Can someone please explain to me the logic of her decision? Wouldn't she want the money from competing?
Why does she need a full year to get ready for 2019?
It makes a whole lot of sense. She is paid, so she does not need the money. It makes sense to just train, instead of competing during an off-season, where a freak injury could occur. If she was an up and coming athlete, then her position would be strange, but she is a veteran, a world and olympic champion at that.
After the age of 30, one does not need to compete in a lot of meets throughout the year. The focus should be on championship events and keeping the body healthy.