Equestrian Andrew Hoy is set to make much more Australian Olympic history by competing at a record seventh Summer Games following becoming nominated for the eventing team in London.
3-time gold medallist Hoy heads the 5-particular person eventing team like 2008 Beijing silver medallists Shane Rose, husband and wife Clayton and Lucinda Fredericks, and Olympic debutant Chris Burton.
England-primarily based Hoy, 53, will take the Australian record for competing at the most Olympics outright, going previous rower James Tomkins and sailor Colin Beashel who contested six Olympics.
He mentioned every successive Olympics grew to become a much more emotional encounter for him but his focus was winning a fourth gold medal.
“The feeling adjustments from every single Olympics because as you get older you value factors far more – you value the final results, you worth the possibilities and you value existence far more,” Hoy told the Australian Olympic Committee website on Tuesday.
“When I made my sixth Olympics, I imagined there may possibly be a possibility of acquiring the record. But when it comes to representing your nation, that’s not the record you’re aiming for – it’s just a nice small further.
“The aim is to be successful and create a world-class overall performance.”
Hoy initial competed at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics and competed at six consecutive Video games – winning group gold in 1992, 1996 and 2000, the only Australian to win 3 consecutive in the exact same occasion – just before missing the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Hoy will compete on his nine-year-old gelding Rutherglen, which he bought as a 4-year-old, and he admitted he doubted their probabilities of obtaining to the Games.
“I’ve been operating hard towards London but I thought my odds for a long time were restricted, only in that my horse is a young horse.
“He is a quite talented horse even though and I chose a program that I thought gave me the greatest opportunity of getting picked and stuck to that.”
Olympic group newcomer Burton represented Australia at the World Equestrian Video games in 2010.
Lucinda Fredericks confirmed her type on her horse Flying Finish with a 2nd location at Pau, France, at the weekend in the final eventing competitors ahead of assortment.