6 Ways to Look Better While Video Chatting

6 Ways to Look Better While Video Chatting

Video chatting is so commonplace these days that even dogs know how to do it. But with the rise of live conferencing and Skype interviews, there is also a need to look halfway decent on a webcam, which is no easy feat.

To help guide you, Yahoo Tech has consulted YouTube makeup artist Michelle Phan, who rose to Internet superstardom by filming beauty tutorials on her laptop. Hundreds of clips, her own makeup brand, and over 6.3 million subscribers later, she?s the poster girl for looking good on the Internet.

Whether you?re preparing for a cross-country interview, Skyping with your long-distance boo, or FaceTiming your grams, these tips will keep you looking your best onscreen. Get ready for your closeup:

1. Lighting matters. Wherever you are ? the corner of a coffee shop, a library, your apartment ? it?s important to find the best source of light possible. The last thing you want to do, however, is sit directly under a giant fluorescent lamp. That creates shadows under your eyes that can make you look tired or, god forbid, older. As Phan tells Yahoo Tech: ?You don?t want it directly on you; rather, keep your light source diffused. Instead of opening a window, you should have a sheer curtain in front of the window to diffuse the light.? That and try to gravitate toward warmer hues. Rarely does anyone look good beneath the harsh beams of an industrial-strength lamp.

2. Angling can be your best friend or worst enemy. Our default position for most smartphones is to hold them below our faces at all times, as if we were checking email or playing Candy Crush. And even compact laptops tend be positioned below our faces.

But that angling can indirectly make you look like you have a double chin. Or even worse, show off the insides of your nostrils.

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Phan recommends that you ?keep the laptop or device directly in front of you at eye level. Also, don?t position the camera too close, but make sure it is far enough away to reduce the fisheye lens effect.? 

If you want to get serious about it, skip the webcam altogether and connect a separate camera to your laptop, propped up by a tripod or stand.

3. Make eye contact. Avoiding an unflattering angle also requires you to focus your eyes into the camera. It?s almost human nature for your gaze to wander to that small box with your face in it at the bottom of your screen. Avoid the temptation: Not only is it somewhat rude for the person on the other end, but staring downward can increase the prominence of shadows in your face and make it harder to see your eyes. 

If it?s an option within your video chat, try to hide that box with your face in it on the screen altogether.

4. Dress the part. Though video chats include only the upper third of your body, it?s still important to be conscious of what you?re wearing. As a general rule, bold patterns are to be avoided, as they can detract attention away from your face.

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But that doesn?t mean you need to go completely neutral. ?Keep your clothes bright to help reduce shadows on your face,? Phan said. ?Try and wear solid colors, and avoid distracting patterns. You want people to look at your face and not what you?re wearing. Keep it simple and classy.?

5. Brighten your face. Though guys might be hesitant to touch up before a video chat, the same basic rules apply to both men and women.

?Both want to brighten the face,? Phan said. ?Highlight the center, and keep hair out of your face.? Our editorial director, Rafe Needleman, confirms that when it comes to video interviews, a little MAC powder can go a long way toward smoothing out a complexion.

And when it comes to the ladies? ?They should avoid heavy and dark makeup and use a bright pop of color on the lips to brighten and draw more attention to the face.? Noted.

6. Audio helps. Though it has nothing to do with how you look, garbled or fuzzy audio is annoying and makes it hard for people to want to listen to what you have to say. The headset from your phone is usually better than most, if not all, laptop mics. And if you want to go wild with it, you could even buy a microphone that attaches to your laptop via USB. The $150 Yeti Blue (on sale for Amazon Prime subscribers) is as solid as they come. 

You might be thinking, ?This is nice, but what if I have just 10 minutes to get ready??

We can relate. Video chatting is happening more spontaneously every day. Phan, however, has some solid advice for anyone in a time crunch. 

?Take a bunch of computer paper and lay it in front of you between you and the laptop,? she says. ?The white paper will fill in any shadows. Then stack a few books to help the camera meet you at eye level.? And there you have it, a mini studio. 

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Cup wives treated ‘like stars’

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • CNN takes a look at golf’s Ryder Cup through the eyes of Sanna Hanson
  • Hanson is wife of Peter who was on victorious European teams in 2010 and 2012
  • Just as the players have an itinerary so do the wives and girlfriends

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(CNN) — A spot of shopping, the odd spa day and some serious flag waving.

