Sophie Roberge comes from Canada's first family of judo. Four of the five
Roberge children participate in the sport at a very high level.
It was their mother who registered them for the sport in order to tame the
squabbling between the children. The oldest in the family are Patrick and
Maxime both national team members. Catherine, 18, will compete at the
world junior championships later this year. She spent the entire year in
France on a school sports program and won the French national high school
"My two older brothers (Maxime and Patrick) were put in the sport because
they fought all the time," said Sophie Roberge, who competes in 63
kilograms. "When I saw them for the first time in judo I was seven years
old and I was hooked. But my parents made me wait a year because they
thought I was too young. I really suffered that year."
Women's 63-kg: Sophie Roberge, Beauport, Que., lost by ippon to Severome Vandenhende, France, then lost in second-change repechage, eliminated.
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