Biography:

Ecaterina Guica realized how much she wanted to succeed in judo when she competed at her first international event. Guica won national titles in the U-17 and U-20 divisions in 2009 and 2010, respectively. She was Canada’s lone judoka at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010. Guica won her first senior national title in 2013 before earning her first World Cup victory in November at the Oceania Open Apia. In March 2014, Guica underwent major shoulder reconstruction surgery, which caused her to miss the first six months of the Olympic qualification window. Coming back from that injury, she competed for a bronze medal at the Tashkent Grand Prix in October 2014, where her resulting fifth place finish is a career highlight. She reclaimed her Canadian title in 2015 and won a bronze medal at the Pan American Championships. Her success in 2015 also included a silver medal at the Pan Am Games in Toronto followed by her debut at the senior IJF World Championships. She added her second career World Cup gold medal at the Oceania Open Wollongong in November. She finished second at the Pan American Championships in 2016.

GETTING TO KNOW…

Family: Parents Catalin and Mihaela Guica… Older sister Georgiana… Moved to Canada at age 1… Getting into the Sport: Started in judo at age 5 when her father opened a judo club… Her father Catalin was a three-time Romanian champion… Outside Interests: Studying psychology at Concordia University… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Cate… Has a specific pair of socks that she always wears at tournaments for luck… Collects fridge magnets and shot glasses from her travels…

INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

Pan American Games: 2015 – SILVER

Pan American Championships: 2016 – SILVER; 2015 – BRONZE

Youth Olympic Games: 2010 – Rd 16

IJF World Championships: 2015 – Rd of 32

IJF World Championships (junior): 2013 – Rd of 16; 2010 – Rd of 32

IJF World Championships (cadet): 2009 – 5th