[ From eju.net ]
Kari Neuvonen started judo in 1969 in his hometown Joensuu, Finland. He competed on a national level at juniors and seniors winning three medals at Finnish Championships. In 1976, he received his 1 dan and in 1977 began his national refereeing career.
After the military service and studies, he moved to Kuopio (FIN) where he met his wife Anna-Leena. The couple got married in 1983 and had their first-born son Miikka in 1985 and daughter Riikka in 1988.