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Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: Dec. 10, 2012

By Tom Robinson | Dec. 10, 2012, 1 p.m. (ET)
Meryl Davis and Charlie White in Sochi Russia
Meryl Davis and Charlie White perform in ice dancing's free dance during the 2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final on December 8, 2012 in Sochi, Russia. 

Meryl Davis and Charlie White completed their best performance of the season Saturday in Sochi, Russia, to become the first ice dancers to ever win four ISU Grand Prix Final titles. They scored 183.39 points.

“Emotionally, technically, we really put it all out there,” White said. “I’m proud of the way we fought through it. It’s a great step to help us build toward winning worlds.”

The Grand Prix Final was held at the same venue that will be used for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Davis and White, the 2010 Olympic silver medalists and 2011 world champions, were responsible for one of the five medals the United States earned in Sochi.

Reigning U.S. champion Ashley Wagner’s free skate program to “Samson and Delilah” was highlighted by a triple flip-double toe-double toe combination, four more triple jumps and a level-four layback spin, but she fell on a triple Salchow and a second time on a double Axel. Still, combined with her second-place finish in the short program, it was enough for her to earn a silver medal.

Meanwhile, in the Junior Grand Prix Final, which also was held in Sochi, Hannah Miller took the women’s silver and Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton took the ice dancing bronze Friday after Joshua Farris earned men’s silver Thursday.

SKIING

Kikkan Randall swept weekend Cross Country World Cup sprint events in Quebec City, Canada.

Randall, the defending FIS World Cup sprint champion, moved into the points lead in sprints and climbed to second overall.

Randall joined Jessie Diggins to become the first American team event win Friday then won the individual freestyle sprint Saturday.

Diggins came from behind on her third and final leg to take a lead that Randall maintained as the anchor.

“The crowd was unbelievable to see so many American flags and face paint,” Randall said after her individual win. “To be able to do that victory lap afterward was something I will definitely remember for the rest of my life.”

View photos of the historic team event win.

Andy Newell was fifth among the men for his best finish in nearly three seasons.

Elsewhere, Sarah Hendrickson won Saturday and the United States placed three women in the top 10 Sunday in the ski jumping World Cup that tested the Olympic facility in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, which is near Sochi. Lindsey Van was sixth, Hendrickson seventh and Abby Hughes ninth Sunday.

In alpine skiing, Ted Ligety finished third in the giant slalom Sunday at Val D’Isere, France, to stay in the World Cup points lead in that event. The race was moved back a day and shortened because of poor conditions. Ligety was 12th in the slalom Saturday.

Lindsey Vonn won a weather-shortened super-G race Saturday at St. Moritz, Switzerland, for her 57th career FIS Audi Alpine World Cup victory and her fourth this season. Julia Mancuso was third.

Mancuso was 21st in the giant slalom Sunday and Vonn, who was fifth after the first run, finished 27th after nearly crashing in the second.

Mancusco was 11th in the super combined Friday. Vonn was fourth after the super G, but did not finish her slalom run.

Jared Goldberg and Jacqueline Wiles won U.S. Championship downhill titles Friday at Copper Mountain, Colo.

SPEEDSKATING

Heather Richardson had a big weekend at the Essent ISU World Cup event in Nagano, Japan.

Richardson struck gold in the 1000 meters with a track record time of 1:15.24 and a bronze in the 500 meters Saturday before adding a silver in Sunday’s 1000.

“After her performances in Heerenveen three weeks ago, it’s great to see that she’s able to continue her consistency here in Nagano,” U.S. long track national sprint coach Ryan Shimabukuro said. “And to get the 1000-meter track record was just icing on the cake.”

Tucker Fredricks had a bronze in Saturday’s 500. Sugar Todd had a third-place finish in the B Group women’s 500 Saturday. Shani Davis was fourth in the A Group men’s 1000 Sunday.

GYMNASTICS

Elizabeth Price won her second consecutive FIG World Cup all-around title Saturday in Glasgow, Scotland.

Price, an alternate for the London 2012 Olympic Games, had the highest scores on all four events — vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise — to run away with the all-around title.

Danell Leyva, the 2012 Olympic all-around bronze medalist, finished fourth in the men’s all-around.

SOCCER

Carli Lloyd and Sydney Leroux scored second-half goals Saturday when the U.S. women defeated China, 2-0, in Detroit to improve to 6-0-2 with two games left in their Fan Tribute Tour after winning an Olympic gold in London.

Amy Rodriguez and Alex Morgan each reached milestones in the game. Rodriguez earned her 100th career cap for the U.S. Women’s National Team and served as team captain for the day.

Morgan was out of the starting lineup for the first time since January, but she came in for the second half and assisted Leroux’s goal. Morgan has 20 assists to go along with 28 goals, making her only the second U.S. woman to reach at least 20 in each category in one calendar year. Mia Hamm had exactly 20 goals and 20 assists in 1998.

The tour concludes with more games against China, Wednesday in Houston and Friday in Boca Raton, Fla.

ICE HOCKEY

Taylor Chace scored in the second period and Steve Cash stopped all eight shots he faced Saturday as the United States won the World Sledge Hockey Challenge title with a 1-0 victory against host Canada in Calgary.

