— Nastia Liukin (@NastiaLiukin) August 9, 2016
Martha Karolyi swears this is it for her as national coordinator of USA Gymnastics. There is no changing her mind, she says, about retirement.
But after leading the American women to a second straight Olympic gold medal in the team competition with a historically dominant victory on Tuesday, the question had to be asked.
Are you sure, Martha, that you're going to retire? Like, really sure?
Sports figures have a long history of changing their minds after retiring. Heck, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson did it in June when he announced his retirement after winning the championship only to flip-flop three days later at the parade.
"I can’t picture Martha not being there," Gabby Douglas said. "She’s been such a big part of it for so long. I can’t see her retiring. I can’t see it."
Neither can this guy
AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast
Or this one ...
AP Photo/Dan Steinberg
And DEFINITELY not this one ...
AP Photo/Paul Sancya
Karolyi said she plans to stay on the ranch where the gymnasts train, and probably will poke her head in from time to time to check on how things are going.
"I don’t think I will back out of it," Karolyi said with a chuckle.
But you don't have to leave the door open on a comeback if you still have the keys.