Team USA takes three out of four gold medals on Day Three at Champion of Champions


    United States

    Liz Johnson, Steve Smith win Mixed Doubles, National All Events and Women's All Events; Brazil's Marcelo Suartz earns his second individual gold in Men's All Events

    2012PCCoCSteveSmithLizJohnson.jpgTeam USA's Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Steve Smith of San Diego (pictured left) claimed three more gold medals Friday at the 2012 Pan American Bowling Confederation Champion of Champions, taking home the Mixed Doubles, National All-Events and Women's All-Events titles.

    Johnson and Smith totaled 2,826 for six games to take the top spot in Mixed Doubles at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla. Johnson led the way with 1,455, the second-highest series of all 35 players from 18 countries, while Smith added 1,371.

    "There are some awesome teams here this week, so it's an amazing feeling to win these gold medals and be able to hear our national anthem," said Johnson. "Steve and I had a lot of fun and worked off each other really well."

    Johnson, who took the Women's Singles gold Thursday, and Smith also won the national all-events gold medal, which combines the all-events totals for the two players from each country. In addition to Johnson's gold-medal winning total, Smith added 4,022 as the pair totaled 8,286.

    2011WWCPaolaGomez.jpg2011KSAOAndresGomez2.jpg "It was a lot of fun bowling with Liz, and we had a lot of chemistry, which is really important when you bowl doubles," said Smith, who finished fifth in men's all-events. "To win a medal with someone like Liz, you really can't put that into words."

    Paola Gomez (left) and brother Andres Gomez (right) of Colombia took the silver medal in both the Mixed Doubles and National All-Events with 2,692 and 8,119, respectively. Puerto Rico's Neishka Cardona and Jean Perez earned the bronze in both events with 2,626 and 7,852, respectively.

    Johnson won the women's all-events gold with an 18-game total of 4,264 and an average of 236.89. Past World Games winner Sophia Granda of Guatemala claimed the silver medal with 3,932, while Paola Gomez took the bronze with 3,905.

    201PC2CoCMarceloSuartz.jpgBrazil's Marcelo Suartz (left), who also won the gold medal in Men's Singles, finished on top of the Men's All-Events standings with 4,285. Jean Perez took the silver with 4,224, while Andres Gomez was third with 4,214.

    Action shifts to Saturday's Masters competition. The top eight men and the top 8 women in All-Events will compete in the individual Masters, while the top eight teams in the National All-Events will compete in the Mixed Doubles Masters.

    2012PCCOCLogo.jpg's BowlTV will provide free live streaming of the 2012 PABCON Champion of Champions from start to finish:
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    A total of 18 countries are represented in the PABCON Champion of Champions, which features one man and one woman from each country.

    The championships also serves as the qualification event for the 2013 World Games with the top eight teams, including host Colombia, in the national all-events advancing. The advancing teams were the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. The 2013 World Games will be held in Cali, Colombia. Bowling is one of more than 30 sports not currently included in the Olympics that are showcased in the World Games.


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    Mixed Doubles


    National All-Events - Final Standings after 36 games

    The top 8 teams advance to Masters match play


    Men's All-Events - Final Standings after 18 games

    The top 8 advance to Masters match play


    Women's All-Events - Final Standings after 18 games

    The top 8 advance to Masters match play