Olympic Medalist Kaori Matsumoto Retires From Judo

Olympic medalist Kaori Matsumoto retires from judo

Two-time Olympic medalist Kaori Matsumoto has announced her retirement from judo, saying she has lost her fighting spirit after having a child.

Matsumoto told a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday that she will start a new life in a different field.

4-time Olympic Medalist To Retire

4-time Olympic medalist to retire

Japanese three-time Olympic gold medalist in women's wrestling Saori Yoshida says she is retiring from the sport.

Yoshida, who has also won 13 straight World Championships, made the announcement on Twitter on Tuesday.

Miwa Reported To Be Dating Olympic Medalist Hagino Kosuke

miwa reported to be dating Olympic medalist Hagino Kosuke

On September 9, it was reported that singer-songwriter miwa (28) is dating Rio Olympics gold medalist Hagino Kosuke (24). 

According to reports, the two met in October of 2016 during work. They reunited at the end of the year when Hagino made a guest appearance on NHK E-Tele's 'On My Way!', which miwa serves as the navigator. It's said that they've been dating for about a year.

Swimming: 5-time Olympic Medalist Yamanaka Dies

Swimming: 5-time Olympic medalist Yamanaka diesFive-time Olympic medal-winning swimmer and former world record holder Tsuyoshi Yamanaka died of pneumonia Friday at a Tokyo hospital, his family said. He was 78.
Yamanaka won two silver medals in the men's 400 and 1,500-meter freestyle at the 1956 Melbourne Games as a high school senior, another two silver in the 400 and 4x200 relay at the Rome Games in 1960, and a bronze in the 4x200 relay at the Tokyo Games in 1964.

Rio Silver Medalist Yoshida To Continue Wrestling, Aims For Tokyo Games

Rio silver medalist Yoshida to continue wrestling, aims for Tokyo GamesThree-time Olympic wrestling champion Saori Yoshida said on Sept. 20 that she will continue competing with a goal to participate in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
"The Olympics will come to Tokyo and people can watch the Games live. I want to work toward being able to move people (through sports) and giving them courage," the 33-year-old Rio Olympics silver medalist said at an event in Tokyo.

Nissan Unveils Bespoke Titanium Trike For Paralympic Gold Medalist

Nissan Unveils Bespoke Titanium Trike For Paralympic Gold MedalistNissan has created a custom titanium trike for Paralympics gold medalist David Stone, and its built has benefited from the brand's expertise with the GT-R Nismo.
Work on the trike first commenced in 2014 and has been led by the Nissan Innovation Team based at the Nissan Technical Centre Europe. Before construction could begin, a full 3D laser scan was done of Stone's existing steel and carbon fiber trike.

London Judo Silver Medalist Hiraoka Retires

London judo silver medalist Hiraoka retiresHiroaki Hiraoka, the men’s 60-kg silver medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, announced his retirement as an active judoka on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old Hiraoka lost at a domestic tournament last fall and missed out on a place at this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Gymnastics : 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Tsukahara Retires

Gymnastics : 2004 Olympic gold medalist Tsukahara retiresAthens Olympic gold medalist Naoya Tsukahara announced his retirement on Wednesday, saying he leaves gymnastics with no regrets.
The 38-year-old Tsukahara, who won a team gold for Japan in 2004, said he hopes to become the best coach in the world.
"I was feeling my limits so there's no sorrow," Tsukahara said. "I can be the No. 1 coach in the world if I keep pursuing gymnastics. The never-ending challenge will continue."

Former Gold Medalist All Smiles Despite 23rd Place Finish In Nagoya Women's Marathon

Former gold medalist all smiles despite 23rd place finish in Nagoya Women's Marathon2004 Athens Olympics gold medalist Mizuki Noguchi, 37, shed tears but was all smiles as she finished in 23rd place at the Nagoya Women's Marathon here on March 13.
Noguchi had said herself the marathon, which also served as a final qualifier for the women's national Olympic team, was her "last attempt at the Olympics," and a 23rd place finish leaves her no chance to compete in the Rio de Janeiro games.