The 2012 London Olympic games were hoped to inspire a new generation of athletes, and while that is not clear either way, it turns out some swimmers were just hanging on for the games before hanging up their costumes.
As the games began there was much hope for a repeated medal success in the aquatic centre and that we could find some new stars making their first appearance. There were some great successes and some disappointments for all sides.
However, within the space of a couple of months some are saying it's the end of the road, and instead of finishing on a high note of medals, they leave feeling proud to have taken part in a home games.
Today, Rebecca Adlington announced to ITV Calendar that she is to stop competitive swimming, while Gemma Spofforth announced her move from competitive swimming to coaching on Friday.
Both swimmers, making a mark of inspiration on the future of GB swimming have done a great thing for the sport and should be proud of themselves. But, will we see many more athletes from all sectors of the games going into retirement before Rio 2016? It has been shown that there is actually a decreased participation in sports in a country that hosted an Olympics by the time the next one is here.
Organisers are hoping that it will be different for us, but with people retiring after they lost on a home stage, as soon as it's over - doesn't really offer much inspiration to the future, in my opinion.
This is a story I would like to develop, by asking them both, as well as other retiring athletes if they would have retired sooner if it wasn't for the Olympics being in this country. i would also look at ask the organising committee and people closely involved if they fear these retirements may alter the legacy left by the games.