Mizzou Basketball Explores Paris



Aug. 16, 2012

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Paris, France - Missouri Basketball is enjoying its second day in Paris and the Tigers took in a two-hour bus tour, highlighted by a stop overlooking the famous Eifel Tower.

The entire travel party participated in the guided tour, which began with a drive down the famous Champs Elysees and included photo opportunities at the Arc de Triomphe Etolie, the sight of France's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

"It's incredible to see how much time and detail they put into these monuments," Laurence Bowers said. "To think these were built two, three and four hundred years ago is incredible."

The tour also included the opportunity to drive by the famous Louvre, which is the home of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, as well as the United States Embassy, Musee de L'armee and the Ecole Militaire, the school which trained Napoleon Bonaparte. The tour guide said the wait to get into the Louvre is often two hours and the line to get into the Eifel Tower is as much as three hours.

The most anticipated stop was a viewpoint overlooking the Eifel Tower. The team posed for photos and grabbed some snacks. Several players grabbed Paris' famous crepes and the team hopped back on the bus to finish the tour.

"It's incredible," Alex Oriakhi said of the Eifel Tower. "It's something you really only see on television and in print, so to be here seeing this is something I'll never forget."

After the tour the team participated in a quick workout in one of the hotel's meeting rooms. The workout lasted about an hour and strength coach Todor Pandov created workout stations for lunges, push-ups, dips and cardio.

"We have a couple of days between games, so I wanted to get these guys active and moving around, other than just walking the streets of Paris," Pandov said. "It was a quick workout, but it will loosen them up and give them more energy for the rest of the day, especially after a couple of long bus rides."

The team broke for lunch after the workout and will have a few hours to take in more sights of the city. The most likely destination for the team will be the Champs Elysees, followed by a team dinner at 6 p.m. at a local restaurant neighboring the hotel. Later this evening Missouri will have a boat tour of Paris and then curfew.

The Tigers finish their 2012 Euro tour Friday against French professional team Cergy. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.



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