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Postcard from Rachel Buehler in Qinhuangdao, China

Every so often when the U.S. Women’s National Team plays out of the country, a player will write an e-postcard, filling in the fans back home on the happenings of the team, off field activities, and anything else on their mind. Today, 22-year-old defender Rachel Buehler (who points out that she’ll be 23 soon) checks in from Qinhuangdao, China, and lets us in on the secret to rock hard abs: Latin Dancing (see above).

Hello from Qinhuangdao, China.

Everything is going great here as we get ready for our first match of the 2008 Olympics. We were in Beijing for a few days at the beginning of the trip and we got to go see the Great Wall of China. That was the highlight for me so far. It’s absolutely amazing how they were able to build it without cranes, electric tools and modern construction materials. Like thousands of other tourists, I bought an “I Climbed the Great Wall of China” t-shirt and I’ll wear it proudly back home.

I also got a really nice piece of jade. It’s small, shaped in a leaf and has some intricate etchings. I also bought a journal at the Great Wall. I’ve been writing in it a bit, so doing this postcard is right up my alley.

Our hotel in Qinhuangdao is really nice, except that I feel like we are sort of in lock down. The security guys are not too keen on us going for walks, but there really isn’t much to see around the hotel so we are spending a lot of time in our rooms.

Speaking of room time, we are making the best of it. Some things I’ve been doing:

  1. Talking online A LOT now that I have a web cam. It’s like I’m down the street from my friends and family.
  2. Last night we did Core Rhythms, a Latin dancing ab workout. It was me, A-Rod, Cheney, Tobin and Steph. We did it in my room, but we couldn’t last the whole video. It was pretty hard and we were sweating, but I think we are all now better Latin dancers. I’d say Cheney was the best out of all of us.
  3. Watching HEROES. We are addicted. I had never seen the show before this trip (too busy studying for the MCATs), but just today we’ve already watched four hours. Who is this Sylar guy?
  4. I’ve been reading Power of One. I love it and I recommend to anyone, especially those who have hours of down time in a Chinese hotel.

We went shopping today, but I didn’t buy anything. I was hanging out with Heather Mitts and for some reason I can’t figure out, Chinese guys keep buying stuff for her even though she doesn’t want it. She’s going to need an extra suitcase before this Olympics is over.

Practice has been good. It’s hard playing in the humidity, but the air quality here in Qinhuangdao is pretty good. We actually saw a few clouds today instead of just a haze and the temperatures cooled down. I think it might actually be quite comfortable for the matches.

Usually, in this postcard I’d like to give a shout out to my loved ones back home, but since I’ve been talking to them every day online, I don’t need to.

I just want to say thanks in advance for all those fans in my hometown of San Diego and on the west coast of the United States who are going to get up really early to watch the matches in Olympic. Everyone on the team really does appreciate it. I don’t know what role I will play in the tournament yet, but I do know, I am going to be ready when called and I can’t wait for the first game. 

Catch ya later,