Life After Track

Written By: Katrina M. Smith, MBA
Date: April 28, 2013

Life After Track. Is there really such a thing? What do you do when you’ve reached the point when you say, “I’m done running. I’ve accomplished all that I’ve set out to do in this sport.”


The other day, I was looking up videos and images of Maria Mutola’s past performances. As I searched, I came across images of the powerful half-miler playing soccer for Mozambique. Mutola retired from track in 2008 but not from sports. This legendary athlete isn’t the only track star to consider other sports. LoLo Jones isn’t retired but on her off season she bobsleds for the US Olympic Team. Marion Jones returned to basketball after her dismissal. I’ve even seen a few track & field athletes on scene for Ninja Warrior.

Guess these athletes decisions to change sports shouldn’t be too surprising. After all, once an athlete, always an athlete.

So what sport will you consider joining? Me, probably gymnastics…that is if Béla Károlyi will coach me.

Hey Béla, 4’11” 105lb athlete, what do ya say?! (ignore my age).

If not, then the next best thing is parkour/free running.

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