2013 Senior World Championship: A hard blow for the USA
The sky has fallen on the Americans
While the American organizers had been announcing since their application in 2009 that those world championships would be huge, the sky fell on them with the elimination of the USA. That result sounded like a sanction for an organization that was far below the standards of a world championship. The gods of inline-hockey decided otherwise: the world champion would be Canadian or Czech in 2013. The Americans will find comfort in a medal in the women's category – it remains to know of which color it will be. Answer after the USA-Canada final.
The Swedish executioner
In quarter finals, Sweden clashes with the United States. Sweden is a newcomer in the competition, and the first games led us to believe that there would be a big level gap between the two teams.
Let's add to the equation the intergalactic void that crossed the minds of the Americans during the game... and let's not forget that gigantic Swedish goalkeeper.
The game finished with overtimes. The Swedish goalkeeper literally created a breathtaking surprise. Only the mad cries of the yellow-and-blue supporters would break the silence of the unbelieving American crowd.
That team, trained for the win and the show, was knocked down in quarter finals by a modest team, technically inferior, but who took up the game with more passion.
The other quarter finals
The whole schedule of the day was turned upside down. As soon as the first game, staging France against Switzerland, the ground was impracticable due to technical problems: all the games had to be postponed by one hour because of an improper cleaning of the area.
The French gave way to the semi finals to far better disciplined Swiss players. In the next quarter final, the Czechs showed their skills against the English players who would rather aim at the classification games.
Last but not least, the quarter final opposing Italy to Canada maintained the suspense. The Canadian needed all their experience to impose themselves at last.
The Semi Finals
Therefore, the semi finals witnessed a game with Sweden and Canada. All interest vanished after 10 minutes: Canada took off and got its ticket to the final. The Swedish were still over the moon after having beaten the titleholders.
The other semi-final game staged Switzerland against the Czech Republic. After a terrible start, the Eastern players caught up little by little and equalized 26 seconds before the end. Such a cruel fate for the Helvetian team: The Czechs won at the overtimes.
The finals and the classification games
Canada and the Czech Republic fight against each other in Final, while Switzerland and Sweden play for bronze. France bears the cost of the American defeat: they have to meet in the game for the 5th place.
In the World Cup race, the final will oppose Argentina to Brazil.
Women's category: Canada wants to keep the title
The long-awaited final between Canada and the United States will take place indeed, for lack of substential rivals. Behind the two key-nations of the discipline, the game for the bronze is unprecedented: New Zealand meet Columbia. The other teams will play the classification games.
Back to square one
After having played at the Honda Arena, the teams go back to Huntington Beach. Going back to 500 places will be quite a shock! The organizers thought on too big a scale, they thought they were the strongest, they are now totally overtaken by events. France should have no problem doing better for the worlds in Toulouse next year.
5th day of competition
|Australia||2 - 3||Brazil|
|China||8 - 9||Namibia|
|France||2 - 5||Switzerland|
|Latvia||4 - 9||New Zealand|
|Great Britain||3 - 12||Czech Republic|
|Colombia||3 - 4||Mexico|
|Canada||5 - 2||Italy|
|Argentina||4 - 2||Germany|
|India||1 - 13||Japan|
|Sweden||4 - 3||USA|
|Namibia||6 - 3||Venezuela|
|Latvia||10 - 2||Australia|
|Great Britain||0 - 3||France|
|Switzerland||3 - 4||Czech Republic|
|USA||4 - 2||Italy|
|Brazil||4 - 3||New Zealand|
|Germany||4 - 2||Colombia|
|Canada||6 - 2||Sweden|
|Mexico||0 - 4||Argentina|
|India||5 - 0||China|
|Namibia||1 - 8||Canada|
|Argentina||0 - 8||USA|
|Colombia||2 - 8||Canada|
|Great Britain||3 - 2||Namibia|
|Mexico||3 - 2||Argentina|
|New Zealand||2 - 7||USA|
LinksText and photos: Roller Addict
Translation: Chloé Seyres