US Tour: Micah's diary day nine
- Wed 21 Jul 2010, 1:27AM
- Posted by Chris Bailey in Portland
We had a varied day yesterday with two lots of training sandwiching a visit from one of the world’s greatest ever track and field athletes.
Carl Lewis who we learned won nine Olympic gold medals and eight in the World Championships came to the hotel to chat to us and answer questions.
It was great that such a huge star flew in and shared his experiences with us. It was inspiring and all the lads enjoyed the hour or so with him.
He is an entertaining speaker and a proper legend and you could tell by how many of the lads who wanted to meet him afterwards what esteem he is held in by everyone.
Lewis told us about individual races, his rivalries, how trying to please his dad spurred him on and how he did all his best running late in his career.
The website crew did the interview and filmed him so a chunk of it should be on here pretty soon.
In terms of training we did a not too strenuous gym session in the morning and followed that with a long session on the field in the afternoon.
We did a lot of tactical and technical work with the manager which he and we enjoyed a lot and then split into groups for games on a short pitch.
Ours contained all the defenders so the standard was pretty horrific to be honest. Vinnie stood out a mile with his Cruyff turns and his step-overs and Bridgey has a decent shot on him but other than that the keepers didn’t have too much to do. The one touch passing wasn’t the best but our tackling was a lot better than the other game’s!
No training tomorrow as we are off to New York for the second part of the tour so I will be back in 48hours time.