I read about this in yesterday's paper. Two things surprised me;
1) she turned thirty last February, which made me feel really old.
2) She had a career win/loss record of 46/1 over 400m! And that one loss was due to injury.
She will be missed in Britain where she often spent the (northern hemisphere) summer and most of the run-up to the 2000 Olympics, partly to get away from the pressure she felt as a mega-star back in Australia.
Man, proud man, drest in a little brief authority, most ignorant of what hes most assured,
his glassy essence, like an angry ape, plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven,
as makes the angels weep.
William Shakespeare (anticipating George W Bush?)