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Tess Losacker, an international student from Germany pursuing her athletic dream in the US, gets ready for her practice session at 6:00 pm on Monday, April 26, 2021, in Columbia, MO. Her practice sessions are erratic as an independent athlete, ranging from 7:30 in the morning to 8:00 at night.
Tess Losacker checks her timings after her training session on Sunday, April 16, 2021, at the Audrey J Walton Stadium, Columbia, MO. She records her timing and updates her progress to her coach in Berlin, Germany. She receives her workout routine every morning from her coach.
Tess Losacker and Logan high-five after a successful training session on Sunday, April 16, 2021, in Columbia, MO. Since the COVID-19 pandemic athletes were not allowed to practice in large groups. Tess works out with a trusted group of people to keep herself safe.
Tess meditates and listens to music on Wednesday morning April 28, 2021, at her apartment in Columbia, MO. Managing studies and training on her own can get overwhelming at times. She said mediating and listening to music helps her calm down.
Independent athletes face more challenges than other athletes on the university team. "I am not allowed to practice when the Mizzou athletic team is practicing," explained Tess as she makes her weekly training schedule on Monday, April 26, 2021.
Tess Losacker taking fish oil supplements on Monday, April 26, 2021, in Columbia, MO. Due to her hectic schedule, it is not possible to get all the required nourishment through her meals, said Tess. "These supplements help me stay healthy."
Tess Losacker enjoys her dinner after her late evening training session on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in Columbia, MO. She uses an icepack to soothe the pain in her leg after the intense training. "Since I am not on the team I don't have access to subsidized physiotherapy. I need to take care of these injuries on my own. This is slowing my progress down," said Tess.