Fun Times With the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team

Kat GalsimCorrespondent INovember 11, 2009

BEIJING - AUGUST 22:  (L-R) Natasha Kai, Lauren Cheney and Amy Rodriguez of the United States pose in the NBC Today Show Studio as part of the Gold Medal winning Women's Football Team at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 22, 2008 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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On the field, they’re all business. Off the field, hilarity ensues.

Exhibit A: Sand castle competition in Albufeira, Portugal.
Scenario: As a team building exercise for the ‘09 Algarve Cup, the team is divided into four, grouped by position (poor goalkeepers).
Best moment: Angie Woznuk and Megan Rapinoe unintentionally making a kid cry.
Best line: “The mermaid wasn’t even original!”-Amy Rodriguez exclaims in the background while Head Coach Pia Sundhage tells the camera her favorite is the goalkeepers’ mermaid.
Runner-up: “A little overdressed.” Heather O'Reilly while Heather Mitts shows off her beach dress

Exhibit B: Stephanie Cox’s birthday party
Scenario: The team surprises Cox on her 22nd birthday in a hotel in Juarez, Mexico.
Best moment: Heather O'Reilly trying, unsuccessfully, to push Tobin Heath into the pool. Hope Solo sees an opportunity and pushes both of them to the pool (goalkeepers are powerful ninjas).
Runner-up: Natasha Kai hitting herself instead of the pinata.
Best line: “It’s my first...I didn’t know what was going on.” Swede fitness coach Helena Andersson on all the pinata madness

Exhibit C: Funnel game
Scenario: Heather Mitts and Natasha Kai team up to pull a prank on a few of their teammates
Best moment: Abby Wambach laughing at Heather O'Reilly (you gotta hear it to appreciate it).
Best line: “I knew you were gonna do something! It was against my better judgement!” Kacey White.

Exhibit D: Bus wave-back game
Scenario: Always competitive, even on a bus ride during the Olympics, the team starts a contest of which side of the bus will get the most waves.
Best moment: Picture this: Baby-faced Lori Chalupny, in a bus, with a lollipop, waving.
Best lines: “The back of the bus doesn’t count.” “Yes it does!” “Dude they’re gonna… they could get a lot.”


Exhibit E: The Great Wall
Scenario: The team visits the Great Wall of China during one of their days off.
Best moment: Amy Rodriguez telling the camera—in what could be a German accent—they went up to the Great Wall, then proceeded to drink from her water bottle...which still had its cap on.
Best line: “I’m a little rattled, I’m not gonna lie.” Lindsay Tarpley as she, Heather Mitts and Lori Chalupny hike up the Wall.

Exhibit F: Train time
Scenario: The team takes the train to travel to Qinhuangdao. Challenge: To get off the train in a span of one minute. All of them.
Best moment: Heather O'Reilly knitting while Lauren Cheney feeds her.
Best line: “I think people are gonna start shoving us.” Team captain Christie Rampone as they get ready to get off the train.
Runner-up: “O’Doyle rules!” Natasha Kai.

Exhibit G: Ping-pong tournament
Scenario: The team organizes their “first annual” doubles ping pong tournament while in China.
Best moment: Lindsay Tarpley's performance at the championship match.
Runner-up: Cat Whitehill interviewing the winners with a ping-pong paddle as her mic.
Best line: “It builds character, it really does.” Lauren Cheney after losing all of their games

Exhibit H: Bowling tournament
Scenario: The team organizes a bowling tournament at Bol Bol.
Best moments: Every time they jump and scream.
Best line: “Make it a foursome! Make it a foursome!” -Hope Solo’s grandma

Exhibit I: Rock-hard abs
Scenario: Buddies Heather O'Reilly and Lori Chalupny talk about how the former broke the latter’s hand.
Best moment: Chalupny high-fiving O'Reilly with her broken hand.
Best line: “I heard I had rock hard abs before. I didn’t know it, until an incident like this really demonstrates how cut I really am.” Heather O'Reilly

Exhibit J: Gym Time
Scenario: A few members of the team go to the gym to pump some iron.
Best moment: Lindsay Tarpley on an exercise ball talking about her workout regimen, then slides off and the ball makes a weird sound.
Best line: “These pipes of mine, little, need a little toning. So I’m just gonna hit up the arm curls, you know, a little… little… what are these things called, tricep… curls?” Heather O'Reilly.

Verdict: This team is pretty funny.