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  • A Year Off?

    Just read that the great Ian Thorpe is returning to competition after a sabbatical.

    Will be very interesting to see how he goes.

    Wondering if any t&f stars have done it?

    The only one that springs to mind is Cathy Freeman - unsuccessfully.

    Found an old post from Rob stating that Borzov took '73 off, was this a sabbatical or was it injury-related? Either way, he was competitive when he returned, albeit not the dominating sprinter he was from '70 - '72.

    My guess is that it's unfeasible these days, not least from a financial pov.

    What do you think?

  • #2
    Off the top of my head: Edwin Moses took the 1982 and 1985 seasons off. Jarmila Kratochvilova came back in 1987 after retiring (I think) in 1986.
    Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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    • #3
      Lots of women have taken a year off for pregnancy. Many came back stronger than before.

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      • #4
        Al Oerter took quite a few years off.

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        • #5
          Pregnancy and comebacks are not sabbaticals.

          Thorpe said his main reason was burnout, I was thinking along similar lines.

          Why did Moses choose those years off, and not '86, for example?

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          • #6
            Marion Jones switched to basketball-only in '96

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