It looks like Olympic medalist Rebecca Soni will be packing up her competitive swimwear for good, as she recently announced that she is retiring from the sport. The 26-year-old won six Olympic medals over two Games in 2008 and 2012. Her last race was at the London games and she has not entered a competition since.
After London, Soni announced that she would take a year off to focus on academics and deal with back issues that she had been experiencing for some time. During this break, she launched a company called The Atlas Ventures with fellow retired swimmer Ariana Kukors. She has decided to pursue running this peak performance business full time. In an interview with Swimming World magazine, the athlete said that achieving her goal of breaking the 200-meter breaststroke record was the highlight of her career and made her decision to retire much easier.
Soni did admit, however, that the thought of getting back into the pool has crossed her mind once or twice.
"I considered coming back several times, and it has been fun watching the girls step up and swim so amazingly," Soni said to the publication. "It's been really fun to watch them, but I never felt that calling to get back in there. I had already done my piece, and now is a great time to take the next forward, and maybe approach things from the other side."
Soni said that she still plans on being active in the swim community by mentoring young athletes and doing outreach work to bring a new generation of youth swimmers to the sport.