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Postautor: Andzia#10 » 14 kwietnia 2006, 20:04

Dear Anna,
In your special day I wish you:
For the only tears appearing in your eyes - to be crystal tears of joy.
So that an ecstatic smile on your face would never be coveredwith gloomy clouds,
For rose petalsto set out the journey towards your destiny
And for prosperity, health, joy and love to be destination of all your days!!!!

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Postautor: ann » 29 lipca 2006, 12:47

DeForge and Dolphins

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Indiana Fever guard Anna DeForge is accustomed to performing in front of thousands of people. She does so at every game with the rest of her Fever teammates at Conseco Fieldhouse. Friday, DeForge played at another venue in downtown Indianapolis, and it wasn’t with her teammates or even humans for that matter – and it definitely wasn’t the game of basketball!
DeForge took part in the dolphin show at the Indianapolis Zoo, as a guest dolphin trainer in front of more than 1,300 people as part of a promotion for the zoo’s dolphin exhibit, and for Saturday’s game against the Washington Mystics, which is “Indianapolis Zoo Night.”

Mary Ann Deloarocco, a senior marine mammal specialist at the zoo, greeted DeForge and her mother, along with her two sisters, niece and nephew at the dolphin exhibit, where she took DeForge backstage to get her ready for the show. Deloarocco gave DeForge a brief tour of the dolphin area, and explained the dolphins’ dietary records, and how the trainers train each dolphin with different behaviors.

Next, DeForge got to meet some of the dolphins she would be working with during the dolphin show. “You can tell who each dolphin is by their faces,” Deloarocco said.

After the show began, DeForge was called to the stage in order to give commands and hold props for the dolphins in order for them to wow the crowd. She issued the commands she was taught and held a pole, which one of the dolphins jumped over. Later, she offered a command and held a hoop that one dolphin jumped through.

One surprise for DeForge, which she wasn’t expecting, was a huge splash that got her wet from head to toe. As her stint as guest trainer came to a close, dripping in her Fever T-shirt and shorts, she quipped, “They didn’t tell me I was going to get drenched!” Laughing, she added, “I swallowed a bunch of salt water and smell like fish now!”

Saturday, after rest and a warm shower, DeForge will return to her chosen profession – shooting guard for the Fever – when Indiana hosts the Mystics in a game that could clinch an Eastern Conference playoff spot.

-Rachel Turner
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Postautor: Ałgaja » 29 grudnia 2006, 21:36

Camp 26.12.2006 :)

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Anna DeForge, a pro basketball standout in the WNBA and Poland, conducted her seventh annual youth basketball camp Tuesday at Niagara High School. DeForge, a former Niagara prep star, makes a point to Badgers head girls basketball coach Joe Tinti while Nicole VanCampenhout of Green Bay dribbles during a drill.

Anna DeForge holds local camp.

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Postautor: ann » 19 stycznia 2007, 15:42

fajny wywiad z ADF z Fiby


Polish side Wisla Can-Pack Krakow have reached the EuroLeague eighth- finals again - an achievement thanks in no small part to star guard Anna De Forge.

The Poles, after Wednesday's 81-77 defeat to TEO Vilnius, advanced as the fourth-place team from Group A.

In that tough loss, the 30-year-old De Forge was a bright spot.


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Anna De Forge is averaging 18.7 ppg - fifth-best in the EuroLeague Women

She was four of 10 from three-point range, four of eight inside the arc and nine of 10 at the free throw line.

The 29 points were not enough, however, as TEO scraped the win.

De Forge has been excellent this season.

She is averaging 18.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, and her input will be essential when Wisla travel to Valencia on January 30 to take on Spanish giants Ros Casares.

De Forge spoke to PA Sport's Nick Howes on behalf of FIBA Europe.

FIBA Europe: Anna, thanks a lot for joining us. How are you finding life in Poland?

De Forge: "It's good, I'm really enjoying it at the moment. This is my second season here so the culture shock hasn't been so bad this time around. Krakow's a really nice city. I'm from Wisconsin so thankfully I'm used to the cold weather."

FIBA Europe: Have you brought family out here with you or did you come on your own?

De Forge: "No, I came out by myself."