For seven days every few years the women behind the 24 men that do battle on the golf course for Europe and the United States step inside the Ryder Cup vortex.

It is a whirlwind of screaming galleries, snazzy uniforms, fist pumps and ,quite often, tears and tantrums too.

Behind it all are the wives and girlfriends of the players — dubbed WAGs by the press — comforting, cajoling, and forming their own unit within a unit.

“Absolutely, it’s like a little team on the side,” Sanna Hanson, wife of Swedish two-time Ryder Cup winner, Peter Hanson, told CNN of the bond between the Europeans WAGs.

“I’m not that competitive, so I don’t really care if I talk to an American wife or European wife but I think some of them are competitive and think ‘We’re going to stay on our side.’

“Maybe it was more like that before but I think it is getting more and more friendly because a lot of the European players are over here (in the U.S.) a lot so everybody sees each other more often.”

For all concerned, it is a week unlike any other in the season.

No longer are the players or their partners operating as lone wolves.

In the Ryder Cup they are playing not just for their captain, their teammates and supporters in the grandstand, but also respective populations of over 700 million people.

In such a high pressure environment, where players are the treated like rock stars, egos go out of the window and the team is absolute.

“The Ryder Cup is special; hectic, fun, amazing. Even though I’m just a wife I’m treated like a star!” Hanson explained.

“It’s really different — you are there for the team, everything is focused on that. You are taken care of in a totally different way.

“It’s such an amazing atmosphere — everything is built towards the first day and the first tee off — then you’re on the train and you just go.”

Read: Ryder Cup wives throughout history

But it’s not just the players that have a detailed itinerary, so do the WAGs.

The expression WAGs was coined by the English tabloids to describe the partners of the country’s football team during the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

As well as accompanying their partners to the opening and closing ceremonies, there are various functions to attend a alongside their U.S. counterparts.

“You go for lunch, there is the gala dinner, they arrange spa days and last year they had a shopping thing too,” Sanna explained.

“If they need something then we can help because it’s such a busy week for the players, and that starts the first day of the tournament.

“When the players have quiet time it’s important they can have quiet time, but sometimes they maybe only get half an hour before dinner.”

Hanson’s husband Peter is a six-time European Tour winner who has amassed over $18 million in prize money over a 15-year career.

The Swede played in three of the five tournament sessions on his Ryder Cup debut in Wales in 2010, as Europe regained the trophy thanks to a 14½ to 13½ victory.

But last time out in 2012, at Medinah in Chicago, the 36-year-old only played in one of the four sessions on Friday and Saturday as the U.S. raced into a commanding 10-6 lead.

“The Ryder Cup is amazing and exciting, but it is a lot of things — for Peter he didn’t play as much as he was hoping, so then you’re cheering for him to play,” Sanna said.

“There’s so many feelings in the whole match. The most important thing is that the team wins, nobody really cares who is playing as long as the team wins.

“I think it’s really good to have your own team there — Peter had his coach there too, so he feels there is someone standing next to him when it’s not as good as he hoped it to be. If you were on your own that would be harder.

“When the team wins then you forget all about those things. It goes so quickly, that is how it is with matchplay. That’s the funny thing with those match events — it always goes up and down. You have to be prepared for everything.

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“If Peter wasn’t playing I went along with the other wives and we were cheering together. That’s a really nice experience as well — we have to stay together when the guys are so busy. It brings us closer.”

Europe staggered into Sunday’s singles last time out, having been unable to stem the flow of a vibrant U.S. team.

It was only thanks to Englishman Ian Poulter’s virtuoso performance in the last pairs match on Saturday that Europe managed to give themselves a glimmer of hope on the final day.

But with European captain Jose Maria Olazabal frontloading his line-up, soon the board had turned blue and those in stars and stripes began to sniff an upset.

As one of the most dramatic days in the competition unfolded, Europe clawed their way back into contention, every drive, chip and putt executed as if it was the last.

Hanson was four down at one point in his match with 2013 U.S. PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner, battling back to ensure it went down to the final hole.

“You hear roars all around the course, but you’re so caught up in your own game for a little while,” Sanna explained.

“Peter didn’t win but I think it was good with his match that it went pretty far. I think it helped the others a little.

