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Donner Party Ultimate team wins world championship

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The Donner Party has done it again. In an act of ultimate cannibalism, the Tahoe disc team gobbled up every opponent in sight en route to a third straight World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) ultimate championship in Turku, Finland, on July 31-Aug. 7.The team took its third straight Mixed title by defeating Canada 17-14 on Aug. 7. Both teams tied in total goals after the first round of the tournament, but Canadas total goals against opponents averaged a staggering 25 over seven games.With that in mind, most people expected the match to be a barn-burner between two colossal unbeatens, and the match proved exciting to watch as the USAs potent offense hammered against one of the best defenses in the tournament.A very long point in the beginning of the game ended in the Americans favor, evening the score at two and giving USA momentum to push to a halftime lead of 9-6.A late defensive surge by the Canadians wasnt enough to counter the USAs deep game, and the Tahoe team rose to victory, making it an American hat trick.The teams victory in the finals came after a surprisingly tough semi-final matchup with Germany.Most were expecting it to be an easy game for the undefeated USA, but the Germans gave them a run right from the start.The first quarter of play saw both teams working their long game and breaking the mark often. Germany took the lead at 4-3, but the USA utilized its depth and consistency to turn the game around.Donner Party may very well be proclaimed an Ultimate dynasty with their overall victory. Beginning in 2002, with their incredible run to the top from a low initial seed in the World Ultimate Club Championships in Hawaii, the Party have won two consecutive UPA Championships and now take home the gold for the USA in the Mixed division at the WUGC.

The WUGC held once every four years is an elite international competition drawing more than 75 Ultimate Frisbee and Guts teams from 23 nations and 6 continents. Participating countries sent Ultimate teams for competition in up to 6 divisions; Open, Women, Mixed, Masters, Juniors (under 20) Boys & Junior Girls. Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Sweden and the USA sent a team in every division. Six countries also competed in the flying disc sport of Guts.Medalists, by division:Open: Gold Canada, Silver United States, Bronze AustraliaWomens: Gold Canada, Silver Finland, Bronze United StatesMixed: Gold United States, Silver Canada, Bronze New Zealand Masters: Gold United States, Silver Canada, Bronze Great BritainJunior Open: Gold United States, Silver Canada, Bronze GermanyJunior Women: Gold Canada, Silver United States, Bronze SwedenGuts: Gold Japan 1, Silver Japan 2, Bronze Republic of ChinaThe WUGC 2004 was the largest competition of its kind in the world. 1500 players competed in a record 395 games over seven days. The tournament took place simultaneously on 20 fields in Turku, Kaarina and Raisio.This WUGC is the qualifying event for the best 6 national associations to enter The World Games 2005 in Germany. The qualification is based on a countrys three best results from these Worlds six divisions. The following countries have qualified for next years World Games: Canada (42-44 pts.), USA (42-43 pts.), Australia (34 pts.), Finland (32-33 pts.), Japan (31 pts.), Germany (host in 2005).The World Games for Ultimate will be held July 22-24, 2005 in Duisburg, Germany, in the Wedau Sports School. See also http://www.frisbeesport.de/worldgames2005/ (for Ultimate matters) or http://www.worldgames2005.org.Perth, Australia will host the World Ultimate Club Championships (WUCC) in2006. The WUCC is an invitational world championship for club ultimate teams, which falls every four years on an alternating schedule with the WUGC.[For complete results, team profiles, and a full list of participating countries, please visit http://www.wugc2004.org.] [For more information on the game of Ultimate in the USA, visit http://www.upa.org, or http://www.wfdf.org.]

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