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We finally get to play

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Latest: Friday September 22, 2000 04:26 AM


Chris Humbert is competing in his third Olympic Games. The 30-year-old native of Modesto, Calif. is a member of the U.S. water polo team.

September 22, 2000
Sydney, Australia

What are your thoughts as the competition draws close?

I am just happy that we finally get to play. Living here in the village for the last 10 days and seeing all of the other athletes competing is difficult. I feel that I have been ready since the first day that I got here. I am getting a little nervous, but that means that I am going to be ready to play.

Which teams are you most excited about playing?

It starts day one with Croatia. I am excited to play all of the teams. The men's waterpolo competition is one of the most difficult of all of the team sports in the Olympics. There are seven or eight teams that could bring home the gold. That makes all of the games important and exciting.

What have you been doing to prepare for the matches while in Sydney?

We have had training everyday that we have been here. Most of the time we have been in two times a day. At most of our night trainings, we have been playing against teams in the other bracket of the tournament. We have been doing pretty well against them. I just hope that we can take this momentum into the tournament.

Have you been in the pool at the venue? What is your impression of the venue?

We have trained in the competition pool about six or seven times. It is a beautiful facility. The best part about the pool is the hot tub that can hold two full teams! They also have a nice waterslide, but it has been turned off for a while now.

Have you had the chance to check out any other sports since the Games have begun?

I have not been to any of the other sports. I have watched just about all of them at one time or another on TV here. The TV's in the village have live feeds to all of the venues and we can watch whatever sport that we want. We have been watching our women's team play. Some of our team may go tonight to see their semi-final game. I will be at home watching because I want to stay off of my legs for our game tomorrow.

-- Chris

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