FIBA Europe: You come from Niagara, Wisconsin. You're obviously a long way from home. Does it help having people like Dominique (Canty) on the club here with you?

De Forge: "It's great to have another American on your team and it does make it a little easier, but I was also here last year so I already knew all of the girls."

FIBA Europe: Do you get homesick?

De Forge: "Of course, it can be tough."

FIBA Europe: Do you get to go back to the States much?

De Forge: "We had a pretty good break of about 10 days over the holidays so I got to go home and spend some time with my family then."

FIBA Europe: Do you have a team over there at the moment?

De Forge: "No, I'm just concentrating on playing here with Krakow right now, playing in the Polish League as well as in the EuroLeague Women."

FIBA Europe: What do you do in your spare time?

De Forge: "I watch a lot of DVDs, I read books, go out to the movies, just normal stuff. I like to eat out. I've tried a number of different restaurants. The food's pretty good, it's not actually that different to what we get at home. There's a wide variety so you can get whatever you want. I have tried the Polish stuff like Pierogis, but I usually just keep to the safe options like chicken."

FIBA Europe: How are you finding the language barrier? Are you learning the language or do you have a translator?

De Forge: "It's not a problem at all. Polish is really hard and I don't speak it very well. I only know a few words, but everybody on our team speaks English, our coach speaks English and everything is conducted in English so it hasn't been that difficult."

FIBA Europe: You scored 29 points against TEO Vilnius, so must have been pretty happy with that?

De Forge: "Points come and go. I happened to have a decent game. Everybody on this team can score and unfortunately we still lost the game. I'd take less points if that meant we could win."

FIBA Europe: What's the level in the EuroLeague Women like compared to the WNBA back home?

De Forge: "It's very competitive. In Poland there's at least five teams that are up there and the EuroLeague is EuroLeague, it's tough every night. It's not quite the same level as in the WNBA, but there are a lot of very talented WNBA players in the league and there's a lot of talented Europeans so every game is tough. Every team has at least eight players which are really talented."

FIBA Europe: Does the game in Europe differ in any way from that in the States?

De Forge: "I think the WNBA is slightly more physical. It's probably a little bit faster paced, too."

FIBA Europe: Do you feel you can still improve as a player while you are in Poland or are you here for the life experience?

De Forge: "I think a little bit of both. I think whenever you play you're going to find improvements and you're going to make improvements but it's also been a great experience to come to Poland and learn about a different culture first-hand."

FIBA Europe: How big is basketball in Poland?

De Forge: "It's pretty big right now, we draw really well."

FIBA Europe: What sized crowds to do you get?

De Forge: "Our gym's a little smaller than most, but we still draw around 2,000 fans per game and that fills the gym."

FIBA Europe: Do you get recognised in the streets?

De Forge: (Laughs) "Well no, not as much as some of my team-mates do."

FIBA Europe: Do you get to spend much time with the other American girls when you travel around Europe?

De Forge: "It's hit and miss. If they come to your city or you go to theirs you sometimes get to meet up after the game and go to dinner or hang out a little bit, but it is hit and miss."

FIBA Europe: "How do you rate Wisla's chances in the upcoming Eighth-Finals?

De Forge: "I'm excited. I think we've got a tough match-up. The Spanish team (Ros Casares) is really good, and of course I know DeLisha (Milton) and Alison (Feaster-Strong) and I also played with Elena Tornikidou in the WNBA in 2000. They have a really good team, so it's going to be really tough for us but I think it will be a good series. Whoever makes the less mistakes and whoever plays better as a team will win."

www.fibaeurope.com
Jeśli ktoś w Krakowie zapyta się za 20 lat: kim była DeForge? Odpowiedź będzie tylko jedna: wielką zawodniczką!


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Q&A With Fever Guard Anna DeForge

With WNBA.com's Adam Hirshfield
Poland might not be the first place that comes to mind when planning a winter vacation. And to be fair, Anna DeForge isn't really vacationing.

After winning Polish league MVP honors last season, the 30-year-old Indiana Fever guard has returned this offseason to Wisla Can-Pack in Krakow. The 5-10 Wisconsin native answered some questions the day after a EuroLeague loss to Ros Casares in Valencia, Spain.

