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.