Martin Kaymer will 'try everything' for gold medal

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• Martin Kaymer will be 'trying everything' to win Olympic gold
• 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 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.


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“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.”


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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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