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Alice Schlesinger (Hebrew: אליס שלזינגר‎; born May 26, 1988) is an Israeli-British elite level judoka and sambo competitor. Born in Israel, she competed for that country until 2014, but following a dispute with the national federation she now competes for Great Britain, for whom she qualifies as she has citizenship through her English-born mother.

Alice Schlesinger
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Alice Schlesinger in 2012
Born (1988-05-26) May 26, 1988 (age 31)
Herzliya, Israel
Nationality Great Britain
 Israel
Height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Weight139 lb (63 kg; 9 st 13 lb)
DivisionU63 kg
TrainerPavel Musin
OccupationJudoka
Alice Schlesinger
Medal record
Representing  Israel
Women's judo
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Rotterdam –63 kg
European Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Lisbon –63 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Tbilisi –63 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Chelyabinsk –63 kg
Women's sambo
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2013 St. Petersburg –64 kg
Gold medal – first place 2014 Narita –64 kg
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2014 Bucharest –64 kg
Universiade
Gold medal – first place 2013 Kazan –64 kg
Women's belt wrestling
Universiade
Gold medal – first place 2013 Kazan –66 kg
Representing  Great Britain
Women's judo
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 2019 Minsk[a] –63 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Warsaw –63 kg

Judo World Championship bronze medalist (2009),[1] bronze medalist of Judo European Championships (2008, 2009, 2012),[2] world champion in Sambo (2013, 2014),[3] world champion in Kurash (2013).[4]

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BiographyEdit

Schlesinger [5] was born and raised in Herzliya, Israel.[6] Her brother introduced her to the sport as a child and her parents took her to competitions on weekends.[7] She is trained by her Israeli boyfriend/coach, Pavel Musin.[8]

Judo careerEdit

For IsraelEdit

Schlesinger has won two Israel national championships (including in 2004, at U57).[2] She also won Continental gold medals in the U17, U20, and U23 competitions.[2]

In July 2004, she won the European U17 Judo Championships, at U57, in Rotterdam, Netherlands.[2] In October 2004, she won a bronze medal at the U20 World Judo Championships, at U57, in Budapest, Hungary.[2]

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.[9][10] In October 2005, she won a bronze medal at the European U20 Judo Championships, at U63, in Zagreb, Croatia.[2]

In September 2006, she won a silver medal at the European U20 Judo Championships, at U63, in Tallinn, Estonia.[2][11][12] 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".[11]

In October 2007, she won the European U20 Judo Championship, at U63, in Prague, Czech Republic.[2][13]

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.[6]

In April 2008 and April 2009, she won bronze medals at the 2008 European Judo Championships and 2009 European Judo Championships, at U63, in Lisbon, Portugal, and Tbilisi, Georgia.[2][14][15][16]

In August 2009, she won a bronze medal in the 2009 World Judo Championships, at U63, in Rotterdam.[2][8][17][18] In November 2009 she won the European U23 Judo Championship, at U63, in Antalya, Turkey.[2] The Olympic Committee of Israel selected her as its 2009 co-Athlete of the Year.[17]

In August 2011, Schlesinger was ranked 6th in the world in her weight class.[19] 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.[20]

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.[21]

For Great BritainEdit

In December 2014 the International Judo Federation confirmed that former Israeli Olympian Alice Schlesinger will now compete for Great Britain.[22]

Since then, her accomplishments include a silver medal at the European Judo Open in Sofia, Bulgaria[23], a gold medal at the 2015 Grand Prix in Düsseldorf,[24] and a silver medal at the European Women's Judo Open in Prague.[25]

At the 2016 Olympics, she beat Bak Ji-yun in the first round before losing to Anicka van Emden in the second round.[26]

At the April 2017 European Championships in Warsaw, Poland, she won a bronze medal in the -63 kg.[27][28]

In May 2019, Schlesinger was selected to compete at the 2019 European Games in Minsk, Belarus.[29]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Also designated as the 2019 European Games judo tournament

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1]Rotterdam 2009
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Alice Schlesinger". JudoInside.com. Archived from the original on January 10, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  3. ^ The 2nd day of the World Sambo Championshipfondsambo.ru. November 2013
  4. ^ IX World Championships day one resultsIstanbul, Turkey, December 14, 2013
  5. ^ Ramati, Stan (September – October 2013). "Israeli Sports". Jewish Sports Review. 9 (99): 9.
  6. ^ a b "Alice Schlesinger Biography and Olympic Results". Sports-reference.com. August 12, 2008. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  7. ^ Judokas Alice Schlesinger and Arik Ze’evi power Israel’s medal hopes
  8. ^ a b Talshir, Uri (February 16, 2011). "Judo / Killer instinct brings Schlesinger the bronze". Haaretz. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  9. ^ "Maccabiah day 1: Swimming records set". Ynetnews. June 20, 1995. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ a b "Sports Shorts". Haaretz. February 16, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  12. ^ Allon Sinai (September 11, 2006). "Sports in brief". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  13. ^ Allon Sinai. "Israeli Judoka wins gold". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  14. ^ Hipsh, Rami (February 16, 2011). "Schlesinger wins bronze medal and a spot in Beijing". Haaretz. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  15. ^ Hipsh, Rami (February 16, 2011). "Israel finds its newest judo champion". Haaretz. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  16. ^ Jeremy Last (December 18, 2009). "The Magnificent Seven of 2009. Who is your choice for this year's 'Post' Israeli Sports Personality award?". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  17. ^ a b David Marouani (August 12, 2009). "Sports Shorts". Haaretz. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  18. ^ Allon Sinai. "Shlesinger wins bronze at worlds". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  19. ^ Talshir, Uri (February 16, 2011). "Judo / World Championships / Schlesinger and Gerbi fail against their nemeses". Haaretz. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  20. ^ "Sports Shorts". Haaretz. February 16, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  21. ^ Sinai Says: Everyone is a loser in row between Schlesinger and judo association Allon Sinai.The Jerusalem Post. December 25, 2013
  22. ^ "Alice Schlesinger". Official page. December 24, 2014.
  23. ^ "Gemma Gibbons and Alice Schlesinger medal in Europe". British Judo. February 8, 2015.
  24. ^ "SCHLESINGER REMAINS A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH". European Judo Union. February 21, 2015.
  25. ^ "European Open Prague 2015". European Judo Union. February 28, 2015.
  26. ^ "Women -63 kg". August 20, 2016. Archived from the original on August 20, 2016. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  27. ^ [2]
  28. ^ European Championships 2017: GB's Natalie Powell wins bronze - BBC Sport
  29. ^ "Team GB squad announcement for the European Games". Team GB. May 21, 2019. Retrieved May 29, 2019.

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