Show jumper Skelton is preparing for another Olympic campaign, but despite winning 22 championship medals in his lengthy career a Games medal has, to date, eluded him.
And while the Rio 2016 Games could yet offer him a seventh opportunity, the 54-year-old ace is aware that the retirement clock will be ticking loudly in London.
“I am going to give it everything I have got but hopefully I am not too old to do another one,” he said. “I could still be competing at Rio 2016.
“I have a lot of experience now of competing at Olympics and compared to my first Games I have started to settle well.
“You know what to expect and you have to take it in your stride. At the end of the day you have to treat it as any other event.
“I am definitely more desperate to win that Olympic medal because it is the London Games this summer.
“You don’t like to be overly confident of winning anything but at least one thing I can say is that my horses are in good form and he is probably one of the best horses in the world right now.
“You are out there with an animal and anything can happen. It is not just yourself you have to take care of the things that can go wrong at the last minute or on the day. A split-second decision and that is it.”
Skelton had to make the agonising decision that is choosing between two of his favoured horses to enter the fray at London 2012.
He eventually chose Big Star – in place of stablemate Carlo – and he's adamant he has backed a winner.
With the London Olympics playing out in a feverish atmosphere, Skelton added: “Big Star is probably a bigger and stronger horse than Carlo and mentally will probably be a little more stable than the other one.
“I think I am going into it with good form. My horses are in good form and have been performing really well this year and have won a lot this year.
"It would mean everything to win a medal at London. It would be special and I am really looking forward to it now.”