Shuey taking Olympic cancellation in stride

Bob Parana - Staff Writer

Johnsonburg native Michael Shuey is keeping a positive attitude despite the news that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shuey, a javelin thrower, was on his way to make the United States Olympic team that was to travel to Japan for the Olympics that were to start July 24. He was ranked in the top 32 of the World which is needed to qualify. Shuey, who is training at the Elite Athlete Center, located in Chula Vista, California, talked Tuesday afternoon about being told of the postponement. “We had a meeting this morning to discuss how everyone was feeling about it and the next step we should take as a group. We talked about what the best options are since we still may have a track season later on maybe in late July,” he said. Shuey said while they're not quarantined, precautions are being taken at the facility, which is near San Diego. “We live on campus but now we’re not allowed to eat in the cafeteria so we either have to eat outside or go to our rooms. The weight room is outside in a well-ventilated area. We know it could impact the rest of the group if we go out into the city and possibly get sick,” he said. The Penn State graduate while disappointed the Summer Games have been postponed is taking a positive approach. “Everything is going real well. I’m excited to take more time. It’s like a test you’re never really ready for no matter how hard you study. I’m excited to have more time to keep studying and to get better at what I’m trying to do. I’m fine with it. The more time the better.” Realizing that people may be worried about him being so far away during the COVID-19 pandemic Shuey, the youngest of Bill and Donna Shuey’s six children ( Sara, Ginny, Kelly, Billy, and Matt), wants everybody in the area to know he’s doing well. “I’m more worried about the people outside the center and my gramma and people in Elk County who are also taking precautions. With hearing about everything that’s happening (with the virus) A big part of me wants to come back to Johnsonburg and spend time with my family but me being out in a city with a high contamination rate it really doesn’t make any sense. Always humble, before our conversation ended Shuey said he wanted to assure people that he’s OK. “I didn’t realize people in Elk County were wondering how I was doing. That makes me feel good. Be sure to let everybody know I’m doing well,” he said.