Ariel Atkins is settling into her work with Team USA and Tokyo ahead of the 2020 Olympics.
Atkins realised that she is more flexible than she had given herself credit for.
Washington Mystics player Ariel Atkins says she is “very, very fatigued” after only a few days in Tokyo with the USA Basketball women’s national team.
A. Atkins Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
The first-time Olympian and WNBA champion of 2019 confessed that she had trouble adjusting to the time difference in Las Vegas, where her squad had held training camp and played exhibition games against Nigeria and Australia.
Atkins stated on a conference call following Thursday’s practise, “It’s challenging, so I’m glad we got here a bit early so that I can figure out when to sleep, and when to be alert.”
The 24-year-old athlete is making the most of her time at the Olympics by taking it day by day.
“I really appreciated the process of figuring out what I can add to this squad, and what we’re going to look like, and also just how I’m going to be able to operate outside of the game and discover what my body needs in order to function,” said the player.
On Tuesday, Atkins and her team will play their first Olympic game in Tokyo versus Nigeria. This momentous occasion is one that Atkins has not yet given much consideration to. “I’m really just trying to live in the now and take things as they come,” she said.
I’m not planning too far ahead or attempting to live in my own thoughts too much. For me, it’s important to take each moment as it comes and enjoy it fully.
Although Atkins hasn’t adjusted to the time change, she is pleased with how well she has dealt with the travel, schedule, and plethora of new information that comes with being on an Olympic team. I’m a lot more flexible than I gave myself credit for,” she admitted.