Olympic Weekend Wrap-Up: June 18, 2012
Seattle, Wash., native Queen Underwood (above) received a call on Monday morning for which she had been waiting more than a month. According to USA Boxing, the 28-year-old lightweight immediately fell into tears upon learning that she would be nominated to compete in the inaugural Olympic Games for women’s boxing in London. Underwood received the call from USA Boxing Executive Director Anthony Bartkowski and was reportedly too emotional to speak after receiving the news.
“I’m just so happy right now,” Underwood said. “All I heard was welcome to the Olympic Team and I just couldn’t control my emotions. I am just happy and thrilled that they chose me. This is just awesome.”
CYCLING - BMX
Connor Fields, Nic Long and Alise Post made it through the U.S. Olympic Trials for BMX Saturday in Chula Vista, Calif., to fill the last three of 24 spots for USA Cycling at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
One day earlier, USA Cycling had announced the first 21 spots, including six that had been earned through automatic qualifying and 15 of its discretionary choices.
|Qualified since June 11, 2012
Cycling - Road
Tejay van Garderen
Cycling - Track
Cycling - Mountain
Cycling - BMX
Since June 11, 2012
Lt. Brad Snyder
Susan Beth Scott
Women’s Sitting Team
Men's Quad Team
All nominations are subject to approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Fields finished first in the winner-take-all final to land one of the two available men’s BMX spots. David Herman had already qualified as the season’s BMX Power Rankings leader.
“All that matters is the final and that one moment of getting to the final and winning the final,” said Fields, who had compiled the second-most points in the multiple qualifying heats. “It doesn’t matter if you won every lap leading up to that.
“It feels so much bigger than winning any other bike race; punching a ticket to the Olympic Games. It’s a real honor.”
Long made the team as a discretionary choice. He was sixth in points at the Olympic Trials.
Post was the discretionary choice to join Arielle Martin, who had already made the women’s BMX team as the season Power Rankings leader.
The Saturday announcement filled 10 male and 11 female spots for road cycling, track cycling, mountain biking and BMX (bicycle motocross).
The United States earned the maximum five men’s and four women’s berths in Olympic road cycling.
Tyler Farrar, a Tour de France stage winner and the 10th-place finish at the 2011 world championships, made the men’s road cycling lineup along with Chris Horner, Tejay van Garderen, Timothy Duggan and Taylor Phinney.
Phinney is the team’s youngest member, but he is already an Olympic veteran after placing seventh in the individual pursuit on the track at Beijing in 2008.
Evelyn Stevens was the only automatic qualifier in road racing. Shelley Olds, Kristin Armstrong and Amber Neben join her on the women’s roster.
Armstrong, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist who had briefly retired, has won all eight international time trials she has entered in 2012.
Sarah Hammer was the only automatic qualifier in track cycling, where the United States will have four women and two men entered. Dotsie Bausch, Jennie Reed and Lauren Tamayo were selected to join Hammer. Bobby Lea and Jimmy Watkins were the men’s track selections.
Reed is headed for her third Olympic appearance while it will be the second each for Hammer and Lea.
Georgia Gould earned the only mountain bike automatic nomination and her second Olympic appearance. She will be joined by Lea Davison.
Samuel Schultz and Todd Wells were the men’s mountain bike selections. It will be the third appearance for Wells.
“We have a strong team going to London with a solid combination of experience, leadership and young talented athletes who are all capable of standout performances,” USA Cycling vice president of athletics Jim Miller said.
Elsewhere, Joe Dombrowski won the Giro Ciclistico d’Italia Sunday.
Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal secured a spot in the London 2012 Olympic Games Saturday then continued their success Sunday by winning their first grand slam title at the FIVB Grand Slam in Italy.
Gibb-Rosenthal, who finished fifth at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, clinched enough FIVB qualifying points to earn their nomination to the team for London with a win Saturday. They beat Brazil’s top-seeded team of Emanuel Rego-Alison Cerutti, 21-13, 21-12, for the gold medal.
“I can’t believe it, really,” Gibb said in a FIVB release. “It was a big win for us here. They are the world champions and, in my opinion, the best in the world and we got lucky tonight.
