Olympic Swimmer Chloe Sutton Retires: Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

TYR Avictor Suit Chloe Sutton by Mike Lewis (10 of 15)Chloe Sutton has officially retired from swimming according to her sports manager, David Arluck.

In a post on his Facebook page, Arluck said:

Today is a very special day for Chloe Sutton. It is her birthday and she is officially announcing her RETIREMENT from competitive swimming. Chloe is the only American woman or man to compete in both Open Water and in the pool at the Olympic Games. She made her first Olympics at just 16 years old.

Sutton swam at the elite level for nearly a decade.

It all started in open water swimming, where she claimed her first international gold at the 2006 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in the 10k. Sutton quickly followed up with another gold at 2007 Pan American Games in the same event. In 2008, she made her first U.S. Olympic Team in open water.

By 2009, Sutton added pool competition to her world-class career, making the 2009 U.S. World Championship Team in the 400 and 800 meter freestyle.

In 2010 Sutton won her first internationl medals in a pool competiton, silver in the 400 meter freestyle and gold in the 800 meter freestyle at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.

Sutton made history in 2012 at the U.S. Olympic Trials when she made her second U.S. Olympic Team in the 400 meter freestyle. With her 2008 berth in open water, Sutton became the first American to compete in open water and pool competition at the Olympic level.

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This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com, a Swimming News website.

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This reminds me a but if Piersol retiring after Nationals and what 2 years before the Olympic Games?

People make such a emphasis on the onlymoics but if you really look at it, swimmers drop off before the next Olympics rather than grinding out another year or two and try and make the team.

I think it goes to say that we need to get better at keeping these athletes engaged because having swimmers quit in their prime does nothing but rob the sport of displaying the best at their best in the biggest stage.

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Two words: Katie Ledecky.

A true stud and awesome swimmer. She’s in rare, rare company to compete at such a level in both pool and open water. I remember watching her crank out the La Jolla Rough Water swim a number of years ago when she was deep in OW focus and was in awe. I hope she enjoys the next stage in her career … and comes back to La Jolla as a Masters swimmer 🙂

Wow! Ms . Sutton what a great career. Best of luck to you. Hopefully, you will coach!

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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