FAIRBANKS-Yesterday in a press release from USA Shooting former UAF rifle great Jamie Beyerle Gray announced she is retiring. A back injury has forced Gray's retirement.
She will be just 31 years old in May but Gray has been suffering from degeneration of cartilage in her lower back and a bulging disc. Her back has been a problem since 2010 when training and competing.
However, the former Nanook retires on top having won the Olympic gold in 2012 at the London games. She set Olympic records in the 50 meter 3 position along the way. Gray is also a 2010 World Champion.
Gray, a UAF alum, from 2002-2006 won 3 NCAA titles and 2 individual national titles. 1 in smallbore and 1 in air rifle. She is a 2013 UAF Sports Hall of Fame inductee.
In her statement Gray says, "with this injury came everyday pain and the scare of never living life without pain again, which I am not willing to do," she said. "I am a very active person and want to be able to do active things with my family for many years to come."
"I am a fierce competitor in anything I do and I will have to find a way to fill my competitive drive elsewhere in life," she added. "I enjoy the feeling of competition and the anxiety that comes with competing and I will greatly miss this feeling."
Gray transitions into the next part of her life this year. Her wedding is in November.
For the complete release click the link--http://www.usashooting.org/news/2014/4/16/512-injury-forces-olympic-gold...