Class of 2007 - Player

Christine “Teens” Dunlap

Christine “Teens” Dunlap

Hometown: Watertown, Mass.

Born: July 28, 1964 (Age 57)

Career Information

Club

1990
1988, 1989, 1991-2002

National Team

1996
1998

U.S. National Championships

9x U.S. Club Champion (1988, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002)

3x U.S. Club Runner Up (1989, 1992, 1993)

World Championships

1x World Champion (1998)

2x World Runner Up (1993, 1996)

Christine “Teens” Dunlap led Lady Godiva, one of the most successful women’s teams ever, to nine UPA Women’s Club titles between 1988 and 2002. Teens was a multifaceted player—a leader, strategist, and teacher—who not only drew the toughest defensive assignments but also played a pivotal role in Lady Godiva’s precision offense. Regarded as one of the best all-around players in Ultimate, Teens thrived under pressure and was an intense competitor. At the same time, she displayed exemplary sportsmanship, earning the respect of teammates and competitors alike. Over the course of her career, Teens’ dedication to improving her own game while motivating those around her inspired scores of women to play at their highest level.

Contributions & Service

  • 1998: Served as co-coach of the women's team at Tuft's University
  • 1999: Was an observer at Northeast College Regionals
  • Participated in a women's learning league for Ultimate

Championship Tournaments

U.S. National Championships

Year Team Placement
1988 Lady Godiva Club Women 1st
1989 Lady Godiva Club Women 2nd
1990 NY Women’s Ultimate Club Women 5th
1991 Lady Godiva Club Women 1st
1992 Lady Godiva Club Women 2nd
1993 Lady Godiva Club Women 2nd
1994 Lady Godiva Club Women Semifinals
1995 Lady Godiva Club Women 1st
1996 Lady Godiva Club Women 1st
1997 Lady Godiva Club Women 1st
1998 Lady Godiva Club Women 1st
1999 Lady Godiva Club Women Semifinals
2000 Lady Godiva Club Women 1st
2001 Lady Godiva Club Women 1st
2002 Lady Godiva Club Women 1st

World Championships

Year Tournament Team Placement
1993 WUCC Madison, Wisconsin Lady Godiva Club Women 2nd
1996 WUGC Jonkoping, Sweden Lady Godiva Club Women 2nd
1997 WUCC Vancouver, BC, Canada Lady Godiva Club Women 3rd
1998 WUGC Blaine, MN Lady Godiva Club Women 1st
2002 WUCC Honolulu, Hawaii Lady Godiva Club Women 3rd

Interview

What position(s) (e.g., handler, deep cutter, middle-middle) did you usually play?

I usually played handler and sometimes middle-middle against a zone defense.

Describe your major accomplishments – both as a teammate and an individual player?

As a teammate, I was a part of the success Godiva had in the UPA Championship Series. It is hard to separate my individual accomplishments from that of the team.

Why did you stand out among the elite players of your time? What was it that you did best, or were known for?

Two things I think explain why I may have stood out. First, consistency. During the years I played with Lady Godiva, we played a high-percentage, low-risk offense. I played well within that offense, touching the Frisbee often, but not turning it over often. Second, longevity. I played for a long time, and for a perennial contender, Godiva. During the years I played with Godiva, I managed to stay relatively injury-free and played a lot of points.

What was your role with the best (or most overachieving) team that you played on?

For most of the years I played with Godiva, I was usually in a leadership role. We usually had a few people captain the team together, and I was always a part of that. Usually, I would run practice.

What was the peak of your career? lf you continued playing after your peak years, how did your role change? In what year did you stop playing at the top competitive level?

I think the best years of my career were the later years. As I said earlier, I managed to stay relatively injury free, which allowed me to play many years. Each year I learned from all the great people I was lucky enough to have played with. But, even towards the end of my career I could still move pretty well, and was able to apply my accumulated knowledge. Right until the end, I still took the hardest defensive assignment I could get. I stopped playing at the top competitive level in 2002.

Why do you believe you are worthy of being inducted into the Ultimate Hall of Fame?

I believe I am worthy of being inducted into the Hall of Fame because I played for 17 years at the most competitive level, I was a leader on one of the most successful teams in Ultimate history, and I have won nine UPA National Championships. But, this is Ultimate, and it is about more than a winning record. I always tried to play within our guiding principle, the Spirit of the Game.  I believe I always played fairly and respected the other players I faced.

Christine "Teens"'s Teammates