Brittney Reese has a Twitter bio that says it all: Nike athlete, three-time Olympian, 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, eight-time World Long Jump Champion, indoor American record holder and of course, it goes without saying, Gulfport High School alum.
The former Admiral is in the same boat as thousands of other international athletes, having to hit the reset button for her training in the 2020 Olympics.
The Tokyo Games have been postponed for the first time in the modern era with the new start date set for July 23rd, 2021.
Reese will then be 34 years old when the games begin. As of now, the Ole Miss alum says that’ll likely be her last professional competition. “The Olympics is the highest you can achieve, it’s the highest achievement. So when you work hard for the three or four years that we put in the work to know that now we have to possibly wait another year for us to be able to compete, I wasn’t the only one devastated. In the positive things about it, my age, I’m getting old so this allows me more time to work on things I thought I needed to work on before.”
Reese says she’s been having to do some of her training out of her garage without current access to a gym.