The mother of Australian Olympic great Andrew Hoy hasn't ruled out the Culcairn equestrian star going to a ninth Games in Paris in three years' time.
Hoy spoke candidly in the wake of winning his fifth and sixth Olympic medals in Tokyo that he wouldn't rule out being at another Games on home soil in Brisbane in 2032.
"What role I may have in Brisbane, I'm not sure, but I definitely want to be there. A lot of people are saying I won't be competing, but time will tell," he told Channel 7's Sunrise program yesterday.
But they say mother knows best.
"I don't know about that," Dorothy Hoy laughed.
"I heard him say he would be there, but he didn't know in what form. He might not be riding (laughs).
"It's a blessing that it (the next Olympics in Paris, 2024) is only three years away, so it might be within his grasp."
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Mrs Hoy said it was "a great thrill" to watch her son, aboard French-bred chestnut gelding Vassily De Lassos, help Australia's eventers secure the silver medal, before he backed up just hours later to secure individual bronze after a flawless display in the show jumping.
The pair completed their Olympic campaign on 29.6 penalties and were the only combination in the eventing competition to finish on their dressage score.
"We were (watching) with relatives. It was a complete surprise because the horse finished on his dressage test (score) and that was the only horse that did that," she said.
She admitted the iconic sign on the way into Culcairn on the Olympic Highway, which dubs the Riverina town as 'Home of Andrew Hoy', will also need to be refreshed to add his latest Games success.
"I think the sign has needed an update for some time. It needs painting," Mrs Hoy said.
"I think it was after Atlanta (1996) when they put it in and they put the medals from Sydney (2000) against that, so it had an update then."
If Hoy was still to be competing in Brisbane in 2032, he would be 73, which would see him surpass Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn, who at the 1920 Games in Antwerp, Belgium, became the oldest athlete ever to compete in the Olympics at the age of 72.
Swahn holds records as the oldest Olympian, the oldest athlete to win gold, having taken out two events at the 1908 Games in London as a 60-year-old, and the oldest to win an Olympic medal, with a silver in 1920.
Hoy made his Olympic debut in Los Angeles in 1984 and had three golds and a silver before his Tokyo haul.
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