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  • Originally posted by gh View Post
    it wouldn't surprise me to find out that there's a bump in the number of retirements at that age just because people are generally so well-attuned to "milestone" numbers and would feel a lot older as a 30-something.
    And that milestone is also a full Olympiad past the peak years (24-26) for most athletes.

    By that age you finally realise that you've given your best, you're not likely to get that one last, great performance and you're body no longer recovers like it used to.

    Sure, you might be able to last a few more years but you've also been doing intensive training and competition for half your life, so mentally, you might be ready to try something new.

    From an employer's point of view, a 30 year old starting a second career directly from the top of their first career is much more attractive than a 40 year old track bum whose first career abandoned him/her because he/she didn't have the judgement to call time much earlier.

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    • I've tracked U.S. retirements for about the last 15 years.

      As far as I can tell, retirement in t&f has little to do with a specific age but is entirely interwoven into the four-year track cycle. The year showing the most retirements is the year following an Olympics, the second most retirements--and it's close to being #1--is following the post-Olympics World Champs year. The third most retirements come after the fallow year with no U.S. global champs. Almost no one retires in the year of an Olympic Games unless it's for injury.

      My tracking is based on the last year before "retirement" as the last year an athlete appeared in the U.S. top-50 of any global championship event or competed in the national championships (other than marathon, cross country, and walks).

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      • Silke Spiegelburg, german pole vaulter, announced her retirement. She has been plagued by injuries in recent years so decided to call it a career.

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        • Ex-Michigan All-American Nicole Sifuentes has announced her retirement.

          http://blog.saucony.com/an-unforgettable-ride/

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          • Originally posted by tandfman View Post
            Ex-Michigan All-American Nicole Sifuentes has announced her retirement.

            http://blog.saucony.com/an-unforgettable-ride/
            I wonder if the ridiculousness of the Canadian CG standards being stricter than those for the OG (!) was part of the reason.

            I didn't know Justin Bieber was head of the Canadian selection committee...

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            • Did Reese Hoffa ever officially retire?
              Because he tweeted today---Start of the comeback for 2020 begins today...!

              The rest of the tweet (posted about 7 hours ago!) was about a product called "Elevate".
              Didn't sound like any major official announcement of a comeback!

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              • Add Cas Loxsom to the list.

                He announced it on Instagram today: https://www.instagram.com/p/BpcYlGeA...en-by=cazzylox

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                • Sarah Brown has announced her retirement.

                  https://www.facebook.com/notes/sarah...1435353735171/

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                  • Luke Puskedra has retired!
                    He's now a full time real estate agent----and husband and daddy!!
                    His statement is on Instagram.
                    LOL

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                    • Fabrice Lapierre announced the end of his long, successful long jump career last week.

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                      • Sally Pearson retired today: "I am here to let you all know that I have decided to retire from my sport of athletics. It has been a long 16 years, but also a fun and exciting 16 years. My body has decided it is time to let it go, and move forward onto a new direction."

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                        • 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Sophie Hitchon (GBR - hammer throw) has announced her retirement.

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                          • Originally posted by tandfman View Post
                            2016 Olympic bronze medalist Sophie Hitchon (GBR - hammer throw) has announced her retirement.
                            no, what she did was shut it down for this season to prep for Tokyo.

                            https://www.bbc.com/sport/athletics/49357523

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                            • Oops! You're right. I read that story this morning and forgot the details. I should have gone back and re-read it. My bad. :-(

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                              • Originally posted by gh View Post
                                no, what she did was shut it down for this season to prep for Tokyo.

                                https://www.bbc.com/sport/athletics/49357523
                                That seems wise to me. Apparently she has been making some technical changes but has not thrown more than 67m something this year.

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