The Road to Tokyo: A week in quotes

MOELLHAUSEN Nathalie VS SUZUKI during the 2021 World Cup épée women's event in Kazan in March.
MOELLHAUSEN Nathalie VS SUZUKI during the 2021 World Cup épée women's event in Kazan in March.

Athletes around the world have been busily preparing themselves with less than 100 days until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Tokyo 2020 has been speaking to several athletes whose journey to the Olympic and Paralympic Games is gathering pace.

Millie Bright: The rising star within English football

Millie Bright of England looks on during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group D match against Japan (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Millie Bright of England looks on during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group D match against Japan (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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I think getting player recognition is the biggest recognition you can get so I was super grateful to be given that. But I need to go do better now.

That's my mindset

Named in FIFA's FIFPro World11 last year, the English defender has humble begins in football and could've easily ended up going down a different path entirely. With hopes of making Great Britain's squad for the Tokyo 2020 Games, the 27-year-old aims to continue improving her game with every chance she gets.

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WU Chia Ying: Small goals and big dreams for Tokyo 2020

Wu Chia-Ying from Chinese Taipei has competed in Rio 2016 Games in both 10m and 25m pistol events.
Wu Chia-Ying from Chinese Taipei has competed in Rio 2016 Games in both 10m and 25m pistol events.
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I feel calmer during competitions than I did before. I don’t care as much about winning or losing.

I used to care about people’s opinions of me and my results too much, which didn’t help my performance, and now I can take it easy.

WU Chia Ying’s didn’t start shooting until relatively late in life after dedicating to pick up an air rifle with the goal to get into a good university. It was just the start of the Chinese Taipei athletes journey to becoming an Olympic athlete. While success didn't come to Wu at Rio 2016, she is hoping that all her training will pay off at Tokyo 2020.

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Tim Walsh: A game of adaptability, attitude and no regrets

Tim Walsh speaks during the Australian Rugby Sevens Commonwealth Games Teams Announcement in 2018 (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
Tim Walsh speaks during the Australian Rugby Sevens Commonwealth Games Teams Announcement in 2018 (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
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I just think the potential with the game, with the players and what sevens can offer is what’s really attractive about it.

I feel Australia can take a whole lot more benefits from rugby.

Tim Walsh created history when he lead Australia to gold in the Olympic Rugby 7s women's tournament at Rio 2016. Two years later, he decided to take on a new challenge with the men's team but nothing could've prepared one of the world's best coaches in the games for what the pandemic brought. Walsh spoke with Tokyo 2020 about the importance of adapting and his hopes of leading Australia to a podium finish at Tokyo 2020.

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Mike Trauner: On a mission in Tokyo

I was fully committed in the military.

Now I’ve transferred that skill. I’m completely committed to my sport.

On 18 September 2008, Mike Trauner's life changed forever. As a soldier in Afghanistan his vehicle was ambushed and hit three times by rocket propelled grenades and with his colleagues’ lives in jeopardy, Trauner stood on top of his vehicle and fired off round after round. It was a moment that would set him down another path and now could see him at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games this summer.

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Nathalie Moellhausen: Brazilian world champion fencer

The 2019 World Championships Épée Women and Sabre Men where Nathalie Moellhausen gold.
The 2019 World Championships Épée Women and Sabre Men where Nathalie Moellhausen gold.
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I treat my mind as the muscles of my body.

Fencing world champion Nathalie Moellhausen is set to represent Brazil for the second time at an Olympic Games. With Tokyo 2020 coming close, the fencer intends to conquer her mind before setting that Olympic stage alight.

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