Four-time gold medalist Venus Williams isn’t quite done yet. At 32, the future hall-of-famer will look to hold on for Rio before hanging up her racquet.
“That’s the highlight of my career, being an Olympian,” Venus told reporters in Perth at the Hopman Cup. “I can’t even describe the feeling, so I’d like to feel that one more time. It’s three-and-a-half years away, so I have to keep my body oiled up and going until that time.
“But other than that there’s a lot to play for. The majors and all those moments. I’m going to try to make the best of my career while I can.”
Legends Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have already mentioned their intent to make Rio their career curtain calls, so if we can get Novak Djkovic, Andy Murray, and Serena Williams on board, Brazil could be one big tennis retirement party in 2016.
The 2018 Winter Games are over, but that doesn’t mean we’ll forget all the amazing heights reached by American athletes. Take a look back at a few of them here with an added twist, powered by Giphy:
My 18 most dominant gold medalists at the Olympics, choosing at least one from each sport.
1. Ester Ledecka, Czech Republic, Alpine Skiing/Snowboarding
Arguably the greatest athlete on the planet after taking surprise gold in Alpine skiing’s super-G and snowboarding’s parallel giant slalom (where she was the clear favorite). The 22-year-old became the third athlete to win individual Winter Olympic gold medals in different sports, the first since 1932 and the first woman. The other two were done in cross-country skiing and Nordic combined, the latter being a mixture of ski jumping and cross-country skiing. Ledecka’s feat was certainly more impressive.
2. Marit Bjørgen, Norway, Cross-Country Skiing
The most decorated athlete at the Games with five medals, including two golds. Bigger, though, is that the 37-year-old mom broke countryman Ole Einar Bjørndalen’s record for career Winter Olympic medals, finishing with 15. She also tied Bjørndalen and Bjørn Dæhlie’s record of eight Winter Olympic titles by winning the last event of the Games, the 30km, by 109 seconds, the largest Olympic cross-country margin of victory in 38 years. In her final career Olympic race.
3. Yun Sung-Bin, South Korea, Skeleton
Under host-nation pressure, the man in the Iron Man helmet had the fastest run in each of the four heats and won by 1.63 seconds, the largest margin in Olympic skeleton history.
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