel at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, as a half-middleweight at U63, and placed 13th, losing to French silver medalist Lucie Décosse.[10]

In April 2008 and April 2009, she won bronze medals at the 2008 European Judo Championships[3] and 2009 European Judo Championships,[4] at U63, in Lisbon, Portugal, and Tbilisi, Georgia.[6][23][24][25]

In August 2009, she won a bronze medal in the 2009 World Judo Championships, at U63, in Rotterdam.[6][12][26][27] In November 2009 she won the European U23 Judo Championship, at U63, in Antalya, Turkey.[6] The Olympic Committee of Israel selected her as its 2009 co-Athlete of the Year.[26]

In August 2011, Schlesinger was ranked 6th in the world in her weight class.[28] In September 2011, she won a silver medal at a Grand Prix in Düsseldorf, Germany, at U63. She lost only one match, in the finals by judges' decision to Yoshie Ueno of Japan, the world champion for the prior two years, after beating four opponents, including European champion Elisabeth Willeboordse of the Netherlands.[29]

In July 2012 Schlesinger reached the quarter finals of the 2012 Summer Olympics but lost to Urska Zolnir of Slovenia.

Following the London Olympics, Schlesinger and the Israel Judo Association (IJA) became embroiled in a much publicized conflict. Schlesinger says that the IJA ordered her to put on weight so she could move up a weight class, to make room for Yarden Gerbi in the under-63 kg class. Her personal trainer's salary was also cut by the IJA. The IJA denies she was asked to change weight classes, and says it moved to a different, team-oriented coaching program which required Schlesinger to change coaches. As a result of the conflict, Schlesinger decided to stop competing for the Israeli national team, and to compete instead for Great Britain.[30]

For Great BritainEdit

In December 2014 the International Judo Federation confirmed that former Israeli Olympian Alice Schlesinger will now compete for Great Britain.[31]

Since then, her accomplishments include a silver medal at the European Judo Open in Sofia, Bulgaria,[32] a gold medal at the 2015 Grand Prix in Düsseldorf,[33] and a silver medal at the European Women's Judo Open in Prague.[34]

At the 2016 Olympics, she beat Bak Ji-yun in the first round before losing to Anicka van Emden in the second round.[35]

At the April 2017 European Championships in Warsaw, Poland, she won a bronze medal in the -63 kg.[36][37]

In May 2019, Schlesinger was selected to compete at the 2019 European Games in Minsk, Belarus.[38]

MedalsEdit

Sources: [39]

