Alex Morgan had an aggressive plan for the year 2020: give birth to her first child in the spring, spend the next three months training like she never trained before, compete in the Tokyo Olympics on the U.S. Women’s Soccer team in the summer, and of course, bring home gold.
In a way, it’s serendipitous that it didn’t happen that way. For all of the bad that the global pandemic brought, being able to give birth to her first child and NOT have to get back into the best shape of her life and travel halfway around the world to compete in the Olympics, leaving a 3 month old newborn at home is a good thing.
That’s not to say that she couldn’t have done it. She could’ve. And she was prepared to do just that. After all, setting goals and then achieving them is kind of Alex Morgan’s M.O. She was a multi-sport athlete growing up and began playing soccer at an early age with AYSO, but she did not begin playing club soccer until age 14.