“Then it was so exciting to go from game to game with the others and everyone doing so well. It’s just so amazing, you’ve got butterflies in your whole body. I’m happy I didn’t have to play!

“There’s so much going on, so many people, everyone wants to win, and there are so many feelings — the audience, the players and the coaches.

“The party was great — all the players were so exhausted so we had a few that didn’t need to drink too much! The Americans were really disappointed — it was really tough for them.”

The Hansons’ first Ryder Cup experience was in 2010 at Celtic Manor.

Read: Pride, pressure and ping pong

Under the stewardship of Colin Montgomerie, Hanson got his first point on the board as a Ryder Cup player as he and Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez defeated two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton in their fourballs contest.

And the ferocity of competition didn’t disappoint.

“Peter had been told it is super different from anything else you’ve done and he agreed,” Sanna said.

“Just standing there watching on the first tee with all the fans cheering, is such an amazing experience, then standing inside the ropes is unbelievable. It’s really nerve racking.

“I was super nervous when he was teeing off but that was a special moment. It was such a happy and proud moment to stand there and be able to be a part of it.”

Though Hanson didn’t make the team this time around, he and Sanna will be watching when Europe defends its crown at Gleneagles in Scotland.

“If you’ve been to one Ryder Cup you will always miss it if you are not there,” she said.

“Even though he realized a long time ago he would not be able to qualify for the team, of course when you have been there you always want to go back.”

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Brit Whiley reaches Masters semis

Jordanne Whiley

In doubles, Whiley became first Briton to win a calendar year Grand Slam in September

27 November 2014
Last updated at
19:59

NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters

Venue: Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London; Dates: 26-30 November

Coverage: Daily reports on the BBC Sport website

Britain’s Jordanne Whiley clinched a semi-final place with her second pool victory at the Wheelchair Tennis Singles Masters in London.

Whiley followed up her
opening win over top seed Yui Kamiji
with a 6-3 7-5 success over German Sabine Ellerbrock.

“It was so important to follow up yesterday’s win – I don’t want to be a one-hit wonder,” she told BBC Sport.

Her compatriots Andy Lapthorne and Gordon Reid kept alive their hopes of reaching the last four in their events.

US Open quad singles champion Lapthorne, the world number two, defeated Lucas Sithole of South Africa 7-5 6-1 and will face world number one David Wagner in his final pool match on Friday with the winner going through to the final to face Australia’s Dylan Alcott.

“I’ve won some big games against David this year so there is no reason why I can’t go out tomorrow and do it again,” said Lapthorne. “We both know what we need to do and we are both under pressure.”

Men’s world number three Reid was a comprehensive 6-2 6-2 victor over Frenchman Stephane Houdet, ranked one place above him.

Reid, who lost to Joachim Gerard in his first round-robin game, will face another French player Nicolas Peifer on Friday with all four players still in with a chance of reaching the semi-finals.

“In my opening game I wasn’t aggressive enough and I rectified that today,” said the Scot.

“I’ve struggled against Stephane in the past but I played how I wanted to play today and came away with the result.”

Whiley, who was seeking a first win over Ellerbrock in 2014, recovered from an early break to go 5-3 up before showing some good skill to hold again and take the opening set.

Jordanne Whiley facts

Born 11 June, 1992 in Halesowen, West Midlands

Started playing wheelchair tennis aged three

Won Paralympic bronze with Lucy Shuker at London 2012

Made Grand Slam debut at 2011 Australian Open

Became first Briton to win a calendar year Grand Slam in September

The
Grand Slam doubles winner
broke the German early in the second half and raced into a 5-2 lead, but then started to struggle and Ellerbrock capitalised to win the next three games and level the set.

Whiley dug deep and edged 6-5 ahead, and on her third opportunity to serve for the match finally managed to convert her first match point when a drop shot trickled over the net.

“I was really lucky on match point because the drop shot was accidental. I mishit it and it just managed to go in,” admitted Whiley, who will face Sharon Walraven in her final pool game on Friday before Saturday’s semi-finals.

“I started to feel really tired towards the end and I was losing energy so I’m really pleased I was able to push myself and get that little bit extra to get over the line.

“I knew I needed to finish the match off in two sets because I felt I wasn’t going to last for three.”

