My Olympic Dream - Gavin Green

Fri 27 May 2016

My Olympic Dream - Gavin Green

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May 27: As we countdown to the #RoadToRio, we talk to Malaysia’s Gavin Green on some of his memorable Olympic moments and what it would mean to him to represent his country in Rio de Janeiro in August.
What does it mean to you to try to win a medal and represent your country at the world's greatest sporting spectacle?
It is big. Not everybody including sportsmen or women get to be an Olympian in their careers. For me, it will be a big stepping stone because I’ll set foot in such a huge event at such a young age.
Compared to your other milestones/achievements in your career, where does competing in the Olympic rank for you?
I’ve won a few times on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) but if I do play in the Olympic, it will definitely be up there with my victories. It will be like a Major tournament for me.
Does winning an Olympic medal surpass the joy and expectations of winning on the Asian Tour or any other Major Tours in the world?
It would be nice to win a gold medal but I would love the Green Jacket because I’ve been watching The Masters since I was a kid. That’s one Major I would love to win.
Are you planning to spend some time off and watch other sports while you are in Rio for the Olympics?
If I have time I will definitely want to watch other sports. I would take time to watch athletics and swimming. I think it will be great fun to be part of the Olympic games outside of the golf course.
Growing up, what are your thoughts on the Olympics, what was your favourite sport that you would follow and who is your favourite athletic?
I loved watching football as a kid. I used to support Brazil because they had a great team of footballers but now I support England. It will be nice to watch the football especially in Rio de Janeiro because the sport is so big in the country.
If you can compete in another Olympic sport, which one would it be?
It will definitely be football. I grew up playing football before I started playing golf. Football is such a popular sport in Malaysia so I followed the trend when I was younger. I don’t play much now but I still follow the sport closely.
What's your most memorable Olympic memory?
Watching Michael Phelps dominate the swimming sport is definitely the most memorable memory for me. He is such a great role-model to be able to win so many gold medals at such a young age. Obviously it all comes down to hardwork and dedication.
Who is your favourite Olympian?
Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt because of their achievements. They have certainly set a high bar for other Olympians to follow.
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