Experience is what shapes us, challenges our own preconceptions, changes the way we perceive things. This year the world came to standstill with our normal sport, work and school routines put on pause and a new way of living and experiences emerging from the lockdown.
For adidas athletes and many of us, without sport, there’s been a void but also time and space to think. Time away from the game has strengthened our passion for it. We asked adidas athletes how the meaning of sport and their own profession has changed and the experiences they drew on to keep them focused on being ready for sport again.
Watch adidas athletes explore what this time away has taught them, their unique reflections on their sport, and how they prepare to compete on the world’s stage, once again.
Lionel Messi, football player: Sport is the gift
In lockdown, Leo Messi says he’s come to think of playing as an honor. He’s gained the support and respect of fans all over the world. As he inspires them, their loyalty inspires him. Watch what it takes to get Leo Messi Ready for Sport below.
All Blacks, Rugby team: Sport means regeneration
New All Blacks captain Sam Cane shares his thoughts on lockdown, the team’s famous regeneration and the pressures and privileges of keeping the squad on top. Watch Sam Cane and the All Blacks get ready for sport.
Mikaela Shiffrin, skier: The return feels like the first time
From the thrill of speed to the deep meaning the sport has for her, Mikaela Shiffrin shares her excitement and nerves at returning to training and competition.
Xander Schauffele, golfer: Sport is the rush
When the greens were closed, Xander Schauffele stayed hungry and stayed ready. Now, with professional golf returning, it’s time to put preparation into practice.
Ian Wright, ex-Arsenal: Ready to be home again
Ian Wright reflects on the times in his life he’s lost football and how he’s ready to see his old club reunite and be a family again.
adidas Runners: Running is about chasing meaning
With marathons cancelled and clubs closed, runners everywhere were forced to re-evaluate their relationship with their sport. Three adidas Runners from three different continents – Nabila Sam, Jessie Zapo, and Paolo Bellomo – stayed open to new challenges, stayed present within themselves, and stayed ready for sport.