Statement from Pat Hickey, President of the Olympic Council of Ireland
“On behalf of her fellow athletes, colleagues and friends in the Olympic Movement, I send Olive every good wish on her retirement from competitive sport.
Olive always embodied the true Olympic spirit with her race walking performances, her uplifting, smiling personality, and her positive contributions to Team Ireland at four Olympic Games.
She will be a real loss to competitive sport but I hope that she will return to the Olympic scene in future years in some other role.”
Speaking of her retirement Loughnane said “To retire from athletics was always going to be a tough decision for me. I can be happy with everything I have achieved and I have no regrets. I want to thank Athletics Ireland, the Irish Sports Council and the Olympic Council for all their help and support throughout my career”