TALLINN, Estonia, September 19. FOLLOWING an epic career where she put Estonian swimming on the international map, Triin Aljand has elected to retire from the sport to pursue a career in coaching.
“The decision did not come easily,” Aljand said in a press conference today. “Considering that in the last few years I have had very many injuries, I arrived at an understanding that my body can no longer tolerate it [professional sport].”
Aljand recently has had two separate operations on her feet, according to Estonian Public Broadcasting.
Aljand retires as a three-time Olympian, having competed in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics for Estonia. Her top career performance is a silver medal from the 2012 European Championships in Debrecen, where she collected second-place honors in the 50-meter fly.
Aljand competed collegiately for Texas A&M University, where she was a standout swimmer in what was a movement that moved the Aggies into national-title contender status with the likes of Julia Wilkinson and Alia Atkinson.
Aljand will now move to Turkey to being the next evolution of her career as a coach.
Estonian Public Broadcasting article.