Estero olympian Brooke Sweat will have to wait longer to represent the United States for beach volleyball in Tokyo— now that the Olympics are postponed.
Sweat says she has spent countless hours in the gym, in the sand, and away from home all to prepare for the 2020 Olympics.
“I was set on moving back home back here to Florida after the Olympics,” Sweat said.
She said that’s why it’s so hard to grapple with the decision to postpone the Olympics, an opportunity she has worked so hard for.
“It means another year in California, which is completely fine because I want to go to the Olympics and get a medal with Kerri,” Sweat said.
But in this time of uncertainty, she is looking at the positives.
“It wasn’t canceled. You still have a chance to go to the Olympics and represent your country and I think that’s really special,” Sweat said.
Plus—Sweat gains an extra year to train alongside three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings.
“My heart for the past three years has been so focused on August 7th, 2020— the gold medal match and what it’s going to take to get there,” Jennings said.
Even though they are on opposite sides of the USA they still stay in contact whenever they can.
“We FaceTime, we chat, we text…I think it’s important to keep the chemistry, keep everything that we’ve built up to this point going so that when we get back in the sand it’s like nothing has happened,” Sweat said.
They aren’t losing sight of their dreams of wearing the red, white and blue once more
in their fight for gold.