“This is our first Grand Slam and it is something I haven’t done in 12 years of my career, so it is a very special moment.”
The United States also had two bronze medalists, Matt Fuerbringer-Nick Lucena and Jennifer Kessy-April Ross.
The United States rallied to defeat Brazil, 20-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-23, Sunday in a meeting of the top-two teams in the women’s world rankings.
The two teams were undefeated in Pool E of the FIVB World Grand Prix going into their match in Sao Bernardo, Brazil.
“It was a really tough match,” U.S. coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “We played in an amazing atmosphere and Brazil was great in defense.”
The two-time defending champion United States is 6-0 and in first place in the 16-team tournament with a tiebreaker over China. There are three matches left in the preliminary round, which concludes next weekend.
Jordan Larson led the way with 16 kills and four blocks. Destinee Hooker, who had been the team’s leading scorer in the first five matches, added 16 kills, two blocks and an ace.
The United States had defeated Italy, 27-25, 25-20, 25-17, Friday and Germany, 25-23, 25-23, 25-17, Saturday.
Elsewhere, the U.S. men improved to 4-2 halfway through pool play in the men’s FIVB World League when they defeated host France, 20-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-21, in Lyon Sunday. The U.S. team heads to South Korea next weekend.
Sean Rooney led the way against France with 16 kills, three blocks and two aces. Clay Stanley had nine kills, three blocks and four aces.
The United States won three straight weekend matches and has a tiebreaker edge on France for first place in the pool.
The United States battled past Italy, 30-28, 28-26, 25-22, Friday and South Korea, 22-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-16, Saturday.
Four Olympic-bound, Greco-Roman competitors won medals for the United States Saturday at the Gedza International in Belgrade, Serbia.
Olympian Dremiel Byers won a gold medal at 120 kg/264.5 pounds. Byers did not give up a point while winning three matches and was named Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.
Chas Betts (84 kg/185 pounds) earned a silver medal while Spenser Mango (60 kg/132 pounds) and Justin Lester (74 kg/163 pounds) picked up bronze medals while competing above their usual weight classes.
Mango had earlier won gold while Paul Tellgren took silver at 55 kg/121 pounds.
The United States was second out of nine in the team standings, behind Serbia.
Elsewhere, Logan Stieber (60 kg/132 pounds) and J.D. Bergman (96 kg/211.5 pounds) won titles at the Zolkowski International, a freestyle event in Siedice, Poland Sunday.
Obe Blanc (55 kg/121 pounds) and Tervel Dlagnev (120 kg/264.5 pounds) had won titles Saturday. Angel Escobedo (55 kig/121 pounds) finished second and Jarod Trice (120 kg/264.5 pounds) third to help the United States place second in the team standings behind Turkey.
The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Diving began Sunday with preliminaries and semifinals in women’s synchronized 3-meter and men’s synchronized 10-meter.
Kelci Bryant and Abby Johnson will take a narrow lead over Christina Loukas and Kassidy Cook into Thursday’s finals.
David Boudia, a 2008 Olympian, and Nick McCrory lead by more than 100 points. Toby Stanley and Steele Johnson are second.
The Trials continue through June 24 in Federal Way, Wash.
The U.S. Olympic Committee announced the 34 swimmers — 20 women and 14 men — who will compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London Aug. 29-Sept. 9. All nominations are pending USOC approval.
The announcement came Sunday in Bismarck, N.D., a day after the completion of the USA Paralympics Swimming Trials there.
Jessica Long, a seven-time Paralympic gold medalist, leads the women’s roster, which also includes Victoria Arlen, Kelley Becherer, Brickelle Bro, Aimee Bruder, Jaide Childs, McKenzie Coan, Anna Eames, Amanda Everlove, Alyssa Gialamas, Anna Johannes, Cortney Jordan, Letticia Martinez, Rebecca Meyers, Noga Nir-Kistler, Ileana Rodriguez, Susan Beth Scott, Elizabeth Stone, Mallory Weggemann and Colleen Young.
Rudy Garcia-Tolson, a two-time Paralympic gold medalist, is part of a men’s roster that also features Evan Austin, Cody Bureau, Michael DeMarco, Tucker Dupree, Dalton Herendeen, Lantz Lamback, Curtis Lovejoy, Roy Perkins, Michael Prout, Ian Silverman, Lt. Brad Snyder, Joseph Wise and Justin Zook.
