Olympic gold medalist Emma Snowsill has retired from competitive triathlon at age 33. Snowsill won the 2008 Beijing Olympic triathlon, won gold at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and is a three-time world champion. Snowsill is also a three-time world champion and won Commonwealth Games gold in Melbourne in 2006.
In announcing her retirement on her website yesterday, Snowsill said “my health has really struggled over the last four years. Ultimately my body helped make the decision for me – that it didn’t have what it needed to compete at the highest level on the world stage anymore.”
She explained, “Coming to a decision is often the hardest and my process hasn’t been the easiest one either, but now is the right time….I have been a competitor all my life and have loved nothing more than the pressure of a big race and representing my country. Triathlon has been a huge part of my life and I will in some way always be connected to it, however now it feels right to explore life outside of only competing.”
She is currently completing an online course in nutrition and will join Network Ten as an expert commentator for triathlon at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Snowsill continued, “ I want to help people…to get the best out of themselves. Whether it’s other athletes, high achievers looking for that life/work blend or people interested at being the best version of them[selves]. . . .I love sharing the mental aspect of performance with other professional athletes striving to be at the top of their sport and want to open that door to anyone who want’s to reach out. I still love following so many of my friends and want to continue to help spread the of this rapidly growing sport.”
“This part of my journey in life has been pretty amazing so far and I’m looking forward to the next part.”