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US gymnast Jake Dalton has announced his retirement from the sport in an interview with

Dalton said that the reason behind his decision is that he could no longer mentally and physically continue competing and training high level in gymnastics .

"I tried to take a little bit of a break and recover [after the Olympics]," said Dalton. "It was really hard to enjoy going into the gym every single day, hurting that much on all the events"

He added that being a part of the US Olympic team for a second time was a "really special thing" and that he would like to end his career on a high note.

The retired athlete is now focusing on his next step which will be helping in managing his family's gyms in Nevada. He dreams of purchasing the gyms from them and to take ownership.

The 25 year old former gymnast has won a total of four medals at World championships, bronze with the team in 2011 and 2014, bronze on vault in 2014 and silver on floor exercise in 2013.

At both Olympic games (2012-2016), he contributed to his team's fifth place finish.

Written by Gigi Farid



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