June 2013 Archives
Hello! My name is Kasey Colander and I row on the GW men's rowing team. I was selected last month to come to Boston for the World University Games (WUG) selection camp for a shot to represent the USA abroad this summer.
Just for a little background, the World University Games are held every two years and host all the Olympic sports for the best university athletes from each county. It's kind of like the Olympics for university students. This year they are being held in Kazan, Russia, and the United States is sending around 500 athletes to compete in everything from badminton to wrestling. They have an athlete village constructed to house all of the athletes where each country will be living in a tower. There are communal dining halls in the village where all the countries can enjoy their meals together.
After seeing the U-23 Beach Volleyball World Championship, I took a bus from Katowice to Rzeszow to meet with the National team. Even though I have traveled a lot, I was nervous about traveling in Poland because no one speaks English. I was really lucky and found some Australian girls that were taking the same bus and knew where to go. On the bus the ticket man wouldn't let me buy a ticket at first because I couldn't pronounce Rzeszow correctly. After saying the city's name incorrectly about six times, a lady behind me understood what I was trying to pronounce and I finally got a ticket.
When I got to Rzeszow I got picked up by my coach. We drove about 20 minutes to Kielnarowa Sportssenter, where we were going to spend our camp.
A week later, demolition is virtually complete in the space that will house the new state-of-the-art locker and team rooms that will rival the best in the Atlantic 10. Take a look at the space in the @GW_MBB Vine below, and click here for a Photo Gallery of the project. Photos will be added to the gallery throughout the construction process.
After a week of being home I went down south in Norway to visit my old high school, Topp Volley Norway., I had a reunion with some of my old classmates in Stavanger. It was awesome to see them all again and catch up. From my old class, seven girls went to the United States and three guys went to Canada to study and play volleyball. Before this group, only one girl has gone to the States and two guys had gone professional in Europe.
During my visit to my old school, a coach from University of the Pacific was visiting to watch one of the boys play. This coach actually had our program's old coach, Joe, as an assistant a couple of years ago. It's crazy how small this world is!
New court design AND new state-of-the-art locker & team rooms coming next season, the Smith Center is a great home! twitter.com/MikeLonergan/s...-- Mike Lonergan (@MikeLonergan) June 6, 2013
Margrethe (Maggie) Skjelbred is a rising sophomore on the George Washington volleyball team. This summer, she will be traveling and competing as a member of the Norwegian Senior National Team and will be blogging about her experience.
Since my last blog post I have been pretty busy with non-volleyball activities. After training camp with the National Team, I went back to my hometown of Bodo which is in northern Norway, about three hours north of the Arctic circle. Whenever I explain the location to someone in the United States, I just say it's about the same latitude as Alaska.
I started working immediately when I got back from training camp at the office of a music festival that is held in my town every August called Nordland Music Festival. The first thing I did was translate all the information about the artists into English. It was fun being able to use one of the things I learned over the past year in America, even though I am not majoring in translating.
In the two weeks since I have been home the weather has been beautiful! It has been very hot, around 65-75 degrees every day, which is not normal for this time of year. It has been great being able to do activities outside, like hiking and playing beach volleyball!
Picture taken while hiking, you can also see these mountains from my house. The bridge you can see is world famous, because it goes over saltstraumen, which is the strongest tidal current in the world!
One great thing about living in Bodo is that we have the midnight sun and I have been able to experience the 24 hours of daylight multiple times since I have been home.
So Beautiful! I just love being home when it is like this!!
When I was home I was also able to play volleyball with my old club team which was so much fun! It was great seeing all of my old teammates and how they have developed in volleyball. Two of the girls on the club team used to go to my high school, ToppVolley Norway.
This week I am going down south again to visit my old school. I am so excited to see my former classmates and catch up with the students that also have been studying in North America like me.
I resume training with the National Team in a few weeks and then we head to Poland for our first tournament.
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