March 1, 2022
(Reuters) – Olympic doubles weightlifting champion Valerie Adams said on Tuesday she was retiring from the sport after representing New Zealand in five games and winning four medals.
At last year’s Tokyo Games, Adams became the first woman to win medals at four Olympics in a single field event by adding a bronze to her two golds and a silver.
“I’m here today to share with all of you that I officially hang these size 14 launch shoes,” Adams told reporters.
“After winning the bronze in Tokyo, I thought if I embarked on another campaign. I took the time to process this thought and see if it was something I really wanted to do again.
“My heart, mind and body just answered the question for me, so it’s time to call it a day.”
The 37-year-old, who will continue to train her sister Lisa on her trip to the upcoming Paralympic Games, said she was delighted to represent New Zealand for the past 22 years.
“Even though my weightlifting career is coming to an end today, athletics will always be a part of my life. I have given my heart and soul to this sport. I loved it and raised it from a young age. said Adams.
Adams finished seventh in Athens in 2004 and won gold in Beijing and London before being overtaken in Rio by the latest release from American Michelle Carter.
She took some free time after Rio to have her first child and made her international return to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, where she won silver.
Adams also won gold at four world championships in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013.
(Report by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bangalore; Edited by Peter Rutherford)
Athletics: New Zealand double weightlifting Olympic champion Adams retires
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