The retirement thread


Main message board: for the discussion of topical track & field items only.

Re: The retirement thread

Postby aaronk » Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:50 am

Marlow wrote:
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.


Makes you wonder what keeps people like Joanne Dow, Teresa Vail, and Merlene Ottey involved!! :)
aaronk
 
Posts: 3338
Joined: Sun May 06, 2012 9:39 am

Re: The retirement thread

Postby EPelle » Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:22 am

EPelle
 
Posts: 21442
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am

Re: The retirement thread

Postby Half Miler » Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:19 pm

C'mon, he's only 40! He's got another 10 years left!
Half Miler
 
Posts: 2792
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: infinite loupe

Re: The retirement thread

Postby croflash » Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:11 pm

If this was indeed the end of Alekna's career, he deserved better than being stuck outside the main program.
croflash
 
Posts: 2361
Joined: Tue Sep 12, 2006 5:29 am
Location: Germany

Re: The retirement thread

Postby mal » Sat Sep 08, 2012 4:57 am

aaronk wrote:
Marlow wrote:
Sasuke wrote:Strange retirement the one of Ruth Beitia.
that's the first several of 100s.


Makes you wonder what keeps people like Joanne Dow, Teresa Vail, and Merlene Ottey involved!! :)


Hubris
mal
 
Posts: 968
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am

Re: The retirement thread

Postby EPelle » Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:31 am

EPelle
 
Posts: 21442
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am

Re: The retirement thread

Postby pakillo » Sun Nov 25, 2012 3:03 pm

Read somewhere that Muriel Hurtis is retiring :(

EC 2002 (Monaco di Baviera)- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-mIqthxFF8

WC 2003 :wink: - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU2NESPpMJE
pakillo
 
Posts: 689
Joined: Sun Oct 30, 2011 4:05 pm

Re: The retirement thread

Postby carfu » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:33 am

pakillo wrote:Read somewhere that Muriel Hurtis is retiring :(


Muriel Hurtis has not ended her career yet. She said she was thinking of retiring at the end of next season. So at least one more year ahead.
carfu
 
Posts: 107
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am
Location: Toronto

Re: The retirement thread

Postby pakillo » Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:36 am

carfu wrote:
pakillo wrote:Read somewhere that Muriel Hurtis is retiring :(


Muriel Hurtis has not ended her career yet. She said she was thinking of retiring at the end of next season. So at least one more year ahead.

coool 8-)
pakillo
 
Posts: 689
Joined: Sun Oct 30, 2011 4:05 pm

Re: The retirement thread

Postby 26mi235 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:21 pm

Lance Armstrong is done racing certified (by IAAF, etc) marathons... :lol:
26mi235
 
Posts: 16315
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am
Location: Madison, WI

Re: The retirement thread

Postby 18.99s » Sat Dec 01, 2012 6:24 am

Danny McFarlane officially retired in October at 40 years old, after becoming the first 40something to ever run sub-50 in the 400m hurdles (49.69 to be exact). If I remember correctly, no other M40 has even run sub-52.
18.99s
 
Posts: 704
Joined: Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:28 am

Re: The retirement thread

Postby Anthony Treacher » Sun Dec 02, 2012 12:43 pm

Why retire? Relax. Compete in masters athletics. Enjoy yourself. Keep your waistline forever.
Anthony Treacher
 
Posts: 57
Joined: Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:48 am
Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Re: The retirement thread

Postby tandfman » Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:00 pm

I've just read that ex-NCAA and European Champion Ineta Radevica has retired.
tandfman
 
Posts: 15041
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am

Re: The retirement thread

Postby 18.99s » Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:10 am

Anthony Treacher wrote:Why retire? Relax. Compete in masters athletics. Enjoy yourself. Keep your waistline forever.


"Retirement" only means retirement from the elite level. Many will indeed move on to the masters circuit or enter the local 5K, 10K, marathons or triathlons. Or other sports entirely like recreational basketball leagues or powerlifting.
18.99s
 
Posts: 704
Joined: Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:28 am

Re: The retirement thread

Postby pakillo » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:42 pm

tandfman wrote:I've just read that ex-NCAA and European Champion Ineta Radevica has retired.

