Cup of the Americas/Copa de las Americas 2015
RED (WHITE) AND BLUE - HAIR FANS ARE WITH YOU!
Youth vs. experience. North America vs. South America. Lesser-known vs. superstar. The final round of the 2015 "Cup of the Americas" was a classic clash in many ways -- and Hair Fans wound up siding with a first-year college student at the University of Pennsylvania, over an international singing star from Colombia. Kylene Cochrane reclaims the Cup for the United States, after a final-round loss in 2011!
Cochrane'a playoff place seemed in doubt after a draw in Week 1 of group play. But the middle-distance runner turned things up from there. Cochrane not only stunned three-time Cup entry Shakira in the Championship Final - she shut her out! "Take it home again, Kylene!" shouted one supporter in the final hours of voting. Cochrane maintains the momemtum she started in Best Manes on Campus, then in Super-Hair Wars.
The Consolation Final was much closer, and perhaps was more according to form. Pageant queen and attorney Gabriela Ordonez held off college volleyball player Valeria Leon with 57 percent of the vote, giving Honduras a best-ever third-place finish. Puerto Rico settles for fourth, but gains a World Cup spot because the U.S. is the defending champion there.
After weeks of open nominations, the 2015 Cup of the Americas had a record 16 nations. Six weeks of group play ended this way....
RED GROUP/GRUPO ROJO:
UNITED STATES: Kylene Cochrane.
A freshman track athlete at the University of Pennsylvania continued an impressive run on our site. A Match 1 draw finally slowed her down, but not for long.
United States 11 points, Guatemala (Ana Urrutia) 6, Chile (Hellen Toncio) 5, Guyana (Niketa Barker) 0.
GREEN GROUP/GRUPO VERDE:
The singing star appeared in our first Cup of the Americas in 2003, and now wins groups in two consecutive Cups. After defeating Miss Universe Paulina Vega in national qualifying, she dominated the competition until the playoffs.
Colombia 15 points, Canada (Emmanuelle Chriqui) 10, Peru (Daniela Ganoza) 5, Curacao (Laurien Angelista) 0.
ORANGE GROUP/GRUPO NARANJA:
HONDURAS: Gabriela Ordonez.
An attorney who won the 2014 Miss Honduras title. She advanced in national qualifying by defeating Ana Jurka, then easily became her country's first-ever group winner.
Honduras 13 points, Bolivia (Claudia Tavel) 7, Mexico (Ninel Conde) 5, Jamaica (Kaci Fennell) 0.
BLUE GROUP/GRUPO AZUL:
PUERTO RICO: Valeria Leon.
A volleyball player at Ohio State University survived an early loss, and emerged as the controversial survivor of a very tight group thanks to a big Match 6 win.
Puerto Rico 7 points, Dominican Republic (Amelia Vega) 6, Ecuador (Alejandra Argudo) 4, U.S. Virgin Islands (Hannah Davis) 1.
For results, standings and match schedule, click here.
SUPER-HAIR NATIONAL RANKINGS AFTER CUP OF THE AMERICAS 2015:
1. United States 2. Slovakia 3. Colombia 4. Australia 5. Spain
6. Honduras 7. Belarus 8. England 9. Ireland 10. Puerto Rico
11. Vietnam 12. Egypt 13. Canada 14. Romania 15. Iran
Some cup flags courtesy ITA's Flags of All Countries; used with permission
Past Cups of the Americas: 2011 2007 2003
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