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Swimmer Peter Vanderkaay Considering Retirement Before 2016 Olympic Games

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Three-time Olympic swimmer Peter Vanderkaay hasn't decided for sure that he will continue to swim toward the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, he said.

But he hasn't completely ruled the thought out yet, either.

"I feel like possibly right now could be a good time to retire, but maybe not," Vanderkaay said during a US Olympic Team live chat. "Right now I'm staying in shape and training a little bit. I just want to make sure I'm comfortable with my decision, whatever it is."

The 28-year-old added: "I have a lot more things to think about before I commit that far, because four years is a lot of time. It really is."

So far in his career, Vanderkaay has competed in three Olympic Games. In his first Olympic Games in 2004, Vanderkaay teamed up with Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Klete Keller to win gold in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay.

Four years later, Vanderkaay returned to the Olympics to again win gold in the same event, this time with Phelps, Lochte and Ricky Berens. In 2008 Vanderkaay also added an individual bronze medal in the 200-meter freestyle.

Vanderkaay again competed at the 2012 Olympic Games, where he finished third and claimed his second career individual bronze medal in the 400-meter freestyle.

Vanderkaay, who attended college at the University of Michigan, also has been a member of four long-course world championship teams. In fact, he's been a member of the gold-medal-winning 4x200 freestyle relay team in each world championship dating back to 2005.

Should he decide to retire from swimming, Vanderkaay has said that he's not sure what he would like to do next. He's interested in real estate, biology and business, he said, and should he retire, he'd like to see what kinds of opportunities arise before making a decision.

Vanderkaay knows one thing for certain, though. He does not want to coach swimming, he said.

"I've pretty much ruled out coaching because I think I'm too impatient to be a coach," Vanderkaay said during the live chat.

Read more from this author: Despite Recent Retirement, Ricky Berens Returns to Swimming

Sandra Johnson was a competitive swimmer for more than 15 years before she began coaching. She is a longtime Olympic fan, and while working for the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, Colo., she had the opportunity to immerse herself in the Olympic Movement. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraJohnson46

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