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Inline Hockey World Championships 2018: doubly Golden USA

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Final matches in Asiago for the Senior Women and Junior Men tournaments closed this first inline hockey week in the Altopiano. Today also the Junior Women and Senior Men delegation arrived in Asiago for the Opening Ceremony: their competitions will start tomorrow morning and the debuting matches will be JW Spain-Great Britain in Roana and SM USA-China in Asiago at 8.00am.

Sold out in the Hodegart since there were both the Senior Women and Junior Men Finals but, before the matches, the audience had the opportunity to enjoy the Opening Ceremony. The delegations parade and the authorities greetings introduced the show: the artists Letizia Lunardi and Emanuele Baù read abstracts from "Lettere contro la Guerra" by Tiziano Terzani whilst the Artistic Pair World Champions Rebecca Tarlazzi and Luca Lucaroni performed on the music of Image and Zombie; the Show Group APAM closed the ceremony. "Viewed from the perspective of the future, these are days in which it's still possible to do something. Let's do it! So have a good journey – outside as well as inside!": with these words the rink was left to the "Azzurrini" against the USA for the JM Gold Medal.

The referee whistled and it was time to play the best hockey ever for both the teams: For the second time the Italian Junior Men were in the run for the Gold; two years ago the Czech Republic broke their dreams here in Asiago so they entered the rink with the right winning attitude. During the first phase of the tournament the Americans seemed not to be so brilliant, having closed the pools with one victory and two ties and a low profile, but since the quarters their game became tougher, quicker and more and more technical.
The first period was intense and highly balanced: both the teams pushed hardly and defended their own area even when the rivals were in power play.
Back from the second time, a great action by the Americans unblocked the score: the goal by Chase Jeffrey Edwards on assist by Christian Robel Acosta cleared the ground for the Americans and, even though the Azzurrini tried to come back, USA doubled few minutes later with a goal by Derek Joseph Le on assist by Cody Curtis Vadeboncoeur. Italy did not give up and built many actions and opportunities but USA were unstoppable and it was absolutely their match: the final score 6-2 delivered the Gold to USA.

At 9pm, the USA girls tried to double their Stars-And-Stripes colleagues result and to defend the title conquered in 2017 in Nanjing; Czech Republic won all the matches played in this tournament and had already beaten USA 5-1 in the pool phase: so the expectation were quite high and the match satisfied the audience attending in the arena. USA unblocked the score with a goal by Celeste Michelle Loyatho on the assist by Kendall Lauren Curtis. The Czech tied thanks to Kristyna Kaltounkova on assist by Katerina Pipkova and, one second before the end of the first time, Kaltounkova doubled on assist by Karolina Kovarova. Back to the rink, Brooke Ann Bryant tied and Elisa Pogu scored the american advantage: They made it and it's Gold again for USA.

In the Bronze medal matches, the Spaniard furies overwhelmed both France and Canada and doubled the Bronze.

Opening Ceremony Podcast 

JUNIOR MEN - click on the match to watch the podcast
Roana. Great Britain - New Zealand 4-3
Asiago. Sweden - Switzerland 6-4
Roana. Colombia - Namibia 3-4
Asiago. Canada - Czech Republic 3-5 

Junior Men Podcast - Finals
Asiago. BRONZE. France - Spain 0-3
Asiago. GOLD. USA - Italy 6-2

Final Ranking Junior Men
Gold USA
Silver Italy
Bronze Spain
4 France
5 Czech Republic
6 Canada
7 Sweden
8 Switzerland
9 Namibia
10 Colombia
11 Grat Britain
12 New Zealand
13 Chinese Taipei
14 Poland
15 Australia
16 Germany
17 India
18 China

SENIOR WOMEN - click on the match to watch the podcast
Roana. Australia - Switzerland 2-3
Roana. New Zealand - Italy 2-1 OT
Roana. Argentina - Finland 2-9 

Senior Women Podcast - Finals
Asiago. BRONZE. Spain - Canada 7-1
Asiago. GOLD. USA - Czech Republic 3-2

Final Ranking Senior Women
Gold USA
Silver Czech Republic
Bronze Spain
4 Canada
5 Finland
6 Argentina
7 New Zealand
8 Italy
9 Switzerland
10 Australia
11 Sweden
12 Latvia
13 India
14 China

All about the event here
The matches from Asiago will be available on live streaming @ World Skate TV
The matches from Roana will be available on live streaming @ World Skate TV 

Senior Men Podcasts
Junior Women Podcasts 
Live Score & Updated Schedule Senior Women
Live Score & Updated Schedule Junior Men

Live Score & Updated Schedule Senior Men
Live Score & Updated Schedule Junior Women
Junior Men Podcasts
Senior Women Podcasts

Pics credits: Roberta Strazzabosco & Max Pattis
Facebook Highlights credits: Wissem Jaubert