Beijing doubles gold medalist Roger Federer, 31, said he’ll begin ratcheting back his schedule over the next few years, but hopes to have enough energy for one more go at the singles gold medal in 2016.
“I have to make sure that I take care of my schedule, of my body, of my mind,” Federer told the AP. “Hopefully I can still stay on tour for many more years and hopefully play the Olympics here in three and a half years or so, so I have to look far ahead and not just the next six months.”
Federer finished second to hometown hero Andy Murray at the London Games this summer. He’s in Sau Paulo, Brazil this week to play exhibition matches as part of the Gillette Federer Tour, along with tennis stars Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and the Bryan Brothers – Bob and Mike.
“There is a lot of passion for sports here. It’s a hot place to play tennis right now.”
The Swiss star has won 17 Grand Slam titles in his career – the most ever – but his silver this summer is his only singles medal in his four trips to the Olympics. Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal are the only two men ever to win all four tennis majors and an Olympic singles gold medal.
Olympic coaches don’t receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men’s rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway.
Ryan’s reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens’ Olympic debut — included three acres of land in Fiji and a new name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, according to Fijian reports.
Ryan, a London native, is stepping down as coach of the Fijian team. The 44-year-old coached the team for three years after leading the England national sevens team for six years.
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OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegian skier Aksel Lund Svindal says the knee injury that took him out of the World Cup last season was worse than he’s been letting on.
Svindal was the overall World Cup leader when he injured his right knee in a crash during a downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria, on Jan. 23. Watch video of the crash here.
In an interview with Norwegian broadcaster NRK, Svindal said not only did he rupture a cruciate ligament, he also damaged his meniscus and cartilage.
Svindal, who won a medal of every color at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, is back on skis training for the upcoming World Cup season.
But he said the cartilage problems are particularly worrisome and could put the season, and even his career, at risk.
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