Not bad for a couple of teenagers from the San Francisco Peninsula.
Gunn sophomore Allison Lee and Hillsdale sophomore Frankie Corbett spent a successful weekend at the Pam Am Individual Championships for badminton in Guatemala City, which serves as part of Olympic qualification.
The Americans beat teams from Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala to reach Sunday’s finals of the women’s doubles competition.
The top-seeded and 26th-ranked Canadian team of 25-year-olds Rachel Honderich and Kristen Tsai beat Corbett and Lee, 21-12, 21-7, to claim the gold medal.
Corbett and Lee came in with exactly four matches of international experience and a ranking of 260. The Canadians were playing their 100th international match Sunday. It was their 65th victory.
The Canadians dominated the tournament, winning four of the five events, and sweeping the men’s singles.
The U.S. men’s doubles team of Phillip Chew and Ryan Chew upset the top-seeded Canadians to win gold. Overall, Americans come back with a gold and two silver medals.
Next up in the Badminton Pan America Confederation are the Junior Championships in July.
A number of events, including the YONEX Canada Open and the US Open, have been cancelled.