British athletics took a big blow this morning after news filtered through that legendary athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill had announced her retirement from the sport.
She described her retirement in a “one of the toughest decisions” she’d ever made in a statement this morning. However Ennis-Hill, who won heptathlon gold in the Olympic Games at London 2012, leaves with her place in the record books firmly sealed.
Silver at this summer Rio Games was to be her last outing in the vest of Great Britain that she represented with distinction, but what’s the next move for the popular now former athlete?
Of course, we have some odds!
Her glittering career on the track has made Ennis-Hill one of the most marketable British sports stars off it, and it’s easy to see why when you glance over her accomplishments.
Ennis-Hill has a gold and a silver at the Olympic Games, two World Championship wins, a World Indoor Championship gold and she also visited the top step of the podium at the European Championships. So you can imagine she won’t be short of offers?
The most likely of those, according to our traders, is for Ennis-Hill to join the BBC as an athletics pundit at and follow in the footsteps of Michael Johnson, Denise Lewis, Paula Radcliffe and Colin Jackson into broadcasting.
She can also be found at to remain in the sport to coach her domestic rival over the last few years Katarina Johnson-Thompson.
You can also bet your bottom dollar that reality TV shows will be falling all over themselves to get Ennis-Hill to leap onto our screens.
A twirl on her entering the next season of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ comes in at , while trip to the ‘I’m a Celebrity’ jungle before the end of this year comes in at . Less likely though, is her being called to Big Brother’s diary room at .
With the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards just around the corner, we make it an chance for Ennis-Hill to be honoured with a special achievement award at the ceremony. Another outside punt we like, is for Ennis-Hill to go in and sort out International Olympic Committee by becoming head of the organisation at some time in the future.
Speaking on her retirement spokesman Paddy Power said: “Even though she’s not over the Ennis-Hill just yet, golden girl Jess has decided to bow out of athletics.
“There’s plenty of speculation as to what she might do next, but I reckon she could do it all, at the same time, and still be the best in the world at it. If I were her, I’d stay at home all day marvelling at my rock-hard abs.”