Xander Schauffele reveals his father’s aim of winning an Olympic gold medal in Tokyo 2020.
Xander Schauffele, like his father before him, is aiming for gold at this year’s Olympics.
Xander Schauffele, a member of Team USA’s golf team, has his sights set on gold at this year’s Olympics, and he’ll be carrying not just his own aspirations, but also those of his father – and coach – Stefen.
The 27-year-old was initially undecided about competing in this year’s Olympics for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, the tournament is sandwiched between the Open Championship and the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, two of the most important tournaments on the golfing calendar.
Furthermore, the coronavirus pandemic has made travel – and a normal way of life – much more difficult, and with Tokyo being so far away from home, participating in the Games has its drawbacks.
However, after considering his alternatives and consulting with his father, Schauffele decided to compete in the Olympics in Japan.
“Will I regret my decision if I don’t go to the Olympics?” he said. Being an Olympian is a tremendous deal.”
In his childhood, Schauffele’s father, Stefen, had Olympic hopes of competing in the Decathlon for his home Germany. However, a vehicle accident left him with life-altering injuries, putting a stop to his Olympic dreams.
Despite this, Stefan’s gold medal goals appear to have been carried on by his son, Xander, as the two have traveled to an isolated Tokyo in the hopes of winning one of sport’s most prestigious awards.
“It’s sort of an opportunity that I didn’t have before, and now I get to live it because he does,” Stefan explained. It’s a little disappointing that we won’t be able to witness other sports. As a result, it’s more difficult to get into the Olympic spirit, if you will. But once we get there, we’ll be able to get some of it.”
Golf returned to the Olympic stage in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, after a 112-year absence. For many of today’s golfing champions, such as Xander Schauffele, winning Olympic gold was never a childhood fantasy.
However, since its reintroduction to sport’s grandest stage, the 27-year-old confessed that winning Olympic gold has been an ambition that has grown on him more recently.
“Deep down, I’m not going to lie growing up it,” the Californian remarked. “Brinkwire Summary News.”