S: Norway 2011
FC: Norway July 27th to August 6th, 2011 Once in a life time....
1: How our Norway Trip came about. In January 2011, Mary Paskevic sent a note out to all the Magpie team members about an opportunity that came up for the Magpies to participate in the Norway Cup in Oslo from July 31 to August 6th. Hannah had played with the Magpies as a secondary player a couple times. They invited her on this amazing adventure. Jim and I discussed the cost and the opportunity for our family and decided it was a once in a life time trip and one we likely could never do for less if at all. The organizing began. We had enough players to make the trip. The fundraising started. Some of the girls wrote essays to the US Swann's Ambassador's Challege to try to get a grant for our team. The girls did an amazing job and the team was granted $3000.00. This paid for many things including new warm-ups, jersey's and a bag for each player. Hexagon Composites a Norway based company gave the team $18,000.00 to put toward the trip. Jack Schimenti works with the company and was the orginator in getting this trip put together. This money paid for all our free days, food and sightseeing including the Oslo fjord boat cruise. Training,3 times a week, began with coaches, Thomas Nettleton and Greg Paskevic. Hannah felt all the training over the summer prepared the team for the Norway Cup. The girls on the team were mostly 17, a couple 18, couple 15 and a goalie 14 years old. They played in the 17,18,19 age group and competed well. The kids had great bonding time and everyone got along great. We all loved going to Norway!
2: 2011 | Travelling | byAir | a | bus ride into Oslo | Arriving in Oslo, Looking pretty chipper for the long flight. | leaving Omaha | Bracleet we all had to wear to get into everything for the Norway Cup
3: We were the first group to fly out of Omaha. A stop in Detroit and on to Amsterdam then Oslo. It was a 26 hour trip all around. We all went to bed for a few hours once we arrived. | Norwegian Currency is Krone | We flew into Oslo on KLM. We usually took the trams to the games. They were busy and full of teams. The buses were more full and the subway didn't go out to the fields. | July 27 - August 6th, 2011
4: Our hotel was the Rica Victoria. Team in the lobby and parents discussing the plans. Board meetings were on the second floor of the hotel. | we made it
5: Returning to the hotel after the first training session at Ekeberg Fields | Hotel Room | Norway
6: good eats | During the meals, people would just start clapping and cheering and soon the whole hall would join in and look around for what the applause was for.
7: During our stay we ate several meals at Ekeberg field. Lunch was always bread, jelly, meat spread, cheese & meat. We tried moose. We often had potatoes with our meals. Sometimes they had salad. Never dessert and always water to drink
8: Exploring Oslo July 28th | seeing the city with friends
9: The Memorial site for the bombing victims of Oslo. Sea of roses cover the entrance to the Domkirken Church in downtown Oslo.
10: Damage everywhere | Memorials placed everywhere in downtown Oslo
11: City mourning the loss of so many...... | Bombing and massacre in Oslo, Norway on July 22, 2011. A single extremist bombed a government building killing 7 and went on a shooting rampage leaving over 80 dead at a youth camp on the island of Utoya.
12: Touring Oslo on foot..... | Cole, Mike, Mary, Greg, Jim and Mary walked all around the city and down to Norway's Opera House: Operahuset. It is at the head of the Oslofjord. Home to their national ballet and opera.
13: Oslo's Harbors | Akershus Fort guarding Oslo | July 29, 2011
14: July 29, 2011 Our team and families took a boat tour through the Oslofjords. It was raining to start the day but the sun came out and it was beautiful.
15: Summer houses filled the landscape. Famous Norwegian painter, Edward Munch had a cottage on the fjord and the fjord appears in his painting, The Sceam.
16: Viking Ships, sailboats, cruise ships, fishing boats and the ferry ship that is as big as a cruise ship (middle picture). The ferry goes to Germany and back in a 24 hours. Holmenkollen-World Championship Ski jump in the distance. (bottom left)
17: Frognerbadet : July 30, 2011 | We were able to go to one of the public pools in Oslo for a few hours. The high dive was a favorite. We saw a speedo and more skin than we wanted on one lady. Ha.
