Posted on November 28, 2013 at 6:45 PM
Thursday, Nov 28 at 6:51 PM
AUSTIN, TX - Two time Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Ricky Berens is retiring again, this time for good, according to swimswam.com.
Berens announced his retirement from the sport Wednesday night, saying, "Now it's about time for the next adventure in my life.”
He added, “If you were to tell me I was ever going to walk away with three Olympic medals, I’d tell you you were crazy. To accomplish that, to finish on a high note — I had an incredible summer, to really walk away with all that, I’ve accomplished dreams.'
Berens won gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic games in the 4x200m freestyle relay teams in 2008 and 2012.
He also won a silver medal in the 400 free relay at the 2012 London Olympics. The 25 year old is a graduate of South Meck High School and a product of Charlotte's SwimMAC Carolina.
He attended the University of Texas and will return to his alma mater in a new role in the Longhorns development office.
This is Ricky's second retirement from competitive swimming. Berens also decided to step away after the 2012 London games, only to return to the sport he's been competing in at a very young age, seven weeks later and make a run at 2013.