Year Tournament Place Rep. Ref.
2005 Maccabiah Games     ISR [16]
2008 European Championships   [3]
2009 European Championships   [4]
World Championships   [2]
2010 World Masters   [40]
2011 Grand Prix Düsseldorf   [41]
Grand Prix Baku   [42]
Grand Prix Qingdao   [43]
2012 Grand Slam Paris   [44]
European Championships   [5]
Grand Slam Moscow   [45]
2013 Grand Prix Samsun   [46]
2015 Grand Prix Düsseldorf     UK [47]
Grand Prix Samsun   [48]
Grand Slam Baku   [49]
Grand Slam Tyumen   [50]
Grand Prix Jeju   [51]
2016 Grand Prix Düsseldorf   [52]
Grand Slam Baku   [53]
2017 Grand Slam Baku   [54]
European Championships   [55]
Grand Prix The Hague   [56]
2018 Grand Prix The Hague   [57]
2019 Grand Prix Antalya   [58]
European Games   [59]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Zenziper, Nadav (January 19, 2021). "Alice Schlesinger retires: "I've lost Judo, Gained my life"". ynet (in Hebrew). Retrieved January 21, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "2009 World Championship". alljudo.net. Retrieved January 20, 2021.
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  7. ^ The 2nd day of the World Sambo Championshipfondsambo.ru. November 2013
  8. ^ IX World Championships day one resultsIstanbul, Turkey, December 14, 2013
  9. ^ Ramati, Stan (September–October 2013). "Israeli Sports". Jewish Sports Review. 9 (99): 9.
  10. ^ a b "Alice Schlesinger Biography and Olympic Results". Sports-reference.com. August 12, 2008. Archived from the original on April 18, 2020. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  11. ^ Judokas Alice Schlesinger and Arik Ze’evi power Israel’s medal hopes
  12. ^ a b Talshir, Uri (February 16, 2011). "Judo / Killer instinct brings Schlesinger the bronze". Haaretz. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  13. ^ "2004 European U17 Championships Rotterdam". JudoInside.com. Retrieved June 1, 2021.
  14. ^ "2004 World Junior Championship Budapest". JudoInside.com. Retrieved June 1, 2021.
  15. ^ "Maccabiah day 1: Swimming records set". Ynetnews. June 20, 1995. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  16. ^ a b Aaron Kaplowitz (July 14, 2005). "Ze'evi cruises to judo gold. Schlesinger topples former women's world champion". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  17. ^ "2005 European U20 Championships Zagreb". JudoInside.com. Retrieved June 1, 2021.
  18. ^ "2006 European U20 Championships Tallinn". JudoInside.com. Retrieved June 1, 2021.
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  20. ^ Allon Sinai (September 11, 2006). "Sports in brief". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  21. ^ "2007 European U20 Championships Prague". JudoInside.com. Retrieved June 1, 2021.
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  23. ^ Hipsh, Rami (February 16, 2011). "Schlesinger wins bronze medal and a spot in Beijing". Haaretz. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
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  27. ^ Allon Sinai. "Shlesinger wins bronze at worlds". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  28. ^ Talshir, Uri (February 16, 2011). "Judo / World Championships / Schlesinger and Gerbi fail against their nemeses". Haaretz. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  29. ^ "Sports Shorts". Haaretz. February 16, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  30. ^ Sinai Says: Everyone is a loser in row between Schlesinger and judo association Allon Sinai.The Jerusalem Post. December 25, 2013
  31. ^ "Alice Schlesinger". Official page. December 24, 2014.
  32. ^ "Gemma Gibbons and Alice Schlesinger medal in Europe". British Judo. February 8, 2015.
  33. ^ "SCHLESINGER REMAINS A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH". European Judo Union. February 21, 2015. Archived from the original on March 24, 2016. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  34. ^ "European Open Prague 2015". European Judo Union. February 28, 2015.
  35. ^ "Women -63 kg". August 20, 2016. Archived from the original on August 20, 2016. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
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  37. ^ European Championships 2017: GB's Natalie Powell wins bronze - BBC Sport
  38. ^ "Team GB squad announcement for the European Games". Team GB. May 21, 2019. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  39. ^ "Alice Schlesinger — Tournament results". ijf.org. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  40. ^ "2010 World Masters". ijf.org. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  41. ^ "2011 Grand Prix Düsseldorf". ijf.org. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  42. ^ "2011 Grand Prix Baku". ijf.org. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  43. ^ "2011 Grand Prix Qingdao". ijf.org. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  44. ^ "2012 Grand Slam Paris". ijf.org. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  45. ^ "2012 Grand Slam Moscow". ijf.org. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  46. ^ "2013 Grand Prix Samsun". ijf.org. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  47. ^ "2015 Grand Prix Düsseldorf". ijf.org. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  48. ^ "2015 Grand Prix Samsun". ijf.org. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  49. ^ "2015 Grand Slam Baku". ijf.org. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  50. ^ "2015 Grand Slam Tyumen". ijf.org. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  51. ^ "2015 Grand Prix Jeju". ijf.org. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  52. ^ "2016 Grand Prix Düsseldorf". ijf.org. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  53. ^ "2016 Grand Slam Baku". ijf.org. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  54. ^ "2017 Grand Slam Baku". ijf.org. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  55. ^ "2017 European Championships". ijf.org. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  56. ^ "2017 Grand Prix Hague". ijf.org. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  57. ^ "2018 Grand Prix Hague". ijf.org. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  58. ^ "2019 Grand Prix Antalya". ijf.org. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  59. ^ "2019 European Games". ijf.org. Retrieved January 17, 2021.

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