When Nicolas Gill won Canada's first medal at the 1992 Olympics by placing
third in men's 86 kilograms, there was not one Canadian reporter on-site.
This is a reality that often faces many Canadian Olympic athletes in
However for the 2000 Olympics, Gill, with 23 career international wins
under his belt, will be touted among Canada's top Olympic medal hopefuls
and interest should abound for his event in Sydney. The 28-year-old
Montreal resident confirmed himself as a serious Olympic medal contender in
the men's 100 kilos winning the bronze medal at the world championships
last year to automatically qualify for his third straight Games.
The medal capped a remarkable comeback for Gill. He underwent knee
surgery in September 1997 which kept him off the competitive mat for eight
Gill's trademark throws are a lightning-fast uchimata and a
nearly-unbeatable osotogari. He competes professionally in France for
Paris St-Germain and travels to tournaments across Europe earning about
$2,000 a fight. As is the case with many weight category sports, Gill's
toughest battles are often at the dinner table. For example after the
Atlanta Games he gained 30 pounds in one week.
He also is sponsored for $10,000 a year by Boston Bruin Raymond Bourque
under a program where several Quebec NHL players donate money to a
foundation which helps amateur athletes.
Sept. 21: Men's half-heavyweight (100-kg) Nicolas Gill, Montreal, def. lost gold-medal bout to Kosei Inoue, Japan, by Ippon, to win silver medal.
Nicolas Gill draped in the Maple Leaf
Gill waves from the podium
Gill and Inoue shake hands
Gill on the podium
Kosei Inoue celebrates his win
Kosei Inoue beats Gill
Gill thrown by Kosei Inoue
Kosei Inoue takes down Gill
Gill and Inoue lock up
Gill wins to advance to the finals
Gill in the semi-finals
2000 Games Judo Coverage