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Cohen, Steve


Country Represented:
United States

Years Competed:

Olympic Info:
Cohen, who was one of America's top judo compeitors in the 1970s, came out of retirement in 1988 to compete in the Seoul Olympics. At the age of 33, he was the oldest member of the U.S. wrestling team. He competed in the heavyweight division and was eliminated in the second round. Cohen then became an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic team at the 2000 Sydney Games.

Career Highlights:
Steve, and his brother Irwin Cohen, were two of the top judo competitors in the United States in the 1970s. Steve won the first of his five National titles in 1974 as a middleweight (Irwin, who was older, moved up from the middleweight class to light-heavyweight so they would avoid direct competition).

Steve also won the middleweight title in 1975, the light-middleweight title in 1977, the light-heavyweight title in 1984, and the heavyweight championship in 1987. In 1986, Cohen captured the silver medal in the heavyweight division at the Goodwill Games. He is currently the co-owner of Cohen's Judo Club in suburban Chicago with his brother Irwin, and is a coach for the U.S. National Judo team.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. 1955

Chicago, Illinois

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