How Metro Detroit Olympians are preparing for a much different Summer Games

The Summer Olympics are four months away.

Friday we learned that overseas spectators are not allowed to attend the games in Tokyo but the athletes are still preparing for the games to go ahead as planned as this is the only way to train.

Amanda Chidester is a graduate of St. Frances Cabrini High School, a Michigan graduate, and two-time Big 10 Player of the Year. Wolverine fans may remember their homerun in the College World Series during their freshman year.

We met her in November 2019 when she was training in Howell for her first Olympics. Team USA had just started its tour in early 2020 when the pandemic hit.


“When we were sent home, we were in the dark. Nobody knew anything, ”said Chidester. “They told us to stay ready. “We’ll pick it up again when it gets better.”

There was a lot of uncertainty for all Olympic athletes in 2020. When the Tokyo Games were postponed for 2021, Chidester said it wasn’t even a question of whether she would attend, even if it meant putting her life up for another year To lay ice.

“It extends everything. Get a real job and create a stable lifestyle, ”said Chidester. “At the same time you live a great life as a professional athlete, as an Olympic athlete.”

What’s better than an Olympic athlete? Two in one household. Chidester got engaged to Anissa Urtez, who plays for Team Mexico, in November.

The two will compete against each other this summer. You want to win two medals.

“We’ll support each other no matter what and enjoy each other no matter what the result,” said Chidester. “That is probably harder said than done. There is so much more to our relationship than just softball. We want to win both medals. We will support each other. No matter what.”


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