Champions were crowned yesterday at the 2014 FPA World Championships in Medellin, Colombia. The winning teams were:
Women’s Pairs: Ilka Simon/Bianca Strunz
Mixed Pairs: Lisa Hunrichs/Matt Gauthier
Open Pairs: Arthur Coddington/Jake Gauthier
Open Co-op: Paul Kenny/Daniel O’Neill/James Wiseman
I applaud the FPA Board’s decision to award the 2013 FPA World Championships to Skippy Jammer and Santa Cruz, California. The debate about Santa Cruz vs. Medellin was far more complex than it needed to be. Santa Cruz’s bid was from an experienced tournament director and competitor. The Medellin bid was from a club that had never hosted a freestyle tournament of any size and had no members who had ever attended, let alone competed in a freestyle world championship. It was a no brainer that got muddied by factors beyond the sport’s need for a well-run world championships with conditions that showcase freestyle at its best.