She obviously feels it's time to retire but last three years were probably the best years in her career, great championships performer. I thought there was more to come... :( Hopefully (speaking of Latvians) Stanislavs Olijars will be back.

http://sports.delfi.lv/news/other_kinds ... o.delfi.lv
pakillo
 
Posts: 689
Joined: Sun Oct 30, 2011 4:05 pm

Re: The retirement thread

Postby tandfman » Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:42 am

I've just read that pole vaulter Monika Pyrek, winner of 2 World Championships silver medals, has retired.
tandfman
 
Posts: 15041
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am

Re: The retirement thread

Postby tandfman » Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:21 am

It's been reported that 2009 World 800 champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi has retired.
tandfman
 
Posts: 15041
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am

Re: The retirement thread

Postby Sasuke » Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:08 am

tandfman wrote:It's been reported that 2009 World 800 champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi has retired.


Are you sure? He raced less than a month ago in New York, and he clocked a not-so-bad 1.47 in a slow race, and you have to consider that he faded on the final 100 metres so... he could surely manage to run at least a 1.45 in the next weeks...
Sasuke
 
Posts: 273
Joined: Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:32 am

Re: The retirement thread

Postby br » Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:00 pm

He hasn't had a good year since 2010 when he ran 1:43.29 in Monaco.
2011 SB 1:45.50 in Rome (did not compete again after June 30)
2012 SB 1:45.78 in Port Elizabeth (did not compete again after April 20)
2013 SB 1:47.46 NYC

No OG or WC appearances since winning the 2009 WC.
br
 
Posts: 478
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am

Re: The retirement thread

Postby Sasuke » Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:13 pm

Last year he had some decent races in his home country before getting injured... he probably didn't manage to solve them completely.
Sasuke
 
Posts: 273
Joined: Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:32 am

Re: The retirement thread

Postby croflash » Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:18 pm

croflash
 
Posts: 2361
Joined: Tue Sep 12, 2006 5:29 am
Location: Germany

Re: The retirement thread

Postby ATK » Sun Jun 23, 2013 7:24 am

Seems that Lauryn Williams is on the road to retirement.

http://www.flotrack.org/coverage/250797 ... s-from-100
ATK
 
Posts: 3804
Joined: Fri Jun 26, 2009 6:00 pm

Re: The retirement thread

Postby Flumpy » Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:21 am

Marlon Devonish retired yesterday.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/athletics/23017489
Flumpy
 
Posts: 3899
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am

Re: The retirement thread

Postby Sasuke » Sun Aug 04, 2013 1:35 am

I think Nadine Kleinert has lately retired; she is 38 and not going to compete in Moscow in spite of a decent season best of 18.80... maybe some germans know something more.

http://www.spiegel.de/sport/sonst/klein ... 14238.html

Translators don't work very well... does this say something more (in addition to the doping talk)?
Sasuke
 
Posts: 273
Joined: Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:32 am

Re: The retirement thread

Postby Atanvarno » Sun Aug 04, 2013 3:08 am

1) She will retire this year
2) She would have liked to start in Moskau, but the federation insisted on her starting at the National Championships. She went for a last payday in Paris instead
3) During her career she was beaten by athletes who later tested positive 13 (!) times. She was screwed out of medals by cheats twice.
Atanvarno
 
Posts: 240
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am
Location: Germany

Re: The retirement thread

Postby LopenUupunut » Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:45 am

Olli-Pekka Karjalainen is retiring. He's been fighting back injuries for years and barely competed this summer so it isn't really surprising.
LopenUupunut
 
Posts: 2510
Joined: Mon Aug 20, 2007 11:20 pm
Location: Sleeping in Finland

Re: The retirement thread

Postby nevetsllim » Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:15 am

I read earlier Kaniskina and Borzakovskiy have both retired but subsequent articles deny the latter's retirement...
nevetsllim
 
Posts: 6261
Joined: Sat Oct 15, 2005 2:54 am

Re: The retirement thread

Postby Per Andersen » Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:50 pm

LopenUupunut wrote:Olli-Pekka Karjalainen is retiring. He's been fighting back injuries for years and barely competed this summer so it isn't really surprising.

