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How Gemma Gibbons became an Olympic medal winner in judo

Duration: 04:32

The story of how Gemma Gibbons became an Olympic medallist at the London 2012 Games. She recalls key events and experiences from childhood that made her the athlete she is today. As a child, Gemma had so much energy that her mum took her to judo from an early age. She loved it straight away and explains that her mum was her biggest supporter.

With photos, animation and Olympic archive footage to illustrate her story, Gemma tells us that her biggest role model as a kid was Kate Howey, a famous British Judo star.

At 17, Gemma’s mother sadly died of cancer. This massive loss motivated her to do something meaningful with her life and live it to the full. Incredibly, Kate Howey became Gemma’s trainer and together they worked hard to ensure that Gemma trumped most of the competition.

Gemma’s message to children is, "I never thought I’d get this far with my sport and I feel very lucky. Great role models help, so it’s really important to have people that inspire you in your life.”

Available since: Fri 22 Mar 2013

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Olympic Spark: Fire Up Your Future

Inspirational British medal-winning Olympians talk about their lives and careers.

First broadcast: 22 Mar 2013

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