Jervis: "I will literally walk to Tokyo. I do not care who's there."



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Jervis: "I will literally walk to Tokyo. I do not care who's there."

The time of the pandemic in which we all found ourselves had a great impact on our lives. Many things have changed and it has been very difficult to get used to the new conditions. Georgia Davies and Dan Jervis are promising swimmers who will represent the UK at the Olympics.

In an interview with the BBC, they revealed how they coped during the pandemic and how they were affected by the pandemic. "I told myself I wouldn't take it for granted again," Davies tells BBC Sport Wales. "I've never had that much time out of the water since I started my swimming career.

So last year was a shock." "But it definitely gave you that perspective and I felt so grateful to be back in the water." Davies expects a great atmosphere in Tokyo at the Olympics but thinks that the Olympic Games with pandemic measures will look strange "It's hard to picture [Tokyo] because usually Olympic villages are so busy," she continues.

"There are so many people everywhere and it's such a vibrant, exciting atmosphere. I can't imagine the dining hall being socially distanced [and] the amount of space they'd need. "But every Games is different.

I've been to two and I can definitely say London and Rio were so different. "So no matter which Games you go to, you're going to have a completely different experience to any other one. This will just be even more different."

Jervis wanted a break

Jervis, a young swimmer with a promising future, believes the pandemic helped him because he needed a break from everything "I think I'm in a better position now than I've ever been," the 2019 British 400m and 1500m freestyle champion says.

"I was tired. I don't like the word. But I was actually mentally tired. "Because I've been swimming since I was a child and you never really have a break as an athlete. And I needed it. "All these big competitions I was going to - like the World Championships - I wasn't performing."

"This year has given me the opportunity to step back and get back to the drawing board and see where I'm going wrong. I think I've figured it out." It seems that the Tokyo Olympics are his most important thing and that he will do his best to appear at the Olympics.

"Last year I think Canada and Australia were the first countries to pull their athletes out of the Games and straightaway I was like 'postpone the Olympics'," he says. "I've waited such a long time to go that when I go I want the full experience.

"Now I will literally walk to Tokyo. I do not care who's there. I just want to be an Olympian. That's all I want to be able to say. "If that opportunity gets taken away from me I'll be heartbroken."