Ha ha gangsta you make it sound as if she's some sort of swimming stripper
I did wonder myself what this thread was going to be about!
However, to quote the lady herself - "Swimming is still in my heart but, physically, I'm ready to finish completely" - so it's clear that she feels that her body has had enough punishment from the endless hours of training and taking part in competitions.
Maybe it will come as a suprise to those who feel that, at the age of 23, she shouldn't be feeling this way, but it makes sense to me that if she knows her body is telling her something then she's right to listen to it rather than struggle on and risk burn-out and possible permanent physical harm. Also there could be the element, which Alex has pointed out in his post, that she might feel that she has fulfilled her personal goals.
I understand she now wants to focus her energies on helping to tackle the nation's obesity epidemic and getting more young people to take up swimming, to which end she is going to establish swimming camps through a foundation which she has created, but I can only assume that, in view of the totally illogical decision to cut back on funding for swimming, that these camps will be financed by herself, although she might possibly be eligible for help from the National Lottery.