Boilermakers Arrive in Taipei for WUG
Aug. 15, 2017

Day 1 Recap Video / Day 1 Photo Gallery

TAIPEI - The Purdue men’s basketball team arrived as Team USA in Taipei early this morning, setting forth in motion its goal of bringing home a World University Games gold medal to the states.

The team left Chicago on a 15-hour, nonstop flight to Taipei at 12:30 a.m. CT, Monday, flying through Canada, Alaska, off the coast of Russia and over Japan, before eventually landing in the country that is roughly the same size as Indiana at approximately 3:45 a.m., in Taipei.

After clearing customs and checking into the athletes’ village, the team went to breakfast in the spacious dining hall that will serve about 40,000 meals daily for the next two weeks.

After an orientation and introductions, the Boilermakers then headed to the seaside coastal town of Tamsui to stretch their legs and take in some of the Taiwanese culture, sights and sounds.

Following about a two-hour return to its hotel, USA Team then headed to the Beitou Resort for its first practice at 7 p.m., and lasting for an hour. The practice was planned to get the legs acclimated and blood moving after the long flight, and the result was a spirited, enthusiastic hour-long workout.

Following practice, the team returned to the athletes village, where many players had dinner before finally being able to sleep.

Wednesday, USA Team is scheduled for a morning practice, before heading to visit the Grand Hotel in the afternoon.



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