The Austrian national judo team will have a new coach from January 1, 2021.
Germany’s Yvonne Boenisch, 2004 Olympic Games gold medalist, will be the new head coach of the Austrian team.
Boenisch is by far the most successful German judoka in the last 30 years, having won two silver medals from World Championships in her career. She’s also a two-time silver medalist from European championships.
Boenisch, 39, retired 12 years ago, but she never really left judo, as she was recently Israel’s women judo team coach.
A total of 25 coaches from 16 nations applied for the position. The 39-year-old is the head coach of the six-person Judo Austria coaching team and will primarily work with the Olympic and elite squads for women and men.
“Two years ago I was contacted once. When I saw the advertisement at the beginning of September, it quickly became clear to me that I wanted to apply. Even if the timing is difficult: due to the postponement of the Olympic Games in Tokyo by a year, I cannot finish my work in Israel on schedule. I’m sorry. But an opportunity like the ÖJV offer does not come up every day, ”says the Potsdam native.