18: Opening ceremony | July 30, 2011 | Parade of 1358 teams 52 nations
19: Parade of Roses | In Memory of those who lost their lives in tragedy on July 22
20: being silly | Opening Ceremony- Celebration of Life
21: The brothers that went: Chris Elbracht, Mason Kueny, Mike Paskevic and Cole. DeRouchey. They found many ways to be entertained.
22: Game one of the Norway Cup! Magpies win 2-0 vs Norway Tynset. | Tram ride to the first game. | Walking to the fields in the sea of teams. Teams sing and chant as they walk. | We gave each player a Magpie pin. They were so excited and gave our girls hugs | July 31, 2011
23: The team was invited to the US Ambassador's house. It was such an honor. Our entire group was allowed to attend. We had to show our passports to enter. A Norway team and an Afghanistan team also attended. The girls played games to get to know one another, exchanged names for Facebook and exchanged gifts. Norway Bohler team gave everyone a pin and a t-shirt, Afghanistan and Magpies gave pins. We gave the Ambassador a poster of the team and a custom bottle of liquor. The story the girls most remember is the Afghanistan team has to practice in an army barracks, keeping it a secret that they play a sport. Some play in their traditional dress.
24: The girls played a game of simon says but the Afghanistan girls didn't exactly get it. They all had many laughs. They played relay games mixing all the girls up onto three teams. | August 2, 2011
25: Ambassador's Ice Cream Social
26: After the Ambassador's house, we walked to the park. It is 80 acres with 650 sculptures from Gustav Vigeland. They are all related to the human condition. The main Fountain is depicting that from death there is life. Most popular is the Angry Boy. | August 2, 2011 | Vigeland Sculpture Park
28: Vigeland Park August 2, 2011 | Big Thumbs up!
29: The girls had a great time getting fun pictures. Maddy and Cole had to get a pic together. She called him "pooh bear".
30: Bygdoy Island August 3, 2011 Kon-Tiki Museum Viking Ship Museum Norsk Folkemuseum The Fram Museum Norwegian Maritime Museum
32: Norsk Folkemuseum
33: Norsk has the 13th century stave church. Stave means a medieval wooden church with post and beam construction. All remaining stave churches are in Norway but one. | August 3, 2011 | Hosts are in costumes and acting out the time in history.
34: Kon-Tiki Museum Housing original vessels from Thor Heyerdahl's world famous expeditions. | Oscar for the documentary about Thor Heyerdahl's expedition.
35: The Fram Museum | Houses the strongest wooden ship ever built. The Fram is kept in its original condition in the museum. | August 3, 2011
36: Overlooking the fjord by the museums. | Heading back after seeing all the museums. | August 3, 2011 | Leaving Bygdoy Island.....
37: Swimming in the ocean until the rain came in. August 4th, 2011 | Heading for some ocean swimming
38: Mary, Jim, Mary & Greg went to the ski jump while the others went to the ocean. Amazing view from the top. | August 4, 2011
39: Coaches/Team managers Night For all the international teams Norway cup hosts a dinner boat cruise. We had fresh shrimp on bread with mayo and lemon juice. It was amazing-so fresh | Each country sang a song to represent themselves. Coach Thomas did ours. We sat next to the Russian and German coaches. It was a great night. After the cruise we headed to a couple clubs before turning in. Anja was our NC guide. She hung out with us. She showed us how to peel the shrimp and got many drink tickets for us.
40: Game 1 USA vs Norway-Tynsett 2 | USA wins 2-0 | Charging the goalie! | Memory: Gpa and Gma cross the soccer field mid-game. Refs have to stop the game while they leisurely get off the field. | August 31, 2011
41: Resting after game 1. Waiting to go watch a Norway team play 7v7. A Hexagan CEO's daughter played on the team. | Magpies meet the Norway team. Norway played a much younger Lebanan team who we met on the bus on the way back to our hotel. We gave them USA pins and they loved it! We gave this Norway team pins as well. | The 7v7 sided games are big in the Norway Cup. | August 31, 2011
42: August 1, 2011 | Game 2 USA vs Norway Vang Tied 1-1 Girls warm up and get pumped for a hard game. We got to play on the main stage field at Ekeberg. | Waiting for warm ups.
