Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Dutch Olympian Anicka van Emden retires as top judoka
9 Jan 2017 14:25
Dutch Olympic medallist Anicka van Emden retires as top athlete. Van Emden won World bronze in 2011 and 2013 and highlighted her career in Rio with Olympic bronze. In 2011 she won European silver followed by bronze in 2014 and 2016 and she claimed 13 Grand Slam medals.
Van Emden: I have decided to retire from competitive judo. Actually not a really hard decision, but I've given myself time to change my mind. However, my gut tells me this is the right decision. I've accomplished my goal, my Olympic dream has become reality.
It has been a terrific journey! Ups and downs along the way, but I've enjoyed every second of it, especially the last four years. After 2012 I realised that you don't always get out all the hard work you put in and therefore I should enjoy my successes and the journey. How often you hear retired athletes say they didn't enjoy success as much as they should have? I decided I was not going to be one of those athletes.
Successes, I had quite a few of those. I am proud when I look back at my judo career. Three European Championship medals, two World Championship medals, Olympic bronze and twenty-nine World Tour medals including 13 Grand Slam medals. Almost 23 years I've dedicated my life to performing at my best on the tatami. I could not have done this without the team of experts around me and the support of my boyfriend, family, friends and sponsors. Now it's time for other challenges. Time for a life without elite sports, a life that I can now fully explore :)
What I will miss the most? The adrenaline rush during a competition day, that euphoric feeling after winning a medal and the trainingcamps in my favourite Japan. What I absolutely will not miss is ebi, judoka will know ;) weighing scales and musty airplanes.
Being an elite athlete has enriched my life. But there is more to life than just judo. Besides, I just reached the pensionable age of 30. It's been wonderful, I couldn't have wished for a better ending of my career!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to it, I am a grateful and happy woman!
With love, Anicka
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
The IJF World Judo Tour will resume next weekend in the city of The Hague, Netherlands for a newly established Judo Grand Prix. The best athletes in the world will meet in the 14 weight divisions to collect points for the world ranking list. A few days ago a masterclass led by Rio Olympic bronze medallist Anicka van Emden was held in the city of The Hague. Read more
At the World Championships in Budapest five judoka will be elected to represent the athletes in the IJF athletes commission. The next four-year period runs from 2017 to 2020 and current chairman Teddy Riner is not on the list. Read more
At the World Championships in Budapest it's not only about the competition, besides the 56 medals, also the IJF Congress and Gala, congresses of the continental Unions, many meetings, commercial gatherings are held. One of the most interesting gathering is the election by athletes for the IJF Athletes Commission. Dutch Olympic medallist Anicka van Emden has the experience and is still seeded in athlete commissions at various levels. Read more
It wasn’t a surprise that both Tina Trstenjak as Clarisse Agbegnenou before the undisputed favourites, but it’s a quality that both reached the final at these competitive Olympics. This category U63kg is one of the most rivalled division and knows a broad list of challengers of these two. It was Tina Trstenjak who stayed cool as ever. She is as cool as Ono, as efficient as Riner and as laid-back as 2012 Olympic Champion Urska Zolnir. Trstenjak took over her legacy for a bright future of Slovenian judo. It was the only category of the 14 where none of the judoka had won an Olympic medal before. Read more
Only one surprise in the semi final for women, the rest is by the book. Brazil’s Mariana Silva achieved to book victories over Yarden Gerbi in the quarter final, Martyna Trajdos in the 1/8 final and Szandra Szogedi in the first round. Read more
Julie Hoelterhoff (GER)