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  • ATK
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    Blanca Vlasic officially retires

    https://european-athletics.com/news/...-the-age-of-37

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  • 18.99s
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    Originally posted by polevaultpower View Post
    They put things on pause for a year for an Olympics that did not happen.
    And it still might not happen in 2021.

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  • 26mi235
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    I got to know the parents of Lexi's husband (I just texted them a little bit ago) when I stayed in the room next to them at NCAA/Eugene. Their son was a decathlete on par with a couple of UW guys whose parents were also on the next floor. Chris Nilsen's mom was also down the hall in the relatively small hotel that was also being used for my nephew's wedding -- hoping to stay at their place for the World's. We kept in touch by text since then and I think that those two women make the right choice at the right time.

    This might be premature but I wonder if this is the first of some retirements driven by the decreasing prospects of the Olympics given the new, faster spreading strains (strains now, rather than just variants). Maybe this should go in the COVID thread but the faster spread means that the actions that were enough to quill spread and what people have gotten used to will be inadequate, maybe by a lot. Ireland hit a peak Rt of 2.1 (i.e., one person spreads, on average, to 2.1 other people, the R that powers a nuclear chain reaction). However, strong measures instituted ten days ago has lowered the Rt to 1.2. The rate of climb might also be exaggerated because of delayed reporting and testing over Christmas.
    Last edited by 26mi235; 01-10-2021, 12:09 AM.

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  • polevaultpower
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    Originally posted by aaronk View Post

    I haven't read their Instagram comments.
    Did they do separate ones, or did just Tori do one for both of them?
    Also, did they give any indication that they might change their minds later on---maybe after Covid is over---if it ever is?

    It seems to me this was a ""twin-born" decision.
    In other words, twins seem to always do things in pairs!
    (Their getting married the same summer, just weeks apart.)
    This is a major loss to US Women's PV'ing!!

    NOTE---My reply on Twitter to PVP's tweet was just "liked" by Tori!!
    They gave their own updates on Instagram. Lexi did not get into as many details as Tori.

    I had heard over a year ago that the plan was for them to retire after the Trials or Olympics, unless one of them had a really BIG breakthrough.

    There is very little money to be made in the sport right now, and more importantly, they seem ready to move on to the next adventures in their life. They put things on pause for a year for an Olympics that did not happen. Cannot blame them for deciding to move forward now.

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  • aaronk
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    Originally posted by polevaultpower View Post

    I believe the plan was always to retire after the Olympic Trials/Olympics and focus on their careers as pharmacists. Tori mentions on her Instagram that she tried doing both pharmacy school and training this past fall and it was too much.
    I haven't read their Instagram comments.
    Did they do separate ones, or did just Tori do one for both of them?
    Also, did they give any indication that they might change their minds later on---maybe after Covid is over---if it ever is?

    It seems to me this was a ""twin-born" decision.
    In other words, twins seem to always do things in pairs!
    (Their getting married the same summer, just weeks apart.)
    This is a major loss to US Women's PV'ing!!

    NOTE---My reply on Twitter to PVP's tweet was just "liked" by Tori!!
    Last edited by aaronk; 01-08-2021, 10:10 PM.

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  • polevaultpower
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    Originally posted by aaronk View Post
    A tweet by Becca (PoleVaultPower) said the (former) Weeks twins---Lexi Jacobus and Tori Hoggard---have both retired--to pursue careers as pharmacists.
    They both turned 24 a few weeks ago!!

    Could it be Covid that made them decide??
    I believe the plan was always to retire after the Olympic Trials/Olympics and focus on their careers as pharmacists. Tori mentions on her Instagram that she tried doing both pharmacy school and training this past fall and it was too much.

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  • aaronk
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    A tweet by Becca (PoleVaultPower) said the (former) Weeks twins---Lexi Jacobus and Tori Hoggard---have both retired--to pursue careers as pharmacists.
    They both turned 24 a few weeks ago!!

    Could it be Covid that made them decide??

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  • tandfman
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    Kelsie Ahbe, a Big 10 indoor champion when she was at Indiana U, and a 2016 Olympic finalist for Canada, has announced her retirement.

    https://athletics.ca/ahbe-vaults-into-the-next-phase/

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  • aaronk
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    Kyle Merber said on Twitter and Instagram that he has retired from professional running, but not from running itself.
    He said he doesn't know what he'll be doing next!
    Lots of reaction (retweets and comments) on Twitter!

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  • tandfman
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    British 800m runner Marilyn Okoro, who competed in 4 World Championships (most recently in 2013), has retired.

    https://athleticsweekly.com/athletic...ls-1039937321/

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  • ATK
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    Originally posted by tandfman View Post
    Ex-SEC hurdles champion (and NCAA All-American) Jasmin Stowers (LSU) has retired.
    Confirmation from Stowers today on instagram with specific details on why.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CGp01nsJDOr/

    "Sadden to inform you all that I have decided to retire from the sport of Track & Field 😭😭😭! I wanted to give it another year and try out for the Olympics, but my body will not allow it. For the past couple of years I have been dealing with a buldge disk in my back, which was causing extreme pain in the nerves in my leg. Since hurdling is a high-impact event, it was too much pain for me to handle."

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  • gm
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    Logan Boss, 2017 & 2018 NCAA indoor bronze medalist in the wHJ, has retired.

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  • 18.99s
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    Originally posted by Trickstat View Post
    She would be national record holder in every country in the world other than the US, Bulgaria, Russia, Australia and Jamaica.
    On the other hand, if she grew up in any country other than the US, Bulgaria, Russia, Australia or Jamaica, she probably wouldn't have become a sub-12.4 hurdler, if she became a world class hurdler at all.

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  • Trickstat
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    Originally posted by Fortius19 View Post
    Always thought Stowers was amazingly unlucky to come along at a time when American Women's short hurdling was at such an incredibly high level.

    To run 12.35 and never make an Outdoor's World or Oly team is crazy.
    She would be national record holder in every country in the world other than the US, Bulgaria, Russia, Australia and Jamaica.

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  • Fortius19
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    Always thought Stowers was amazingly unlucky to come along at a time when American Women's short hurdling was at such an incredibly high level.

    To run 12.35 and never make an Outdoor's World or Oly team is crazy.

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