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For Immediate Release
Monday, June 18, 2001

Team USA Captures World In-line Hockey Crown…Again

by Bill Wolf, USA Roller Sports communications director

Torrevieja-Alicante, Spain – It’s almost becoming old hat, but it’s the type of hat no one from the United States is willing to exchange. For the sixth time in seven years, Team USA in-line hockey, sponsored and sanctioned totally by USA Roller Sports (USARS), has captured the coveted Federation Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS) world hockey title.

Behind the leadership of second-year coach, Charlie Yoder, the U.S. cruised through pool play, qualifying rounds and the gold medal game with a perfect 7-0 record. The championship game itself was a surprise of sorts as Team USA outscored the Czech Republic 3-1. Prior to the start of the tourney, many in-line hockey experts were predicting another U.S. vs. Switzerland final. Another case in point why the game is played on the court and not on paper.

And for the second consecutive year, Ziggy Marszalek, North Bellmore, N.Y., scored the winning goal for Team USA. A year ago, Marszalek scored the only goal of the game as the United States defeated Switzerland 1-0. This year, in the finals against the Czech Republic, Marszalek scored two goals and added one assist to teammate Nick Parnell in the 3-1 victory over the Czech team.

Switzerland seemed to be on track to make a third trip to the final game, but the always tough Czech Republic had other ideas in mind for the championship. As expected, Switzerland and the Czech Republic slugged it out in a grueling game, but it would be the Czech Republic holding on for a 4-3 semifinal victory. Stunned, but not out, Switzerland rebounded nicely in the bronze medal game easily disposing of Italy 8-2.

Receiving a bye in the opening round, Team USA opened pool play Friday, June 8, with a convincing 15-0 win over Colombia. The following day, the United States dropped Argentina 11-1. On Sunday, June 10, Team USA defeated Spain 5-1 and then defeated Australia 13-1 on Monday, June 11. Wednesday, June 13, the American opened bracket competition and cruised to it second victory over Spain, 11-0 to advance to the semifinals.

Representing Team USA for 2001 are J.P. Beilsten, Florissant, Mo.; Joe Bonvie, Palm Bay, Fla.; Mike Ciolli, Las Vegas, Nev.; Dan Costanza, Schaumburg, Ill.; Ken Daleo, St. Louis, Mo.; Rob Laurie, Las Vegas, Nev.; Zygmund Marszalek, North Bellmore, N.Y.; Jay Mazer, Middletown, Pa.; Nick Parnell, Oakdale, Minn.; Terry Shook, Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.; Dave Shute, Apple Valley, Minn.; Eric Weichselbaumer, Longmeadow, Mass.; C.J. Yoder, Elizabethtown, Pa.; and Jami Yoder, Elizabethtown, Pa.

Individual results for Team USA were unavailable as of this press release, but complete individual stats will be released when they become available.

FIRS, which began hosting the world in-line hockey championships in 1995, is the international governing body for competitive roller sports. USARS, which is recognized by FIRS and the United States Olympic Committee as the national governing body for roller sports, has won every world title except in 1999 when they were defeated by Switzerland 4-3.

Complete game by game summary:

2001 FIRS World In-line Results
         
Thursday, June 7
10:00 Australia 6 1 Columbia
11:30 Czech Rep. 25 1 Portugal
13:00 Germany 4 4 France
14:30 Switzerland 13 1 Mexico
16:00 Italy 3 0 Brazil
17:30 Argentina 6 9 Spain
19:00 Opening Ceremonies
20:00 Japan 5 3 Sweden
         
Friday, June 8
10:00 Germany 17 2 Portugal
11:30 Columbia 0 15 USA
13:00 France 12 1 G.Britain
14:30 Japan 3 4 Mexico
16:00 Brazil 0 7 Switzerland
17:30 Sweden 2 3 Italy
19:00 Spain 11 1 Australia
         
Saturday, June 9
10:00 USA 11 1 Argentina
11:30 G.Britain 9  3 Portugal
13:00 Czech Rep. 5 2 Germany
14:30 Italy 7 1 Mexico
16:00 Brazil 2 6 Sweden
17:30 Switzerland 5 0 Japan
19:00 Columbia 0 9 Spain
         
Sunday, June 10
10:00 Argentina 6 4 Australia
11:30 Germany 6 1 G.Britain
13:00 USA 5 1 Spain
14:30 Brazil 4 1 Mexico
16:00 Czech Rep. 6 4 France
17:30 Switzerland 5 0 Sweden
19:00 Japan 6 8 Italy
         
Monday, June 11
10:00 Sweden 4 1 Mexico
11:30 Brazil 0 1 Japan
13:00 Columbia 0 6 Argentina
14:30 France 15 2 Portugal
16:00 G.Britain 3 9 Czech Rep.
17:30 Australia 1 13 USA
19:00 Italy 2 8 Switzerland
Tuesday, June 12
10:00 Columbia 1 6 Brazil
11:30 Portugal 7 2 Mexico
13:00 Spain 5 3 Great Britain
16:00 Germany 4 5 Sweden
17:30 France 15 1 Australia
19:00 Japan 6 1 Argentine
20:30 ---     ---
         
Wednesday, June 13
10:00 Mexico 4 1 Colombia
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11:30 USA 11 0 Spain
13:00 Swiss 5 2 Sweden
16:00 Czech Republic 7 3; France
17:30 Italy 6 3 Japan
19:00 Columbia 2 4 Portugal
         
Thursday, June 14
11:30 Brazil 6 4 Mexico
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13:00 Great Britain 2 3 Germany
16:00 Australia 3 8 Argentine
17:30 Spain 7 4 Sweden
19:15 France 0 4 Japan
         
Friday, June 15
10:00 ---             ---
11:30 Brazil 18 4 Portugal
13:00 Argentine 4 4 Germany
16:00 Great Britain 9 1 Australia
17:30 USA 5 3 Italy
19:15 Swiss 3 4 Czech Republic
         
Satruday, June 16
10:15 Germany 14 2 Australia
12:00 Argentine 4 5 Great Britain
13:45 Sweden 0 7 France
15:30 Spain 3 7 Japan
17:15 Italy 2 8 Swiss
19:00 USA 3 1 Czech Republic

Final Team Standings

2001 FIRS World In-line Hockey Final Standings
Placement Team/Country
1st United States
2nd Czech Republic
3rd Switzerland
4th Italy
5th Japan
6th Spain
7th France
8th Sweden
9th Germany
10th Great Britain
11th Argentina
12th Australia
13th Brazil
14th Mexico
15th Portugal
16th Columbia


Last Updated on 6/18/01