What a whirlwind it has been. We flew to Tokyo on August 20th in first-class style! From the time that we landed until we were on the bus heading to the village took about 4 hours.
There was so much paperwork, and apps that needed to be done and downloaded that would allow us access into Japan and to keep track of our first 14 days there. We were also tested on arrival and were not able to leave the airport until we received a negative result.
The trip started out a bit rocky once arriving as our 3 suitcases full of all our clothes didnít arrive. Very frustrating as it was a direct flight and we paid to have priority and business class seats. All of my equipment arrived which was good. Usually, mom and I will split up our clothes between each suitcase so if one doesnít arrive we will have backup clothes to get us going.
Unfortunately, that plan didnít work for us this time as none of them arrived. It took 3 days for the bags to get there.
As part of the Tokyo 2020 games, ASICS provided a program for countries that had less than 2 athletes at the games where they provided some uniforms (t-shirts, shoes, shorts, and a track-suit) with the country name on them. This helped us to get through those first few days. I am also so grateful to my friend Kelsey LeFevour, who competes for the US, who lent me a few plain training clothes so I could continue my preparations.
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