Birth Place: Québec, QC
Residence: Québec, QC
Courtesy of Olympic.ca
Francois Coulombe-Fortier secured an Olympic team spot by winning the Men’s Division 4 +80Kg national championship early this year.
“I was feeling very good,” said’ the 27-year-old Quebec City native. “I was confident and ready to take my spot for the Olympics”
At the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico, Coulombe-Fortier won a bronze medal in the +80Kg.
He had a successful 2010, earning gold at the 2010 German Open Championships and silver at 2010 US Open Championships. He had previously won two other gold medals at the US Open Championships in 2009 and 2006.
In 2008 Coulombe-Fortier was also the partner and substitute for the Canadian team at the Beijing Olympics.
Coulombe-Fortier won his first international medal at the 2004 Pan American Championships where he placed third. He started competing at just 8 years old, becoming a black belt in 1997.
He has been coached under the Alain Bernier for more than two decades at Club Taekwondo Ste-Foy.