Olympic 400 meters champion Cathy Freeman has returned to the running track, ending a one-year break from athletics and turning her back for now on thoughts of retirement and motherhood.
Cathy Freeman, 28, admitted she was eight kilograms over her racing weight as she began preparations on Thursday for the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002.
"I thought I wanted a child, I thought I wanted to retire. I absolutely do not want to retire, and actually entertained the thought of moving to America with my husband," she said.
The 1997 and 1999 world champion opted not to defend her world title in Edmonton this year. Freeman's coach Peter Fortune has said one of her biggest motivating factors was proving wrong the people who had written her off.
"I certainly have no doubts that she can get back to number one in the world," Fortune said. Freeman, her country's most prominent Aboriginal sports figure, became a symbol of reconciliation between black and white Australians when she lit the flame at the opening ceremony for last year's Sydney Olympics.
Freeman has said she is happy to be back in training, but that she would be even more pleased when she lost some weight.