Team USA Wins Singles and Trios, Team Sweden Wins Doubles Gold

Jim Goodwin

August 29, 2019

Team USA Wins Singles Gold and Silver

LAS VEGAS – SOUTH POINT BOWLING PLAZA – Danielle McEwan of Team USA was completely dialed in for the Singles Event televised finals of the World Bowling Women’s Championships. She captured the gold medal with a 259-193 win against team mate Shannon O’Keefe in the championship match. O’Keefe took home the silver medal. McEwan started the match with a five-bagger and never looked back, while O’Keefe tried to make adjustments to get better carry. In the end, the two good friends held hands on the medal stand during the playing of the U.S. National Anthem.

TEAM USA – Shannon O’Keefe Silver Medal, Danielle McEwan Gold Medal

“Our goal was to be bowling each other because that is a guarantee that one of us gets the gold medal,” said McEwan. “It was very comfortable being in the match together, and very emotional on the stand. Shannon has been my hero on Team USA so having her hold my hand during the anthem was very emotional.

“This was a win-win for us because at the end the U.S. Anthem was going to play and that is the whole goal.” said O’Keefe. “I tried throwing a different ball in the title match and clearly it was not the right choice . . . but Danielle shot 259 and she is the world champion and I am so proud of her. Anytime our national anthem plays it is a win for all of us . . . it does not matter who does it . . . what matters is that we did it together.”

In earlier matches, O’Keefe defeated Sandra Andersson of Team Sweden 213-183, and McEwan defeated Nayoung Lee of Team Korea 256-173.

Lee and Andersson each were awarded with Bronze medals.

Sweden Captures Doubles Gold in Very Close Match with Korea

It was one of the closest Gold Medal matches in tournament history, and when it was over, Team Sweden 1 with Josefin Hermansson and Jenny Wegner rolled to the Doubles event Gold Medal with a 436 – 431 victory over Team Korea 1.

TEAM SWEDEN , Jenny Wegner and Josefin Hermansson

The championship match came down to the final frame, with both Swedish players rolling clutch doubles for the victory. The last gold medal for Sweden in the World Bowling Women’s Championships came in 2007 in the Trios event.

“It was an insane tenth frame,” said Hermansson. “I was just thinking I needed to keep my arm relaxed and have a free swing. That was my main focus for the whole day . . . just relax and stay behind the ball. This is huge . . . not just for us, but for Sweden. It has been quite some time since Sweden won gold.”

“I knew I had to strike on the first ball of the tenth and I just thought to keep it simple and make the best shot I could. The only words in my head were ‘It is now or never . . . this is our last chance to win,” said Wegner.

After the medal ceremony, it was a very emotional celebration with family and friends. They sang the National Anthem of Sweden together and savored every moment of the victory.

Team Korea 1, with Hyerin Son and Yeonji Lee, won the silver medal. In their first match, they defeated Team Colombia 2 with Juliana Franco and Clara Guerrero 434 – 363.

Team Sweden 1 defeated Team Colombia 3 with Rocio Restrepo and Maria Rodriguez 434 – 386

Both of the Colombian teams were awarded Bronze Medals.

Team USA Mounts Comeback Against Colombia to Win Trios Gold

In a very hard – fought match, Team USA prevailed over Team Colombia 655 – 632 to win the Trios Gold Medal Thursday at the World Bowling Women’s Championships.

TEAM USA – Liz Kuhlkin, Missy Parkin and Jordan Richard

After the seventh frame of the final match, with her team trailing, team leader Missy Parkin called a huddle and told her team mates “Stand tall . . . we still have a lot of frames left and we are not far behind.”

“Missy’s words really hit home with me,” said Jordan Richard. “At that point, we remembered why we are wearing the red white and blue and we just did what we do.”

Liz Kuhlkin agreed. “We have all been bowling long enough to know when it is not over, and after our talk we all got doubles in the eighth and that was the turning point.”

Team Colombia with Juliana Franco, Clara Guerrero, and Maria Rodriguez fought to the end, but had to settle for the silver medal.

Kuhlkin and Richard both doubled in the tenth to seal the win, and for Jordan, it was especially sweet. “I had struggled a little during the week, but this made it all worth it,” she said.

“They never gave up. It was phenomenal watching them come from behind,” said Team USA Coach Rod Ross. “They really beared down and they won it in the end . . . that is what champions do. It was a gold medal match and a gold medal performance.”

In semi-final matches, Team Colombia defeated Team Mexico with Adriana Perez, Paola Limon, and Sandra Gongora 669 – 628, and Team USA eliminated Team Korea with Moonjeong Kim, Seungja Baek, and Dawun Jung 694 – 620. Both eliminated teams were awarded Bronze medals.

Friday will be the last day of the tournament, with 5-player Team and Masters semi-finals and finals. Competition starts at noon Las Vegas time here at the South Point Bowling Plaza.

Where to watch the World Bowling Women’s Championships:

Finals broadcast: https://2019wwc.worldbowling.org/watch-live/

Live scoring: Lanetalk App

Social: @worldbowling #WBWC2019

Event website for results & schedule: https://2019wwc.worldbowling.org/

About the World Bowling Women’s Championships: The World Bowling Women’s Championships is bowling’s most prestigious event for women athletes. This championship takes place from 23 – 30th of August 2019. The best female bowlers from around the world will compete in singles, doubles, trios, all events, team of five and masters.

About World Bowling: World Bowling is the governing body for the sport of tenpin bowling and heads 114 national federations from five confederations.  Bowling is played in the Asian Games, the Pan American Games and The World Games. 

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