Inspiration: The career of judo champion Travis Stevens

Inspiration: The career of judo champion Travis Stevens


(upbeat music) – After my performance in Rio, I kinda sat down with the
people who are close to me, and we discussed it. (upbeat music) My body went through a lot in 2015. I had a massive concussion,
I broke my thumb, I had the surgery in my knee, I dislocated my SI joint in my back. At the end of the day, could
I go another four years and win an Olympic medal? I think I could. I think my body would hold
up and I could push it, but at the end of that quad, if I had another Olympic medal, my body would be so destroyed
that I couldn’t give back. I want to be able to train
with the next generation, and coach the next generation, and not just be a guy on the sidelines that has a hip surgery or a knee surgery, or I can’t do Judo because of my shoulder. It was better to take that step back and be a dedicated coach and
somebody who can be there for the athletes as a training
partner who’s been there and can show them, and also as a coach. So it was just a better
step for me mentally, and it gave me more pride in being able to take that step back as an
example to the kids coming up.

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