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2008 USA Championships in New Orleans

The 2008 City Chase USA Series traveled the country from coast to coast with over 10,000 participants. The winning teams of two are now headed to the City of New Orleans to see who will represent Team USA at the World Championship in Morocco.
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1st Team Philadelphia Eric & Marty
2nd Team Atlanta Sean & Ed
3rd Team Seattle Brian & Michael
4th Team San Diego Lucy & Mark
5th Team San Francisco Pat & Jon
6th Team Chicago Vynessa & Meetal
7th Team Boston Jeff & Sandro
8th Team New York City Sean & Al

Team Philadelphia - 2008 City Chase US Champions
Eric and Marty met during a "wing eating contest" at their apartment complex and founded a connection through their competitive spirit. Their favorite ChasePoint in Philly was Nude Bowling at Lucky Strike because it was... amusing, to say the least. Both are excited for the higher level of competition and the chance to go to Morocco.

Name: Eric Penney
Profession: Commercial Real Estate
Biggest Fear: Failure

Name: Martin Henry
Profession: Manager- Wells Fargo
Biggest Fear: Losing
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Team Atlanta
Sean and Ed are two friends from Atlanta who met while working in the same lab at Georgia Tech together. Ed is looking forward to getting to know a new city (the secret National Championship City) in a totally original way! They missed out on the climbing wall due to the long line, but won't have that problem in the National Race when there's only 7 other teams to compete against!

Name: Sean Coyer
Profession: Grad Student
Biggest Fear:

Name: Ed Phelps
Profession: Grad Student
Biggest Fear: Getting old
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Team San Diego
Lucinda and Mark met while working together. Their favorite ChasePoint in San Diego was the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot challenge. Being fans of "adventure, competition, traveling/exploration"... it's no surprise they made it to the National Championships!

Name: Mark Shields
Profession: Attorney
Biggest Fear: Drowning

Name: Lucinda Jacobs
Profession: Attorney/Educator
Biggest Fear: Shamu
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Team San Francisco
John from Holland, MI and Pat from Rochester, NY met while on a bus to Okinawa, Japan and ended up in San Francisco, CA. Pat is shipping out to Army Basic Training in October so they are looking forward to "some sweet challenges, kicking butt, and making some great memories" at the National Championships before Pat leaves.

Name: John Branderhorst
Profession: Consultant/ Entrepreneur
Biggest Fear: Commitment

Name: Pat Ripton
Profession: Army
Biggest Fear: Sharks in the Bay
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Team Boston
Jeffrey and Sandro met while working together and are both financial analysts. Looking forward to the National Championships, they are excited for the intensity of the competition and seeing how the craziness of ChasePoints takes a few steps up.
 
Name: Jeffrey Chung
Profession: Financial Analyst
Biggest Fear: Very large animals
 
Name: Sandro Lazzarini
Profession: Financial Analyst
Biggest Fear: Murky lake bottoms
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Team Seattle
Mike and Brian are brothers and Seattle natives who got to experience the Space Needle in a whole new way, bungee jumping off of it...naked? They are both hoping to experience some of the traditional "Mardi Gras Festivities" that New Orleans has to offer.
 
Name: Mike Blue
Profession: Attorney
Biggest Fear: "Losing to these jokers" 
 
Name: Brian Blue
Profession: Tax Attorney
Biggest Fear: Being too fearless
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Team Chicago
Vynessa and Meetal met they day that Meetal moved right next door to Vynessa and they have been like brother and sister ever since.  Vynessa's favorite ChasePoint was "caressing a cows utters ever so gently to fill a cup with milk," or maybe it was devouring Duck Feet in Chinatown. Meetal's favorite was watching Vynessa get into the ring with a professional boxer...while hoping she didn't throw up the Duck Feet! They are both looking forward to unique and unexpected ChasePoints in New Orleans and being told the she's going to Africa with her best friend for the World Championship!

Name: Meetal Gandhi
Profession: Professional Traveler/ Paycation Specialist
Biggest Fear: Spiders, esp hairy/exotic ones!

Name: Vynessa Diblasio
Profession: Massage Therapist
Biggest Fear: Losing someone I love.
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Team New York City
Sean and Ali are an active brother/sister team. Ali is a Fitness Instructor and Sean enjoys playing basketball in his spare time. At the National Championship, Sean is not looking forward to anything involving a public performance and Ali would love to be able to stay away from the Critters (Snakes, Spiders, Scorpions, etc.) Sean was on the Math Team in 5th grade so hopefully those skills will come in handy somehow in New Orleans... you never know.

Name: Sean Rivera
Profession: Investor
Biggest Fear: Public Performance

Name: Ali Rivera
Profession: Fitness Coach
Biggest Fear: Critters