Long set three world records Thursday, one Friday and then broke the women’s SM* 200 individual medley record twice Saturday.
• Gwen Jorgensen and Lukas Verzbicas gave the United States its first ITU Triathlon World Cup sweep since 1992 Sunday in Banyoles, Spain. Jorgensen, an Olympic Triathlon Team qualifier, posted her second career World Cup win while Verzbicas won in his World Cup debut. Jorgensen completed the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run in 1:59:39 for a 16-second victory over Erin Densham of Australia. Verzbicas, a 19-year-old, finished in 1:47:28 for a 17-second win over two-time Olympian Laurent Vidal from France.
• Soren Thompson won the men’s epée and Lee Kiefer won the women’s foil title Sunday in the Pan American Zonal Fencing Championships in Cancun, Mexico. Kiefer won her third straight Pan Am title by beating Colombia’s Saskia Loretta Van Erven Garcia, 15-10. Thompson won the men’s epee final, 15-7, over Venezueal’s Ruben Limardo.
Mariel Zagunis (women’s saber) and Race Imboden (men’s foil) each won all-American finals Saturday when the United States took five of the possible eight medals. Zagunis, who will be pursuing her third consecutive Olympic gold medal in London, defeated Dagmara Wozniak, 15-13, in the final for her fourth straight Pan Am title. The 19-year-old Imboden defeated Alexander Massialas, 15-7, in the final. Maya Lawrence won the women’s epee title Friday. Jeff Spear took silver in men’s saber. Team competition begins today.
• Abdi Abdirahman and Kara Goucher, U.S. qualifiers for the 2012 U.S. Olympic marathon team, won the men’s and women’s titles Saturday at the USA Half Marathon Championships in Duluth, Minn. Adbirahman won his 10th national title in 1:02.46. Goucher, running in her hometown, won her second title with a course record 1:09.46. The national championships were decided as part of the Gary Bjorklund Half Marathon.
Elsewhere, Tyreek Hill won the 200-meter dash in 20.57 seconds Saturday, adding to his 100-meter dash win in 10.28 Friday at USA Junior Track and Field Championships in Bloomington, Ind.
• The United States finished fourth at the FINA World League Super Final of men’s water polo when it lost, 7-6, to Italy Friday in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Peter Varellas scored three goals in the loss. Italy had handed the United States its only loss in three pool play matches. The United States beat Australia 7-5 in Friday’s quarterfinals before losing to Croatia 11-10 in Saturday’s semifinals. Varellas also had a three-goal game against Australia.
• Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath each scored Saturday when the United States defeated Sweden, 3-1, in a women’s soccer friendly in Halmstad, Sweden. Morgan has 15 goals in 13 games this year. The United States continues its preparation for the Olympic Games with a game tonight at 7 p.m. against defending World Cup champion Japan in Sweden.
• Caroline Roffman and Pie won the National Intermediaire I title while Brian Hafner and Lombardo’s LHF won the Young Adult Brentina Cup at the USEF Dressage Festival of Champions equestrian event in Gladstone, N.J., Sunday.
• Micki Reeves reached the final and finished 10th in the Women’s Canoe Saturday at the ICF Slalom World Cup No. 2 event for canoe and kayak in Pau, France. Ashley Nee finished 28th in the Women’s Kayak Sunday. Michal Smolen had the top men’s finish, taking 27th in the Kayak Saturday.
• Coach Mike Tolkin earned his first win when the USA Eagles defeated Georgia, 36-20, in a men’s rugby match in Glendale, Colo.
• The United States routed the U.S. Virgin Islands, 105-42, Saturday and Mexico, 110-59, Sunday in the first two games of the FIBA Americas U-18 Championships for men’s basketball in Sao Sebastiao do Paraiso, Brazil. The United States and Brazil will both advance from the preliminary round, but they meet today for Group A’s top seed in the medal-round semifinals.
• Hannah Martin captured her third 63 kg World Cup medal of the year by taking silver at the Buenos Aires Judo World Cup event Saturday.
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.