From judo to ice cream

Japanese two-time Olympic judo medalist Kaori Matsumoto announces her retirement at a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday. Matsumoto, 31, said she has put her judo days behind her and is looking forward to kick-starting a new career at an ice cream shop to open in the Tokyo college district of Takadanobaba on Feb 12. Matsumoto, who won gold in the women's 57-kilogram weight class at the 2012 London Olympics and bronze in Rio four years later, said she remembers herself craving for an ice cream parfait after the London Games. "I went and ate four ice cream parfaits in a day, but it made me sick. I want to make ice cream that's good for your body, ice cream that you can eat when you're on a weight loss program, ice cream that you can eat every day, ice cream for athletes." The announcement came after Matsumoto, who got married shortly after the Rio Olympics and gave birth in June 2017, said she felt she reached her athletic limits and struggled to juggle motherhood with a successful judo career.

© Kyodo
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