Manuel, who has been social distancing and training in California amid the pandemic, continues on to explain how the Olympics postponement has pushed her.
“It switched my training mindset to really spend time focusing on technical aspects of my swimming that I know needed improvement … and now I have extra time to improve on some of my weaknesses. But I think just beyond that, it allows me a chance to set higher goals for myself,” the swimmer explains. “I have an extra year—why not kind of push the limit and see if I can get to these lofty goals that I have for myself?”
The star athlete says she’s kept up with her training “in a local backyard pool” with USA teammate Katie Ledecky and their coach.