Icelandic Olympic Finalist Hilda Luthersdottir Announces Retirement

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Two-time Olympian and 2016 Olympic finalist Hilda Luthersdottir announced her retirement from swimming on Instagram. Luthersdottir was a finalist in Rio in the 100 breast where she placed sixth. She also finished eleventh in the 200.

Luthersdottir’s best international achievements came at the 2016 European Championships where she won the silver medal in the 100 (1:06.45) and bronze in the 200 (2:22.96) where she set the Icelandic records that still stand today.

Luthersdottir swam four years at the University of Florida for Gregg Troy where she was an honorable mention All American three out of the four years she competed. She finished 12th her senior year in the 100 breast at the 2014 NCAA’s (59.65) and was 19th in the 200 (2:09.75).

Luthersdottir improved dramatically after college where she rose to a World Championship finalist in 2015, where she placed sixth in the 100 final and seventh in the 50. She also competed at the Worlds this past summer in Budapest where she was 17th in the 100 (1:07.54) and 10th in the 50 (30.71). The latter setting an Icelandic record.

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After thinking for a long time, I have finally made the difficult decision of retiring from swimming. This is not a decision made out of hatred for the sport that I have grown up loving and enjoying, or because of any injury. This is solely because I feel like the time has come for me to hang up my swimsuit and pursue other adventures. I will always love swimming and will never fully part ways with the swimming community as I wish to always work with upcoming swimmers as well as the federation to make swimming a better sport. I have accomplished everything I wanted and more, but the most valuable thing I have gained from this whole experience are the friends along the way that have enriched my life in ways they can't even imagine. And of course I can't forget to mention my wonderful boyfriend, someone I never would have met if it weren't for swimming. For these people I will forever be grateful, and without swimming I would never have become the woman I am today. Thank you to all of you for your support and love throughout the years ❤ HL

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