Olympics hero Louis may retire

British gymnast Louis Smith admits his sporting future is unclear, with the prospect of competing ahead of the Rio Olympics a daunting one.

Smith, who narrowly missed out on pommel horse gold in London while also securing a bronze in the team event, said his options remain open ahead of 2016.

"Rio is definitely on the radar; I just don't know whether I will be watching or competing," the 23-year-old told Sky Sports News.

"I haven't been in the gym since the Olympic Games at all and I'm looking forward to getting back in there. That will happen after the Strictly (Come Dancing) Tour and I probably won't be competing until 2014, minimum.

"I have the desire to get back in and train. I miss gym, I miss training, I miss being able to do those skills and elements with my body.

"But getting ready for a competition - eight weeks of gruelling training, blisters, etc - it's hard work."

Smith's Olympic bronze at the Beijing Games marked the first time a British gymnast had placed in an Olympic event since 1928, and his team bronze at London 2012 was the first team gymnastics medal in a century.

Smith hailed his team-mates and the talented crop of youngsters emerging.

He added: "We have said for a few years 'watch out we have up and coming youngsters coming through', although we're a young team we're quite an experienced team and we proved that at the Games. We showed what we can do and that's what we set out to do.

"Part of the reason I'm stepping back is because these youngsters are good and they're giving me a run for my money.

"I need to get back into it now or they're going to kick me out the team!"

Smith, who won his first major medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games aged 17, said retiring from the sport is a possibility.

"I've done so much in my career in gymnastics, even though I'm still young now. Retiring is a very good possibility."

Speaking about recently being awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list, he added: "It's amazing. The fact I've gone from a gymnast who no-one really knew before, from the Beijing Games, to London and then getting an MBE, it's just unbelievable."