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Olympic legend Libby Trickett has lifted the cover of her sudden retirement from swimming in a new memoir. The 34-year-old gold medalist withdrew from the pool after a & # 39; catastrophic & # 39; wrist injury in 2013

& # 39; How is that even possible? & # 39; The confrontational, untold story about the sudden retirement of Olympic legend Libby Trickett from the swimming pool

  • Libby Trickett suddenly had to stop swimming in 2013 due to an injury
  • Trickett recalled the moment she was told that the injury would end her career
  • & # 39; Beneath The Surface: A Memoir by Libby Trickett & # 39; comes to the store on Tuesday
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Olympic legend Libby Trickett has lifted the cover of her sudden retirement from swimming in a new memoir.

The 34-year-old gold medalist withdrew from the pool after a & # 39; catastrophic & # 39; wrist injury in 2013.

In an excerpt from & # 39; Beneath The Surface: A Memoir by Libby Trickett & # 39; shared with Stellar Magazine, the mother of two revealed that she was not yet ready to run away from the sport.

Trickett remembered a visit to the leading sports doctor Dr. Phillip Duke when her wrist pain did not improve in 2012.

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Olympic legend Libby Trickett has lifted the cover of her sudden retirement from swimming in a new memoir. The 34-year-old gold medalist withdrew from the pool after a & # 39; catastrophic & # 39; wrist injury in 2013

Olympic legend Libby Trickett has lifted the cover of her sudden retirement from swimming in a new memoir. The 34-year-old gold medalist withdrew from the pool after a & # 39; catastrophic & # 39; wrist injury in 2013

Dr. Duke, who treats the Wallabies and the Queensland Reds, was candid in his diagnosis and told Trickett that the injury would probably be the end of her career.

Trickett described the revelation as & # 39; confronting & # 39; and wondered how an injury could really indicate the end of her time in the pool.

& # 39; How is that even possible? One day I did weights in the gym and felt a cramp in my wrist. And now we are talking about the end? & # 39; she wrote.

Despite gaining great success in representing Australia at three Olympic Games, the freestyler had focused her eyes on Rio in 2016.

& # 39; The pack is starting to fall away and you are in an increasingly rare audience: the elite of the elite. And you get in a hurry to pursue such awards. I swim for my legacy. Three Olympic Games are impressive, but four are legendary, & Trickett wrote.

Despite the huge success that Australia represents at three Olympic Games & # 39 ;, the freestyler focused on Rio in 2016. Trickett is pictured at Sydney Domestic Airport after the London Olympics in 2012
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Despite the huge success that Australia represents at three Olympic Games & # 39 ;, the freestyler focused on Rio in 2016. Trickett is pictured at Sydney Domestic Airport after the London Olympics in 2012

Despite the huge success that Australia represents at three Olympic Games & # 39 ;, the freestyler focused on Rio in 2016. Trickett is pictured at Sydney Domestic Airport after the London Olympics in 2012

Although she wanted to recover from the injury and compete again on the world stage, Trickett announced her retirement in 2013.

In the memoirs, Trickett said she had trouble thinking about a life outside of swimming because she & # 39; no other skills, no training, no plan B & # 39; had.

& # 39; I really want to keep swimming. I don't want the past year to have been a shame – the hours I spent in the pool, strength training, sacrifices. My body and my heart have accepted that I have to move on, but my mind is slow to catch up & # 39 ;, Trickett wrote.

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Trickett has now found her feet as a mother, TV personality and author.

Beneath The Surface: A Memoir by Libby Trickett (Allen & Unwin, $ 32.99 is available on Tuesday).

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