Rio Olympics 2016: 5 stars who might be participating in their last Games
These stars might never represent their countries at the Games again.
In the history of the Olympic Games, there have been athletes who have participated and won. There have also been athletes who have won everything in their sport but failed to win at the Olympics. But those are the players who have carried the burden of their nation on their shoulders every time they have stepped on the field. They have represented their country proudly and have given their best each time. An athlete’s career only lasts for some years, but it is their names that are engraved in gold in the history books.
With the chance of playing at the Olympics coming just once in four years. The gap between two Olympic games can see many stars retire. With the 2016 Rio Olympics just a few days away we look at some of the legends who might be competing in their last Olympic Games.
1) Roger Federer (Switzerland)
The Swiss tennis star might be playing at his last Olympic Games in Rio. He will be 34 years old when he takes to the court at the Games. Four years into the future – when he will be 38 years old – it will be difficult for even the tennis legend to last that long. Federer turned pro in the year 1998 and has been playing continuous tennis since then.
He has been a tennis professional player for 18 years now, but he has managed to keep his body in shape. The 5-time US Open champion has never won a gold in men’s singles in the Olympics, but he does have a silver medal which he won in 2012. However, he has won the gold medal in men’s doubles when he partnered Stanislas Wawrinka in Beijing 2008.
Speaking to Reuters in Dubai on 14 December 2015, the Swiss player had expressed his desire to not only focus at the Men’s Single’s gold medal but he also said he would like to win the gold medal in men’s doubles and mixed doubles.
He will be partnering Martina Hingis in the mixed doubles at Rio 2016, in what could be the last Olympic Games for the pair. The man with the most wins at Wimbledon tied with Pete Sampras will be looking to bid farewell to Olympics with medals.