Veteran roller speed skater waiting in line for Paris 2024

2018-10-10 03:17:25 GMT2018-10-10 11:17:25(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

Multiple world champion roller speed skater Andres Munoz wants to keep competing until the age of 36, in the hope that he can chase a medal at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The 30-year-old former 5000m sprint world record-holder wants his sport, also known as inline skating - to be included in the Olympic Games program in the French capital.

"We are working for that," Munoz said. "We really want to show our sport the way it is. It's fast, with contact, we've got emotion and you see the effort from each skater. It's the whole life going into the track.

"It's a dream. If it could be true, for sure I will wait, because we (Colombia) have become world champions (in Arnhem, Netherlands, in July) but we feel that one step is left. I mean, it's the rings. I would be amazing."

Munoz is at Paseo de la Costa to follow the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games competition as one of the selected athletes in the IOC's Athlete Role Model program.

"I think (being included in the YOG program) is the biggest real step going into the Olympics," he said. "Those young kids are really enjoying this opportunity and they're working really hard to become Olympians and to see also their dream come true - being in Paris."

However, watching the races from the first ever Olympic roller speed skating medals, Munoz could not help but wish it had been an Olympic Games sport for his whole career.

"I think I would have won maybe two or three Olympic medals. It would have been amazing. It's frustrating, but it's not time to think about the past. We need to think about the present and the bright future that we have. We want to be there." 

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