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What’s In My Bag: Team USA’s Jill Witmer
Chapstick: I am totally a chapstick hoarder! I have to have it with me wherever I go and you’ll always find several sticks in my bag. Cherry is my favorite flavor.
Gum: One of my weaknesses is candy, but I know I shouldn’t be eating lots of it. Instead, I am constantly chewing gum to curb my cravings.
Dove Deodorant: This has a really fresh, clean smell so I always have it in my bag for before and after practices and games. Right now, we’re training so hard for the Olympics so I’m doing a lot of working out and running around getting ready for Rio.
Headphones: I’m a huge music fan! My favorite is actually country, so I am listening to a ton of Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Kip Moore, Shania Twain and Miranda Lambert. Before games I switch it up and listen to pop songs with faster beats. During our recent Pan Am tournament, the team listened to “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten before every game.
Karakal: I’ve tried different types of grip, but this is my favorite. It’s got a great feel and really helps with my stick handling to give me more control. Plus, I can change up the colors. I usually go with blue, green or pink.
Prewrap: This is actually for holding back my hair during games, practice and workouts. I have it in a few colors to match my uniform.
Mouth Guard: I recently got this one to match our Team USA uniforms and I love it!
Sunscreen: I have very fair skin, so my teammates are always reminding me to put sunscreen on so I don’t get burnt. On my first trip to Rio a few years ago, I got really burnt. My forehead was bright red and started to peel, but I’ve learned my lesson!
New Stallion: I’ve been using a prototype stick for about a year now and love it. It’s my favorite because it’s really light for stick work, but it still gives off a strong shot when I’m shooting. I’m excited for the launch of it this spring, because I know other players will like the feel of it too.
Shin guards: Must have equipment, but they give all the girls funny tans. You can always tell a field hockey athlete because they have shin guard tans in the summer.
Shoes: Asics work for me because they can handle my speed. These are our team shoes so I wear them a lot, even for workouts too.