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American places third at World Ice Fishing Championships


It's considered the Olympics of ice fishing. On Sunday, all eyes were on a scale at the Plaza hotel in Wausau as gold, silver and bronze were determined at the world championships.

The United States team entered day two in seventh place. But American Chad Schaub recorded the highest weight total on the second day, capturing 676 grams of fish.

Combined with his penalty total of six points, Schaub finished in third place. But his contributions weren't enough for Team USA to make the podium as the Americans finished in fourth.

"We made a huge comeback today but we just dug too big of a hole (on Saturday)," Schaub said. "Two points away from a bronze medal. I was two points away from a gold individual. It's a tough day. We fought back hard. We just came up a little bit short."

Russia took home the gold while Finland went home happy with silver. And Lithuania took the team bronze medal.

"I am not as satisfied as I would be with first, second or third but coming from seventh up, I'm feeling better," American coach Jason Gruett said. "I can go home happy knowing that we gave everything that we had to."

"It's pretty exciting," Schaub said. "I'm still a little nervous and shocked but I wish it was gold and I wish he had a team medal more."

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