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2009 Lynn Roethke

In a career that began in 1967, Lynn Roethke reigns as one of the most accomplished 
American women judo athletes in the history of the sport.

Lynn was recently awarded the rank of seventh degree black belt. This promotion makes 
her the highest rank holder for Judo in the state and one of only three women holding this rank in 
the United States.

Lynn won a silver medal from the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul and was an Olympic 
team member in Barcelona in 1992. In 1987 Lynn was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame, 
making her the first woman in the world to earn that honor. In 2008, she was inducted in the 
inaugural class of the USA Judo Hall of Fame.

Winner of a silver medal in the 1987 World Championships, Lynn is also a two-time gold 
medalist in the Pan American Games. Her honors also include some 450 judo awards in 
competitions all over the world; including the United States, Canada, Russia, England, France, 
Italy, Japan, Korea, Venezuela, Yugoslavia, Austria, China, Cuba, Holland and Poland. She is the 
only US woman to be a three time medalist in the prestigious Fukuoka Women’s International 

Lynn is a ten time U.S. National Champion, a gold medalist in two U.S. Open 
Championships and a five time gold medalist in the Olympic Festival.
She was selected by the U.S. Olympic committee as “female athlete of the year” in the 
sport of judo in 1985 and 1987.

Lynn is an honors graduate from Marian College holding a Bachelors of Science in 
Business Administration and Sport and Recreation Management. She resides in Fond du Lac, 
and is owner/operator of Club Olympia, an adult co-ed fitness center, which recently celebrated 
its eleventh year anniversary. She is a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor. 
Lynn teaches and coaches a judo program at her fitness club which has produced State, National 
and International Champions. She also conducts motivational seminars and clinics throughout the 
United States.