Jessica Hardy “Yesterday Was (Probably) The Last Race of My Career”

Jessica Hardy posted on social media this morning that, “yesterday was (probably) the last race of my career, but today is the first day of the rest of my life.”

After an unsuccessful attempt to qualify for the 2016 Olympic team, it appears as though Hardy is hanging up her goggles, although she never used the word ‘retired.’

Hardy said via the social media post, “#SwimTrials16 didn’t work out how I had envisioned them, but I’m so glad I put myself on the line & followed by dreams.”

Hardy competed in the heats of the 50m freestyle yesterday morning where she failed to advance to the semifinal after finishing 24th overall with a time of 25.88. The 50 free was her last chance to qualify for the team.

While Hardy will not be going to the Olympics, she stated in the post that she’ll be cheering from home, “I’ll be cheering on the next generations of #TeamUSA with a full heart, & look forward to applying my passion towards whatever comes next.”

Over her illustrious career, Hardy won two Olympic medals including one gold, 10 World Championship medals including three gold, nine Short Course World Championship medals including three gold, and seven Pan Pacific championship medals including six gold.

One of Hardy’s greatest accomplishments in the sport was breaking both the 50 and 100m breaststroke world records. Hardy first broke the 100m breaststroke world record in 2005 before it was broken by Leisel Jones. In 2009, she re-broke it and it stood until 2013.

To see Hardy’s full post, click here.


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Yes, it is time for several of these older pros to move on with their lives. They’ve had their time & now like she says, there is a new generation stepping up!!! Embrace your new life!!

bobo gigi

Dear swimswam, could you please recap who retires this year among the US swimmers.
Looks like there’s a new big name each day.


u can do that job – not that difficult ….

bobo gigi

I have MP, Coughlin, Grevers (not clear), Hardy, Pelton, Bootsma, Clary and DiRado in mind. Someone else? Maybe Sogar? Maybe Leverenz?
I imagine Ervin will announce it after Rio?
And what about Lochte? Nobody talks about him. Seriously I don’t see him in Tokyo in 4 years.




Coughlin very clearly said she is not retiring.

bobo gigi

Thanks for the clarification.


No way Lochte doesn’t find his way onto a 4×200 in 2020. I see him swimming 1:46 mids until he’s 40


Greevers was clear, Coughlin said she’s not done yet.

bobo gigi


bobo gigi

Cullen Jones?
Megan Romano?


not announced yet – but can be


U got them all i think – thats why i stated it was pretty easy to find out …..


Some may not announce anything yet – because they may get onto the next WC Us team in one year ….


Sogar posted on social media that she is done.


Shannon Vreeland


Thanks for representing the USA to the best of your ability, Jessica! May love and laughter fill your future with happiness! 🙂

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