Buenos Aires-born judoka Daniela Krukower was a gold medalist at the 2003 Judo World Championships in Osaka, Japan. Her perfect "ippon" defeated Cuba's reigning Olympic champion Driulys Gonzales in the Half-Middleweight (63kg) class event. Krukower's victory marked the first-ever gold medal (and only the second medal) won by an Argentine in World or Olympic competition.
A gold medal favorite at the 2004 Olympic Games, Krukower broke her hand in the semi-finals and had to withdraw from the competition. She also competed at the 2000 (70kg) and 2008 (63kg) Olympics, finishing in 9th position both times.
The Argentine champion was a gold medalist at the 2009 Pan-American Judo Championships, having won winning a silver and three bronze medals over the previous four years (2005-2008). She was a bronze medalist at the 2003 and 2007 Pan Am Games.
Born in Argentina, Krukower immigrated with her family to Israel in 1982, where she developed her judo skills. After completing IDF military service, she returned to South America in 1999 and thereafter represented Argentina.