Janelle Shepherd

Sandra Koeppen of Germany takes down Janelle Shepherd of Australia in the women's 78kk preliminary judo event at the University of Science and Technology Beijing Gymnasium on Day 7 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Athlete Biography

Competing since the age of seven, Janelle Shepherd was ranked third in Australia leading up to the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Shepherd missed out on a spot in the 2004 Olympic Team, but a silver medal at the 2005 Australian Youth Olympic Festival kept her Olympic dream alive. Shepherd was selected in the heavyweight division at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. On her Olympic debut Shepherd won two rounds.