SAN ANTONIO, Texas, August 29. A few months ago, Josh Davis indicated that he would take his training to Mexico to make a run for an invitation to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Davis, though, never made it South of the Border and has abandoned his pursuit of a third Olympic bid. Between the Atlanta Games of 1996 and the Sydney Games of 2000, Davis collected five medals.
Davis has good reason for his retirement, aside from the chance to spend more time with his wife and five children. The former University of Texas standout has been hired by Mutual of Omaha to deliver speeches around the country and run swim clinics for kids. Davis is one of the top freestylers in American history and collected three gold medals at the 1996 Olympics. In Sydney, he added a pair of silver medals.
"The life of an athlete has to be so selfish," Davis told the San Antonio Express-News. "I've spent 20 years working toward my own goals. The next 20, I want to give back to the next generation of swimmers."