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    The Retirement Thread
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    Since an olympic cycle has come to and end sadly many athletes are retiring. I am going to keep this post updated with all the names.

    Mid season

    Felix Sanchez (1977, 400hs)
    Andreas Thorkildsen (1982, JT)
    Brigetta Barrett (1990, HJ)
    Priscilla Lopes-Schliep (1982, 100hs)
    Ariane Friedrich (1984, HJ)
    Sanya Richards-Ross (1985, 400)

    At the end of the season

    Tomasz Majewski (1981, SP)
    Linda Stahl (1985, JT)
    Bjorn Otto (1977, PV)
    Christina Obergfoll (1981, JT)
    Cory Martin (1985, SP)
    Jillian Camarena-Williams (1982, SP)
    Johnny Dutch (1989, 400hs)
    Yelena Isinbayeva (1982, PV)
    Ginnie Crawford (1983, 100hs)
    Fabiana Murer (1981, PV)
    Mitchell Watt (1988, LJ)
    Raul Spank (1988, HJ and TJ)
    Betty Heidler (1983, HT)
    Sören Ludolph (1988, 800)
    Johannes Hock (1992, Decathlon)
    Paolo dal Soglio (1970, Shot Put)
    Chris Tomlinson (1981, LJ)
    Jessica Ennis-Hill (1986, Eptathlon)
    Alana Boyd (1984, PV)

    Still uncertain

    Reese Hoffa (1977, SP)
    Christian Cantwell (1981, SP)
    Carmelita Jeter (1979, 100 & 200)
    Yuliya Zaripova (1986, 3000SC) should switch to Triathlon.
    Bernard Lagat (1972, 5000) maybe running on the road?
    Jennifer Meadows (1981, 800) said was going to retire but she has been pacing races recently
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    Youth always wins. There is a natural time to hang em up and move to the next stage of life. I think it's exciting to watch the new kids on the block improve and become the top of the heap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by is 74 really old? View Post
    Youth always wins. There is a natural time to hang em up and move to the next stage of life. I think it's exciting to watch the new kids on the block improve and become the top of the heap.
    Upper 30's to low 40s is the peak for both speed and power. So there's no reason why any of them should retire before 42.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt_London_413 View Post
    Upper 30's to low 40s is the peak for both speed and power. So there's no reason why any of them should retire before 42.
    I suspect Matt has never experience the difference in being 25 and 40.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lonewolf View Post
    I suspect Matt has never experience the difference in being 25 and 40.
    I'm not understanding your comment since i'm 38 years old right now and faster and stronger than I have ever been. So what is so special about 2 years from now when I just continue to get stronger? Apparently you haven't watched my youtube page.
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    Surprised about Stahl. She's relatively young for a thrower, and was in good shape this year with silver at the EC, even if she had an unsuccessful Olympics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Powell View Post
    Surprised about Stahl. She's relatively young for a thrower, and was in good shape this year with silver at the EC, even if she had an unsuccessful Olympics.
    That's true, Obergfoll is four years older (so a whole olympic cycle) but Stahl has a degree in Urology and a medical career in front of her. I also think she could have gone on another 4 years but that's all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasuke View Post
    That's true, Obergfoll is four years older (so a whole olympic cycle) but Stahl has a degree in Urology and a medical career in front of her. I also think she could have gone on another 4 years but that's all.
    One person who might be glad about Obergfoll and Stahl's retirement is Katarina Molitor. No more problems making the German team for majors Apart from her, Hussong and the two retirees, the next best German thrower this year threw just 57.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Powell View Post
    One person who might be glad about Obergfoll and Stahl's retirement is Katarina Molitor. No more problems making the German team for majors Apart from her, Hussong and the two retirees, the next best German thrower this year threw just 57.
    I suppose this is true, even if the german team will be quite weakened by these two retirements. Hussong is the youngest of them so maybe she can develop into a new Obergfoll.
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    Add Johnny Dutch to the retired list. He has indicated that he is retiring from the 400 hurdles.
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