The United States Women’s National Football Team is preparing for its Tokyo Olympic competitions by training in Miyazaki, Japan.
” We are here. We are in Japan. We were supposed to be here a year ago. It’s crazy to think about it but I’m glad we’re here, ”said USWNT defenseman Kelley O’Hara.
O’Hara, who was born in Jacksonville, is no stranger to competition, especially the Olympics.
“It sounds familiar to me. I guess this is my third Olympics. You can kind of feel how things are going to be and it feels good to have been through this a few times, ”she said.
The team won the She Believes Cup in Orlando in February and are now heading to Tokyo. The star team includes many repeat Olympians like Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Christen Press, Tobin Heath, Julie Ertz and many more.
The full Olympic list can be found here.
This will be the second Olympics for midfielder Rose Lavelle, who says she is entering the zone.
“I don’t feel like it’s sunk yet. I feel like with the World Cup it didn’t really start until the first game, so I think it will this time around, ”Lavelle said.
The team will play against their Swedish rivals in their opener – and while there will be no fans in the stadiums, these athletes are hoping to hit the net for those who could watch from home.
“The fans always make the game so much more fun, but we’ve kind of been playing like this for a year now, so I don’t think it’s going to sound too foreign or different. It’s a shame they can’t be there, but we know they will support us wherever they look, ”Lavelle said.