Guivi Sissaouri started wrestling at age 10 and by 19 he was a member of the Soviet National Team. In 1991 he won his first Soviet title and placed second at the world championships. But that fall, civil war broke out in his homeland of Georgia. He made a tough and courageous decision to head for Canada and the Montreal Wrestling Club.
His first big successes in Canadian colours were at the 1995 world championships and 1996 Olympic Games, both held in Atlanta, where he won silver medals each time. After a disappointing performance at the Sydney Olympics due to the effects of a knee injury, he bounced back to win the world title in 2001.
Sissaouri and his wife Grace have one young daughter.