Although the Olympic roster is complete, three young athletes were given the exclusive opportunity to step into the turf shoes of the U.S. Olympic Team.
At the Fantasy Camp held in Chula Vista, Cali., at the Olympic Training Center, campers took the pitch in front of goalie Amy Swensen and among other field hockey legends like Keli Smith Puzo and Kayla Bashore Smedley before their gold-bound departure to London.
Campers Grace Imhoff, Kennedy Schumacher and Kristen Lee were afforded a chance to practice their skills and improve their fitness by learning from the nation’s brightest hockey stars.
“This has been a once in a lifetime experience that has benefited my game in so many ways,” Imhoff, a Denver, Colo. native, says. “I have learned so much by watching the high intensity drills in the practices and taking part in some of the drills.”
For two days the three girls were immersed in exclusive one-on-one coaching sessions with the Technical Director of High Performance, Terry Walsh and Coaches, Lee Bodimeade and Nick Conway. The campers also deepened their relationships with the team by dining and exploring the San Diego area.
“The overall experience is like nothing I have ever been through,” Denver, Colo. athlete, Schumacher says. “It's incredible to experience the day to day lives of my idols and role models, the lives of Olympians!”
"It's really inspiring to see how excited everyone around here is for the Olympics and how much time and dedication has been put into their preparation for it. It’s amazing to be able to be here to watch everything come together," says Lee.
For more information on a chance to participate in the next Fantasy Camp, please contact Meagan Connolly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kaitlin Mitchell is a freelance writer for USA Field Hockey