Q. What's it like playing in Poland? How do the game and fans compare to playing in the WNBA?AD: "Obviously the gym is smaller. The arena seats only about 2,000 people, but the fans are really engaging and supportive. We probably get about 2,000 at every game. It's a little gym, but we pack the people in there.

"The competition is really great, too. In the Polish league and particularly in EuroLeague as well, it's really tough every night because you see a lot of WNBA players."

Q. How does the media coverage compare over there?
AD: "It's way different. Obviously, everything here is in Polish, so it's kind of hard for me to follow. There's a lot of interest after games, but other than that there isn't that much media coverage. The Web sites do a good job of promoting their teams, but as far as TV or newspaper goes, it's pretty quiet unless it's a big Polish or EuroLeague game."

Q. You were named league MVP and won the Women's PLKK Championship Series (Polish league) title playing for Wisla Can-Pack last year. How are you faring this season? And which team has been the toughest to play against?
AD: "We're in first right now, and I feel that our chances for repeating are pretty good. There are a few teams that could give us a run for our money. Like Gdynia, for example, which has WNBA players (Fever guard) Tan White and (Storm guard) Betty Lennox, so they're tough. But we have a really talented team and we've fared well in the Polish league all season. From what I hear though, it always comes down to Gdynia and Wisla."

Q. There are some other WNBA players on your team, too, right? Does it help to have other English-speakers around in such a foreign place?AD: "Yes, I've been playing with (Comets guard) Dominique Canty and (Sparks forward) Chamique Holdsclaw. When I decided to play over here, I wanted to go a team with another American. It's just a comfort factor. And to have a couple (English-speakers) is even better."

Q. Do you find yourself in a leadership role because of your success last year?
AD: "I think it's more of an 'experience' role. I'm a little older and even though I haven't played for that long in Europe, having good coaches (back home) and going from high school to college, then college to the pros, you try to be as much of a sponge as you can. It's learning and knowing the game that helps you to take a leadership role."

Q. Do you speak any Polish? What's the communication like with your teammates over there?
AD: "Luckily everyone speaks English, because my Polish is pretty poor. The language is really hard. Practices are even conducted in English."

Q. Is there one skill in your game that you really focus on while playing overseas?
AD: "Last year, I concentrated on getting to the rim more. People think of me as a three-point threat, so I wanted to work on doing a little more off the dribble, while still doing what I do best."

Q. What do you miss most about home? Some kind of food or a TV show? How do you spend your free time?
AD: "The food here is actually good. The TV is a different story. I'd kill to know what's going on with Grey's Anatomy and Lost. You miss that kind of stuff. We don't get ESPN over here, either. I watch Eurosport, but there's a lot of soccer over here, and I wasn't much of a fan before I came over here. Of course when you come over, they say you have to like soccer now. But the shopping is decent and I spend most of my time reading, on the Internet or hanging out with the team. Movies are in English, so that's a good thing."

Q. How often do you speak with family and/or friends back home?
AD: "I speak to my family probably two or three times a week whether it's instant messenger or on the phone. I stay in touch with my family more than friends, because it's a little hard to stay in touch with everybody when you're so far away."

Q. If there's one thing you could take back with you from Europe to the WNBA -- either something tangible or more subtle -- what would it be?
AD: "You bring your experiences back with you. I think that's the biggest thing about coming to Europe. You experience a different way of life, a different culture, a different lifestyle. You get to visit so many different countries. You get to see so many different things. Yes, the basketball part is a job and we're getting paid for it, but you experience a lot of things that most people never get to. They won't be forgotten."

Q. You're from Wisconsin, but played in college at Nebraska. Is there resentment that you didn't stick around to play for the Badgers?
AD: "No, not at all. Wisconsin was going through a lot of changes when I was coming out of high school. And it just wasn't for me. I didn't get such a great feeling when I went to visit there, and I just went with my gut feeling and went to Nebraska."

Q. You were out of the league for a few years after your rookie season with Detroit. What did you do in the meantime and what did it mean to make it back to the WNBA three years later with the Mercury?
AD: "I just worked on my game. I did it for two years straight, and it's no secret that I worked on it with Nancy Lieberman. She's been very important to my career. Who better to have on your side? All we did for two years was work out and try to change my game. Then I got the opportunity with Phoenix."

