|Name Yuri Alvear|
Parents Miryam, Arnuy
|Weight 70 kg|
Height 1.74 m
|Olympic medals Judo at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 70 kg|
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Estuvimos en casa de la gran Yuri Alvear, medalla de plata en judo
Yuri Alvear Orejuela (born 29 March 1986 in Jamundí, Valle del Cauca) is a Colombian female judoka, three times World Champion in her division.
- Estuvimos en casa de la gran Yuri Alvear, medalla de plata en judo
- Early life
- Judo career
Yuri was born in Jamundí which is a suburb of the third largest city in Colombia, Cali. Her father Arnuy is a builder and mother Miryam is a housewife. She has also a brother Harvy.
From youth, she was very talented in all kind of sports that she participated in like water polo, volleyball, handball, athletics. When she was 14 Ruperto Guaúña, a judo trainer of Litecom school, was looking for a girls for his judo team. That's how Yuri became a judoka.
Yuri began judo late, but she already was already in good physical condition from previous sport so she just needed to learn technical aspects of judo.
She is a very good friend with other top Colombian judoka Anny Cortez.
Two weeks before the 2010 Pan American Judo Championships after training she felt some pain in her left knee. She went to doctor and he found that she has torn ACL.
Alvear won the bronze medal of the under 57 kg division of the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games.
In 2008, she participated Olympic Games in Beijing where she placed 7th. She lost to Anaysi Hernández of Cuba in the main draw and then lost a very close match against Leire Iglesias from Spain in the repechage losing her chance to fight for a medal.
In 2009, she won the World Championships in Rotterdam. In the final she gained victory over Anett Mészáros from Hungary and became third South American judoka who won the title by Natasha Hernández (of Venezuela) in 1984 and Daniela Krukower (of Argentina) in 2003.
In 2012, she won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in London, beating Chen Fei of China. This was the first ever Olympic medal for Colombia in Judo.
In 2016, she returned to the Olympic games in Rio and won a silver medal, becoming the 5th Colombian athlete to win 2 Olympic medals.
All results referenced in her JudoInside profile.