Kiyou ShimizuKarate athlete Kiyou Shimizu announced her retirement in May. She says that during her 20-year career, she has had some good times and some frustrating times, but all of them have been beneficial in hindsight. Her only regret is that she didn’t win an Olympic title. But even without an Olympic title, Kiyou Shimizu has made a name for herself as a karate athlete and has become an inspiration for many female karate athletes. Although Kiyou Shimizu is retiring as a karate athlete, she will continue to train, so her karate will never end. Kiyou Shimizu made this decision because karate is not only her sport, but her life.