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Hunter Kemper not ruling out Rio

Olympics: Triathlon-Men's Final

Aug 7, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Hunter Kemper (USA) runs during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Hyde Park. Mandatory Credit: Leo Mason-USA TODAY Sports


Most of us assumed that 36-year-old four-time Olympic triathlete Hunter Kemper would be ready to retire after London; ready to log fewer miles and hours swimming, biking, and running, and spend some time with his wife, Val, and their three sons.

After all, Kemper will be 40 when Rio rolls around, has never made the Olympic podium, and the Brownlee brothers, Alistair and Jonathan, who finished with gold and bronze in London, are likely to take another two medals in 2016.

But after cruising to the finish at the Sandpiper Bay Sprint Triathlon on Sunday (he declined first place honors), Kemper, who has finished 17th, 9th, 7th, and 14th in the Olympics -- always the top American -- still isn’t counting out Rio.

“It would be a long shot, and to say it isn’t wouldn’t be right,” Kemper told the Orlando Sentinel. “But for me the story would be the journey to get there; the process of competing in another Olympic Games and still trying to be the best in the country.”

Home life is calling and Kemper’s body still aches from the “brutal” recovery of an Oct. 2011 accident at a Myrtle Beach race, but it seems Kemper ain’t done quite yet, and he’s the one who gets to make that call.