The retirement thread


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Postby jakla » Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:27 am

Kim Collins
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Postby nevetsllim » Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:08 pm

http://www.european-athletics.org/index ... 2&Itemid=2

Kjersti Platzer has retired. She was actually on the same team as Kristiansen at the 1986 European Championships!
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Postby roixordo » Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:10 am

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Postby Gabriella » Thu Oct 01, 2009 3:01 am

Claudia Tonn, the German long jumper/heptathlete, has also retired.
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Postby tandfman » Thu Oct 08, 2009 4:15 am

Primož Kozmus.
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Postby croflash » Thu Oct 08, 2009 6:54 am

tandfman wrote:Primož Kozmus.


Well, according to the article on the front page he is contemplating retirement and it seems like he is leaning towards it, but hasn't made a final decision.

I'm wondering whether the the exclusion of the Hammer Throw in the Diamond League has played a (minor) role in that process too.
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Postby nevetsllim » Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:31 am

croflash wrote:
tandfman wrote:Primož Kozmus.


Well, according to the article on the front page he is contemplating retirement and it seems like he is leaning towards it, but hasn't made a final decision.

I'm wondering whether the the exclusion of the Hammer Throw in the Diamond League has played a (minor) role in that process too.


Someone on another forum (who is Slovenian) said it could have something to do with his quest to get the country to finance top athletes after they retire from sports...
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Postby tandfman » Thu Oct 08, 2009 8:04 am

croflash wrote:I'm wondering whether the the exclusion of the Hammer Throw in the Diamond League has played a (minor) role in that process too.

I very much doubt that. Very few, if any, of those meets had hammer throws anyway. He did not compete in any meet this year that will be part of the Diamond League next year.

I read another article that said his decision was due to "personal reasons."
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Postby croflash » Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:36 am

tandfman wrote:
croflash wrote:I'm wondering whether the the exclusion of the Hammer Throw in the Diamond League has played a (minor) role in that process too.

I very much doubt that. Very few, if any, of those meets had hammer throws anyway. He did not compete in any meet this year that will be part of the Diamond League next year.

I read another article that said his decision was due to "personal reasons."


That was last year when a lot of other events got the same treatment. Come 2010 the HT is basically going to be the only event that will be left out, giving less financial incentive. The WAF is also gone which was a possibility to get huge earnings compared to standard meetings Hammer Throwers were invited to.

As I said, I don't know if that was part of the reason why he is contemplating retirement, but I would imagine that financial aspects are also being considered.
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Postby 26mi235 » Wed Nov 11, 2009 2:22 pm

Another miler calls it quits:

I, Christopher Lukezic, am officially retired. Peace out!

A couple oof LetsRun threads with too much of the LR junk.

[There seems to be a bit of confusion:

There is this later post by him (poster has a e-mail link, although not a certainty]

Christopher Lukezic
RE: I, Christopher Lukezic, am officially retired. Peace out! 11/11/2009 12:57PM - in reply to Bareut Doll Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
It was meant as a joke dude! You'd be surprised how many professional runners post on here in anonymity.

Ahh. I'll miss this site.
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Postby twinpeeks » Wed Nov 11, 2009 2:46 pm

Has he represented the U.S. on any Teams? I cannot recall. Though, ran respectable times a few years back

26mi235 wrote:Another miler calls it quits:

I, Christopher Lukezic, am officially retired. Peace out!

A couple oof LetsRun threads with too much of the LR junk.
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Postby Jon » Wed Dec 16, 2009 4:42 am

gh wrote:
polevaultpower wrote:Jillian Schwartz - getting married
I talked to Jillian at Millrose. She has retired. Doing some coaching at Columbia and is getting into the agenting business.
According to a story on the T&FN homepage, Schwartz has switched nationality to Israel and aims to compete in 2012. Does anyone know if she has married an Israeli athlete?

On the subject of retired athletes, Rakia Al-Gasara has hung up her spikes at the age of 27 with some health concerns. "Her decision came after many months of medical tests," according to EME news (link on homepage).
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Postby Bruce Kritzler » Sat Dec 19, 2009 7:14 pm

If Jillian Schwartz's mother and grandmother are Jewish, she can get Isreali citizenship, regardless of who her husband is.
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Postby 26mi235 » Sat Dec 19, 2009 7:17 pm

Jon wrote:
gh wrote:
polevaultpower wrote:Jillian Schwartz - getting married
I talked to Jillian at Millrose. She has retired. Doing some coaching at Columbia and is getting into the agenting business.
According to a story on the T&FN homepage, Schwartz has switched nationality to Israel and aims to compete in 2012. Does anyone know if she has married an Israeli athlete?


She competed in the Maccabbee (spelling?) Games, so it seems likely that she is Jewish
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Postby highjumpfan » Sat Dec 19, 2009 7:49 pm

You don't actually have to be Jewish to compete in the Maccabiah games. It used to be that way, but then the rules changed as international participation waned. Additionally, as long as she can prove her mother was Jewish she can easily obtain Israeli citizenship.
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Postby polevaultpower » Mon Dec 21, 2009 9:51 am

Jillian is Jewish and not married. Israel is actively recruiting athletes with Jewish heritage to compete for them. There are others pending.
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Postby tandfman » Mon Dec 21, 2009 5:13 pm

polevaultpower wrote:Stacy Dragila - getting married

It appears that she was married last weekend.

http://in-the-arena-mike.blogspot.com/2 ... ltius.html
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Postby MOT » Mon Dec 21, 2009 7:34 pm

highjumpfan wrote:You don't actually have to be Jewish to compete in the Maccabiah games. It used to be that way, but then the rules changed as international participation waned. . . .