“Those are the two best teams in the world and it should be a game like that,” U.S. coach Jeff Sauer said. “I thought it was great for our fans.”

Declan Farmer cleared away a puck that seemed headed for the net after Cash made an initial stop on a third-period breakaway. Chace was named U.S. player of the game.

The United States, which also won this event in 2009, has won its last four major international tournaments, including the gold medal at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.

Read more coverage of sled hockey here

BOBSLED/SKELETON

The United States placed two women’s bobsled teams in the top four Saturday morning at the World Cup event in Winterberg, Germany.

Elana Meyers and Katie Eberling were second while Jamie Greubel and Emily Azevedo were fourth.

Noelle Pikus-Pace took the bronze in women’s skeleton Friday for her first World Cup podium finish in three years. Pikus-Pace was the fastest women’s skeleton competitor in the team event Saturday, which was held on her 30th birthday.

Read more about Noelle Pikus-Pace’s comeback here.

The United States took fourth and fifth place.

Kyle Tress in men’s skeleton, Elana Meyers-Lolo Jones in women’s bobsled, Pikus-Pace in women’s skeleton and Nick Cunningham-Chris Langston in men’s bobsled formed the fourth-place team.

John Daly, Jazmine Fenlator-Tianna Bartoletta, Katie Uhlaender and Steven Holcomb-Justin Olsen were fifth.

Holcomb and Curt Tomasevicz were fifth in the two-man bobsled Saturday.

The top U.S. finish in the four-man bobsled Sunday was sixth.

Meanwhile, the United States won four medals at an Intercontinental Cup event when Kimber Gabryszak swept the women’s skeleton races on her home track in Park City, Utah, Friday and Saturday and her husband, Brad Stewart, earned a men’s skeleton bronze Friday. Mike Dellemann added a bronze in the skeleton Saturday.

“Yesterday, I could sit at the bottom and watch the competition fall behind me, while today I had to sit at the top and try not to pay attention to how everyone else was doing,” Gabryszak said Saturday. “I knew it was all up to me at that point. To see the No. 1 on the finish clock as I came across the finish was such a relief.”

Etc.

FENCING: Maya Lawrence, a bronze medalist at the London 2012 Olympic Games, won the Division I women’s epée title Sunday at the North American Cup in Milwaukee. Jason Pryor won the men’s epée Saturday when Soren Thompson took silver in his first competition since the Games. Adrienne Jarocki won the women’s saber. The first Division I title was decided Friday when Olympian Race Imboden won the men’s foil. The last titles are Monday in women’s foil and men’s saber.

RUGBY: The United States went 2-1 Saturday then dropped both Sunday matches at the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens, an HSBC World Series event in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

CURLING: Pete and Maureen Stolt won the USA Curling Mixed Doubles National Championship in Bismarck, N.D.

EQUESTRIAN: Both the U.S. three-gaited and five-gaited teams won gold medals at the Saddle Seat World Cup, a four-day event that concluded Saturday in Parys, South Africa. Abigail Mutrux was the captain of the three-gaited team that included Brooke Boyer, Emily Chapman, Brooke Jacobs and Alexandra Lawson. Nick Maupin was captain of the five-gaited team that included Angela Darrow, Drew Taylor, Hunter Chancellor and Ali Judah.

TAEKWONDO: The United States earned eight medals, the third-best total at the WTF World Poomsae Championships in Tunja, Colombia. Noreen Thackery, in third master, and Jason Hwang and Claire Kim, in second pair, won gold medals. Kristi George was second in second master. Amber Rodriguez earned bronze medals as an individual and in the team freestyle competition.

LUGE: Erin Hamlin finished seventh and Emily Sweeney finished a career-best 10th Saturday during the World Cup stop in Altenberg, Germany. Hamlin, a 2009 world champion and two-time Olympian, is seventh in the World Cup points standings. Jake Hyrns and Andrew Sherk placed 12th in doubles, their best career World Cup finish.

BIATHLON: Two-time Olympian Lowell Bailey finished 10th in the 12.5k Pursuit Saturday in the IBU World Cup at Hochfilzen, Austria. The U.S. women finished 12th and the U.S. men 17th Sunday in the 4 x 6.5k relay.

WATER POLO: The U.S. women lost to Russia, 13-12, Saturday to finish fourth in the FINA Youth World Championships at Perth, Australia.

The U.S. men lost to Australia, 5-4, Sunday to finish eighth.

TRACK AND FIELD: Estevan De La Rosa won the Young Men’s race (ages 17-18) by more than 30 seconds and Melissa Eisele won the Young Women’s race at the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships Saturday in Albuquerque.

Elsewhere, Jacob Riley and Mattie Suver won the Open Men’s and Open Women’s individual titles at the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships in Lexington, Ky. Riley helped Hansons-Brooks Distance Project to the men’s team title.

SWIMMING: Kathleen Baker was the women’s high points winner and Curtis Ogren was the men’s at the USA Swimming Speedo Winter Junior National Championships, a three-day meet that concluded Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn. 

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. 

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