Huffington Post: Candace Parker On Her Favorite Destinations, Playing In Siberia & Traveling With Kids

Published on January 12th, 2012

Candace Parker is perhaps best known for her role as forward for the Los Angeles Sparks. When not playing for the WNBA, Parker spends the off-season playing for UMMC Ekaterinburg in chilly Siberia. As a professional athlete, Parker spends much of her time traveling the globe for games — even winning a gold medal during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Not a bad souvenir.

HuffPost Travel caught up with the 25-year-old basketball player on her Christmas break back in the States to talk travel, her favorite spots and just how cold it really gets in Siberia.

Huffington Post Travel: Where do you travel most often while playing in Siberia?

Candace Parker: I play for UMMC Ekaterinburg, which is east of Moscow via a two-and-a-half-hour flight. We travel constantly to play the EuroLeague and the Russian Premier League — we go to Spain, Istanbul, France, Germany and Poland. One of the big problems with playing in Russia is that every flight is 6 to 7 hours. When I go back to Russia [in January], we play in Istanbul and I’m so excited.

HPT: What do you enjoy most about playing in Russia?

CP: I love that everyone from my team is from a different place, so I just sit in the back of the plane and chat with my teammates about where they are from.


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