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Sunday, July 7, 2013

TEAM USA GOLD MEDAL RECAP

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TEAM USA WINS GOLD, Defeats Canada in IFAF World Championship  
Vantaa, Finland. The US Women's tackle football team has won gold again, with a stunning
display of gridiron dominance that left all viewers and participants in a state of shock and awe.
The US women's team took the tournament by storm with record-setting defeats of Sweden (84-0) and
Germany (107-7) in pool play, followed by a 64-0 thrashing of Canada in the gold medal game.
The U.S. wasted no time against Canada, with Mia Brickhouse scoring on a 3 yard rush on the initial
possession. The scoring was fast and furious throughout, with six US players reaching the end zone.
Odessa Jenkins, Donna Wilkinson, Jeanette Gray, Adrienne Smith and Liz Sowers each scored a touchdown.
Running back Mia Brickhouse had four touchdowns, all on short yardage power sets. The U.S. team averaged
almost 9 yards a carry and were clearly winning the battle at the line of scrimmage. Offensive linewoman
Jamie Menzyk was named the game day MVP for opening running lanes with an assortment of pancake blocks. 
The US defense held the Canadians to just 56 yards of total offense, and in fact only allowed an average
of 44 yards per game throughout the tournament. In addition, the U.S. defense created 13 turnovers for the
tournament, three of which were returned for touchdowns. Leading tacklers in the gold medal game were
Vicky Eddy, Jennifer Plummer, Danielle Golay, Katie Sowers and Kim Marks.
American quarterbacks Sami Grisafe and Karen Mulligan combined for 23 completions in 28 attempts and
367 passing yards. There were three touchdown passes, all thrown by Grisafe who was named the overall
tournament MVP for her outstanding play throughout. Her three-game tournament total was 626 passing
yards, nine touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown.

Head Coach John Konecki has now led the U.S. team to two successive gold medals. "These women are amongst
the best players in the world at their respective positions. It has been a privilege for me to coach
athletes of this caliber. I couldn't be more proud of my team than I am right now," said Konecki, his
voice cracking with emotion just moments after the win.
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This is the second International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Women's World Championship,
with the U.S. also claiming gold in the 2010 inaugural event held in Stockholm, Sweden. This 2013
American team was again the favorite to win the gold, however no one could have anticipated they would
attain such a staggering margin of victory throughout by scoring 255 points in three games while
yielding just a single touchdown to the German team.
The forty-five women on Team USA were selected at tryouts held by USA Football and represent the
top players in the sport of women's tackle football. The American squad is recognized as such
internationally and have become ambassadors of the sport worldwide. The U.S. team will return home
tomorrow afternoon wearing gold medals and with the championship trophy in tow.

Stats and additional  tournament info is available at wwc2013.com.

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