Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings never considered retiring before the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The American beach volleyball athlete, who will be 41 when the rescheduled Games take place next summer, is aiming for her sixth Olympics.
''I haven't considered retiring before Tokyo," she told Olympic Channel.
"I love the Olympics so much, its been such a big part of my life and my career and I really do love it. A one year delay isn't an issue for my partner Brooke [Sweat] and I. It gives us another year to get better.''
Walsh Jennings is the most decorated beach volleyball player in the history of the sport. And the three-time Olympic gold medallist and one-time bronze medallist is hungrier than ever to add to her list of accolades.
She has been playing alongside partner Brooke since October 2018, although they haven't seen each other since mid-March. The pair are quite the combo too, with five medals (1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze) from the 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.
''Brooke is an incredible team mate. I miss seeing her, so much."
"We've realised that we both take things seriously and that we need to relax more because that's when we play free, and when we play free we play our best. We both want to be better and actually the Olympics moving to 2021 is great for us because we have more time to improve.''
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Finding mental strength
Walsh Jennings is known for her charisma, high energy and positivity both on and off the court but the COVID-19 pandemic has been tough.
It's the longest time in her career that she hasn't played the sport she loves. In the state of California, where Walsh Jennings was born and continues to live, the nets have been put up and pulled down a number of times.
''Everyday is a roller coaster and I'm constantly feeling so many different emotions, but I'm doing my best to stay positive," the Rio 2016 bronze medallist said.
"I tell myself to act like I chose it. I don't want want to be a victim of this so I take responsibility for how I turn up and approach every day."
While the beach volleyball star has always put emphasis on nurturing her health and wellness, she also feels now more than ever, mental health needs to be prioritised.
''I'm mostly focusing on my mind."
"I am weight training as well but the most important thing to me right now is my mental health and what's going on in my head.
"I'm also doing things that I really love, like reading and journaling. Sleep is also really important to me. I prioritise sleep and make sure that I get 6/7 hours.''
One more year to go
This week would've seen the Olympians checking into the Athletes' Village and the Opening Ceremony take place. However, the milestone this Thursday (23 July), has slowly crept up Walsh Jennings.
''I hadn't really thought about that because right now I'm sitting here in the States, in a hotel room," she said. "...I can't wait to be there in a year and to be moving into the Athlete Village.''
The extra year and time away from playing has also allowed Walsh Jennings to reconnect with the sport she loves.
''I'm more excited to play than ever before. This time has given me a chance to be revitalised and remember how much I love the game of beach volleyball."
"When you've been playing as long as I have, the shininess of it all can wear off. But I have so much energy and passion and love for the game and this time to pause has really reminded me of all that.''