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Saturday, April 6, 2013
The real fun is about to begin

By Shoni Schimmel

Shoni Schimmel
Final Four activities include media obligations, dinner with the other teams, a Mardi Gras-style parade and, of course, the business of practice.

Friday was a very busy day for the Louisville women’s basketball team. It started with a pool workout at our hotel. Our strength coach, Teena Murray, makes us get in to get our bodies moving and relaxed for the long day ahead of us. We usually use an indoor pool, but this time we had the pleasure of having the pool outside. It was super cold, especially with the wind blowing, but we made the most out of it because champions always want to start their days off right!

Next, a few of the players went to the arena to do a lot of media, along with tons of crazy, funny pictures and some video work. This was a new experience for Nita Slaughter, Bria Smith, Sara Hammond, Jude Schimmel, Sheronne Vails and me, because this is our first time in the Final Four.

But it wasn’t all fun and games. We had practice for a few hours before heading to our next event, the Salute on Parade.

The Salute had a lot of activities for us there, as well. When we walked in we picked out our Final Four rings and got them sized, which was exciting. Then we had dinner with the three other teams and had the pleasure of enjoying each other’s company. Next, we went on to a parade similar to Mardi Gras and threw out beads to everyone and had a lot of fun.

The atmosphere here in New Orleans is something else. If you aren’t down here already you need to because the real fun is about to begin. We are taking in every moment, but we are also focused on our goal. Only one more day until the games begin!