In a press-release sent out by Swimming Australia, Libby Trickett (formerly Libby Lenton) has announced her retirement again.
Trickett was one of a number of very high-profile returns from retirement for the Australians last year, though she was the most successful as she qualified for the team and won a gold medal in the 400 free relay at 28-years old.
That was a crown on a hugely-successful career for Trickett that spanned three Olympics, four gold medals, one silver, and two bronze in the sprint freestyle and butterfly races. She also took 8 long course World Championships in long course and another 7 in short course.
Trickett’s plan wasn’t another retirement so shortly, but she was forced into it by a wrist injury that kept her from the water since the London Games.
The 2008 Olympics were Trickett’s biggest showing, where she was the individual champion in the 100 fly.
“There will always be a tinge of sadness to leave the sport that I love, but I have wonderful memories and experiences to draw upon in the future,” Trickett said. “I feel at peace with my decision and most importantly I feel that I am finally ready to take on the next adventure in my life.”
In retirement, Trickett takes the next step onto the stage of a new program by Channel 10: Australia’s Greatest Athlete. She is married to former national-level swimmer Luke Trickett, and was the winner of the 2008 Telstra People’s Choice Award in Swimming Australia.