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Parapan American Games Update - Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Parapan American Games Update…

The U.S. wheelchair tennis team captured five medals--three gold, one silver, and one bronze--at the Parapan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

On the women's side, the U.S. won both the singles gold and silver medals as Mackenzie Soldan, 19, of Louisville, Ky., defeated doubles partner Emmy Kaiser, 21, of Fort Mitchell, Ky., 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, in the women's gold medal match. Soldan and Kaiser teamed up to then capture gold in doubles, defeating Colombia, 6-3, 6-0.

The men's team also won the doubles gold medal, as 2007 Parapan Am singles gold medalist Jon Rydberg, 34, of St. Paul, Minn., and four-time Paralympic medalist Steve Welch, 34, of Arlington, Tex., defeated Argentina, 6-2, 6-3. Welch won the bronze medal in singles.

These strong results follow last month's Pan Am Games, in which the U.S. captured four medals, including a singles gold medal from young American Irina Falconi.

Congratulations to Team USA!


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