Let’s Go Tokyo podcast: Perth’s soccer superstar Sam Kerr opens up ahead of Olympic Games

Kate RyanThe West Australian
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Sam Kerr is back for another Olympics.
Camera IconSam Kerr is back for another Olympics. Credit: Tony Feder/Getty Images

You wouldn’t think a sporting superstar like Sam Kerr would get star-struck, but the Chelsea FC forward and two-time Olympian described herself as a ‘small fish in a big pond’ at Rio Games in 2016.

“I think that experience for me was just focusing on our sport and what we can control rather than getting kind of caught up in everything that’s going on around you, and all the buzz and the athletes and all the superstars around you,” she said.

“So I think this Olympics, I’ll definitely be more focused on what I have to do rather than what’s going on around me.”

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With a new coach and a raft of new teammates, Kerr said team Australia was feeling strong ahead of their first — and according to Sam — most important game against New Zealand on Wednesday.

“12 of our second Olympics, we’re going in with a little bit more calm in the squad. But also, we’ve got some young, fresh faces. That’s always good for the team,” she told the Let’s Go Tokyo podcast.

Sam Kerr has been one of Australia’s best ever players.
Camera IconSam Kerr has been one of Australia’s best ever players. Credit: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

“But at the end of the day, we we’ve been together for an extra four or five years, actually. So I think it’s a positive. And yeah, we feel really good about it.”

Speaking to Ben O’Shea and Mark Readings on the Let’s Go Tokyo podcast by The West Live, the Australian captain opens up about having to be adaptable during COVID, how the team prepared for Tokyo’s humidity and not having her family in Japan, as well as playing in an empty stadium.

“You can’t go past the US, I guess. They’re obviously the favourites, the world champions. They’re in our group too. So I guess they’re the powerhouse But for us, the most important game is the first game against New Zealand and we feel really confident about it,” she said.

“But you know, you can’t look ahead — you’ve just got to look to that first game.

“We’re preparing already for that New Zealand game. And that’s the most important thing to us.

“And then once you get out of the group, honestly, anything can happen. It’s a crazy tournament. It’s a quick tournament and yeah, it’s anyone’s game really.”

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