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    womens 2008 olympic high jump champion tia hellebut announced her retirement today and also said she is 3 months pregnant.

  • #2
    :shock:

    What is it with Belgian sportswomen announcing retirements out of the blue?! First Justine Henin, now Tia Hellebaut!
    http://twitter.com/Trackside2011

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    • #3
      IAAF piece:
      http://iaaf.org/news/kind=100/newsid=48529.html

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      • #4
        Re: hellebut retires

        Originally posted by doug091463
        womens 2008 olympic high jump champion tia hellebut announced her retirement today and also said she is 3 months pregnant.
        Retired?! The hardest work she will ever experience starts in 6 months.
        phsstt!

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        • #5
          Re: hellebut retires

          Originally posted by doug091463
          womens 2008 olympic high jump champion tia hellebut announced her retirement today and also said she is 3 months pregnant.
          OMG, CONGRATULATIONS Tia. That's fantastic. I hope she has a happy/healthy pregnancy.

          I'm choosing to ignore the retirement bit and keep the faith that she'll do some heptathlon/Pentathlons by 2010. Euro/Olympic Champion, Top 5(?) A.T at iPentathlon. All of her greatest achievements at the end of her career. I can see why you'd want to go out on top.

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          • #6
            probably realised that if blanka gets her act together, competes in sensible number of meets & gradually aims for increasing heights rather than keep going for 2.09 after 2.03, she's likely to take a dozen beatings in a row next year & subsequent years

            not much kudos in being an og champ who gets beaten like a drum for rest of career & best to do a patilidou+ & quit completely whilst ahead

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            • #7
              eldrick - read the reports again and try to understand the basic facts - that Tia is pregnant, the timing is good for retirement while on top, and a great opportunity lies ahead for her with Golazo Sports, allowing her to stay involved with international T&F and to help discover and further develop young talent in Belgium. Instead, your post is right up the alley of what one might find on letsrun - mindless and asinine speculation.

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              • #8
                i suggest you look up their head-to-head records in the past coupla years instead of mouthing off

                history's great athletes ( since '83 at least ) go for trifecta of

                wc, og & wr

                she's got one & given up on the others, which "greats" don't do, unless they realise they have little/no chance of achieving them

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                • #9
                  Tia looks at the Olympic Gold Medal everyday. Blanka who? whatever.....

                  Originally posted by eldrick
                  probably realised that if blanka gets her act together, competes in sensible number of meets & gradually aims for increasing heights rather than keep going for 2.09 after 2.03, she's likely to take a dozen beatings in a row next year & subsequent years

                  not much kudos in being an og champ who gets beaten like a drum for rest of career & best to do a patilidou+ & quit completely whilst ahead

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                  • #10
                    hmmm, let's see..... if she's 3 months pregnant, and she won the OG Gold 3 1/2 months ago.... she found a great way to celebrate her victory !

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                    • #11
                      eldrick - I suggest you don't embarrass yourself any further, implying you know the rationale behind Tia's retirement.

                      Rene Engelhardt
                      Golazo Sports
                      US Office, Albany, NY

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by eldrick
                        probably realised that if blanka gets her act together, competes in sensible number of meets & gradually aims for increasing heights rather than keep going for 2.09 after 2.03, she's likely to take a dozen beatings in a row next year & subsequent years

                        not much kudos in being an og champ who gets beaten like a drum for rest of career & best to do a patilidou+ & quit completely whilst ahead
                        WTH are you talking about eldy? Not much kudos in being an Olympic Champ? Such an incredibly ignorant statement is beyond belief.

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                        • #13
                          Congratulations to an athlete who appears to be one of the nicest in the sport!

                          I was looking forward to watching her in 2009 but I love me some babies as well! :P




                          Eldy.....shut up.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by REngelhardt
                            eldrick - I suggest you don't embarrass yourself any further, ...
                            pfft, like that's going to happen.

                            As for Tia, I loved watching her compete. She always seemed to come through on the biggest stage. I'm a bit sad that I won't get to see her compete again, but I wish her all the best.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by marknhj
                              WTH are you talking about eldy? Not much kudos in being an Olympic Champ? Such an incredibly ignorant statement is beyond belief.
                              read my whole comment :

                              not much kudos in being an og champ who gets beaten like a drum for rest of career
                              it woud be an embarassement going to meet after meet next year & year after, etc, getting whupped each time with the spectators wondering why on earth this og champ doesn't win any big meets on the circuit

                              the almost 100% expected retort of

                              "well, i won when it counted"

                              sounds good the initial coupla times when used, but it's going to sound like a lame duck mantra when used for the 1/2-dozenth consecutive time

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