Joining Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer and the Williams sisters and maybe all of tennis, American gold medalists and 12 time doubles Grand Slam twins Mike and Bob Bryan added their names to the list of stars who will likely end their careers in Rio.
“I think that’s where we see the finish line,” Mike Bryan, who I’m told is the dreamy twin, told the AP. “We’ll be 38. We’d like to maybe go out at that spot. And then we’ll sail off into the sunset.”
“Maybe just stay in Rio for the rest of our lives,” added the homely-looking Bob. “Check into a motel on the beach and drink some margaritas.”
The Brothers are in the semis down under aiming for their sixth Australian Open and thirteenth career Grand Slam, and will square off against Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini Thursday for a spot in the finals.
Of course, another three-and-change years means another fourteen chances to bring home Grand Slams.
“It’s still fun. We create goals and new challenges each time we step out of the house in January.” Mike, noticeably glowing, said. “The goal is to finish No. 1. That’s it. That’s really what we play for.”
Steve Langton, who was described by driver Steven Holcomb as the “best push athlete in the world,” announced his retirement today.
A collegiate sprinter and jumper at Northeastern University, Langton decided to try bobsledding after watching the 2006 Winter Olympics. He filled out an online athlete resume, and, by the 2010 Games, he was an Olympian.
At the Sochi 2014 Games, Langton teamed with Holcomb to win a bronze medal in the two-man race. It was the first Olympic medal in the event by American sled since 1952. He claimed another bronze medal as a member of Holcomb’s four-man “Night Train.”
“In Sochi I competed on the world’s biggest stage, I won two medals for my country and I did so along not only the best teammates but best friends anyone could ever ask for,” Langton told USA Bobsled.
Langton, who has a 62-inch standing box jump and can squat more than 500 pounds, was described by Men’s Health as “the most powerful winter Olympian” in the lead-up to 2014 Games.
“[Langton’s] work ethic and discipline rubbed off on the other athletes and made everyone better,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer Darrin Steele. “I have no doubt that he’ll find success in the next chapter of his life as well.”
Langton appeared on “The Amazing Race” in 2015 with his girlfriend, Aly Dudek, an Olympic short track speedskater.
None of the push athletes on the current U.S. roster have Olympic experience. Holcomb will compete in the World Cup opener this Saturday with Sam McGuffie, a former University of Michigan football player. The race will be McGuffie’s World Cup debut.