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Team USA Wins Gold

July 24, 2015, 4:10 p.m. (ET)

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July 26, 2015


TEAM USA Wins Six Medals at Pan Am Games

Rocky Carson, Jose Rojas and Jansen Allen Win Gold

Toronto – The United States National Racquetball Team captured an impressive two individual Gold Medals and two Team Silver Medals at the 2015 Pan American Games held in Toronto.  Overall, Americans won six medals at the Games.

The United States has had tremendous success in racquetball at the Pan Am Games over the years.  Americans have won 13 of the 20 individual Gold Medals awarded in the five Pan Am Games in which racquetball was contested.  This includes all five Men’s Singles Gold Medals awarded.  Both the Men’s and Women’s Teams have won either Gold or Silver Medals in every Pan Am Games that has included Team competition.

The Team was led and supported by Head Coach Dave Ellis, Assistant Coach RO Carson, Trainer Brent Huff and Team Leader Cheryl Kirk.

Individual Results

Rocky Carson added to his already remarkable international record by defeating Alvaro Beltran of Mexico in the Men’s Singles final 15-11, 15-10.  In successfully defending his Pan Am Games Gold Medal from 2011, he has become the first man in Singles to win back-to-back Games.  His two Pan Am Singles Gold Medals combined with record four World Championship titles make him the most decorated man in the history of international racquetball.

José Rojas and Jansen Allen won the Men’s Doubles Gold Medal by defeating Conrrado Moscoso and Roland Keller of Bolivia in the final 15-8, 15-5.  They also defeated Mexico and Venezuela en route to the title.

Rhonda Rajsich captured the Women’s Singles Bronze Medal.  She defeated fellow TEAM USA member Michelle Key and Canadian Frederique Lambert on her way to the Bronze medal.  She lost to world number one and defending Pan Am Games champion Paola Longoria in the semifinals 13-15, 9-15.

Rajsich and doubles partner Kim Russell-Waselenchuk won the Bronze Medal in Women’s Doubles.  The duo lost to Maria Vargas and Veronique Guillemette of Argentina in the three-game semifinal match 7-15, 15-14, 6-11.


Team Results

The American men finished second in the Team competition to Mexico 2-0 after Daniel De La Rosa defeated Jake Bredenbeck 15-12, 15-12 and Alvaro Beltran beat Rocky Carson in two games 15-12, 15-7.  The Men’s Team defeated Venezuela and Canada on its way to the Silver Medal match.  Wins by Carson and Rojas/Allen helped the Team past Canada in the semifinals 2-1.

The U.S. Women finished the Team competition with a Silver Medal after losing to Mexico 2-0.  Samantha Salas defeated Michelle Key 15-3, 15-9.  World number one Paola Longoria also defeated Rhonda Rajsich in two games with scores of 15-6, 15-12.  TEAM USA defeated Colombia and Canada en route to the Gold Medal match.  Wins by Key and Rajsich/Russell-Waselenchuk bested Canada 2-0 in the semifinals.

U.S. National Racquetball Team Results at the 2015 Pan American Games

Jansen Allen

Men’s Doubles

Gold Medal

Rice, Texas

Men’s Team

Silver Medal

Jake Bredenbeck

Men’s Team

Silver Medal

Chandler, Ariz.

Rocky Carson

Men’s Singles

Gold Medal

Ladera Ranch, Calif.

Men’s Team

Silver Medal

Michelle Key

Women’s Team

Silver Medal

Gilbert, Ariz.

Rhonda Rajsich

Women’s Singles

Bronze Medal

Fountain Hills, Ariz.

Women’s Doubles

Bronze Medal

Women’s Team

Silver Medal

José Rojas

Men’s Doubles

Gold Medal

Stockton, Calif.

Men’s Team

Silver Medal

Kim Russell-Waselenchuk

Women’s Doubles

Bronze Medal

Austin, Texas

Women’s Team

Silver Medal


About the Pan Am Games

Organized by the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO), the Pan Am Games are a major sporting event in the Americas held every four years.  The inaugural Games were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1951.  More than 6,000 athletes are competing in the 36 sports contested at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada.

Racquetball has been included in five of the last six Pan Am Games, including:

1995   Mar del Plata, Argentina

1999   Winnipeg, Canada

2003   Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

2011   Guadalajara, Mexico

2015   Toronto, Canada

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