Among his junior titles, national adult singles and doubles championships, professional Grand Slam tournament victories and the top ranking in the World, there isn’t much Jack Huczek has yet to accomplish in his stellar racquetball career. Already a champion at the International Racquetball Federation’s (IRF) 2008 World Championships, Huczek traveled across the Pacific Ocean this week, looking to add a new racquetball championship to his resume.
Held every four years, the World Games succeed the Olympic Games by offering competition in sports that aren’t offered at the Olympic level. After the first World Games in the United States in 1981, the event has grown to 31 sports with more than 4,800 participants.
The top 16 male racquetball players in the World were invited to Taiwan to compete for the World Games title. When the single elimination tournament was down to just two players, it was an all American affair with Huczek facing off against his fellow countrymen -- and friendly rival on the International Racquetball Tour -- Rocky Carson.
Carson jumped out to a quick start and took the first game 15-2. In the second game the two players battled back and forth before Huczek snuck out a 15-12 win to even the match. In the tie-breaker Huczek started quick and held on to defeat Carson 11-8 for the World Games Men’s Singles Championship. Huczek currently uses the HEAD Meanstreak Racquetball Racquet.
Huczek's victory continues a streak for the United States at the World Games where in every racquetball event contested, the American men have come home with the gold medal.