Bowling News USA - September 19, 2013 Osku Palermaa, Kelly Kulick Elected To World Bowling Writers Hall of Fame
Storm staffers Osku Palermaa of Finland and Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., will be inducted into the World Bowling Writers International Bowling Hall of Fame during the PBA World Series of Bowling at South Point Casino, Hotel and Bowling Center in early November.
Palermaa, who grew up in the Helsinki suburb of Espoo, won his first international medal – a bronze – in the 2005 World Championships team event, but over the next eight years garnered nine first-place finishes in international competition (eight in singles and a gold medal with Team Finland in the 2013 WTBA World Championships team event in Henderson, Nev.) He led the European Bowling Tour points rankings three consecutive years, and amassed a record total of 66 WBW Hall of Fame points to become the first two-handed bowler to earn induction.
Kulick’s international medal career spans 14 years, beginning with gold in singles and bronze in both team and trios in the 1999 WTBA World Championships in the UAE. As a professional, she was then denied a place on Team USA until WTBA changed its rules. When she resumed her Team USA competition, she won gold in the 2011 WTBA Women's World Championships team event, topped the inaugural WTBA 2012 World Singles Championship in Cyprus, earned gold (mixed doubles) and silver (singles) in the 2013 World Games in Colombia and added two silver medals in team and trios in the 2013 WTBA World Championships for 44 WBW points.
The World Bowling Writers Hall of Fame, which is based upon points earned in international competition, is now supervised by the International Bowling Media Association.
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