Olympic Weekend Wrap-Up: April 9, 2012
The U.S. Women’s National Team is off to a fast start at the IIHF Women’s World Championship in Burlington, Vt.
Team USA scored nine goals in each of its first two games, including a 9-2 romp over defending Olympic champion Canada to open the tournament on Saturday.
The United States scored five goals in the first 5:32 against Canada. On Sunday, Team USA piled up a 55-5 shot advantage in a 9-0 rout of Russia.
"I'm certainly very happy with the way we came out," coach Katey Stone said after the win over Canada. "Our team was excited to get out of the gate and start the tournament. We attribute a lot to the atmosphere of the crowd."
Jocelyne Lamoureux scored 37 seconds into the opener and twin sister Monique Lamoureux-Kolls scored twice in the first 5:32. Lamoureux-Kolls finished with a hat trick and three assists while Lamoureux and Hilary Knight had two goals each.
The nine-goal effort was the most in the 103-game history of the USA-Canada series.
Knight and Amanda Kessel each had two goals each against Russia. Lamoureux-Kolls had a short-handed goal for her fourth goal of the tournament.
The Women’s World Championship preliminary round wraps up on Tuesday when Team USA takes on Finland. The quarterfinals are on Thursday while the gold- and bronze-medal games are Sunday.
The United States won six gold medals Saturday night in the Women’s Continental Championships in Cornwall, Ontario.
Claressa Shields, a 17-year-old middleweight from Flint, Mich., knocked off three-time world champion Mary Spencer from Canada 24-17 in the final.
The bout was just the second of Shields’ international career. The Outstanding Boxer of the U.S. Olympic Trials defeated Brazil’s Roseli Feitosa, the reigning world light heavyweight champion, 29-11 in her debut.
Light flyweight Alex Love claimed the first title with a 25-7 flyweight victory over Argentina’s Claribel Cruz.
Other champions were flyweight Marlen Esparza, featherweight Tiara Brown, light welterweight Mikaela Mayer and light heavyweight Franchon Crews. Brown was in her first international competition.
Heavyweight Victoria Perez, the only U.S. finalist to lose, took the silver medal. Bantamweight Christina Cruz and welterweight Raquel Miller earned bronzes.
Sarah Hammer provided the only U.S. medal at the UCI Track World Championships when she finished third in the women’s omnium Saturday and received a bigger reward in the process: Reaching the podium at the world championships earned Hammer an automatic nomination to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.
Hammer edged Canada’s Tara Whitten for the bronze, beating her by two-tenths of a second in the final event, the 500-meter time trial.
"I’m super happy," Hammer said. "It was a race to the end. It was everything on that 500 between Tara and me. I had to win. We were paired up."
Hammer held on in the head-to-head meeting.
"It was a good practice run with the pressure and nerves," Hammer said. "To come out on top was definitely a good feeling."
Steven Legendre tied for the floor exercise title and added a silver medal in the vault Sunday at the China World Cup in Zibo City.
Legendre shared the gold medal with Romania’s Flavius Koczi in the floor exercise. His two-vault average of 15.687 was good for second behind Ukraine’s Igor Radivilov.
Danell Leyva, the reigning U.S. all-around champion and world parallel bars gold medalist, finished fourth on the horizontal bar, leaving him one spot away from a medal in the event, which was won by China’s Zhang Chenglong.
The men’s foil team became the first U.S. fencing team to ever successfully defend a world championship twice.
Alexander Massialas and Race Imboden returned from last year’s squad and helped the United States get past Italy in a tough semifinal before winning the finals of the Junior World Championship Saturday night in Moscow.
Jerry Chang and Michael Dudley, who both finished in the top 64 in the Senior World Cup this year, completed the team.
Massialas defeated 2011 Junior World Champion Edoardo Luperi 5-3 in the final bout to pull out the 45-42 victory over Italy. The United States defeated Russia 45-36 in the final.
The U.S. women finished eighth in the saber team event.
• Female featherweight Cheyenne Lewis claimed a silver medal Friday during the ninth WTF World Junior Taekwondo Championships in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Lewis followed up bronze medals by Crystal Weekes and Gigi Gil to give the United States three medals in three days. After winning four straight matches, Lewis was scoreless with Russia’s Anastasia Pankina in the final until Pankina landed the winning kick with 10 seconds remaining.
• The United States finished 2-1 in a women’s field hockey series with Australia by winning 2-1 Saturday before losing 3-0 Sunday in Buderim, Australia. Michelle Vittese and Shannon Taylor scored in Saturday’s victory. Taylor also had the only goal of Thursday’s 1-0 win.
• Shabazz Muhammad scored 35 points, but the United States lost to the World Select Team 84-75 Saturday night in the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore. The United States overcame an 18-point halftime deficit to take a lead with 3:20 left, only to have the World score the game’s last 10 points. UCLA commit Kyle Anderson added 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for the United States in the 15th annual game for high school players.
Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Tom Robinson is a freelance contributor for teamusa.org. Material from various news services and press releases from National Governing Bodies was used to compile this report. This story was not subject to the approval of any National Governing Bodies.