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.
Seems like there's usually a performance bonus structure associated with contracts, but none of us obviously know the specifics of how hers is formed. Also, you'd think that at age 30, she'd want to do everything she can to get the most out of her body before it's too late? Who knows.