In September, six members of the Canadian synchronized swimming team that finished fourth at the London Olympics announced their retirement. One of them, Tracy Little, a two-time Olympian, moved almost immediately into a new career: Pole dancing.
The 26-year-old from Pointe-Claire, Que., ended her two decades in the pool to become marketing and communications manager for Milan Pole Dance, based in Montreal. The company explains itself on its website: “Just some years ago, sexy pole dancing was associated with strippers. Now, it is a combination of dance and acrobatics for anybody looking for excitement as well as health benefits.”
Little, a member of the synchro team that claimed gold at the Pan American Games in Mexico last year, discussed her move, her motives and her new career in an interview with the National Post: