We take a pictorial look at what some well-known Olympians from the past are now doing in their careers. This month, we focus on Japanese judo legend Ryoko Tani

Ryoko Tani (née Tamura) burst onto the international judo scene in the early 1990s, winning a silver medal as a 16-year-old at the Olympic Games Barcelona 1992


She went on to win the -48kg world title in 1993 and then went to the Olympic Games Atlanta 1996 as favourite for gold


But her four-year, 84-match winning streak came to an end in the 1996 Olympic final, as she lost to North Korea’s Kye Sun Hui


She made it to her third successive Olympic final four years later in Sydney, where she faced Lyubov Bruletova of Russia


 After only 36 seconds, Tani delivered an uchi mata and was awarded an ippon to secure her first Olympic gold medal


She won gold again at the Olympic Games Athens 2004, becoming the first female judoka to win two Olympic titles


Her achievements at the Olympic Games made her a big star in Japan


Tani won bronze at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and then began looking at a post-sport career


After retiring from competition in 2010, she used her popularity to become a politician in Japan


Since being elected, she has worked towards improving Japanese sport


Want a little help to acquire the skills and education to help you make to successful career switch after your sports competition career like Ryoko Tani ? Check out the IOC Athlete Career Programme’s resources on Education, Life Skills and Employment.



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