WNT Feb 1, 2010
As U.S. defender Lori Chalupny's birthday is in late January, and the U.S. team always seems to be together in late January, it seems that her birthday always falls during a WNT event. 2010 was no different. The WNT Blog apologizes for the two-day late birthday wishes (Jan. 29 was the 26th anniversary of her birth in St. Louis, Mo.), but better late than never. As a birthday present, Lori was allowed to drive the team's cart, usually used to transport gear, water and other practice necessities. This time it was Heather Mitts. We hope Mitts tipped her for the ride. (Just kidding. Chalupny was just posing on the cart after a short ride). It's becoming a new tradition for WNT Birthdays to be celebrated in three languages, with the team singing Happy Birthday in English, U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage singing in Swedish and asst. coach Hege Riise singing in Norwegian. We're not sure what version the Scandinavians are singing, but it sounds very good and the players really enjoy it. Chalupy got all three songs, along with the cake below.