Current Princeton and U.S. field hockey players Julia Reinprecht ’14 and Katie Reinprecht ’13, and Tiger and U.S. assistant coach Nate Franks '07 checked in prior to the London Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony. Stay tuned for their updates throughout the tournament.
The Saturday night red-eye flight to London was uneventful and after a bus ride from Heathrow that took us through downtown London past Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, we arrived at the Olympic Village. We're situated in the perfect spot in the Village — five minutes from the dining hall and five minutes from the shuttle to the pitch.
The weather has been absolutely perfect — sunny and warm without a cloud in the sky. We've had two training sessions on the main field and two on the practice field already. We took a little break from the Village on Tuesday, July 24, heading outside of London to the Cotswolds for a team-bonding retreat before returning for our only pre-Olympics warm-up scrimmage, facing Holland Thursday, July 26 mid-day.
“It was a surreal experience walking into the stadium past all the London 2012 signs and the Olympic Rings and finally seeing the blue turf in person,” commented Katie.
“The 360 degree view of all the seats from the field was incredible. I can't wait to see it full for our first game against Germany!” added Julia.
For additional updates, check out Franks' Princeton Tiger Field Hockey blog!
Below is U.S. Field Hockey’s official schedule:Date Opponent Time TV
July 29 Germany 4:15 p.m. ET NBC Sports
July 31 Argentina 2 p.m. ET MSNBCAug. 2 Australia 5:45 a.m. ET NBC Sports
Aug. 4 New Zealand 2 p.m. ET NBC Sports
Aug. 6 South Africa 5:45 a.m. ET NBC Sports
Aug. 8 Semifinals/Consolation TBD
Aug. 10 Finals/Consolation TBD
Special thanks to Nate Franks for help with this article.