• Kyodo


Two-time Paralympic medalist Shoko Ota hung up her skis following the 2014 Sochi Games, but she has taken up a new sport: the martial art taekwondo, with the goal of making her debut at the summer games next year in Tokyo.

The 29-year-old Ota started para taekwondo, an adaptation of the contact sport originating from Korea, about three years ago and became the only female athlete in the All Japan Taekwondo Association’s development program.

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