ARLINGTON, Texas - Team USA's Steve Smith of San Diego and Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., will represent the United States in the Pan American Bowling Confederation Champion of Champions event starting Wednesday.
The four-day tournament takes place May 9-12 at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla. and will serve as the qualifying event for the 2013 World Games, which will be held in Cali, Colombia.
A total of 19 countries are expected to compete in the Champion of Champions with a star-studded field of the top players from each country. Among the notable players are 2012 USBC Hall of Fame inductee Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela, Canada's Dan MacLelland, Colombia's Andres Gomez, Brazil's Marcelo Suartz and the Dominican Republic's Aumi Guerra.
"Bowling for your country is, in my opinion, an awesome experience.," said Smith, who earned three gold medals and two silver medals at the 2011 Tournament of the Americas. "Not too many people get to do this in their life so for me is the greatest thing. I've always wanted to represent USA when I was a kid. I thought it might be basketball but it wasn't meant to be. Now I get to do it for bowling and I'm on cloud nine. I want to do the best I can and see what happens."
BOWL.com's BowlTV will provide free live streaming of the event from start to finish of the event, which begins Wednesday with singles competition. Medals will be awarded in men's singles, women's singles, mixed doubles, men's all-events, women's all-events, national all-events, women's singles Masters, men's singles Masters and mixed doubles Masters.
The top eight teams in the national all-events will join Colombia in qualifying for next year's World Games. Bowling is one of more than 30 sports not currently included in the Olympics that are showcased in the World Games.