Team GB head coach Hege Riise has urged her squad to forget about the emotions ahead of their Tokyo 2020 campaign. Their campaign will start on July 26, two days after the opening ceremony. She revealed that Steph Houghton will wear the armband ahead of co-captains Kim Little and Sophie Ingle. Riise is an Olympic gold medalist herself as she won gold with Norway in Sydney in 2000. The former midfielder feels that her experience will give the squad a different perspective at Tokyo 2020.
“It will be an emotional rollercoaster and how we deal with that individually and as a team will be crucial,” Team GB head coach Hege Riise said before the start of their Tokyo 2020 campaign. “You need to have confidence that you are well prepared but also know not every game will be a great game, you might win on a day which isn’t great.”
“You must overcome the feelings of not performing and being at your best but still win,” she added. “The emotions of being in an Olympics are quite big and the games come so quickly so you don’t have the time to be too overwhelmed or happy. You just need to get going. You can prepare for something and it doesn’t happen so you need to be adaptable to whatever comes. We have to be prepared for that.”
The team qualified for the Olympics after England finished fourth at the Women’s World Cup in 2019. The majority of the squad are English with Sophie Ingle from Wales and Caroline Weir and Kim Little from Scotland.