The United States team – Brandon Blackwell, Victoria Groce, Steve Perry, and Shane Whitlock – defeated Belgium 91-64 in the team final Sunday at the International Quizzing Championships in Torremolinos, Spain.
It was something of an improbable run, Whitlock said, including a narrow 66-53 escape from the semifinals against pre-tournament favorites England.
“(The semifinal) was a close match,” Whitlock said, “but we were expertly captained by Victoria, and everyone had unique contributions.”
The final was a little more comfortable, with Team USA taking a first-round lead it never relinquished.
“Just great teamwork from all my teammates, no egos and really fun to play,” Whitlock said.
England beat Norway in the bronze medal match by a score of 74-52.
According to the competition’s website, U.S. team captain Groce – a star of ABC’s The Chase – also won the pairs competition alongside Norway’s Thomas Kolåsæter, and took bronze in Saturday’s individual competition, behind Dean Kotiga of Croatia and Daoud Jackson of England.