I do not know whether coaches are included or not … but am guessing that, if invited, Pia would not turn down this one!
It sounds like Abby is getting out and about more. Good for her. I hope that her rehab goes well and she is able to return to her gold-medal-winning compatriots sooner rather than later. (I was interested to read her comments about turning down a proffered gig to be a commentator for the games. Wise decision on her part, given the whole WWC flap and her stance toward Hope and the whole episode.) Here’s an excerpt from Jeff DiVeronica from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
She flirted with the idea of going to China to root her team on in person and got permission from her coach, Pia Sundhage, but then changed her mind. She also turned down offers from USA Today and TV networks to provide commentary.
“Most people would say for sure, but that’s just not me. I didn’t want to negatively affect the team. I didn’t want to be a distraction,” she said. “The truth is I want to be back on that team for a lot more years and when you start criticizing and analyzing your teammates publicly, you cross over into territory that’s not suitable to me.”
As I said, wise decision, Abby.