Team USA worried about their 36 hour flight to Tokyo, specially after teams like the South African men and Kenya women had to be put in quarantine after someone from their flight test positive.
A downfall for athletes flying in via commercial flights is they can be quarantined because of close contact reasons.
The USA Eagles thankfully arrived without delay in Tokyo, their trip started from San Diego to LA to Seoul. In Korea they took their Covid-19 tests before flying to Tokyo. Once in Japan, the team flew into Mimasaka which is their designated camp sight for the games.
“Considering everything, it actually went quite smoothly,” said Brett Thompson in an interview.
“I’m sure it was a logistical nightmare, but we got here and our training pitch is beautiful and our gym is perfect—we couldn’t ask for more.”
Madison Hughes the captain of the Olympic squad was happy about the teams situation.
“The guys did a really good job of focusing on what we could control during the travel,” he said in an interveiw. “They stayed positive throughout and now it’s about getting dialed in and used to the local time zone and climate.”
“A lot of it was sitting around waiting for tests to come back,” added Danny Barrett.
“We’ve been under pretty strict orders to make sure we’re doing everything in our power to be able to compete,” said Barrett. “Once we got on the ground it’s business as usual. Get in the gym, ride the bike a little bit, lift a bit of weight; get out on the field kind of get moving again, get a ball back in your hands.”
The USA Eagles will kick off their Olympic Campaign on July 26 as the men’s tournament begins, while the women’s side will not kick off till July 29