Q. In your first season with the Fever last year, after making the playoffs, you were bounced in the first round. How pleased were you with the Fever's 2006 campaign?
AD: "It was my first season with the Fever, and they had a very successful season the year before, but they had made a lot of changes. And with those changes, we ended up pretty much the same as the team the year before. Still, I think we did really well. We came together as a team. We lost to Detroit in the first round, but then Detroit went on to win the whole thing. They were just a tough matchup… for anybody, not just us.

"Now, with the Charlotte players being dispersed, the entire league is stronger (from a talent-pool perspective). And we've strengthened our team with Sheri Sam. There are only a few pieces left for Indiana to be where we need to be. We know we're going to be in the playoffs, but we want to take that next step and get to the championship.

Q. So what does the team have to do to improve and advance further in the playoffs? Is it signing someone on the free agent market? Is it changing something about the team's style of play?
AD: "Obviously we need some tweaking offensively and defensively... every team does. But I think we need more of a presence inside: more rebounding, a little bit more inside scoring, more production. That's what we lacked last year. And of course we have to shoot the ball better as a team, too. We didn't shoot the three very well, and that needs to get better."

Q. What's it like playing with your do-it-all teammate Tamika Catchings? What have you learned from her?
AD: "She has a huge heart. She takes on an incredible amount of challenges every game. She is the most complete player I've played with. And the best part about her is that she's so unselfish. On and off the court, she's just an amazing individual. There aren't enough words to describe what Tamika Catchings really is. She's been an awesome teammate and she'll be someone I always admire for the way she plays."

Q. What are your expectations for 2007?
AD: "Definitely the championship. That's all we talk about."

Despite 18 points from DeForge, Wisla Can-Pack went on to lose to Ros Casares in the second leg of their EuroLeague matchup on Feb. 2. Follow DeForge in the Polish league and next season in the WNBA as her Indiana Fever shoot for their first title.

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Postautor: ann » 05 lutego 2007, 19:36

to ja jeszcze dodam, że oprócz wywiadu pojawila się też galeria zdjęć.

http://www.wnba.com/gallery/deforge/070205_1.html
Jeśli ktoś w Krakowie zapyta się za 20 lat: kim była DeForge? Odpowiedź będzie tylko jedna: wielką zawodniczką!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7ABk7vDous

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Postautor: fan Ani DeForge » 05 lutego 2007, 22:14

galeria bardzo interesujaca trzeba przyznac :) a ostatnio wywiady z Anna dosc czesto robione najpierw na fifbaeurope, teraz na wnba :)
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Postautor: Ali_G » 08 lutego 2007, 12:46

pozazdrościć takiej wspaniałej zawodniczki...jestem pod wrażeniem jej gry po tym jak wystąpiła przeciwko mojej Tęczy w Trapezie
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Postautor: ann » 16 lutego 2007, 19:12

Jak na Amerykankę przystało...

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Na samym wstępie zapytałem Annę DeForge, jakie wydarzenie w tym tygodniu jest dla niej najważniejsze. Zdziwiło ją to pytanie. Zdawała się myśleć "Czyżbym zapomniała, gramy z Lotosem?!", ale po chwili już zdecydowanie odpowiedziała - NBA All-Star Weekend. Podczas wieczornego treningu sama wprowadziła koleżanki w nastrój zbliżającego się koszykarskiego święta...

Niedawno w jednym z wywiadów mówiłaś, że niestety nie masz „ESPN”, a europejskie kanały sportowe są nudne, bo emitują tylko piłkę nożną. Powiedz, ile meczów koszykówki ogląda tygodniowo przeciętny Amerykanin?


- (śmiech) Przeciętny Amerykanin najprawdopodobniej ogląda... ja wiem? Mecz męskiej ligi akademickiej, mecz żeńskiej ligi akademickiej, a także oczywiście NBA/WNBA. Myślę, że większość Amerykanów ogląda około 5-8 meczów tygodniowo. Ale to jest oczywiście przeciętnie! Moja mama, tata, siostry kochają koszykówkę, więc u mnie w domu codziennie oglądamy jakiś mecz.


