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Valdivie took over as head coach of the Cuban women's team in 1986. He coached them in the Olympics from 1992, when women's judo first became a medal sport, through the 2012 games. In total, his judoka won five gold, nine silver and 10 bronze medals, the most total medals of any head coach in Olympic history. In 2018 he was inducted into the International Judo Federation's hall of fame.