Richard Phibbs

"You have to have some of those sacrifices and be a little selfish," Dalton tells PEOPLE of not having children right now

August 04, 2016 10:00 PM

U.S. men’s gymnastics team member Jake Dalton is completely focused on going for gold in Rio, but the Olympic veteran says that after the Games he’d like to start thinking about growing his family.

“For me, training is my number one priority… this is my focus and that’s how I’d like it to be,” Dalton, 24, tells PEOPLE. “But [kids] in the future, definitely! Just not right now.”

He adds, “When I’m in the gym, I’m in the gym and when I’m home, I’m recovering so I can be back in the gym the next day. Once you have a kid, it’s not about you anymore and training with an [Olympic] goal, you have to have some of those sacrifices and be a little selfish.

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Dalton – a consistent gymnast who excels on floor, rings and vault – wed Kayla Nowak, a former Oklahoma University gymnast in 2014 and calls her his “number one supporter.”

“You have your sacrifices for your ultimate goal,” he explains. “I tell my wife that all the time. There’s certain things where she misses out – we can’t go to dinner all the time and I’m… traveling, competing… She has to put up with me!”

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And “when” he does have children, Dalton says he would love to get them active in gymnastics.

“I’d absolutely like to see [any future kids] in gymnastics!” he says. “I’s a great sport to do especially when you’re young because it builds a lot of athleticism so whether you go to another sport, you learn so much about life in general, but also you become a good athlete.”

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