Michelle Snow Abroad
Michelle Snow took some time out of her busy schedule playing in Turkey to talk with WashingtonMystics.com about her time abroad.
WashingtonMystics.com: What do you like the most about playing abroad?
Michelle Snow: I like the opportunity of playing year round and staying in shape, traveling to new places, meeting new people, and learning the different cultural tendencies of each country. For instance in Russia you shouldnít whistle inside because it means that you will have monetary struggles.
WashingtonMystics.com: What do you miss most from the US?
Michelle Snow: By far I miss my family and friends more than anything. I miss watching my nieces, nephews, and Godchildren growing up, playing their own sports, and missing other important events.
WashingtonMystics.com: What is your favorite country that you have visited?
Michelle Snow: My favorite country would be Italy because of the awesome people, easy going family oriented atmosphere, and historical attributes there.
WashingtonMystics.com: What is the coolest sight you have seen?
Michelle Snow: The coolest thing was actually being there one year when one of the popes died. His death obviously was not cool. It was the aftermath, the silence that enveloped the entire country. Everything stopped and stood still. It was a very spiritual moment where regardless of your religious beliefs you felt the presence of something bigger and far more powerful than yourself.
WashingtonMystics.com: What is your favorite food you have found abroad?
Michelle Snow: It doesnít matter where I am everyone knows I love shrimp.
WashingtonMystics.com: How does the style of basketball differ from the WNBA?
Michelle Snow: Players overseas can be extremely versatile/combo players. In America we typically give you a position and thatís all you work on. Itís slowly changing as the league gets younger and you see players like Elean Della Donne, etc. Itís a beautiful site to see players like this. Itís exciting.
WashingtonMystics.com: What is it like playing against your Mystics teammates in foreign countries?
Michelle Snow: Itís always fun seeing your teammates overseas. Familiar faces are always welcome.
WashingtonMystics.com: What advice would you give a player who has never played abroad?
Michelle Snow: It will make you better. You will grow as a person and as a player if you leverage the opportunity to its fullest. Donít be afraid to step outside your comfort zone.
WashingtonMystics.com: How do you adjust to playing on a team where all the players donít necessarily speak the same language?
Michelle Snow: You learn to read body language. You also pick up words from the different countries of each player. I have spoken sentences with Russia, Spanish, and Turkish all in the same sentence!