Jessica Klimkait followed in her brothers’ footsteps and started Judo at the age of four. Jessica has been on Team Canada since 2014 where she competed in the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China where she finished fifth in the 63kg division. In the same year, Jessica competed in her first IJF World Tour event at the Zagreb Grand Prix before competing at her first two IJF Junior World Championships.
Klimkait established her senior ranks in 2017 by winning gold at the Pan American Championships before earning her first Grand Slam podium when claiming bronze in Ekaterinburg. Klimkait is no stranger to international podiums and became the second Canadian to win a world title in judo at the 2021 IJF World Championships in Budapest. In her Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, Klimkait won the bronze medal, that made her the first Canadian woman to ever win an Olympic medal in judo.
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Jessica Klimkait of Whitby, Ontario, becomes first Canadian woman to win an Olympic medal in judo as she defeats Slovenia's Kaja Kajzer to win the bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
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Jessica Klimkait wins World Judo Championships Seniors Hungary 2021