A Canadian judoist, Berger competed in the heavyweight division at the 1984 Games. Although Berger lost his first match to eventual gold medalist Hitoshi Saito of Japan, he was very successful in the consolation bracket. In his first consolation match, he defeated Isidore Silas of Cameroon and then defeated Radomir Kovacevic of Yugoslavia to win the bronze medal.
Berger, one of the top judoists in the world in the 1980s, was a four-time Canadian heavyweight champion (1981, 1983, 1984, and 1986). Besides his Olympic medal, Berger won the gold medal in the heavyweight division at the 1981 and 1985 Maccabiah Games, at the 1983 Pan American Games, and at the 1983 U.S. Open, and took the silver at the 1985 Commonwealth Games.
Berger also competed in two World Championships, finishing sixth in 1981 and fifth in 1983. Berger is currently a coach in Canada and coached both the men's and women's judo teams at the Maccabiah Games in 2001. He is also an international referee. Berger is a member of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and the Judo Canada Hall of Fame
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