2020 Olympics Postponed

by Annie McKinley

Another year of training

COVID-19 has canceled weekend plans, vacations, sports leagues, and even school; however, one of the most shocking cancellations is the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics. Previously scheduled to start on July 23, 2020, the much-anticipated games will now take place on July 24, 2021. This decision, made by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), affected athletes all over the globe.

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Alex Morgan, a 30-year-old US Women's Soccer player, commented that she was somewhat relieved the games were postponed. Although she was trying to view the postponement from a team perspective, she couldn’t help but recognize all of the stressors in her life. The soccer star is in a unique situation due to her pregnancy. Due to give birth in just a few weeks, the star soccer player planned to immediately start training for the games after her pregnancy. She knew it would be tough, but she decided that she wanted to compete. With an extra year, she explains that she will have time to get back in shape and take care of her new child. Nonetheless, she believes that this virus is very serious, and the postponement is best for everyone.

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Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte was also heavily affected by the delay of the 2020 games. Now 35, Lochte will be 37 for the 2021 Olympics. His hope was to be the oldest male swimmer to compete, although he didn’t expect to be 37. Lochte agrees that it is the best decision for the world; however, another year of training will be taxing on his body. He is disappointed but excited to get another year to work on his technique. His overall optimistic view on the situation is impressive and something that will no doubt work in his favor over the next year.

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Our last athlete to reflect on the postponement of the Summer Games is Simone Biles. She is a US Women's Olympic Gymnast and the most decorated gymnast in the entire world. When she first heard the news, she admitted that she collapsed on the floor and started crying. She had been preparing for a long time and was excited to return to the Olympics. She said that while she knows it is best for the world, she was still upset. One year is a long hiatus for a gymnast and almost anything can happen: injuries, loss of strength and more. She hopes to overcome all of this and prove herself again in the Summer of 2021.