Sunday, July 27, 2008

First Training in China

After two days of rest, relaxation and sight-seeing, the U.S. team got to work this morning, running through about a 100-minute session at Beijing Normal University, the home base for the USOC during the 2008 Olympics. The operative word for this training: Humidity. It was hotter than a plate of extra spicy Szechuan Kung Pao Chicken out there and the players were bathed in sweat from the moment they hit the field. The hazy weather at least blocked out the sun, but it wasn't the crispest of sessions due to the heat and jet lag. Still, the team was excited to play and get its final Olympic preparation started. More than a few players jumped into big tubs of ice after practice to help their legs recover, which was in turn refreshing, remarkably painful, numbing, and then refreshing.

Lori Chalupny does her best impression of a polar bear

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