BRISBANE, Australia, October 22. CONTROVERSIAL Australian Olympic swimmer Nick D’Arcy has decided to retire at the age of 22. D’Arcy announced his decision via Facebook, explaining that he intends on pursuing a medical career.
“It’s been an honour and a privilege to represent my country over the past eight years,” D’Arcy posted. “My career wouldn’t have been possible without the fantastic support of my friends, family and incredible girlfriend.”
It’s been a roller coaster career that is most known for is brawl with fellow swimmer Simon Cowley immediately after making the 2008 Beijing Olympic roster after Trials. The brawl led to D’Arcy being ousted from the Olympic team, and later a 14-month suspended sentence after he pled guilty to the offense. Cowley later bankrupted D’Arcy with a civil suit.
D’Arcy returned to competitive swimming, qualifying for the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2012 London Olympics. He also earned one of the top highlights of his career with a touchout triumph ahead of the Greatest of All Time Michael Phelps at the 2011 Santa Clara International Grand Prix in the 200 fly. One of the rare times Phelps ever lost the event head-to-head in his illustrious career.