Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Team USA brought out the TV cameras for their final New York practice before leaving for the Worlds next Sunday. [watch video at this link]
The team will initially be staying close to the Abbotsford CC where they will hold an open practice at 6.45pm on February 16th and compete in a demonstration game on Wednesday February 18th at the same time. Team Leader Marc DePerno told the club: "Having an opportunity to prepare for the 2009 World Championships, just prior to its start, in a community so near to the Championship venue is a significant asset as it allows the team to practice one final time and aids with reducing any stress that may build prior to the opening match of the Worlds.”
The USA team for this year's Worlds and next year's Paralympics was chosen last December. "…it is necessary for the team to have at least a full year of training to work on team harmony, dynamics and strategy leading up to the Paralympic Winter Games,” DePerno explained.
Asked how the team felt prior to leaving for this year's Worlds he said, ""The energy is high; the motivation is at its highest level yet. We have great skill on our team; we have a lot of experience under our belt. We have a bronze medal coming off of last year’s worlds. We feel very confident on getting another medal this year and hopefully the gold."