2008 PARALYMPIC GAMES: Men's & Women's Goalball Teams Advance; Men to Play for Bronze
United States Women's Goalball Team Wins Big (7-4) Against Sweden
The U.S. Women's Goalball Team consisting of Jen Armbruster (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Lisa Banta (Boonton, NJ), Asya Miller (Lapeer, Mich.), Robin Theryoung (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Jessica Lorenz (Berkley, Calif.) and Jackie Barnes (Wadsworth, Ill.) dominated today's match against Sweden (7-4).
"The U.S Team gave 120%, said U.S. Head Coach, Ken Armbruster (Colorado Springs, Colo.). Today, we played like a team determined to win."
"There are no sleeping dragons in this tournament, said U.S. Assistant Coach, Sharon Gunderman, "all the teams are playing at the highest level; every win is earned and not by chance."
The team meets with Denmark at 9:00, Sunday at the Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium. If the US wins this game, they advance to play for gold at 19:00 and if they should lose they will play for bronze at 17:00.
United States Men's Goalball Team to Play for Bronze
The U.S. Men's Goalball hopes to repeat their bronze medal victory in Athens tomorrow. After giving their all in a very tough game with China this evening, the men lost their chance to play for gold to the host nation (0-4).
U.S. Men's Goalball Team of Steve Denuyl, (Kalamazoo, Mich.) Chris Dodds (Logan, Utah), Tyler Merren (Kalamazoo, Mich), Donte' Mickens,(Tallahassee, Fla.) Eddie Munro (St Augustine, Fla.) and Daryl Walker (Jacksonville, Fla.) will advance to play in tomorrow's against Sweden at 18:00 Sunday.
"This game gave us an opportunity to redeem ourselves (loosing 2-13 in the opening game to China)" said Mickens. "Tonight we've come full circle, however, we fell short of our goal, now it's just a matter of focusing on winning the bronze. We did four years ago in Athens, we can do it again in Beijing."
Goalball is a Paralympic sport played by athletes who are blind and visually impaired. Developed after WWII as a way to keep blinded veterans physically active, it has become the premier team sport for athletes who are blind and visually impaired. Played competitively by men and women, it is a very fast paced, physically challenging, strategic and exciting game.
For more information regarding the results: http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRMP/ENG/Schedule/GB.shtml
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