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Behind the scenes with the Canadian national women's soccer team

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Behind the scenes with the Canadian national women's soccer team

We asked the Canadian national women's soccer team to tell us about some of their pre-tournament jitters, and how words of encouragement affect their game. Here's what they had to share:

How do you
celebrate a win?
"Usually by singing Celine Dion … After one of our big wins last year, or a couple of years in the Cyprus Cups, we had the stereo system in the locker room and we popped in Celine Dion and started singing at the top of our lungs. And that's usually, as a team, what we do. If anybody walked by they'd think: What a bunch of crazy Canadians. I can't sing worth anything, but I am singing at the top of my lungs."
- Goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc, 31 years old, from Maple Ridge, B.C.

"A lot of dancing, music … (and, after a tournament) Celine Dion's Power of Love, that's a good one."
- Forward Melissa Tancredi, 29, Hamilton, Ont.

"Usually in the locker room we end up singing some kind of Celine Dion song … You can thank Karine LeBlanc for that one."
- Forward Christine Sinclair, 27, from Burnaby, B.C.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever gotten from a coach?
"Just to be confident in my own skill and my own ability and just to believe in myself. As a girl growing up you're not expected to be boisterous or look into yourself and be who you are, it's always like 'stay in the back, be a team player.' For a coach to come up to you and say 'you're better than you think you are,' and to push it out of you is the best advice I've ever gotten."
- M.T.

The team's pre-game rituals
"Music is a must. And, for me, when I put my shin guards on and my cleats, and even when I get my ankles taped, it's always left side first …"
- M.T.

Page 1 of 2 - Find out more pre-game rituals and what the team likes to eat on page 2!

More of the team's pre-game rituals
"Left to right: you've gotta put on everything from left to right (when getting dressed for the game). And definitely say a prayer. I always say a prayer right before I enter the field and during the national anthem."
- K.L.

"I always have to make sure my laces are tied extremely tight before a game. If they're too lose it sets me off."
- Forward Jonelle Filigno, 20, from Mississauga, Ont.

Favourite pre-game meals
"My pre-game meal is always a big plate of pasta."
- J.F.

"Pre-game it's usually plain, simple pasta. Especially with an Italian as a head coach, she's all about the pasta and the crostata before a game."
- C.S.

"Actually a lot of us have been taking these goo packets, which are supposed to be a lot of simple sugars right before we play and they taste like chocolate icing, so they're delicious."
- Midfielder Diana Matheson, 27, from Oakville, Ont.

Post-game snacks
"Post-game, right away we have Parmesan. It's gonna sound weird to people but Parmesan is what I look forward to. Parmesan is the first thing we eat in the locker room, as weird as that sounds. I'm a cheese-lover, too, so it works."
- M.T.

"Certain members of our team are obsessed with Parmesan cheese. I'm not quite there: It's hard for me to want to stick a brick of Parmesan cheese in my mouth after a game!"
- C.S.

Page 2 of 2 - Curious to know how the Canadian national women's soccer team celebrates a win? Find out on page 1.


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