Three-time Olympian Julia Hassler of Liechtenstein calls time on career

Three-time Olympian Julia Hassler of Liechtenstein calls time on career

Julia hassler, who has represented Liechtenstein at the last three Olympics, has retired from swimming.

She made the announcement on Instagram after the International Swimming League’s season finale meet with the Toronto Titans.

Hassler wrote in part:

Swimming was always a matter of time and I could quote thousands of times and numbers … but the best thing was to make friends all over the world, with whom I shared the same passion and made countless memories !

Along the way, many people have supported me from my country, the Liechtenstein Olympic Committee, the swimming federation, coaches, sponsors, club teams, physiotherapists, etc … for which I am very grateful .

Hassler, 28, first represented Liechtenstein at the 2012 Olympics in the 400 and 800 freestyle. She swam the 800 at the Rio 2016 Games. In Tokyo last summer, she finished 12th in the 400 freestyle, 15th in the 800 and 16th in the 1500, unable to make the finals in either.

Hassler was one of only three Olympians in Liechtenstein in 2012 and 2016 and five in 2020. She was the flag bearer of the small European principality during the closing ceremonies in 2012 and the opening ceremonies in 2016 and 2021.

Hassler has won a slew of medals at the Games of the Small States of Europe, starting with the 2011 event hosted by Liechtenstein where she won two gold and three silver as a teenager. In all, she won 18 gold medals and 29 medals in total over five editions of the competition. Her highlight in continental competition was a bronze medal in the 400 freestyle at the 2017 European Short Course Championships.

Hassler was instrumental in growing the Titans from her year of expansion to 2021. She has scored a victory this season, winning the 400 freestyle in ISL Game 7.

She retires in possession of all Liechtenstein women’s freestyle records from the 100 to 1,500 meters, in short and long course (plus the 50 in short course), as well as the 100 and 200 butterfly and the 400 individual medley. in both formats. That makes a total of 15 in all.

Again, from Hassler’s retirement letter:

Hope I can inspire kids and others along the way and show them that you can achieve your goals as well when you work hard for your dreams! Also in one of the smallest countries in the world!

Ending my career with the International Swimming League was the best thing I could ask for. For the first time ever, I felt like I was part of a team and I definitely had an unforgettable time with the Toronto Titans!

Now, after almost 10 years, I am more than happy to return to Liechtenstein and start a new chapter there.

Naomi C. Amerson