Monday, August 31, 2009

Food in Taiwan

Every breakfast and dinner we US Team ate hotel restaurant with all you can eat buffets. It’s really nice because I can have choices of food to taste and enjoy.  I couldn’t name the food that I ate because I don’t know their food.  
During the lunch, we go on our own since every team have varieties of training schedule. It is really nice so we have choices of place to eat. We usually go to the Mall’s food court since it’s next to the hotel. The food there is hard to order and learn since everyone who made food barely speak English.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

U.S. Soccer team open first day of training camp

The humidity outside for our U.S. Soccer Team today as we headed out to National Chung Cheng University in Chiai-Yi, Taiwan, to open the first day of training camp for the 2009 Summer Deaflympics. With several buses picking the different teams from the hotel to the university throughout the day.

We started our first practice at 8:30 a.m. with warm-up sprints and side lunges, followed by stretching. When I got outside, I was already sweating and it’s in the morning. We also had the first scrimmage in the afternoon after thunder hit the area. After the scrimmage, we gathered to discuss aspects of our game that we needed to improve at. 

We are staying in the 14-story Nice Prince Hotel, which towers above the cluster of low-rise houses traffic in Chia-Yi. Most of the times, I couldn't understand the languages around the area. There are a few English languages available. Outside, there were many of rush of cars and scooters in the narrow streets. I have never seen that so many scooters in my life and see tons of scoter parking on the street. So far I'm impressed with the people being very friendly and helpful.

Friday, August 28, 2009

U.S. Team arrives to Taiwan

After the USA Deaf Sports team met in the Los Angeles Westin Hotel ballroom with athletes and coaches, we picked up the team apparel and watch an orientation session before heading to Los Angeles International to Taipei Taiwan. 
When we arrived we showed the enthusiasm and honor to represent USA team. The total of flight was 14 hours and we were 1 hour early than time scheduled. But we waited while since longer lines for baggage claim and customs. We slept, chatting, got a chance to meet new athletes and relaxing in the plane.  Taiwan is really lot different from USA.

I am excited for my second time to Deaflympics, especially this year when there’s great opportunity for our team. Any team we will compete will be tough to play against.
As USADSF president Lawrence Fleischer status that the Taiwanese would be enthusiastic hosts. He said that recently, in Taipei, 30,000 people turned out to watch the martial arts warm-ups, and the tickets for the opening ceremonies are already sold out. He also said, “The 21st Deaflympics will be the best ever."

Monday, August 24, 2009

The time is coming closer to DEAFLYMPICS 2009!

Hey everyone, Thank you for checking out this blog.

I will be leaving on Wednesday August 26 to Los Angeles to meet all of the U.S. Deaf Teams. We as a U.S. Deaf Teams will fly out to Taipei the very next morning at 1:55 a.m on 27th. We will be arriving Taipei, Taiwan on August 28 at 6:25 a.m. local time and we will board coach buses and travel 3 hours to Chia-Yi for our training camp. We will stay at the nice Prince Hotel for a duration of 7 days. We will go back to Taipei on September 3rd to check in the Miramar Garden Taipei Hotel and to check out the venues and where the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will take place.

Here is my blog for the Deaflympics in Taipei, Taiwan on September 4-15, 2009. I set up the blog so you all can be up to date of what is going before and during Deaflympics.

There is current news about Deaflympics included in the blog along with different websites you can click on "click the logos " on the right column about the games.

Please feel free to read blog below and make a comments.

Thank you,

Matthew Eby

Friday, August 21, 2009

Good News, Typhoon skirts training camp site

Posted by Tara Schupner on August 20, 2009

As the Taiwanese bury their dead and continue cleanup efforts after a devastating typhoon last week, U.S. Team administrators have received a small dose of good news: The Americans’ training camp facilities and hotels were unharmed by the storm.

The U.S. Team’s training camp facilities and hotel in Chia-Yi, Taiwan, were relatively unaffected by Typhoon Morakot, said Jeff Salit, U.S.A. Deaf Sports Federation’s vice president of NSO Affairs.

“Everything is all set for us to arrive.”

The most damage occurred to the south, he said.

“Most of the damage — similar to what Katrina did to New Orleans — was suffered to the south of where our training camp is,” he said.

Morakot also left Taipei, location of most Deaflympics events, relatively unharmed, the American Embassy reported, according to a press release issued by the USA Deaf Sports Federation.

“Taipei was relatively unaffected by the typhoon. … all of our hotel lodgings and training sites are fully operational and anticipating our arrival,” said Brianne Burger, USADSF operations specialist, said in the press release, issued Aug. 17.

The U.S. contingent is set to arrive at Chia-Yi on Aug. 28, and move to Taipei on Sept. 4 for the inception of the Games. The opening ceremonies are slated to take place Sept. 5.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Despite Typhoon Morakot, Games to go on

Posted by Tara Schupner on August 12, 2009 From US Deaflympics Website
Although a fatal typhoon has inflicted widespread devastation across the island of Taiwan, threatening the U.S. Deaflympics Team’s training camp plans, the 2009 Games itself will take place as planned, officials said.
Typhoon Morakot pummeled Taiwan on Aug. 8 and 9, drenching the island with more than 80 inches of rain and killing at least 63 people, several news agencies have reported.
However, despite the destruction, officials said, the Games will go on.
“The Deaflympics will continue as planned. We do have some concerns about the training camp site, and are still waiting for information,” said Jeff Salit, U.S.A. Deaf Sports Federation’s vice president of NSO Affairs.
The U.S. training camp is slated to take place Aug. 29 to Sept. 4 at Chia-Yi, on the west coast of Taiwan. However, the region has been hard-hit by the typhoon. A video posted to YouTube showed a river overtopping a dam south of Chia-Yi, and another showed a nearby hotel collapsing. Also in a Chia-Yi village, tens of thousands of pigs and chickens died, causing concerns about sanitation, The China Post reported.
Salit said he is awaiting further information from the American Embassy in Taiwan, and cautions that it’s too soon to speculate about any changes to training camp plans. He remains optimistic, though.
“We have eighteen days until training camp begins,” he said. “That’s plenty of time for things to dry out.”
Meanwhile, he said, athletes should continue preparing for the Games as usual.
“Athletes, please focus on your training. Stay in shape, and let us committee members take care of the logistics,” he said. “Let’s go for the gold!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Fundraising goal has been met!

Thank you for the supporting the U.S. DEAF NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM

Angelos Soccer Corner, Lancaster, PA
Manager Ben from Soccer City in Longwood, FL
Manager Viceite from Adidas Outlet in Orlando, FL
-Psychiatric Solutions Inc., National Deaf Academy
-Angelo's Soccer Corner
-Adidas Outlet
-Don & Martha Erickson
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-Neil & Julie Fredrickson
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-Steve & Kara Gagnon
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-Bruce Weston
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-Matt Dray
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-Renee Geary
-Kenton Twidt
-Josh Duncan
-Michael Kennedy
-David Welker
-Roger Matamoros
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-Julian Mitchell
-Lisa Graham-Weber
-Joey Trapani