TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Like most athletes who had an eye on competing in Tokyo this summer Erin Reese will now shift her focus to next year. It’s an unprecedented situation, the Games postponed for the first time ever and during peace time. She however certainly understands the new reality that everyone is faced with.

“I was a little disappointed at first obviously it was something that I was really looking forward to but then I got to thinking about it and at the same time it would not have been the same Olympic Games if everyone didn’t have the opportunity to train to their fullest so I understood it,” she said.

Reese is an All American in the hammer throw at Indiana State and will attempt to qualify in the event next year. In the meantime she will continue to train but will spend more time on recovery in addition to her work at the Hamilton Center. “So it changes a little bit because I won’t be training to hit a big mark right now in a meet so we’re kind of taking steps back and getting some physical therapy and trying to get back to the basics a little bit again and build off from there,” she said.

Reese is also a volunteer coach for Indiana State where she starred last season and feels bad for the athletes who lost their season, in many cases seniors. “That’s got to be the worst feeling honestly I feel horrible for them honestly I can’t even imagine how they’re feeling right now just as their volunteer coach having to see them go through this you know it’s really tough but I’m really proud of the way at least ISU athletes are training right now because they haven’t lost the motivation to do well so they’re still training really hard and I’m very impressed by them,” she said.

Some of them may get an extra year of eligibility like the seniors on the ISU throw team. “We had three seniors this year on the throw squad that I was really looking forward to see what they could do and they had built so much in the fall and we were just ready for a big year and it’s just really sad not to see it come to a finish,” Reese said.

For world class athletes it’s also important to be playing well heading into a major competition like the Olympics. Erin will have to adjust her training to peak at just the right time. In this case the Summer of 2021.

“Yeah I mean it definitely changes things there’s not obviously there’s not a lot of competitions around I know USATF is trying to have some sanctioned competitions as we come up and project they’ll be athletes and hopefully they’ll come through with that but the plan is now to get a whole peak coming into 2021,” she said.

The 2021 Tokoyo Olympics are scheduled for July 23rd through August 8th. You can catch the games on WTWO.