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Pre-Olympic coaching stuffed with protocols

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Wow, it’s been an superior week of coaching in Las Vegas preparing for my first Olympics.

USA Basketball has finished an amazing job of creating practices really feel like a 3-on-3 match. There’s music taking part in, which is rather like the actual factor. It’s positively enjoyable taking part in these match video games and having a very enjoyable environment.

It was actually cool that after we received there, they’d large banners with our faces on them. It was a particular second for me. At occasions it’s onerous to consider that that is actually taking place, and I’m going to the Olympics!

Follow has been nice watching movie of the groups we’re going to play and issues we’re going to run on offense and protection. A giant thanks to the fellows they introduced in to assist put together us! They’ve been superb to play in opposition to.

Clearly, the coronavirus continues to be a giant deal, and we’re taking each precaution we will. With solely 4 of us on the crew, if one in every of us assessments optimistic that might be actually dangerous. So, we don’t actually spend a lot time collectively off the court docket, principally simply going again to our resort rooms after follow.

We’re nonetheless testing daily and understand how essential that is. Even after we do get collectively for breakfast and lunch as a crew we sit at a giant desk socially distanced.

Dinners have been lots of Uber eats and getting meals to go and consuming in our rooms.

There’s been lots of time in my room watching TV, and I’m all the time open for brand spanking new exhibits if anybody has ideas.

Clearly been watching lots of basketball with the NBA Finals and all of the USA males’s and girls’s video games have been televised so I can watch them. Large shoutout to my Chicago Sky teammate Allie Quigley for profitable the 3-point title once more! I used to be yelling on the TV from my room.

Additionally, option to go Jonquel for representing the bigs!

In addition to watching TV, I’ve additionally had a while to mirror on the upcoming Tokyo Video games. It’s actually particular to be a part of the primary 3-on-3 occasion in Olympic historical past. It’s humbling, thrilling, nerve-wracking all wrapped up in a single.

It’s thrilling to say that I’m going to be a part of historical past.

I can’t wait to get to Japan and expertise it. I’ll be documenting the complete factor.

Now onto the lengthy airplane trip. I’ll speak to you quickly from Tokyo.


Chicago Sky star Stefanie Dolson is checking in periodically from the Olympics. She’s a part of the U.S. 3-on-3 crew that can participate within the inaugural competitors in that occasion on the Tokyo Video games.


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