Zatem Amerykanie żyją już chyba zbliżającym "Weekendem Gwiazd"...


- Jasne!


Przed trzema laty miałaś okazję zagrać w Meczu Gwiazd WNBA. Pamiętasz, co sobie pomyślałaś, gdy się obudziłaś w dniu meczu?


- Wiesz, nie byłam zdenerwowana. To nie było tak jak tutaj w meczach Wisły, że musimy wygrać. To miała być zabawa. Mecz, w którym pokazujesz swój talent i dzięki temu jesteś rozpoznawalny.


Ale zgodzisz się, że towarzyszy tym meczom wyjątkowe napięcie.


- Tak, każdy Mecz Gwiazd wywołuje specjalne emocje - gdziekolwiek on jest. Czy to jest WNBA czy liga polska. Jest wyjątkowy, gdyż spotykają się w nim najbardziej utalentowane i najlepsze zawodniczki.


Dzisiaj początek wielkich emocji związanych z koszykarskim weekendem. Czego najbardziej oczekujesz?


- Oczywiście konkursu wsadów! Mecz Gwiazd również jest bardzo interesujący. Zawodnicy grający w NBA są niesamowici i zawsze pokazują coś wyjątkowego. Wygra "Zachód"! A konkurs wsadów na pewno ktoś młody.


Anna DeForge będzie trzymać kciuki przede wszystkim za...


- Przede wszystkim będę trzymać kciuki, aby żaden zawodnik nie dostał kontuzji, bo Weekend Gwiazd powinien być zabawą!


Tuż po wywiadzie Anna DeForge udała się na trening. Zawodniczki Wisły Can-Pack, choć w weekend w przeciwieństwie do amerykańskiej elity koszykarzy na zabawę czasu mieć nie będą, pozwoliły sobie na chwilę rozrywki. I już przy pierwszej próbie, stojąc tyłem do kosza na środku boiska, Anna DeForge trafiła idealnie - tylko siatka zatrzepotała!

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Postautor: fan Ani DeForge » 14 kwietnia 2007, 19:23

W zwiazku z tym ze Anna ma dzisiaj swoje swieto ... zycze wszystkiego najlepszego i oczywiscie zdobycia MP i dalszej dobrej gry w WNBA :D :)
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Postautor: ratliff » 14 kwietnia 2007, 20:58

Wszystkiego Najlepszego! :D :D :D
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Postautor: ann » 30 kwietnia 2007, 18:53

przypadkiem znalezione na YouTube

http://youtube.com/watch?v=cDUDaPEoXDE
Jeśli ktoś w Krakowie zapyta się za 20 lat: kim była DeForge? Odpowiedź będzie tylko jedna: wielką zawodniczką!


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Postautor: jimmy » 30 kwietnia 2007, 18:56

ach ta nasza Andzia!! zeby tylko została na najblizszy sezon!!
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Postautor: ann » 22 maja 2007, 15:24

"Can you dunk?"
"How tall are you?"

"What is your favorite thing about playing basketball?"

Those were but a few of the questions raised by the 60 children gathered at Indianapolis Public School #55 in Broadripple Monday afternoon, when they were treated to a Be Smart - Be Fit - Be Yourself fitness clinic by the Indiana Fever.

The Fever, as part of the WNBA Cares program and its Be Smart - Be Fit - Be Yourself initiative, conducted the clinic for fifth and sixth graders at the school. Fever players Anna DeForge, K.B. Sharp and Ann Strother began the session with a "how to" instruction of push-ups and sit-ups. The clinic quickly progressed into a series of drills, stretches and even relays as the Fever players participated in activities ranging from dribbling and passing, to jumping jacks.

As for the questions ...

"Can you dunk?," asked one student. The reply, "No, not yet!," laughed Anna DeForge.

"What is your favorite thing about playing basketball?," asked another, to which the Fever players took turns in responding. The three Fever players were in agreement that basketball has allowed them to travel and make new friends, and to form their own basketball family, as a result of their travels - both in the United States as well as around the world.
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