The trip started on Friday in Colorado Springs (departed the Olympic Training Center at 12:15 pm) and ended on Saturday in Maldonado, Uruguay about 6 pm. It was a LONG trip but all endured it well. Uruguay time is 2 hours ahead of Central Time in my home state of Iowa.
Leg One – Colorado Springs to Houston 2+ hours
Leg Two – Houston to San Paulo, Brazil 9+ hours
Leg Three – San Paulo to Montevideo, Uruguay 2+ hours
Bus Ride – from Montevideo to Maldonado, Uruguay 1+ hours
From start to finish the trip took 25-26 hours for the flights, bus, wait, and lay over time. The Houston to San Paulo flight took off at 9 pm and most managed to sleep through the over-night flight.
A welcome sight at the Montevideo airport was a McDonalds! Everyone was treated to a meal to go for the bus ride to Maldonado.
|Caroline Williams, USA media helping with the check in process.|
|Hanging out and waiting for the first flight.|
|Coaches and team trainer having a meal at the airport.|
|After a long lay-over in Houston it's about time for the 2nd leg of the trip.|
SAN PAULO, BRAZIL
|Airport lay over time|
|BJ Johnson (USA Asst. Men's BB Director) and|
Samson Kayode (USA team manager & film)
getting some work done in the airport.
We made it to Uruguay, but not our final destination yet.
|Collecting all the many bags|
|We made it to Uruguay!|
|Loading the bus that will take us to Maldonado|
|The joy of McDonald's!|
After a bus trip of over an hour we checked into our hotel - Golden Beach Resort. We had a few hours to get settled in then it was time for a team meeting and off to the area for an hour practice. Great practice! After practice we had a team dinner at Sumo Resto-Cafe.
|The hotel lobby|
|Getting room assignments from B J Johnson|
PRACTICE AT THE ARENA
TEAM DINNER AT SUMO'S
|Coach Showalter enjoying his steak!|