Paralympic sprinting champion Deja Young revealed she gained "comfort" from the postponement of Tokyo 2020 after she fell ill with COVID-19.
The 24-year-old tested positive for coronavirus in July and described her experience in an interview with the Team USA website.
"I tested positive and I cried," she said.
"I completely cried, I was so scared.
"You hear so many stories about it and it was one of those things where I thought it wasn’t going to happen to me.
"I was wearing masks and washing my hands and I hadn’t really been going anywhere and I ended up getting it."
Young claimed she lost all her energy and suffered from coronavirus symptoms for three weeks.
"Now I can finish a workout and not be so exhausted that I have to go to bed right away afterward,” she said.
"It’s been a breath of fresh air being able to get back into the swing of things.
"The good thing is that I have a whole year to get to where I need to be.
"The Paralympics aren’t next month or in two months, they’re a whole year away and that’s what comforts me most."
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics were postponed until August 24 to September 5 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Young was due to compete at her second Games, having triumphed in the 100 metres and 200m T46 events at Rio 2016.
She also holds world titles in the 100m T47 from 2015 and 2017, and another in the 200m T47 from 2017.
Young is expected to return to the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center at the end of the month.
"I’m excited about my journey now," she said.
"I was taking some things for granted before and wasn’t as grateful as I am now.
"I could still be in bed, or in the hospital.
"This was a wakeup call."