“I still get the same feelings leading into the Olympics as I did when I was an athlete,” Rooney tells WHO. “As an athlete you have to take a lot of the emotion out … you almost have to downplay the event. But now I’m feeding into it.”
Rooney, who will room with “the divine Joh Griggs” in Rio, will be flying solo in Brazil. And she admits that it won’t be easy being away from her family.
“This will be the longest I’ve been away from my 2-year-old son [Zander],” says Rooney. “I am away for just under three weeks, and that’s the toughest part for me.”
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