May 13, 2013
The Commodores awoke well-rested on Monday morning and had breakfast before heading to Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama for training. The Brazilian club's coaches led the training session, which also featured five members of the U-17 girls side. Playing on a group of smaller turf fields behind Vasco's 30,000-seat stadium, the session was fairly intense in warm morning conditions. The above picture was taken in front of the statue of local hero Romario. After working, the team showered and was treated to a wonderful lunch at the club.
After lunch, the Commodores caught the Corcovado Train to reach the Christ the Redeemer, a ride through the jungle on a sometimes-steep incline that included a special appearance by a samba band. After climbing about 200 steps to reach the iconic statue, the team spent an hour enjoying the gorgeous, 360-degree views of Rio.
Vanderbilt will play its first of two games on the trip tomorrow, facing a local U-18 team in the afternoon.