Many months (okay, over a year) have passed since I last wrote a blog. I think it's time to breakout the creative writing skills and share some new hockey adventures with you.
As I pack my passport for a new adventure, my heart is once again racing with anticipation. Only now, I am not putting the shin guards and stick in my bag. In fact, I am only taking one piece of luggage... that's a first. On this adventure, I can kick back and enjoy the view as a spectator and coach.
It has been quite some time since I put on my USA jersey. I will forever be grateful of those incredible experiences with Team USA. But, believe it or not, I am just as excited this time around. I am looking forward to experiencing the World Cup in the stands waving my American flag with my team, comprised of 16 teenage players. I want to share in the jaw-dropping excitement with our country's next rising stars, a group of young women that have never seen the game played quite like this.
It's going to be a new adventure and we plan to bring all the exciting details to you. Myself, along with our athletes and 10 family members will explore Belgium and Dutch cities, watch World Cup and Master's World Cup hockey, participate in private trainings with Dutch coaches and compete in a youth tournament.
I think there will be plenty of amazing things to share with our friends and families back home. So, please be sure to check back here each day for a new blog from our group. The athletes will be writing about the experiences here for you to read.
We will be back next week!
Stay tuned and GO USA!
Keli Smith Puzo is a two-time Olympic Field Hockey player, Wife to Inako Puzo, head coach at Miami University, Mother of two young boys and your everyday kind of gal trying to keep it all together.