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Banwarth's in Rio: Journey starting to feel real

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The family of Kayla Banwarth, a Dubuque native and Wahlert alum and now U.S. Olympian, have arrived in Rio and are ready to watch their daughter take the stage in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

"So far we're still in touristy mode. The opening ceremony hasn't started, volleyball hasn't started, so we're just trying to get settled in, get used to our area here," said Eric Banwarth, Kayla's brother.

They didn't take in the Opening Ceremony in person, as they say tickets were going for more than $2,000 a piece.  But they said getting the chance to see their daughter marching in with the U.S. delegation of athletes would be emotional.

"She'll be full of tears," Tom Banwarth, Kayla's father, said about Anne, Kayla's mother.

"I won't be able to talk," replied Anne.  "It's going to be amazing."

Their trip to Rio and now watching the Opening Ceremony have helped to make this entire journey feel real, but Tom says it's not all the way there yet.

"It feels more real, but when we get to the facility and see her play, then we'll know," he said.

Kayla and Team USA take the court Saturday afternoon at 3:05 p.m. to take on Puerto Rico.

It's Puerto Rico's first trip to the Olympics. The US is 36-3 all time against them.

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