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IFCS World Agility Championships - Final Recap

A look back at the results of the World event from the Netherlands; video clips may be found at http://www.doezeninaction.info/pages%202006/WAC2006.html


Team USA had a successful and dominating weekend at the IFCS World Championships.  After taking the Gold in Moscow in 2002 and the US Team of 2004 taking the team Gold in Valencia,  Team USA 2006 captured the Team Gold medal and an astonishing 1/3 of all individual medals, and 5 of 12 prizes in the non-championship Power & Speed class. 

Ten countries sparred all weekend for spots on the podium, with six of them finishing in the medals.  More importantly for this young IFCS organization, teams not making the podium showed great camaraderie and sportsmanship throughout the weekend.   

Team USA members demonstrated great support for each other, as the courses presented challenges that lent to different strengths and weaknesses of the team.  Working together under coach Janet Gauntt the team remained focused and disciplined in their approach to the event.  Further, team members, regardless of their own success or failure, were there with upbeat support for their team mates, further adding to other successes.  Perhaps there is no better way to say it than it was a "team" in the truest sense, with the right winning formula of personalities and skills. There were no weak links, despite some not making it to the podium, as it was a heavily competitive field from no less than six countries, and many deserving rounds did not result in podium photo opps.  In several cases, it was one call, one pole, or in the case of the Best All Around, an unforgiveable gamblers rule that doubled total points in the class upon successful completion of the joker, kept several competitors off the podium.  In the latter case, the gamblers class had a major impact on the outcome.  Nonetheless, for Team USA, those not making it to the podium offered contributions in other ways that helped drive the team's success.

Following is a recap of Team USA results by competitor:

30cm Classes

Competitor

Dog

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Kimberly SisakPhoebe

2

-

1

Kimberly SisakDevo

-

-

1

Mike MurphyBailey

-

2

-

40cm Classes

Competitor

Dog

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Nancy KleinhansJoni

-

-

1

Renee KingHamlet

-

1

2

55cm Classes

Competitor

Dog

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Mary Ellen BarryFizz

2

-

1

Rhonda CarterBlast

2

-

-

Kate MoureauxQuick

1

3

-

65cm Classes

Competitor

Dog

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Olga ChaikoLuz

1

1

2

Stuart MahQwik

1

-

-

Notably too, was Mary Ellen Barry's 4th place finish and Stacy Peardot-Goudy's 5th place finish in the hotly contested Individual All Around.  Mary Ellen finished 2.15 points out of the medals, while Stacy finished only 6.48 points out of the medals. 

Go to www.fhn.nl, and click on WAC 2006, RESULTS, for a complete listing of all event results.  Photos may also be found at http://www.heyda.eu/ under WK Agility 2006.

Final Medal Count - Team and Individual Classes
(Note: Excludes Power & Speed as a Non-Championship Class
see Day One coverage article for Power & Speed Award Results)

Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

USA

10

7

8

25

Netherlands

4

-

2

6

Russia

1

6

8

15

Canada

5

5

3

13

UK

5

4

4

13

Japan

-

3

-

3

Team USA Sends Thanks to All Sponsors and Supporters!

Please note that contributions to the team's travel cost fund are still being accepted through May 31.  Please help celebrate the team's successes by contributing to their travel expenses. Contributions may be made online through the USDAA Store at www.usdaa.com or by contacting the USDAA office at (972) 487-2200.

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