By Adam Bushell
Our very own Joey Krassenstein returned from Santiago, Chile earlier this month after representing the USA in the Pan American Maccabi Games. The Maccabi Games is the third-largest sporting event in the world with over 78 countries participating. They take place every 4 years in Israel. On the offset 4 years, there are regional games such as the Pan-American Maccabi Games, European Maccabi Games, and others. 20 teams participated in this year’s games, with Argentina, Chile, the Prince of Whales Rugby Club (Chile), and USA comprising the rugby competition. Krassenstein had a wickedly successful tournament, winning gold and silver in rugby sevens and fifteens respectively, scoring a hat-trick against Chile in sevens. He played the entirety of every game, including a sevens thriller against Argentina that saw the US win by a mere conversion.
The USC center commented on his experience at the games, “It was an amazing opportunity being a part of a team that represents not only my religion but also my country. I got a chance to play rugby in a new country against opponents with very different playing styles, and got to enjoy socializing and exchanging with them afterwards.” He co-captained the sevens side and was the fifteen’s MVP in the backs.
Krassenstein now returns to USC Rugby with new skills that will surely do USC great service in the upcoming Spring season.