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Jessica Ennis-Hill on Rio, retirement and motherhood

Jessica Ennis-Hill is heavily focused on the next Olympics in Rio, but admits that four years after Rio she will be ‘too old’ to compete.  The twenty nine year old says that she has options but she could decide to dedicate herself to the expansion of her family.

Jessica Ennis-Hill doesn’t rule out retirement after Rio

Jessica Ennis-Hill believes that Rio will be her final Olympics. She does admit that she has the option to continue her career through to the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London.

Speaking in a media interview the talented athlete explained that she would have to see how her body holds up after Rio, citing 2020 as a time she may no longer be fit to compete.

 “My focus is on Rio at the moment and they will be my last Olympics as I’ll definitely be too old by 2020. I want to enjoy this next year and make the most of it and make a decision on my future after Rio.”

Ennis-Hill referred the gratitude she feels for her career in athletics. She also explained that she felt lucky to be able to train every day in a sport that she loves. She doesn’t take the opportunities that she has had for granted either.

Dedicated to both her career and her family she expresses that she is proud of herself and her achievements, following her return to the sport after having her son:

 “I’m so happy with the way I’ve come back into my career in athletics. I will be competitive (in Rio) and I do want to do as well as I can possibly do.”

Jessica is grateful to have been branded as a ‘super mum’, following her winning the Heptathlon world championship, no less than thirteen months after giving birth. She stated that It is a huge honour  to be referred to as a super mum, but also paid tribute to other mums out there that she believes are just as incredible as she is described.

Author Lisa Wood
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