Feeling the Heat at the Pokémon 2010 World Championships

I admire the Trainers who spend their entire year training for Championship events. Being in the land Down Under, I cannot help but smile when I hear about the many thousands (that’s right – THOUSANDS!) of Trainers who fought for the right to be the Pokémon 2010 World Champion – not just in the trading card arena, but also on the battlegrounds of the video games HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Yes, I am regretting leaving SoulSilver at home while I am in Sydney this weekend, with all of this inspiration from the Pokémon world!

But out of thousands, there could be only one. Well, only a few hundred. Those few hundred made it to the big stage on August 14­-15, to fulfill their dreams at the 2010 Pokémon World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. It was a perfect backdrop for fun and relaxation, even with the difficult battles ahead for the young, hard-working Trainers!

Many of the world’s elite Pokémon trading card and video game Trainers traveled to Hawaii to compete in the prestigious, invite-only Pokémon World Championships. It was not without its perks – Trainers were vying for the title of World Champion as well as custom Nintendo DSi XL consoles, trophies, vacations, and more than $100,000 in scholarships.

Staged as two separate tournaments under the same roof at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, the two-day event emphasized the skill, strategy, creativity, sportsmanship, and fun involved in playing the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver  console games. Trainers enjoyed an entire weekend of action-packed battles in the tropics to determine the world’s best.

When the dust settled after two days of intense competition featuring more than 375 players from over 25 countries, five World Champions were crowned.

2010 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists

Junior Division (born after 1999)

World Champion: Yuka Furusawa from Japan
Second Place: Juan Pablo Arenas from the United States

Senior Division (born between 1995 and 1998)

World Champion: Jacob Lesage from Canada
Second Place: Mychael Bryan from the United States

Masters Division (born before 1994)

World Champion: Yuta Komatsuda from Japan
Second Place: Michael Pramawat from the United States

2010 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists

Junior Division (born after 1998)

World Champion: Shota Yamamoto from Japan
Second Place: Santa Ito from Japan

Senior Division (born before 1997)

World Champion: Ray Rizzo from the United States
Second Place: Yasuki Tochigi from Japan

Congratulations to all of the champions and finalists, and for more information on the action, head on over to http://www.pokemonworldchampionships.com!

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