- US Women's National Team star Carli Lloyd plans to compete in the Tokyo Olympics despite the one-year delay announced earlier this week.
- Lloyd — who, at 37 years old, has already competed in three Olympics for the USWNT — was contemplating retiring after this summer's games.
- She posted on Twitter Tuesday that one "silver lining" of the postponement is "more time to prepare, more time to get sharper and even more fit!!!"
- Lloyd also told the Los Angeles Times that she's "looking forward to continuing the preparation" for the Olympics because "competition is what drives me."
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The Tokyo Olympics may be postponed a year, but that's not stopping Carli Lloyd from trying to compete in the fourth Olympics of her career.
The 37-year-old USWNT star confirmed via Twitter and through interviews with various outlets that she will put off her retirement until after next year's games.
"I was going to take it to this summer's Olympics and then see where I was mentally and physically," Lloyd told the Los Angeles Times. "I wasn't sure when I would officially retire. So now I have the opportunity to stick around for another year and it would be a dream come true to win gold with my teammates."
"That would be satisfying enough for me to officially retire."
On Tuesday, Lloyd quoted a tweet about fans getting "a bonus year of soccer" from the two-time FIFA Player of the Year and added "silver lining 😉 more time to prepare, more time to get sharper and even more fit!!!"
She also silenced doubters with a quote from late NBA legend Kobe Bryant:
Though Lloyd has undoubtedly reached the twilight of her illustrious career, the star USWNT striker insists that she's currently playing the best soccer of her life — and the statistics back her up. She's registered 18 goals — more than any other USWNT player — in 2019 and the first three months of 2020.
Lloyd currently sits at fourth on the all-time USWNT leading goalscorers' list, trailing Kristine Lilly by seven goals for a spot on the team's scoring podium. But when it comes to Olympic tallies, the Delran, New Jersey, native leads all Americans with eight scores through her three Games.
"My obsession to keep improving drives me," Lloyd said in an interview with the Burlington County Times. "I feel like there is still a lot more room for improvement and walking into retirement I want to hold my head up high knowing I did everything I can to be the best me possible."
Aside from chasing USWNT records currently held by stars and stripes legends, Lloyd and the rest of the squad are focused on redemption in Tokyo. Though she's won two gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, Lloyd and company missed the podium at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after losing to Sweden in the quarterfinals.
It's no wonder, then, that she's looking to extend the magic a bit longer to make it to the Olympics one more time.
"I love playing for my country in World Cups and Olympics," Lloyd told the Los Angeles Times. "Competition is what drives me. The Olympics are special and always have been to me. I am looking forward to continuing the preparation."
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