Can you point me to source that says that? I was not aware of that change and everything I can find on the web suggests that, apart from non-Jewish Israelis, the event is still open only to Jewish athletes.
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Postby highjumpfan » Mon Dec 21, 2009 8:05 pm

can't point to a source other then first hand experience. Having competed several times in the Maccabiah games and been very friendly with several of the T&F athletes, I can assure you that starting in 2001 they opened the competition up to non-Jewish, Non-Israeli athletes by invitation. 2001 woman's 100 meter champion was from Turkey.
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Postby polevaultpower » Mon Dec 21, 2009 10:14 pm

tandfman wrote:
polevaultpower wrote:Stacy Dragila - getting married

It appears that she was married last weekend.

http://in-the-arena-mike.blogspot.com/2 ... ltius.html


Baby on the way too! :D
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Postby SantaCruz » Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:47 am

jakla wrote:All retiring AFAIK:

    Steffi Nerius
    Franka Dietzsch
    Stacey Dragila


Last weekend, Steffi Nerius has been elected German sportswoman of the year. (First track and field athlete to win since Heike Drechsler in 2000.) Steffi has had a great career and saved the best for last. World champion on home soil at age 37. Perfect ending.
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Postby Marlow » Tue Dec 22, 2009 6:42 am

polevaultpower wrote:
tandfman wrote:
polevaultpower wrote:Stacy Dragila - getting married

It appears that she was married last weekend.
http://in-the-arena-mike.blogspot.com/2 ... ltius.html

Baby on the way too! :D

Double mazeltov!
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby nevetsllim » Tue May 04, 2010 9:26 am

Langerholc is expecting her second child and has retired.
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby LopenUupunut » Wed May 12, 2010 6:03 am

Mikaela Ingberg, '95 WC and '98 EC bronze medalist in wJT, finally gives in after injuring her arm for the 736th time.
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby Gabriella » Wed May 12, 2010 7:57 am

And Thomas Goeller has retired too :lol:
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby LopenUupunut » Sun Aug 29, 2010 6:34 am

Noted in the FIN vs. SWE thread but... Frantz Kruger
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby Gabriella » Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:37 am

German shot putter Petra Lammert has announced her retirement after numerous elbow injuries, aged just 26. She finished 6th at the Euro's this year but was the European Indoor champion in 2009 and finished 3rd at the Euro's in 2006 and 5th at the Worlds in 2007. Her best is 20.04 from 2007.

Another German to retire is Jala Gangnus, at just 24. She is not so well known, but got silver in the European U20 champs in 2005 and was the German champion in 2006, reaching the SF in 2006. Her best time is 23.24 from when she was 20 but again, injuries have wrecked her career.
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby Jon » Tue Dec 07, 2010 12:21 pm

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Re: The retirement thread

Postby mojo » Tue Dec 07, 2010 1:03 pm

Gary is a class act person and athlete.


Thanks Gary for representing our city, our club and our country so very well.

Your silver medal performance at the Worlds was thrilling to watch...now you can lift a pint whenever you want! :D
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby croflash » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:37 pm

Danny Ecker has retired after a farewell meet yesterday.
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby Powell » Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:30 pm

Wioletta Potępa has officially retired - her farewell meet was the Skolimowska Memorial last weekend. Apparently Anna Jesień is quitting after this season as well.
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby TDB » Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:59 pm

Why was Kim Collins name mentioned in this thread in 2009? Dude was beating the world through 70 meters at the '11 world champs, and got booted from the Olys this year
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby pakillo » Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:42 am

Eliseo Martin and Ruth Beitia ( won her eight Spanish title yesterday) :(
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby EPelle » Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:18 am

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Re: The retirement thread

Postby Sasuke » Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:12 am

Strange retirement the one of Ruth Beitia. She is not that old (33 years) and is still jumping well (she was almost over 2.03 at the olympic games and cleared 2.00 metres twice this year). She is still among the best high jumpers of the world (still capable of clearing a personal record) so I wonder why she decided to retire.
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby polevaultpower » Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:39 am

Derek Miles and Danny Ecker just had their final meets.
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby Marlow » Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:12 am

Sasuke wrote:Strange retirement the one of Ruth Beitia. She is not that old (33 years) and is still jumping well (she was almost over 2.03 at the olympic games and cleared 2.00 metres twice this year). She is still among the best high jumpers of the world (still capable of clearing a personal record) so I wonder why she decided to retire.

a. to get on with 'the rest of her life'
b. training to stay that good is very arduous and time-consuming
c. to pursue other dreams (see a.), perhaps to be more fully involved as a parent (or to become one)
d. to actually make enough money to live on
e. tired of peeing in a cup for other people's purpose.
f. feels she has fully explored her athletic identity
g. has been accumulating niggling injuries that never fully go away
h. wants to start eating desserts again

that's the first several of 100s.
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby EPelle » Tue Aug 28, 2012 11:20 am

Beitia concludes her career with 19 national titles (11 indoors). She's headed to Rome for holidays. She'll then head out for some cycling and skiing. As far as her personal goals are concerned, consider that she's held the Spanish national record from 1998 onward, when she jumped 1.89m. She's been unrivalled in Spain. Appears as though she works as a Regional Deputy in the Cantabrian Parliament, and will continue along that course.

For more info on her retirement:
http://www.abc.es/20120827/deportes/abc ... 71215.html
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby Gabriella » Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:00 am

EPelle wrote:Germany's Marion Wagner retired.
http://www.leichtathletik.de/index.php? ... wsID=40054


And to follow her, Anne Cibis nee Mollinger, announces her retirement, aged just 26. I find this a strange decision as she set a good PB this year of 11.17. To retire, at your peak while still young....me no compute :?
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