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Smart sports equipment turns phones into coaches

Smart sports technology can give instant feedback about performance, such as this attachment from Zepp that fits onto a bat.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Sensors are being put into basketballs, soccer balls, baseball bats and tennis rackets
  • They make it possible for casual players to get pro-level feedback on performance
  • A connected racket can tell you how hard you hit the ball and where it landed on the racket

(CNN) — After losing a particularly intense game of tennis, you drop your racket and storm off the court. Instead of fuming and reaching for a water bottle, you grab your smartphone to see what went wrong.

There’s a new crop of tools to calculate the speed of a pitch, the strength of a putt, the arch of a basketball toss and the quality of a serve. They aren’t for professional ballplayers or touring golfers. These pro-level gadgets are coming for casual sports, from pickup games to Little League.

The technology that makes it possible is a combination of small, increasingly affordable sensors such as accelerometers and gyroscopes. Smartphones are packed with them, and they’ve helped create the booming fitness tracker industry.

They’ve already changed running and biking, with apps such as Strava and wearables such as Fitbit. Now they’re being placed inside existing sports equipment — tennis rackets, running shoes, basketballs and golf clubs.

Babolat has been making tennis rackets for 20 years. In 2013, it released its first connected racket, the $399 Play Pure Drive. Hidden inside the hollow handle of a completely normal looking racket is a trio of sensors that track movements and vibrations. The racket can detect exactly where a ball hits the strings, how much spin the player gives it and how hard it was hit.

Those stats are fed to a colorful smartphone app that displays the information as easy to digest diagrams. The app can also track the length of a game and count the total number of shots, hits and misses.

Similar tools and companion mobile apps are coming out for almost every popular sport.

The 94Fifty basketball looks and feels like a standard-issue ball. Inside, sensors measure the arc of each shot, backspin and the speed and intensity of a player’s dribble. Adidas makes the miCoach Smart Ball, a soccer ball that collects information on each kick. Many of these products are meant for individual practice sessions, not for team games.

Not all sensors need to be built into pricey custom equipment. Zepp makes $150 attachments that fit onto the bottom of baseball bats and golf clubs to create a 3-D visual of each swing in the mobile app.

Even smartphone cameras are getting in on the action. Pro athletes have relied on cameras as a training tool for years. Now casual players can do some of the same tricks with the phones, including slow-motion replay.

Velocity by Athla is an app that can turn an iPhone into a speed radar detector. Created by Mike Gillam, a former ER doctor, the $7 app calculates the speed of a ball flying through the air using just the camera. Currently, it’s designed to work for baseball, tennis, soccer and cricket.

One challenge these companies face is turning the raw data into actionable, easy-to-understand information. On its own, knowing the speed of a free throw isn’t going to help you make it in the basket. The various apps try to give suggestions on techniques. But they also show how you measure up with other players, even ones halfway around the world.

Performance isn’t just measured in scores versus a single opponent or against past practice sessions, but against everyone who uploads their stats to these apps. The apps double as small social networks of other players, turning real-life matches into long-distance competitions. Sure, you won that pickup game of one-on-one, but perhaps your dribble strength was in the bottom 15% for your age group.

With these sensors showing up in sports equipment and phones turning into pocket coaches, every aspect of performance could eventually be tracked, counted and measured. For nonpros and kids, will all that quantifying suck the fun out of playing sports?

Jean-Marc Zimmerman, CIO of Babolat, said he thinks it’s a natural part of playing any game.

“Today, anybody who’s practicing a sport is usually interested in making progress. We’re in a competitive world; everyone is interested in getting better,” Zimmerman said. “We think it will be more fun to play tennis with the technology than it was before.”

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Regardless of Whether He Returns, GSP Is Voice of Reason MMA Needs

Regardless of Whether He Returns, GSP Is Voice of Reason MMA Needs
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Georges St-Pierre can become an important voice in MMA.

Georges St-Pierre may go down as one of the greatest mixed martial artists in the history of the sport. As multiple MMA writers continue to speculate whether or not he is going to return to the sport, he has taken on quite a different role. Instead of letting his fists do the talking, GSP has become a spokesman of sorts for the conversations that much of the MMA world has not wanted to discuss. It would be vital to see him stay in this position, regardless of whether he returns to competition or not.

