Doug Rogers

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Other
Full nameAlfred Harold Douglas "Doug"•Rogers
Used nameDoug•Rogers
Born26 January 1941 in Truro, Nova Scotia (CAN)
Died20 July 2020 in Steveston, British Columbia (CAN)
Measurements190 cm / 111 kg
AffiliationsTakushoku University, Tokyo (JPN)
NOC Canada
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


Doug Rogers’ interest in judo began in high school and took him to Japan in 1960 where, despite being accepted into McGill University, he chose to study at the Kodokan Institute in Japan. Finding a job teaching English, he spent over three years training and, in 1964, won his first of three consecutive titles in the heavyweight division at the Canadian Championships. He was selected for that year’s Summer Olympics and breezed through his opponents, losing only in the final against an old sparring partner, Isao Inokuma of Japan, and taking home a silver medal.

Rogers began training full time with the legendary Masahiko Kimura and continued his success on the international scene. He won gold and bronze at the 1965 Pan American and World Championships respectively, and followed those medals up with gold and silver in the open and heavyweight divisions at the 1967 Pan American Games (losing to Allen Coage of the United States in the latter). With no judo at the 1968 Summer Olympics or the 1971 Pan American Games, his competitive career stagnated, but he returned in 1972 to win one more Canadian Championship and attend that year’s Summer Games, where he was joint fifth in both the open and heavyweight classes. He had a brief coaching career at the University of British Columbia, from 1975 through 1977, but mainly focused on his other passion, flying, and had a long career as an airline pilot, spending the final years of his career as a Boeing 747 Captain with Air Canada, retiring in 2001.

Rogers was born to Reverend Alfred Allison Rogers and Anna May Rogers in 1941 and spent his youth during the war in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Eventually his father’s occupation took the family to St. Catharines, Ontario and Montreal, Québec.

He was married on July 11, 1970 to 1964 swimming Olympian Jane Hughes. At the time of his passing in Steveston, British Columbia at the age of 79, they had been married 50 years and had four children (Michelle, Hugh, Helen, Lee) and eight grandchildren.

Rogers was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1973, British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame in 1976, and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1964 Summer Olympics Judo CAN Doug Rogers
Heavyweight, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1972 Summer Olympics Judo CAN Doug Rogers
Heavyweight, Men (Olympic) =5
Open Class, Men (Olympic) =5

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1972 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony CAN Doug Rogers

Olympic family relations

Special Notes