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Officially retired from track and field, Smock ready for a different lifestyle

July 09,2016 04:16

"I've loved every minute of training, but it's a (challenging) lifestyle," Smock said. "I literally have a bedtime. I'm 33 years old and I have a bedtime, to recover. "Eating a certain way, living a certain way, just being very mindful about doing ...



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Jul 7, 2016; Eugene, OR, USA; Amanda Smock competes in the women's triple jump during the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsEUGENE, Ore.—Amanda Smock did not go out a winner in track and field, but anyone familiar with the former North Dakota State standout has little doubt that Smock will remain a winner long after her triple jump feats are forgotten.One day after a troublesome hamstring limited her in the finals of the U.S. Olympic Trials, Smock was her usual upbeat, perky self Friday morning. The fact that she had just retired from the sport she loves did not faze her one bit."I've loved every minute of training, but it's a (challenging) lifestyle," Smock said. "I literally have a bedtime. I'm 33 years old and I have a bedtime, to recover."Eating a certain way, living a certain way, just being very mindful about doing therapies and not being on my feet too much: All those things are fine, but they're a chore."I'm just excited about getting away from that a little bit and being a recreational athlete. Jog around the lakes that I live by. I'm 33, and my husband and I are excited to start a family."Smock laughed when she noted, "You have to be very selfish as an athlete. The whole sleep thing: I've heard that children change that."Smock, who is married to former Bison track athlete Greg Smock, was happy to report she got a start on her new life Thursday night by pigging out at dinner. By her standards, anyway."I did have a couple beers and some pizza," she confessed.And what about her usual 9:30 p.m. bedtime?"I think it was like midnight, so it was really wild and crazy."Smock said she felt "100 percent" recovered from a May hamstring injury when she jumped 44 feet, 4¼ inches in Monday's prelims. However, Smock said she injured another part of her hamstring during warmups Thursday, and she failed to make it to the last round of the finals after jumping 43-0½. She placed 10th among 12 finalists after falling well short of her 2011 personal best of 46-6¼.Smock, from Melrose, Minn., originally feared she might not be able to recover from the May injury in time to compete in her third Olympic Trials. The 2012 Olympian said she had planned all year to retire at the end of the season."Even though I wasn't able to perform like I wanted to in the finals, I still was able to just take it all in and be very present and enjoy the experience," Smock said. "Definitely disappointed with how the jumps played out, but I've just been so grateful for this whole career I've had. That is the overwhelming feeling I've had."Smock received her real estate license last year and plans to open an office back home in Minneapolis for the company run by Fargo realtor (and fellow Bison) Erik Hatch. If time permits, Smock hopes to continue coaching at some level, possibly at NCAA Division III Macalester College in St. Paul, where she has coached the men's and women's jumpers for three years.Smock won three Division II triple jump titles at North Dakota State and five U.S. national triple jump championships (two indoors). She won the 2012 Olympic Trials and says competing at the Olympics that summer in London was "definitely" the highlight of her career, even though she didn't make it past the prelims."The hype of it all, and knowing you're the select few to represent the country, and once you're there being among the best in the world, is pretty cool," she said. "That is such a bigger level. Then the magic of the opening and closing ceremonies and being in the Olympic Village."Track and field has taken Smock around the world. Now, she says, it's time to stay home.Explore related topics:Track and fieldAmanda Smocktriple jumpNorth Dakota State UniversityndsuBisonU.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials

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