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Bowling is not only the largest participatory sport in the United States, but it is a sport that is played throughout the world.
Each year, the United States Bowling Congress selects three teams – men, women and youth – to represent the United States in international competitions.
Team USA goes for the gold against the top bowlers in the world in competitions such:
- World Championships – More than 100 medals won since 1954, more than any nation
- Pan American Games – More than 25 medals won since 1991
- Pan American Confederation Championships – More than 200 medals won since 1961
- QubicaAMF World Cup – 17 champions since 1965
USBC bowlers now can take the challenge Team USA members face each time they stand on the approach at an international competition. Team USA Experience leagues, developed by USBC Sport Bowling, give bowlers the chance to compete on the same lane oil patterns as those faced by Team USA. Sport bowlers will look to solve the type of conditions the Team USA men's squad had to face in capturing the team title at the World Championships in 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Challenge yourself in a Team USA Experience league and improve your game
Sport Bowling challenges bowlers to compete on tough lane oil patterns. In a Team USA Experience league, bowlers face the same conditions the top players in the world must conquer to take home a gold medal. These patterns are used by the World Tenpin Bowling Association in major competitions such as the World Championships.
Chris Barnes was a member of the United States team that took home the gold medal in the team competition at the 2008 World Championships.
"The lane conditions in international competitions are as tough as anything I see," said Barnes, who earned his first international medal at the 1995 World Championships. "These patterns will challenge the shot-making abilities of all bowlers. I highly recommend a Team USA Challenge Sport Bowling league."
Team USA Experience oil patterns
Team USA Experience leagues can offer a variety of challenges since there are 12 patterns available. Each pattern is named after an Olympic host city and there are four short, four medium and four long patterns.
The short patterns start with Sydney, at 33 feet, followed by Stockholm (34 feet), Beijing (35 feet) and Los Angeles (36 feet).
Atlanta, at 38 feet, is the first of the medium patterns along with Seoul (39 feet), Athens (40 feet) and Montreal (41 feet).
The long patterns include: Tokyo (43 feet), London (44 feet), Mexico City (45 feet), and Paris (47 feet).
Stefanie Nation, who has been a Team USA member since 2005 and captured the singles title at 2009 Women's World Championships, knows the conditions she has to face in international competitions will be tough.
"Team USA Experience leagues are a great way for bowlers to improve their game," said Nation. "The patterns are tricky, but each one can be attacked at several angles."