There are some athletes who desperately wanted out of these Olympics.
But there are many more â€“ such as Charlotte Olympic swimmer Cammile Adams â€“ who desperately wanted in. How desperately?
â€œYou could tell me Iâ€™m going to get Zika,â€ Adams told me, â€œand Iâ€™m going to go anyway.â€
The Zika virus, transmitted by mosquitoes, is no joking matter. Zika infection during a pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly as well as other severe brain defects. Zika is a public health emergency in Brazil, where the Olympics officially begin Aug. 5.
But Adams wasnâ€™t joking. She is 24, getting married in October and hopes to have children sometime in the distant future. The native Texan rests smack in the middle of the â€œYou Need To Worry About Zikaâ€ demographic.
For Adams, though, Zika and all the rest of Brazilâ€™s problems never made a dent in her will to compete in her second Olympics and win her first medal.
â€œThe U.S. Olympic Committee is going to take care of us,â€ said Adams, a bubbly optimist who has a twin sister and was elected by her teammates as one of the Olympic swim teamâ€™s captains last week. â€œIâ€™m not really worried about it.â€
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