The controversy surrounding GSP stepping away from the cage started even before he announced his time away, right after taking a controversial win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167. Before he could even get out of the cage, he was stammering when trying to decide whether or not he was going to compete anymore. This led to UFC President Dana White claiming that the fighter ?owed? it to the sport to give Hendricks a return bout (via MMA Weekly).

That moment can be considered the spark that began to sour ?Rush’s? relationship with the UFC. Soon after, he was criticizing the organization for its inability to remove PEDs from the realm of competition.

It’s one of the reasons why I stopped,” St-Pierre told RDS.ca. (a French-Canadian news outlet, translation via USA Today). “Not really to [teach] them a lesson, because it penalizes me, too. But I wanted to do something for the sport that I love. I see the direction in which it goes, and I think it makes no sense. This is stupid.”

In August, an interview with Bloody Elbow revealed a number of other issues that St-Pierre was willing to discuss out in the open, such as his stance on a fighter’s union.

?I believe it will come someday in MMA, not because things are bad right now but because it?s just part of the normal evolution of all major sports? St-Pierre said. ?I?m not a ‘politician’ and people know that I?m not a confrontational person or someone who likes to be in front, so it would be hard for me to lead that kind of initiative. But I will never be against something that is good for the fighters.?

By his own admission in said interview, St-Pierre was never the type of individual to get out in front of situations such as these. But the fact that he is standing up now is an excellent move, and he should continue to do so, whether or not he comes back to competition.

Unlike many other fighters, St-Pierre is one of the biggest stars in the sport. His crossover appeal has led to many other opportunities, and the fact that he can step away on his own terms shows how much he has grown. In doing so, he’s amassed a large following of fans who would not be quick to turn their backs on him. As seen in the past, the UFC is smart to discredit fighters who have stepped out of line, but they would have a difficult time doing so with St-Pierre. But that wouldn’t stop them from trying.

?The thing that?s bothered him his entire career, he just threw it back on all the other guys that are fighting,? White said in a report by MMA Junkie. ?Which is unfair to the guys that aren?t using anything. Everything that Georges St-Pierre said is a little kooky.?

Still, St-Pierre has never found himself in the negative views due to a failed drug test or public misstep. Having that background would give him much more credibility if he were to continue speaking against things that he sees going on in the sport.

Throughout the history of sports, change has come when athletes took the onus to stand for something different. Major League Baseball had Kurt Flood; perhaps Georges St-Pierre will be remembered in the same way if he keeps down this path.

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CM Punk: Vince McMahon Wouldn’t Let Me Participate in ‘Barbaric’ UFC Event

CM Punk: Vince McMahon Wouldn't Let Me Participate in 'Barbaric' UFC Event
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Former WWE heavyweight champion CM Punk recently went off on his former boss, WWE Chairman/CEO Vince McMahon, claiming that he would not allow him to walk Chael Sonnen down to the Octagon since MMA is too “barbaric” and somebody could “die.”

Speaking on semi-retired pro wrestler Colt Cabana’s podcast (h/t MMA Fightingon Wednesday, Punk?whose real name is Phil Brooks?discussed why McMahon never allowed him to walk his friend Sonnen out to his UFC on FOX 2 bout with Michael Bisping in his hometown of Chicago:

Oh my God, Phil. No, we can’t do that. That’s barbaric. Somebody is going to die. Then I had to remind him, “I don’t know if you remember Owen Hart or not, because he sort of died in your ring.”

“Tomorrow is the Royal Rumble so it’ll get some last-minute buys and whether Chael wins or loses, no offense to Chael, nobody is going to be talking about him. They’re going to be talking about the WWE champion walking him to the Octagon.”

Hart died in the WWE ring back in 1999 due to a tragic equipment accident as he was entering the ring from   an elevated harness grapple line. It malfunctioned as he was in mid-air.

In the same interview, Punk claims that the UFC gave him the green light to accompany Sonnen to the cage, adding that the WWE delivered his pink slip in the mail. He received it on his wedding day in June.

The 36-year-old, who hasn’t appeared on WWE programming since January, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu blue belt under Rener Gracie. He also noted on Cabana’s podcast that his termination contract had a one-year no-compete clause that would prevent him from signing with the UFC.

Given Punk’s lack of combat sports experience, though, he would more than likely have to work his way up the regional MMA circuit before the UFC brass would take him seriously as a professional fighter.

