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Australian Swimming Superstar Ariarne Titmus is Thinking of Retiring

By: Selena Zhu

Australian swimming superstar Ariarne Titmus blew everyone’s mind when she said that she was thinking of retiring after the Paris Olympics of 2024. Ariarne Titmus, who is only 22, says that she still hopes and expects to stay in the sport, but the thought of retiring has entered her mind.

“With the intensity of my training and the intensity of having to perform on the world stage, I can’t think about anything else than the next 12 months,” Ariarne Titmus said. “I plan to continue swimming, but I can’t think beyond (Paris). It’s too overwhelming. I can’t possibly think, ’Oh my God, another Olympic cycle already.” Ariarne Titmus is a once-in-a-lifetime talent, and it would be a massive shock if she quit.

Ariarne Titmus shocked the world by winning the 400-meter and 200-meter freestyle races. She even beat American swimmer Katie Ledecky, the number one American women’s swimmer. She had even discussed the idea of early retirement with her coach, Dean Boxall, before this week’s Australian trials. She showed no sign of wanting to stop soon as she booked her place in the Australian team.

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