Last Updated: September 27, 2012 7:44am
Monique Gladding: The diver has ended her turbulent decade-long career
British diver Monique Gladding has ended her turbulent decade-long career, just over a month after competing at an Olympic Games for the first time.
The 31-year-old defied the odds to appear in London after she almost lost her life following a horror accident at an event in February 2011 in Russia.
The Sheffield diver fell unconscious into the water as she hit her head against the 10-metre platform and with her coach and husband Steve watching on, she had to be pulled to safety from the depths of the pool.
"Diving has brought me some of my greatest joy, my deepest sadness & everything in between."
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Despite the incident, Gladding made a remarkable return to diving's highest board before booking her Olympic place for the first time - even after surviving an appeal from team-mate Tonia Couch - in the 10m platform at London.
However, Gladding failed to progress beyond the first round after sustaining a neck injury just days before her competition. It was after this that she hinted her latest injury setback could signal the end of her career.
Following the Olympics she saw a neck specialist, and after speaking with family and friends, the South African-born diver confirmed her retirement on her Twitter page.
Gladding said: "12 yrs ago I boarded the plane from S.A. Waved my family & friends goodbye, a tear in my eye, hope in my heart & a dream of being an Olympian.
"I had no idea of the path that I was about to go on. Diving has brought me some of my greatest joy, my deepest sadness & everything in between.
"I have had the privilege to travel the world, the honour to compete for Britain on a world Stage, I made friends for life and I fell in love.
"And finally this summer I fulfilled my dream. It has been a roller-coaster that never failed to challenge me right till the very, very end. I look fwd to new beginnings, new memories made & having new dreams to chase."
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