Natalie Cook, 37, Australia’s out beach volleyball star’s quest for gold ended in London, and with that, she will depart from the sport in which she has excelled at for almost two decades, according to the Wild World of Sports.
"The mind, and the body, needs a rest. Not a rest that I'm coming back from, but a rest forever," Cook said.
Her fifth and final Olympics ended on Wednesday when she and partner Tamsin Hinchley made their exit without notching one win in the tourney.
Cook is a two-time medal winner, having won bronze at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and gold at the 2000 Sydney Games.
"There is no room for you to relax in this environment where you try to be the best in the world. That takes an emotion, mental strength that I don't think I can sustain past last night... so for me, it's over," she said.