From Denmark to the United States: Sophie Wich

Sophie Wich travels for basketball

Winzer Lorissaint, Staff writer

One of the newest additions to the women’s basketball team is Sophie Wich. Standing at 6-feet tall this gentle giant ventured all the way from Denmark to play collegiate basketball at Palm Beach State.

What was it like playing basketball in Denmark?

I played for every team I could possibly play for. I grew up in a basketball family so I played with the boys, the older girls, everyone I could play with. It’s harder to play over there; you have to really want it because you have to do school and sports. We have P.E. [physical education], but we don’t have varsity sports like you do over here.

What’s the biggest difference between U.S.A. basketball and Denmark Basketball?

 I’m pretty new here. I’ve only been here a month, but maybe the pace. It’s faster, more physical, and more one-on-one. In Denmark we’d pass the ball 28 times, but over here it’s more like pass the ball, see what you can do with it, and if you can’t do anything with it then pass the ball to someone else. I don’t know if it’s just my impression of it, but I think that’s the biggest difference.

How did you decide to uproot your life to play ball here?

It’s always been a dream of mine. Before I left I was cleaning out my room and found a picture I drew in the third grade. The assignment was to draw where you think you would be when you’re twenty five. All I drew was a girl wearing a U.S.A. jersey with a basketball in hand and stars in the background. It’s always been a dream to take basketball as far as I can.

Do you miss Denmark?

Yes very much, I like it here it’s different, but it’s a good different. I miss my family, and I miss my friends a lot. I think Americans are very outgoing. They take great care of me; especially the team staff and my teammates, but at the end of the day I only have myself. And because of the six hour time difference I can’t just call my family up in the middle of the night. 

What’s the strangest thing that’s happened to you so far in the U.S.?

I’m not used to the way people ask you about your religion. Back home religion is very private. Over here people ask you “What’s your name?”, “Where are you from?”, “What do you believe in?” And I’m like “Whoa whoa whoa, I don’t even know who you are.” Besides that maybe the weather. The storm caused the power to go out. The cars are different, the buildings, and everything is so much bigger over here.