- © RIA Novosti. Vladimir Pesnya
© RIA Novosti. Vladimir Pesnya
NOVOGORSK, Russia, December 4 (R-Sport) - Double Olympic champion rhythmic gymnast Evgenia Kanaeva conceded Tuesday that she has "probably" made her last competitive appearance.
The 17-time world champion is 22, an age at which many gymnasts typically retire from the sport, which prizes youthful flexibility.
In September, she insisted she wouldn't quit yet, just "relaxing" after winning retaining her Beijing Olympic crown in London.
But now, the Omsk native has, in all likelihood, called time on her illustrious career.
"Yes, probably, I have finished my career," Kanaeva said. "The choice was work like a slave in training or switch to something else," she added.
Kanaeva went into the history books in London as the first athlete to win two Olympics rhythmic gymnastics all-around gold medals.
She wowed the Wembley Arena crowd with four spectacular routines with the hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon to finish ahead of silver medalist Daria Dmitrieva and Liubou Cherkashnya of Belarus, who won the bronze.