A national team member since 1993, Luce Baillargeon guaranteed herself at
spot at the Olympic Games in women's 52 kilograms by placing seventh at the
world championships last fall in Birmingham, England. She competed despite
a severe stomach illness which kept her stationed near the bathroom in
Baillargeon, 23, is an established veteran on the international scene and
one Canada's top female judokas for the past several seasons. She made her
first impact on the judo world stage at the 1994 world junior championships
with a silver medal performance. She was named the top junior athlete at
the Montreal and Quebec sport awards in 1995 and last year she was a
finalist as Quebec's top international female athlete. Baillargeon
receives a $10,000 annual sponsorship from Calgary Flames' forward Rene
Corbet under a program where several Quebec NHL players donate money to a
foundation which helps amateur athletes.
Luce Baillargeon, St-Thomas-D'aquin, Que., won first match in second-change repechage, but lost second match, eliminated.
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