March 20, 2023

Eilidh McIntyre: Tokyo 2020 gold medallist retires from sailing

Eilidh McIntyre (left) and Hannah Mills (right) of Team Great Britain competing in the Women's 470 class at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Eilidh McIntyre (remaining) and Hannah Mills represented Wonderful Britain in the 470 course at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Game titles

Good Britain’s Olympic gold medal-profitable sailor Eilidh McIntyre has declared her retirement from the activity.

The 28-12 months-previous won gold in the women’s 470 function at the delayed Tokyo 2020 online games, together with her group-mate Hannah Mills.

“I imagine this selection has been setting up for a lengthy time,” McIntyre explained to BBC South Currently.

“It is genuinely tricky due to the fact I am offering up on a aspiration.”

She additional: “I realized if I was likely to a further Olympics it would be to problem for a different medal – but I’ve dropped belief and I have lost my coronary heart to go again.”

Because her triumph in Tokyo McIntyre, from Hayling Island in Hampshire, experienced been training with new group-mate Martin Wrigley following it was declared the 470 occasions at the subsequent Olympic Online games in Paris would be blended gender.

“I know there is opportunity there with Martin but I just you should not assume in the timeframe of the future Olympics we are likely to get to be wherever we have to have to be.

“You won’t be able to have on in this globe without the need of perception in what you are undertaking and as soon as I failed to consider any additional I realized I experienced to action away.

“It really is heartbreaking getting to accept that you’re not at the stage you want to be.

“Without having a question I would like to go to the upcoming Olympics and win another medal, but I believe there is an component of realism and I just won’t be able to go on force ahead.”

‘My Tokyo experience was so powerful’

Eilidh McIntyre (left) and Hannah Mills (right) of Team Great Britain competing in the Women's 470 class at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
McIntyre (right) and Mills on the podium at Tokyo 2020

McIntyre joined British Sailing at the age of 15 and all through her 10 years-lengthy occupation received seven medals at big 470 class occasions, which include a gold at the World Championships and two silvers at the European Championships.

She describes her Olympic gold as a desire come real.

“No words can at any time describe what it is like to be at the Olympics and stood on that podium.

“My experience at the Game titles was so highly effective and I beloved it so a great deal.

“In that minute at Tokyo 2020 I was the specific athlete I wanted to be.”

‘It’s a new entire world – overwhelming but exciting’

McIntyre, of Hayling Island Sailing Club, will go after new options in retirement and has presently launched a podcast – although also searching to get into motivational talking.

Regardless of what the future holds she suggests her encounter in the earth of sport has laid a good foundation for success.

“Mentally it is likely to be very tricky to transition absent from professional sailing because it is all I ever wanted.

“Now I have to park every thing I have at any time known, each and every desire I have ever chased, and locate a new journey.

“Profitable a thing like an Olympic gold can build a bit of a shadow, I consider you can sense like almost nothing is at any time heading to are living up to it, and you check with ‘will I at any time be that human being yet again?’.

“But I consider I will, and I can just take what I’ve realized from activity into anything else.

“It is a new earth. It truly is daunting, but rather thrilling at the very same time – I enjoy a problem.”