Colorado have been working since early 2017 to impress on the world stage at WUCC this year. But if we read between the lines of this interview, one of their 2018 goals lies a bit closer to home 😉 #germangrudgematch
Let’s take a look beneath the hood of this German mixed team to admire the incredibly competitive candy centers within.
Cover Photo Credits: Colorado.
Club: Colorado (Gummibärchen Karlsruhe)
Year club was founded: 1982
City, Country : Karlsruhe, Germany
Best Results :
National Championships: Open – German Championship 1st (1985, 1992 and 2000)
Continental Championships: Mixed – 2nd (EUCF 2017) and 3rd (EUCF 2005)
World Championships: Open Masters – 2nd (1994)
Colorado Team Picture
Photo Credits: Colorado
What are the goals of the team at WUCC and beyond? How are you preparing to accomplish these goals?
At WUCC we want to show who we are and that we can match up with the best teams in the world. Our goal is to play the best ultimate we can while keeping everyone involved and stick to our playing style.
With the current roster we started to train in 2017. Our preparation for WUCC consists in 2 team trainings per week as well as conditioning and strength. In addition, we had several training weekends, friendly games with other teams preparing for WUCC and preparation tournaments.
Colorado playing a practice friendly match against fellow WUCC team Sesquidistus
Photo Credits: Perrine Simon for FOCUS Ultimate
What should the world know about your team and its journey to Worlds?
Team culture: There is always time for a (bad) joke
Team name: The name Colorado comes from the gummy bear brand HARIBO, it’s the gummy-bear-licorice-mix. Since the open team is called Gummibärchen (gummy bears) Karlsruhe, the mixed team got the name of the gummy bear mix. You will always find someone in our team having a bag of gummy bears with him/her.
Success/ Failure Stories: We played against Marburg 5 times last year and only lost in the German Mixed Championship Finals
Interesting facts: Our team average age is 28,5 years, though our youngest player is 20 and the oldest 38. It’s an academic team with mostly engineers or scientists, as well as doctors and teachers.
Named for the HARIBO Colorado mix, mixing it up in their TOKAY cleats
Photo Credits: Colorado
What can your opponents expect from you this season?
We have a loud and powerful cheer, after “CO-LO-RADO”, it’s “K-A-WUMM”
Our playing style is very diverse with different vertical and horizontal setplays, so that it is difficult to judge. Both women and men contribute equally to all roles (handler, cutter) on offence and also on defence.
We don’t have a specific spirit game, more likely we will just eat some candy together.
Off the pitch you will find us as a cheerfull lot. Some of us love to do a headstand, others love to throw food in each others mouth and still others just like to laugh loudly.