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The Summer Olympics are gearing up Rio de Janerio, Brazil on August 5 through August 21, 2016. There will be over 10,500 athletes, including our Lancaster-based USA Women’s Field Hockey team. The team practices at the Home of Hockey, otherwise known as Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim. With the team being ranked 5th in the world, Team USA has high hopes for the Olympic gold!
This isn’t the first trip to the Olympics for Katie Reinprecht, Midfielder for the Women’s USA Field Hockey Team and native to Perkasie, PA. Reinprecht alongside her sister, Julia, played in the 2012 London Olympics.
A Typical Day in the Life of Katie Reinprecht:
- 7:45am – Wake up, brush teeth, and get changed/packed for the day
- 8:00am – Head downstairs for breakfast – Usually Greek yogurt with rolled oats, almond slivers, flax, chia seed and berries. Eat breakfast and watch The Today Show with my roomies
- 8:15am – Head to Spooky Nook for morning practice
- 8:30am – Arrive at Spooky Nook and get my gear on for practice
- 9:00am-11:00am – Practice #1
- 11:15am – Rinse off after practice and head to lunch
- 11:30am- Lunch at The Nook’s Food Court
- 11:40am – Take lunch to-go and head home for some relaxation before practice #2
- 12:00pm-1:15pm – Relax on the couch or take a nap
- 1:15pm – Head back to The Nook for conditioning and practice #2
- 1:30pm – Arrive at Spooky Nook and get ready for practice
- 2:00pm – Warm-up
- 2:15pm – Conditioning
- 2:40pm – Actual practice starts
- 4:00pm – End of practice and time to shower
- 4:30pm – Have a protein shake and take dinner to-go from The Nook
- 4:45pm- Return home
- 5:30pm – Eat dinner
- 6:00pm-9:30pm – Time to do something outside the house or just relax at home (I’m usually pretty lazy on Tuesday nights)
- 9:30pm/10:00pm – Head upstairs to start getting ready for bed
Can you list a couple of drills or skills you work on during your practices?
In order to be the best in the world, you need to master the basic skills. We spend a lot of time working on simple skills, like push passing, hitting, and receiving on the move. In the past year, I’ve also spent a lot of time working on my shot variety. I want to make sure no matter where the ball falls in the circle, I have the ability to quickly put a shot on cage. Some shots I have worked on are reverse hitting, upright reverse hitting, backspace shots, and pop shots.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, about an hour and a half drive from Lancaster.
How did you get into field hockey?
The main reason I decided to try field hockey was because my mom played in college and had a lot of knowledge about the game. In fifth grade I joined my mom’s indoor field hockey club and immediately fell in love with the speed of the game.
What would you say is a need or quality to become an Olympian?
I think an important quality athletes training for the Olympics need is mental toughness. Athletes at this level need to be able to respond to criticism and advice in a productive and constructive way. I truly believe that having “thick skin” is extremely helpful for elite athletes, especially in team sport. Also, athletes need to be able to rebound from failure, whether this means losing a game or not being selected for a team. It is important for athletes to be able to learn from their failures so that they put themselves in a better position to succeed the next time an opportunity presents.
What do you do when you’re not playing field hockey?
In the last year, I’ve picked up golf and have quickly learned that it’s quite difficult! The precision and mental acuity required to master this sport is incredible. In addition to golf, I also really enjoy cooking, going to movies, and simply spending time with friends and family.
How are you personally (could be mental or physical) preparing for Rio?
I want to be the most prepared player I can be by August 2016. This is going to require me to be extremely diligent with my nutrition, physical conditioning and strength training, and development of field hockey specific skills.
Support the Team! Spooky Nook Sports is hosting the USA Field Hockey Team vs. India and Canada as a Citi Rio Send-Off Series in preparation for the Olympics. The public is invited to attend these games, held July 18-26, to cheer on the team. Visit: https://webpoint.usfieldhockey.com/wp15/Events2/ViewEvt.wp?EventID=269791 to purchase tickets!