How did the girls do in there international basketball game?
What a phenomenal experience!
We arrived in Munich, then bused to Klangenfurt, Austria for the games. Klangenfurt is located in the southern border of Austria. The scenery was breathtaking during the bus ride from Munich to Austia:
After two practices, our 16 and under team met the top Hungarian team,mand had our lunch handed to us...... This was the first time our girls played a game together, and while there were bright spots, the Hungarian's were clearly a better (and much bigger) team. We later learned they were the top Hungarian team, and had played together at an exclusive academy for years. A Hungarian referee who befriended my wife and I told us the first Hungarian WNBA player was the head coach at the school,mand that several of the girls on the team would probably play on the Olympic team in the future.
We lost by 12 after being down as much as 20.
Then we went on a run, beating four teams, two Austrian, Turkey, and the #2 Hungarian team. As a result, we made the finals, playing for the gold medal. We beat the #2 Hungarian team in the semis (and they were darn good too), setting up a rematch with Hungary #1.
We lost in the finals to the same team, taking home the silver medal. While disappointed initially, the girls quickly realized what an accomplishment it was, and enjoyed the moment.
Following every game, teams took photos together,mand generally enjoyed meeting and competing with each other:
Anna had a few of her trademark moments from the three point line:
A happy silver medal recipient:
The opening of the games was spectacular, with representatives from each team presenting their colors for the crowd at the games soccer stadium. A mini taste of what the Olympic and World Games must be like. A few clips of some of the countries competing along with their national anthems.
U.K., Switzerland, Ukraine and Latvia:
Russia, Latvia and Finland:
And my personal favorite:
We're back home now. I'll post a few more pics of our trip to Venice and Salzburg later. Thank you for indulging me, as this is not remotely old car related........
What a lifetime of memories the girls will have. My Grandfather was from Switzerland and he had a picture very much like your top photo of the mountains that he could see from his porch. That photo hung in his room until the day he died. My Grandmother was from Germany and she also had photos like that.
What a fantastic experience for a teenage girl! (And her parents!)
Beautiful, in so many ways. Enjoy these days!
Well, that's just great. What a memorable experience for Anna. And a "gravy" moment for her Dad. That's wonderful that the girls won a silver medal! It's an accomplishment they will cherish forever.
Thanks guys. The girls had a great time (as did Holly and I). The tour was "chaperoned" by a young Austrian woman who was able to connect with our girls in a wonderful way. She made the tour portion of the trip unforgettable. Below she teaches the girls how to sing "happy birthday" in Deutsch so they may sing to one of their teammates who turned 16 during the trip:
Following the games, the team bused to Venice for a day:
Holly and Anna on our gondola ride. No, I didn't sing......
Then, to Salzburg, Austria:
The traffic in Salzburg was terrible, so Katrina did what a good tour guide does, she improvised. As a proud Austrian, she provided us with history and background. In a Salzburg traffic jam what does she do? Tell us about the Von Trapp family, of course. And then she broke into a Sound of Music song. Who would have thought our sixteen year old girls would know the words.........
An unforgettable trip..........