Carlin Isles is said to be playing in the memory of his brother at the Tokyo Olympics.
In an exclusive with the Olympic Channel, the USA rugby sevens star told the news platform how he plans to honor the memory of his brother who was tragically shot dead in November 2020.
“He’s always been a big supporter of mine and probably one of my closest brothers,” Isles told Olympic Channel by video link. “I’ll carry Chase on my shoulders, I’m doing this for him.”
“I know that he loves me and he believed in me. He was always my biggest supporter as a man and as an athlete.”
“The only way for me to show my appreciation is to keep doing what I’m doing, and to do it to the best of my abilities,” he continued.
“We know we are the best in the world on our day”
The 31-year-old competed at the inaugural Rio 2016 Olympics, but disappointingly failed in the early stages.
Since then they have aim to make great progress, and have done so. They finished second place in their 2017-2018 season at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
“We are motivated in part by what happened in Rio,” the Ohio native said. “But at the same time, we know we’re capable of doing incredible things, and we’ve already overcome a lot.
“We’ve been a top-two side in the world, so we know that we are the best in the world on our day,” he said.
“Our expectations for ourselves are higher, and we have to maintain that. We know that we can be medal contenders. We do everything in a process that when it’s time to compete, all the work we have done will put us in a position to be able to win a medal.”
“I’ve definitely got faster (since Rio 2016),” he said with a smile. “I’ve also improved my mental game, with more ability to push myself past my limits.
“I always challenge myself to be better. I understand the game a lot better.
“As a team too, we have more experience, knowledge and wisdom.”