Houston-native Ginny Fuchs talks Olympic hopes, mental health battle

Ginny Fuchs hopes to head to Tokyo and represent the USA next summer

HOUSTON – “I had this mindset that I’m going to be competing in Tokyo in four months, and so having that mindset for the past three years, and then it gets pushed back another year... it’s kind of like, ‘woah,’” said Fuchs.

Ginny Fuchs, like most Olympians, understands why. The shock of the Olympic games actually being pushed back has a deep impact on training and routine for the Episcopal High School graduate, though she also sees the positive.

“You have to refocus in a way,” said Fuchs. “But it also gives me another year to really work on my craft and become the gold medalist that I’m really wanting to become.”

Fuchs decided to make the most of her time off, beginning with a camping trip along with some teammates.

'We were like, ‘maybe this is a good way to get away from everybody, and it’s good social distancing,’ so we just decided to go out and do that for a week and then we came back to Colorado," Fuchs explained.

Training when the Olympic Center is closed can be tricky, but Fuchs has chosen to do a lot of outdoor work.

“We’ll try to do at least some type of upper body or lower body work,” said Fuchs, who also does circuits outside.

“It’s a lot of plyometric exercises like push-ups, dips, jump squats,” explained Fuchs.