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Old 05-02-2013, 11:02
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Lol.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:04
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And. What is she going to do now.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:06
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Adverts, marketing, Sports presenter. Why not.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:10
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And. What is she going to do now.
Could be a coach for the next Olympic team I suspect.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:11
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And. What is she going to do now.
Strictly Come Dancing.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:12
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from what? whoever she is, why shouldn`t she?
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:12
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She's retired from swimming, not from working. She's no longer in her prime so doesn't consider herself able to compete at the highest level. Not sure what your 'lol' is really about?
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:14
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She's retired from swimming, not from working. She's no longer in her prime so doesn't consider herself able to compete at the highest level. Not sure what your 'lol' is really about?
in your prime before 23? Suggests you were never in your prime if you manage two olympics and then retire. Strikes me as strange. Micheal Phelps kept going for longer and actually kept winning. It just strikes me as a cop out.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:14
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She'll have some porpoiseful career no doubt.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:15
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in your prime before 23? Suggests you were never in your prime if you manage two olympics and then retire. Strikes me as strange. Micheal Phelps kept going for longer and actually kept winning. It just strikes me as a cop out.
cop out of what?
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:17
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in your prime before 23? Suggests you were never in your prime if you manage two olympics and then retire. Strikes me as strange. Micheal Phelps kept going for longer and actually kept winning. It just strikes me as a cop out.
I think the same. I think she actually thought after Beijing that she was going to get Gold in London and when she only managed Bronze she realised she wasn't up to the same standards as the USA or Chinese swimmers and has quit to save face.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:18
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I think the same. I think she actually thought after Beijing that she was going to get Gold in London and when she only managed Bronze she realised she wasn't up to the same standards as the USA or Chinese swimmers and has quit to save face.
sad but true
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:20
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in your prime before 23? Suggests you were never in your prime if you manage two olympics and then retire. Strikes me as strange. Micheal Phelps kept going for longer and actually kept winning. It just strikes me as a cop out.
In most cases female swimmers reach the top earlier and fade earlier.

And anyone calling it a 'cop out' has, I suspect, absolutely no concept of the effort and dedication (to add to exceptional ability) required to compete in top level sport.

Well done Rebecca, and good luck in the future.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:22
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If she has the money to retire, good for her.

I wish I could retire at 23.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:22
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I think the same. I think she actually thought after Beijing that she was going to get Gold in London and when she only managed Bronze she realised she wasn't up to the same standards as the USA or Chinese swimmers and has quit to save face.
I think you probably don't know what you are talking about.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:22
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Swimming is an incredibly tough, gruelling sport. If she feels she can't compete at the very top any more, that's her choice. Ian Thorpe retired when he had just turned 24, so there's no shame in it.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:23
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She must have a good pension scheme!
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:25
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In most cases female swimmers reach the top earlier and fade earlier.

And anyone calling it a 'cop out' has, I suspect, absolutely no concept of the effort and dedication (to add to exceptional ability) required to compete in top level sport.

Well done Rebecca, and good luck in the future.
Sharron Davies was a competitive swimmer for much longer than Rebecca Addlington. Addlington in my opinion is not as good as everyone makes out.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:26
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Two gold medals is two more than most competitors can even dream about. She is retiring from competitive swimming not life. Anyone for instance recall Duncan Goodhew...?
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:27
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I peaked at eighteen too.

Is it physical? Or too much too fast (financially)

Shoot me down but she seemed more interested in shoes over swimming after Beijing.

Katie Ledecky will leave the real legacy.

Two golds though, brilliant, should have been more.

Think I'll look at Frankie Boyles tweets as to why she has retired.

I don't want the news spoon fed to me.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:27
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I think the same. I think she actually thought after Beijing that she was going to get Gold in London and when she only managed Bronze she realised she wasn't up to the same standards as the USA or Chinese swimmers and has quit to save face.
Aka, is past her prime. She can't compete with the elite any more so rather than carry on investing a huge amount of time and effort being an also ran, retire as an Olympic medal winner rather than fail to achieve the levels reached at her peak.

Better to go out on top (albeit with a bronze rather than a gold) than desperately trying to cling onto past glories.

Alternatively she could try training harder, use a different coach, tweak her diet to try and be competitive on the world stage again, but perhaps she's already done that and realised her best isn't good enough any more.

I'd love to have been in her situation - be able to retire at only 23 being a World and Olympic champion.

I wish her success in whatever she chooses to do with the rest of her life.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:28
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Sharron Davies was a competitive swimmer for much longer than Rebecca Addlington. Addlington in my opinion is not as good as everyone makes out.
How many Olympic gold medals did Sharron Davies win?

Rebecca won 2 at the same games. Not bad, if you ask me
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:29
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Sharron Davies was a competitive swimmer for much longer than Rebecca Addlington. Addlington in my opinion is not as good as everyone makes out.
Davies retired in 1980 (aged 18) - then had a brief comeback a few years later.

Adlington broke one of the great world records - and still holds it. She's every but as good as experts reckon.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:33
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in your prime before 23? Suggests you were never in your prime if you manage two olympics and then retire. Strikes me as strange. Micheal Phelps kept going for longer and actually kept winning. It just strikes me as a cop out.
Perhaps she'd like to 'have a life' - she's got to 23 without ever having one.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:33
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I thought this said "dies" when I first looked at it!
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