Smith unlikely to head to Rio
Louis Smith admits he is unlikely to go to the Rio Olympics
Gymnast Louis Smith admits he is savouring the post-Olympic whirlwind but revealed London is likely to be his last Games.
The 23-year-old won silver on the pommel horse and helped Great Britain's men to their first Olympic team medal in a century, but despite not adding a gold medal to the bronze he won four years ago in Beijing, Smith says he now wants to focus on another side of his life.
"Rio 2016 is a long time away and it feels a lot longer now I'm 23 and I'm going to be 27," Smith said.
"I'm not a real spring chicken anymore, I'm getting on. I'm quite a family man and I can't wait to settle down. Am I going to be earning enough money to provide a good future for the time I need to settle down?
"Now is a unique opportunity to set up a business and get my name out there while people know who I am and really set the rest of my life up. If I'm still doing gym for four years it's very hard to do both at the same time so I really have to think hard about what I want to do.
"The last four years has been fantastic and I've done a lot of media and it's hard to balance the both. I'm really ambitious and I want to do a lot more in the next four years than I did in the previous four years."
Smith suffered a dip in form after he broke up with a previous girlfriend and decided to avoid a similar thing happening in the run-up to London 2012 by staying single.
Now, the gymnast who is as famous for his swagger as his complicated pommel horse routines, is ready to see what else life has to offer.
Smith said: "I can't wait to start mingling and chatting to girls and going on dates. I've only been on two dates in my life. That was before London. It was probably a couple of months after I split up with my ex-girlfriend I went on a couple of dates but I thought: 'You know what, I'm not going to bother with all this. I'm just going to chill out and see what happens after the Games.'
"I think it's important to savour this moment and milk it. I've got a unique opportunity to do lots of work but it's important to focus on what I want to do in the future."
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