Boehm's Blog: Practicing at Altitude and Preparing For the U19 World Cup

Boehm's Blog: Practicing at Altitude and Preparing For the U19 World Cup

Sophomore forward Jeannie Boehm was among 12 athletes selected for the to the USA Basketball Women's U19 World Cup Team. the United States will look to make it seven gold medals in a row at the July 22-30 event in Cividale del Friuli and Udine, Italy. Boehm averaged 7.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game for Harvard as a freshman last season. She will share her thoughts periodically during training camp in Colorado and competition in Italy.

Team USA U19 World Cup Competition Schedule

Blog Entry 1: Training in Colorado and Travel to Italy

Hi everyone! 

We have been in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Training Center for about seven days now. Our team flies to Venice tomorrow for the U19 World Cup. The World Cup is in a town outside of Venice called Udine. We are all super excited to get a change of scenery and start competing. The World Cup doesn't start until the 22nd, but we have exhibition games against Italy, Latvia, Spain, and France, along with a couple more practices before the real tournament. 

We have been practicing for about two hours twice a day. At first, practicing in the altitude was rough, but at this point we are all in great shape and used to running in the altitude. Practices are very intense because we are only together for a week before we go to Italy and most teams are together for months or even years. We have a closed practice in the morning, where we usually do skills stuff and put in new offenses and defenses. Then at night we scrimmage a local men's team, which didn't go so well at first but we are getting better and better every day. 

Outside of practice, we spend most of our time either eating or napping. We had a team photo shoot the other day, which was fun because we got to put on our actual uniforms for the first time. We have done a lot of team bonding activities as well. A few days ago we all went to the grocery store and got ingredients to cook an Italian-inspired dinner! It actually tasted pretty good even though nobody knew how to cook. We have all gotten pretty close in this short period of time and our chemistry is getting better every day. I'm super excited to head to Venice tomorrow morning, but we have a long flight ahead of us!