A two-time Olympian is hanging up her swim cap.

Twenty-three-year-old Chloe Sutton has announced her retirement, according to Fitter & Faster Swim Tour Presented by SwimOutlet.com.

“In the last year, I’ve started discovering myself outside of the pool,” she says, according to the site. “I started establishing myself as an adult, moving out of my parents’ house for the first time. I started figuring out who I was besides Chloe the Swimmer. And I really like this Chloe.”


Fitter & Faster put together this touching photo tribute to Sutton.

Sutton began her career as an open water swimmer, turning pro as a teenager and bypassing the NCAA because its focused on short-course racing. She won her first international gold medal at the 2006 Pan Pacific Championship in the 10k. At the World Championships in Spain two years later, she took third. Sutton earned her Olympic spot by winning a test event at the Beijing open water venue four months before the Games. Ultimately she would finish 22nd at the inaugural Olympic 10K race.

When her times began to paltaue, Sutton would trade open water for pool racing.  It worked in her favor. At Summer Nationals, she qualified for her first World Championship pool squad in all three distances races. She then took home her first international pool medals with a gold in the 400 and silver in the 800 at the 2010 PanPacs. She would go on to earn a place on the 2012 Olympic team and would qualify in the 400 with a 10th-place finish, just shy of making the finals. Read More