NICK Robinson-Baker has refused to rule out the possibility of making a hat-trick of Olympic appearances.
The Sheffield-based diver, who made his Olympics debut in Beijing in 2008, achieved a highly-respectable fifth place finish in this summer’s games along with his partner Chris Mears, in the synchronised 3m springboard event. The pair only narrowly missed out on the medals and having had time to now look back on his second Olympics experience, Robinson-Baker is not about to make any major decisions until carefully thinking it through.
He will be 29 when the Olympics hit Rio four years from now and considering the average age of the divers who competed in the synchronised 3m springboard was just under 23, he acknowledges that he won’t necessarily be at his peak come 2016.
He told the Star: “In 2016 I’ll be 29 years of age. At the moment I’m not getting too distracted and I’m not looking that far ahead. If it happens then it would be brilliant. Since the Olympics I’ve been taking some time out, and I’ve just gone back to the drawing board. For the moment I’m not even thinking of Rio but I’m ruling it out either.”
Robinson-Baker says that he is only just coming down from the “buzz” of the Games, but he has set out a regime to ensure his training resumes normality – after a well-earned break of course!
Speaking shortly before a trip to the US, Robinson-Baker added: “In London, I had an absolutely fantastic time. We (me and Chris) competed really well and the whole experience was just unbelievable.
“But now it’s just about getting the groundwork in and gradually building my fitness up, but nothing major at this stage. I’m going on holiday to the States and then after that it’s just a case of getting back into the swing of things.”