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Brooke Sweat won't have to sweat out whether the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo are going to happen or not due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Games, which were set for Tokyo from July 24 to Aug. 7, were officially postponed until the summer of 2021 on Tuesday morning. Sweat and beach volleyball playing partner Kerri Walsh Jennings, the four-time Olympic medalist, were currently in the No. 2 and final spot for the U.S. team for the Games.
"Kerri and I are all in for 2021," Sweat said via text Tuesday. "We will use this extra time to fine-tune our game. We will absolutely be prepared for the Games whenever they are.
"We appreciate the IOC looking out for our health and safety. Our hearts break for everyone affected by this pandemic."
The Canterbury School and FGCU graduate waited out the decision back at home in Southwest Florida instead of in California.
"I was back and forth for a few days," Sweat said by phone Monday evening. "Once San Francisco kind of did their lockdown I kind of felt it was coming for LA. The gyms are already closed anyway.
"I would have the opportunity to have work out at my home gym and also practice on the court at my home as well. It was tough to leave, leaving my whole team out there."
Sweat competed in her first Olympics, pairing with Lauren Fendrick, in 2016 in Rio. They went 0-3.
Sweat, who will turn 34 on Friday, is thankful that despite the postponement of FIVB and AVP tournaments, she does have endorsements to help out financially.
For young up-and-coming players, their situation is different.
"A lot of players depend on tournaments to make a little bit of money and stay afloat," she said. "Not only was the international tour postponed but the AVP canceled two tournaments and pushed back the start of their season. As a player just getting started in the game or are really relying on tournaments, it's a tough time for sure.
"A lot of players do have other jobs to support themselves and luckily I've got some sponsors — KT Tape and lululemon and Klenskin that are supporting me through this time. I'm very fortunate for that which also keeps us motivated as well."
Sweat said that Walsh Jennings is staying busy in California.
"They took all of the nets down from the beaches out there, so there's no chance to even go out there by yourself," Sweat said. "She's doing her workouts and homeschooling her (three) kids now."
Sweat said she has still received a lot of feedback from people from the Super Bowl commercial for Michelob ULTRA that she was in with Walsh Jennings, professional wrestler/actor John Cena, and "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon.
"It was pretty cool," Sweat said. "A lot of people reached out."
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