Winter sports activities: Japan’s Olympic speed skating champion Kodaira to retire

(REUTERS) – Japan’s former Olympic speed skating champion Nao Kodaira will retire from the game in October following a last race in her hometown of Nagano, the lengthy monitor speed skater mentioned on Tuesday (April 12).

The 35-year-old received Olympic gold within the ladies’s 500m in Pyeongchang 4 years in the past, in addition to a silver within the 1,000m.

She additionally received a silver within the group pursuit occasion in Vancouver 2010, alongside Masako Hozumi and Maki Tabata.

Kodaira had a disappointing outing on the Beijing Winter Games in February, ending seventeenth within the 500m and tenth within the 1,000m.

“I’m nervous about what I’m about to say,” Kodaira advised a information convention.

“I… will run the final race of my profession this October on the nationwide single distances championships.

“When I considered how lengthy life is, I didn’t need it to be solely about speed skating. I felt that now was round the fitting time.

“There are several reasons but I wanted to race one last time while I still can physically. I wanted the last race to be at home in (the Shinshu region).”

Kodaira received 500m gold on the World Single Distance Championships in 2017 and 2020.

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