Let me tell you— it settles the collective nerves when we score early! It was a great start not only for the game, but for the tournament as well. Because we play every third day, this tournament in particular is all about managing the nerves, as well as the highs and lows. We were thrilled with the result last night, but after waking up this morning it’s about moving on and preparing for the match against the French, Saturday.
I always relish the opportunity to suit up against the French. I still have friends on that team that I have been chatting with this week, giving them the “bonne chance, mais juste un peu” which means good luck, but just a little! And of course, they are a fantastic team that will bring out the best in ours. These are the games you live for as an elite player– on the biggest stage, against some of the best teams in the world.
As for me, I am doing really well! I have been in full training with the team, and continue to feel more and more comfortable, every day. I can really feel all the work I have done these past months propelling me forward as I come back. I feel strong, fast, fit, and ready when my time comes.
I have had many people ask me if it was hard watching the first match from the bench, but I understand my role and will do everything this team needs to be successful. However, I will also do everything I need to get back on the pitch, as soon as I can. This tournament is long and grueling, but I am confident my time will come.
Other than all that footy stuff, Belo has been really cool. The weather here is paradise every day– sunny days and cool nights. The city itself is filled with beautiful street art and graffiti. Some of the art is politically charged, while some is just purely an artistic expression that brings a beautiful color pop to the urban landscape. In general, the people of Belo Horizonte have been wonderful and seem to be excited the Olympics have landed in their city.
Time for some rest and recovery. Until next time!