43: The game was intense from the start. Group picture and exchange of pins after the game. | Nearly scored
44: Game 3 USA vs Norway Rubb/Bremnes | August 2, 2011 | First loss 3-6
45: We played at the other field for this game. We noticed several people without their shirts on to sunbathe. It was funny to us. | Battles!
46: Game 4 USA vs Norway Bryne Lost 0-2 | August 3, 2011 | A Magpie was at our game!
47: Friendly game against Brazil August 5, 2011 Our only rainy day, we had great weather for our trip. Team warms up relaxed with a game of kick ball. | USA vs Brazil The Brazil girls wanted to exchange jersey's or jackets but our girls gave them pins and traded sling bags with a few. Brazil's coach was Formiga who had just played the US in the women's World Cup. | Amund, Norway friend
48: USA | Brazil | Vs | August 5, 2011 | Friendly Game
49: Just fun Pictures! | 2011 Magpies to Norway | Lifelong Memories
50: One of the museums we could go to for free was the Nobel Peace Prize Museum. It was very interesting to see.
51: We brought 3 Vermin with us. It is an art project by Jamie Burmeister. We take pictures of where we leave the vermin and then log it into the website vermin.me. | The girls heading back to the hotel after a game. We only had to walk a few blocks. | Girls waiting for the bus to come. It took forever to get back on one trip
53: Team from | Mongolia | Article from the school newspaper. | way
54: Exploring in City Square, waiting for a tram. | Oslo, Norway 2011 | A Mime
55: World Game Hallie represented the USA. Magpies cheered her on. World played the U16 Norwegian National team. | Maddy, "Ill be here all day." Crash!
56: Heading to Disco Night at Club Mango. The brothers went, too. | August 4, 2011
57: Oslo Tram The kids found ways to entertain themselves as we waited for the next tram.
59: USA made the first day of the Norway cup news! Our program gave us maps, a schedule of all the games and activities.
60: Oslo Harbor at dusk. A couple blocks from our hotel.
61: Street we stayed on | OSLO | 2011
63: 2011 | Old pictures were in the Folk museum on Bygdoy Island | Borgund Stavkirke Church 1910 | Flothyl Farm Norway 1910 | Norway 1910
64: Leaving Oslo on August 6th at 2:30am. 45 minute bus ride to the airport Hovedinngang. Most people stayed up all night. The kids all hung out with their Norway friends until we had to load the bus. We arrived home with little sleep but all of our bags and no problems. Cole fell asleep in the basement after 24+ hours of no sleep. We all needed a few days to recover but over all it was worth every minute. It was an amazing trip that we will never forget. | From Shannan Spaunburg: The people that we meet on our journey, are people that we are destined to meet. Everybody comes into our lives for some reason or another and we don't always know their purpose until it is too late. They all play some kind of role. Some may stay for a lifetime; others may only stay for a short while. It is often the people who stay for a short while that end up making a lasting impression not only in our lives, but in our hearts as well. Although we may not realize it at the time, they will make a difference and change our lives in a way we never could imagine. To think that one person can have such a profound affect on your life forever is truly a blessing. It is because of these encounters that we learn some of life's best lessons and a little more about ourselves. | Heading home
65: Travelling! | Team dinner at Egon. It is their version of TGI Friday | Coach Nettleton and his wife, Bailey
66: Class Q was 17/18/19 year olds. Magpies had two 18 year olds the rest were younger.
68: Back row: Alexis Schneider, Paige Paskevic, Maddy Paskevic, Katie Curtiss, Val Hernandez, Jade Vomacka (injured), Second Row: Coach Thomas Nettleton, Alyssa Carstens, Zoe Otteman, Anna Elbracht, Kasi Abbenhaus, Kaitlin Kueny, Alyssa Jirkowski, Abby DeWitt, Coach Greg Paskevic. Front Row: Hallie Schimenti, Emma Dubas, Jen Grigsby, Madeline McCann, Hannah DeRouchey