Super-Hair World Cup IV
Each year Super-Hair.Net conducts an international tournament to determine which countries have the best hairstyles. Our next tourney will be the big one -- Super-Hair World Cup IV, coming in the first half of 2014. It's so big that countries have been qualifying for it since 2011. And we completed the field with an "interzonal" tournament in late 2013.
After weeks of open nominations and National Qualifying, a six-week tournament among 12 nations ended with six advancing to World Cup IV. The top two move on from three groups....
PERU: Daniela Ganoza.
A reporter for Univision's Primer Impacto, this Crown Award winner for Best Curls led the group and won the most praise in our comments: "I'm gonzo for Ganoza's gorgeous curls," one declared.
ROMANIA: Lorena Menghia.
"LoLo" ran track in college, and after business training in China now is "pursuing her dream" in New York. She advances despite a loss and a draw, thanks to a critical Match 5 win.
Peru 9 points, Romania 4, New Zealand (Talia Bennett) 3, Netherlands (Giselle Slotboom) 1.
IRELAND: Aoife Walsh.
The reigning Miss Ireland was the most dominant woman of interzonals -- disposing of actress Alison Doody in national qualifying, then gaining a perfect score in her group with a winning percentage above 850.
CANADA: Jamie Sale.
The former figure skating champion and current CBC skating judge edged Kate Bierness in national qualifying, then rebounded from a big early loss to gain second in her group.
Ireland 15 points, Canada 8, Armenia (Araksya Karapetyan) 5, Turkey (Pallas Hupe) 0.
VENEZUELA: Maria Gabriela Isler.
She was crowned Miss Universe 2013 during interzonals, and fought off all comers in her group as well.
SLOVAKIA: Dominika Cibulkova.
This professional tennis player won the 2013 Bank of the West Classic. She broke through in two out of three close contests, then escaped a Match 6 nail-biting finish out of her control to qualify ahead of South Africa based on a head-to-head victory.
Venezuela 12 points, Slovakia 4, South Africa (Jeannie D.) 4, Scotland (Lynn Colliar) 0.
For a schedule of matches and standings, click here.
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The following additional countries have qualified for Super-Hair World Cup IV:
DEFENDING CHAMPION: United States
CUP OF THE AMERICAS TOP 3: Mexico, Colombia, Dominican Republic*
EUROCUP 2012 TOP 3: Belarus, Spain, England
AAA CUP TOP 3: Egypt, Australia, Vietnam
* Finished fourth, but qualifies because U.S. was in the top three
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Previous Tournaments: World Cup III (2010) World Cup II (2006) World Cup I (2002)
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