Kristina Nordenson captures gold in Women's Singles at 2015 World Seniors Championships


    2015 WSrC

    Swede defeats fellow countrywoman Susanne Olsson for the gold medal, 205-181; defending champion Lucy Sandelin (USA) and Tuula Tamminen (FIN) share bronze



    2015WSrCKristinaNordenson.jpg2015WSrCSusanneOlsson.jpgSweden's Kristina Nordenson (pictured left) outlasted teammate Susanne Olsson (right) to capture the gold medal in women's singles Wednesday at the 2015 World Seniors Championships.

    In the all-Swedish championship match, Nordenson delivered a key double in the sixth and seventh frames to take the lead, and she went on to secure the title with a 205-181 victory at Sam's Town Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Both players started strong, with Olsson holding a slight advantage in the early stages of the match, but she was unable to cover the 3 pin in the seventh frame as Nordenson connected for the double.

    2015WSrCWomenSinglesKristinaNordenson.jpgBoth players opened in the ninth frame, giving Nordenson the opportunity to lock up the title with a mark and good count in the 10th.

    Nordenson sealed the win with a strike as Olsson missed on her first offering to earn the silver medal.

    "I just tried to relax and execute," Nordenson said. "Before the semifinal match, we said we would see each other in 20 minutes. This is fantastic."

    2015WSrCWomenSinglesTuulaTamminenLucySandelin.jpgNordenson, who earned her spot in the medal round by qualifying fourth with a six-game total of 1,197 and an average of 199.50, advanced to the finals after defeating top seed Lucy Sandelin (right) of the United States, 199-194, in the semifinals.

    The USBC Hall of Famer and defending champion, who won the Singles title at the 2013 World Seniors Championships from the No. 4 seed, led the 89 women from 25 countries in qualifying with a 1,231 total (205.17).

    Third-seeded Olsson punched her ticket into the finals after besting Finland's Tuula Tamminen (left), seeded second, 236-194. Sandelin and Tamminen earned bronze medals for their performances.

    Paula Vidad of the United States nearly joined Sandelin in the semifinals, finishing fifth with a 1,194 series.

    2015WSrCLogo.jpg The 2nd World Seniors Championships features more than 200 male and female participants age 50 and older from 33 countries vying for medals in Singles, Doubles, Team, All-Events and Masters competition.

    2014BowlTVLogo_small.jpg Competition continues Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Eastern with men's doubles. All rounds of the 2015 event will be broadcast live on's BowlTV.

    Story courtesy of Aaron Smith, USBC Communications. Photos: Aaron Smith and Randy Gulley.


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    2015 World Seniors Championships - Women's Singles Finals

    2015WSrCWomenSinglesTop4.jpg Championship Round:
    1. Kristina Nordenson, Sweden, 404 (2 games)
    2. Susanne Olsson, Sweden, 417 (2 games)
    3. Lucy Sandelin, United States, 194 (1 game)
    (tie) Tuula Tamminen, Finland, 194 (1 game)

    L-R Olsson, Nordenson, Tamminen and Sandelin.

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: No. 4 Nordenson def. No. 1 Sandelin, 199-194
    Semifinal Match 2: No. 3 Olsson def. No. 2 Tamminen, 236-194, 215-211
    Championship Match: Nordenson def. Olsson, 205-181.


    2015 WSrC Women's Singles - Standings after Qualifying

    Top four advance to the playoffs.