Posted Date: May 21, 2010
A summary of the US participation in this awesome event. By Brenna Fender
The 2010 IFCS World Agility Championships have come to a close. The USA team returned home with a number of individual medals. In the medal count, the small dogs on the USA team edged out the large dogs, with the team finishing fourth with a total of nine.
Unfortunately for Team USA, the competition started off on a dramatic and unhappy note. On her first run (Team Jumpers), US Team member Dudley Fontaine fell, dislocating her elbow. Teammate Ann Zarr says, "It was very sad when Dudley got hurt. She did a great job remaining positive through such a difficult time." Dudley was unable to run for the remainder of the event.
The rest of the team found the WAC courses challenging and fun. Suzanne Wesley, who had some solid runs at the event, including a fifth place in Individual Gamblers, says, "Sonic and I had been practicing on a lot of [international] courses, so I wasn't shocked to see them and felt we could handle it. [But] as much as one can practice and train these sequences or courses at home, we don't see them in local trials here in the United States. Therefore, we don't get the benefit of running them in a trial situation and under more pressure." Elyse Lynch, who with her dog Ting came in fourth in the Biathlon, found the length of the courses to be a challenge as well: "The average Standard course was 200 yards, which required more stamina and speed from the handlers than our typical weekend courses."
Team members enjoyed their experiences at the event, describing the excellent ring flooring and beautiful hotel room views. Getting to visit with other US team members and competitors from all over the world were also big perks. Ann Zarr says, "This was an experience I'll always treasure."
The Russian team this year was nearly unstoppable; for example, the Russians swept the podium for all three medals in Midi Biathlon. It was not unusual for them to capture two medals in a class, including the prized Team Championship, where two Russian teams took the Gold and Silver. The Canadian team earned the Bronze medal. The two US teams were seventh and ninth. The Russians finished as the clear victors in the 2010 Championships with an impressive 36 medals (14 gold, 12 silver, and 10 bronze).
Medal Count by Country
All competitors' runs from the WAC are available now for viewing on demand at https://www.usdaa.com/video/index.cfm. Log into competitor services first and visit the On Demand tab to purchase or the My Videos tab to view already purchased videos. If you don't have a dog registered with USDAA, simply register when prompted. Also, a DVD of the event will be on sale soon.
The 2012 IFCS World Agility Championships will be held in the United States. This will be the first time that the WAC will be held on American soil. More information to come...
Rosanne DeMascio and Drifter winning Maxi Individual Gamblers Gold.
Photo by Karen Moureaux, www.dogsportphotos.com
Brenna Fender is the editor for the USDAA's subscriber services portion of the website. She is also a freelance writer, wife, and parent of two dogs and two children. Please contact Brenna at Bfender@usdaa.com with comments, questions, or submissions.