Libby Trickett
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SYDNEY, Australia, July 3. LIBBY Trickett announced her retirement from competitive swimming today, ending a 10-year career that included multiple medals at the Olympics and world championships.

"There will always be a tinge of sadness to leave the sport that I love, but I have wonderful memories and experiences to draw upon in the future. I feel at peace with my decision and most importantly I feel that I am finally ready to take on the next adventure in my life," Trickett said in a press release sent by Swimming Australia.

Trickett was one of the most consistent performers on the world stage, winning medals in all three of her Olympic appearances. In 2004, she was a two-time medalist, helping the Australians win gold in the 400 freestyle relay and taking bronze in the 50 freestyle. At the 2008 Games, she realized her dream of winning individual Olympic gold, taking the 100 butterfly. She missed out on a second individual gold in Beijing, winning silver in the 100 free behind Britta Steffen by four hundredths of a second. She would hold off a fast-charging Dara Torres in the freestyle leg of the 400 medley relay to take home another gold.

After a change in coaches from Stephen Widmar to Grant Stoelwinder, Trickett wasn't able to replicate her stellar swims from the Olympics, winning a silver and two bronze medals. At a press conference near the Sydney Harbor Bridge in December 2009, Trickett made her first retirement announcement, telling Swimming World in a Morning Swim Show interview that "I had accomplished everything I had ever dreamed for, and a whole heap more" in the sport.

Trickett's first retirement announcement came as a surprise because four months earlier, she had broken the short course meters world record in the 100 freestyle with a 51.01. That time still stands as the world standard.

A brief stint in broadcasting followed soon after, and included work as a correspondent at the 2010 Pan Pacific championships. Watching her Australian teammates at the meet likely spurred on a desire to return, and Trickett announced a comeback in September 2010.

Trickett was unable to secure an Olympic roster spot in the 100 fly at the 2012 Olympic Trials, meaning she wouldn't be able to defend her gold medal in that event. But she was named as a relay alternate for the 400 free relay, which gave her a gold medal to wrap up what would be her final competition.

Trickett came to prominence as Libby Lenton, gaining a few headlines under that surname. Her most successful international meet was the 2007 world championships in her home country, where she won the 50 and 100 freestyles, as well as the 100 fly and both sprint relays. Most notably, she had believed she broke the world record in the 100 long course freestyle at the 2007 Duel in the Pool shortly after the world championships, posting a 52.99 as the leadoff leg for Australia's mixed 400 freestyle relay. But FINA revoked the time, saying it was not done in a recognized event. She unsuccessfully appealed to have the time ratified.

She married fellow swimmer Luke Trickett four days after the Duel in the Pool, and changed her professional name to Trickett just before the Olympic Trials.

In addition to her 100 free world record, Trickett remains the fastest Australian in history in the long course 50 free (23.97) and 100 free (52.62).

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