• Thinks he'll stay in the Olympic Village for some of the Games
• "I'm a big supporter of the Olympic Games," said the German
MARTIN KAYMER | OLYMPICS
Martin Kaymer has revealed that he’s looking forward to the ‘incredible’ experience of participating in next summer’s Olympic Games – but is undecided as to whether he’ll stay with his fellow Olympians or not.
The two-time major winner is a near-certainty to be competing in Rio de Janeiro next year – based on his world ranking and the fact that the next highest-ranked German is Marcel Siem at No.105 – and said he was delighted when he found out that the sport was returning to the Olympic scene after a 114-year hiatus.
“I can remember when it was announced a couple of years back that we were going to be in the Olympic Games and I was very, very happy,” said Martin Kaymer. “A lot of sports stay in the Olympics that maybe shouldn't be there, but when they are, I think golf should be in there too.
"I will be trying everything I can to win the first gold medal" - Martin Kaymer
“Obviously there’s 12 months to go, but to win it for me personally would be a big, big goal. It's difficult to explain because you don't know the emotions behind it and what it means to win one of those gold medals, but I can imagine going back to your country must be incredible. I'm a big supporter of the Olympic Games in general and I will be trying everything I can to win the first gold medal.”
And Kaymer, who is playing in this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, is considering embracing the full experience of even staying in the Olympic Village with his fellow athletes – but warns he might move out when the tournament starts.
“I’ve talked to a few athletes already about it, if I should or shouldn't, and 90% of them or 99% say I should,” said Martin Kaymer. “I think it's all about planning and how you want to do it. I think you can play or you can stay in the Olympic Village before your actual tournament to experience it, and then during play, you maybe go into a hotel or so because it must be quite strange to stay with other athletes in the same room.
“I don't know what a rower does at 3am in the morning. Maybe he gets up and does some workout, I don't know. It could happen. And then you might struggle with sleeping. So things like this I would like to experience on practice days, but during the tournament, I'd rather stick to my schedule because it's an important week for me then.”
As for his favourite Olympic sport, Kaymer preferred not to answer but reinforced his passion of seeing the best athletes in the world in action, looking back to a Champions League match he watched and one Lionel Messi.
“I just enjoy watching the best in the world doing a sport,” said the German. “It's just nice to see the greatness of a human being, how good they can be. Last year I went to the Champions League match, Bayern Munich v Barcelona, and just to watch Messi, how he plays football, it's almost like the ball sticks to the foot.
“It's impressive to see, and that's what I like about the sports, about the athletes, how good they are in their sport. That's something that's quite inspiring.”
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