I was wondering about him but you still got Nikkanen and Siitonen :)
Per Andersen
 
Posts: 3736
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am

Re: The retirement thread

Postby zidan » Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:44 am

I believe Doc Patton has finally hang 'em up too....great ambassador, with a lot of heart.
zidan
 
Posts: 177
Joined: Thu Oct 29, 2009 2:54 pm

Re: The retirement thread

Postby 26mi235 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:13 pm

zidan wrote:I believe Doc Patton has finally hang 'em up too....great ambassador, with a lot of heart.


Maybe not quite, did I see he might also look into the ice sleds?
26mi235
 
Posts: 16315
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am
Location: Madison, WI

Re: The retirement thread

Postby ATK » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:57 am

26mi235 wrote:
zidan wrote:I believe Doc Patton has finally hang 'em up too....great ambassador, with a lot of heart.


Maybe not quite, did I see he might also look into the ice sleds?

he did say if the they called he would consider it.

But is this the new fad now? since when did bobsledding become the norm for off-season/retired track athletes?
ATK
 
Posts: 3804
Joined: Fri Jun 26, 2009 6:00 pm

Re: The retirement thread

Postby gh » Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:04 am

ATK wrote:...
But is this the new fad now? since when did bobsledding become the norm for off-season/retired track athletes?


Not the PC answer, but "as soon as sprinters discovered it was a sport dominated by slow white guys and there was Olympic glory there for the asking"
gh
 
Posts: 46314
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: firmly at Arya's side!

Re: The retirement thread

Postby booond » Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:13 am

I believe Eastern European countries often used track athletes as pushers.

Herschel Walker might have been the first non-bobsledder to do it in this country. I'm sure there is an equation to size, strength and speed which separates good pushers from bad and track sprinters and football players would fit that equation.
booond
 
Posts: 572
Joined: Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:25 am

Re: The retirement thread

Postby exdrake » Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:12 am

Vague recollection...wanta say Wille Davenport may have started it? Feel free to point out how wrong I may be.
exdrake
 
Posts: 199
Joined: Wed Jun 10, 2009 6:46 am

Re: The retirement thread

Postby booond » Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:26 am

exdrake wrote:Vague recollection...wanta say Wille Davenport may have started it? Feel free to point out how wrong I may be.


You're right. Forgot about Willie Also forgot he'd died. Got his autograph when I was a kid after an indoor meet in Boston.
booond
 
Posts: 572
Joined: Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:25 am

Re: The retirement thread

Postby TN1965 » Mon Mar 31, 2014 3:50 pm

"Rudisha walks away: Olympics 800m champ takes long leave from athletics"

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/sports/a ... thletics#/
TN1965
 
Posts: 1182
Joined: Mon Aug 24, 2009 8:38 pm

Re: The retirement thread

Postby Marlow » Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:34 pm

TN1965 wrote:"Rudisha walks away: Olympics 800m champ takes long leave from athletics"

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/sports/a ... thletics#/


April Fools (a day early) !
Marlow
 
Posts: 21079
Joined: Thu Jan 24, 2008 5:00 pm
Location: Somewhere over the . . . hill

Re: The retirement thread

Postby berkeley » Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:48 am

Marlow wrote:
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.

I guess that decision was revisited - she won a medal in Sopot. BTW - 33 is pretty old for a high jumper (she turns 35 today). I can think of very few who are still world class at that age. Now that I've said that, I'm sure folks will start naming some, starting with the 35 year old world record holders, who are indeed world class. Nevertheless, they are relatively few.
berkeley
 
Posts: 486
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am
Location: London, UK

Re: The retirement thread

Postby Flumpy » Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:12 am

Not just Sopot but also Bronze in Moscow and Gold in Gothenburg.

I think she made the right decision :D
Flumpy
 
Posts: 3899
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am

Re: The retirement thread

Postby Sasuke » Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:30 am

Yep, and I heard she said she wanted to continue untill her body can handle such results.
Sasuke
 
Posts: 273
Joined: Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:32 am

PreviousNext

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], El Toro and 10 guests