WNT Sep 7, 2011
Many of the U.S. players have been all over the USA after the Women's World Cup, not only finishing their club seasons, but also doing appearances or just flat-out relaxing. None however have gone “over the pond.” That'll change this weekend when U.S. defender Heather Mitts heads to London, host of the 2012 Olympics, as part of the U.S. Olympic Committee's “Team USA: Britain Bound,” program, a first-of-its kind, interactive program that will see an all-star roster of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic champions tour Britain this fall.
The program will take fans behind the scenes as the athletes visit some of the Olympic venues and iconic British travel spots ahead of the Games next summer. The program’s interactive website TeamUSA.org/BritainBound will also give fans the chance to share their ideas on what the athletes should see and do when they arrive in Britain.
The Team USA: Britain Bound tour is scheduled throughout the fall of 2011. Aside from Mitts, the roster of U.S. athletes includes:
· Jeremy Campbell (2008 Paralympic discus and pentathlon champion)
· Henry Cejudo (2008 Olympic wrestling champion)
· Bryan Clay (2008 Olympic decathlon champion)
· Allison Jones (2008 Paralympic cycling silver medalist and 2006 Paralympic skiing champion)
· Nastia Liukin (2008 Olympic gymnastics champion)
· Rebecca Soni (2008 Olympic swimming champion)
Itineraries have Team USA athletes visiting Olympic venues and cultural landmarks around Britain, making stops at several locations along the official Torch Relay route.
Some of the highlights of the Team USA: Britain Bound trips include:
· Olympic capital, London
· Old Trafford, Manchester
· The Scottish Highlands – including a visit to The Highland Games
· Stoke Mandeville, England – the ‘home of the modern day Paralympic Games’
· Britain’s youngest capital – Cardiff, Wales
· Weymouth and Portland, England – venue for the sailing events in 2012
· Stratford-Upon-Avon – the birthplace of Shakespeare
Photos and videos from the athletes’ trips, their itineraries and other Britain travel ideas will be shared on www.TeamUSA.org/BritainBound and updated regularly. The athletes will also share their experiences via their personal social media accounts and on the US Olympic Team Facebook page.
Mitts will juggle a soccer ball and show off her foot skills in the shadows of Stonehenge, experience a thermal bath spa in the ancient Roman spa city of Bath, take a horseback riding lesson at Cowarth Park, and play tennis on the same court as King Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace - also home to the London 2012 cycling time trials. Sounds like she'll be Princess Mitts for four days?
All seven Team USA: Britain Bound athletes have won gold at the Olympic or Paralympic Games, and will be looking to add to their count in London in 2012. Between them, the athletes have won 19 medals in 13 appearances at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. They’ve won 38 World Championship medals and hold four World Records.
Mitts will be in London from Sept. 8-12. We wonder if she'll sample a dish of Toad in the Hole? Or perhaps some Pie and Mash? Which we hear is David Beckham's favorite food.