Sonnen, who recently said on his podcast (h/t MMA Fighting) that he turned down a $5 million contract from the WWE, won the January bout with Bisping via a close decision.

John Heinis is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA editor for eDraft.com.

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Westbrook officially back, dunks vs. Knicks

The Oklahoma City Thunder had a tough time trying to survive in the standings without Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant missing so much time. Westbrook broke his hand in the second game of the season after dropping 38 points in the opener. He missed the next 14 games while the Thunder tried to piece together a rotation of players, suffering injury after injury to most of the players on their roster. They don’t have Durant back yet, but Westbrook returned to the court Friday night.

It didn’t take long for Westbrook to unleash a dunk on the New York Knicks’ defense. The first three scores for the Thunder were off of passes from Westbrook as he set up his teammates with assists to Steven Adams, Lance Thomas, and Serge Ibaka. Then it was his turn to get a bucket. He drove the baseline and without any resistance from the weak side defense of the Knicks, Russ got his first dunk since his return.

It’s good to have that kind of athleticism and skill back on the court.

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Strop’s condition ‘encouraging’ after car crash

Pedro Strop seems to be doing OK after being involved in a car accident. Pedro Strop seems to be doing OK after being involved in a car accident. (USATSI)

Cubs right-hander Pedro Strop is apparently doing OK after being involved in a car accident in the Dominican Republic on Thursday. The team called reports on his status “encouraging” but did not release any other details.

According to reports out of the Dominican Republic, Strop was traveling with another person when their car was struck by another vehicle.

Strop, 29, had a 2.21 ERA (2.66 FIP) with a 1.07 WHIP and a 10.5 K/9 in 61 innings this past season. Chicago acquired him from the Orioles in the Scott Feldman trade at the 2012 trade deadline.

Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras was killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic last month.

Update: The Cubs have released more information. Strop escaped the accident with a cut on his non-pitching arm and nothing more:

Good news, obviously.

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Volleyball celebrates Thanksgiving around the globe

Mirta Baselovic – Split, Croatia

We have a national holiday that is like Thanksgiving, but it is very different. It doesn’t translate from Croatian to English, but it is similar to, ‘day of being thankful.’ There is no school and it’s similar to Thanksgiving, just not as big. It’s just a small family meal and get-together where everyone gives thanks. It’s on August 5 in the U.S. and it’s hot in Croatia at that time.

Assistant Coach Erik Sullivan – Munster, Germany

I have been in several different countries for Thanksgiving, but one that sticks out was in the year 2000, when I was playing professionally in Holland. Nineteen Americans playing all professionally all over Europe all drove to Munster, Germany to a former UCLA player’s apartment. She had a little two-bedroom, one-bathroom, couldn’t have been more than 1,000 feet?the kitchen maybe 100 square feet. We cooked Thanksgiving dinner in the microwave, a tiny little oven and a tiny little fridge. We made everything?stuffing, turkey, mashed potatoes and rolls.

Kat Brooks – Honolulu, Hawaii

In Hawaii, we do a normal Thanksgiving with turkey, cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes, etc., but we also have more of an Asian influence. In Hawaii, there is rice at basically every meal. For Thanksgiving, people will bring noodles and other Hawaiian food like poi, salmon, or whatever. Everyone will bring what they want to make in addition to the original Thanksgiving foods. Family gets together, but we call everyone ‘auntie’ and ‘uncle,’ so close family friends and anyone that wants to come will, and it is a great time.

Pilar Victoria – Caguas, Puerto Rico

My family will go to one of our other family members’ house?like a cousin’s, aunt’s, grandmother’s, or our house?we will eat turkey and the same things we do in America. But we also have to have fried plantains. Fried plantains or sweet plantains, rice, beans, mashed potatoes?for dessert, we don’t eat pie. We have cheesecake, or ice cream, or cake with ice cream.

Associate Head Coach Tonya Johnson – Zachary, Louisiana

Typically, we have the traditional Thanksgiving meal and then a couple days after, my mom and I love to make gumbo together. It’s one of our favorite things to do together. We make it with shrimp, chicken, sausage, crab and basically that’s it. My entire family will come?my brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins?it’s pretty cool. We make enough to last through the cold season.

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