Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Retirement

2015 was a year of high highs and low lows; a year that brought a victory at the World Championships and a season-ending crash paired with my sixth diagnosed concussion. 

The sport of cycling has brought me so much joy- and pain, blood, sweat, and tears- over the past eleven years and is a sport that I hope to participate in for my entire life. My best friends have been made through the sport and it has afforded me the opportunity to travel the world. However, it is a sport with very high risks and the rewards no longer outweigh those risks for me- the chance of further brain injuries is too great. After careful consideration and a lot of reflection, I have decided to retire from the US Paracycling and TWENTY16 professional cycling teams. While my career may have been shorter than I would have liked, it is one I am completely satisfied with and, at 27, I still have a lifetime ahead of me. 

This is not the end of my involvement in sport, but simply the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. I look forward to finishing college, potential coaching opportunities, and pursuing other aspects of the sports world that I could not while actively competing.

Yours, forever in sport,

Greta