Soccer star Carli Lloyd shows positive mindset through 2021 Olympics prep, panel for young athletes

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Carli Lloyd turns 38 in July, a little more than a week before the 2020 Olympics were set to begin. In soccer years, that’s not young. So when the Tokyo Olympics were pushed back to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, one might have thought that would have been bad news for the two-time Olympic gold medalist, two-time Women’s World Cup champion and two-time FIFA player of the year.

It was not. The reason for the postponement was terrible, of course, but Lloyd actually is thrilled to have another year to prepare for what she said most likely will be her last competitive season in 2021.

“When you finish a World Cup, obviously the last two we’ve won, you reap the benefits of that, you get to do multiple appearances, and all these opportunities that have come our way, but then you have to switch gears for the Olympics right away,” she said in a phone interview Monday. “It’s manageable, and there is no doubt in my mind we would have been very well prepared, but it’s a little rushed.

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