Team USA Weekend Preview: Nov. 2, 2012

By Paul D. Bowker | Nov. 02, 2012, 12 p.m. (ET)
Group picture of New York marathoners Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge towards Brooklyn during the ING New York City Marathon as seen from the air on November 6, 2011 in New York City.

Team USA athletes will be competing around the world this weekend, including at the New York City Marathon and a figure skating Grand Prix event in Shanghai. Check out the Team USA Weekend Preview for all of the details.

TRACK AND FIELD

ING New York City Marathon, Nov. 4, New York City

Amy Hastings, a fourth-place finisher at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, will be among the thousands of runners who’ll compete in Sunday’s New York City Marathon. Just how many thousands of runners remains to be seen due to the transportation difficulties into and around the city as a result of the damage left behind by Hurricane Sandy.

The marathon will be the first major sporting event to be held in New York since the storm hit the city early this week. Before the storm hit, the race was to include approximately 47,000 runners, some of them, including Hastings, elite runners.

Race officials said Thursday that a $1 million fund has been created to benefit victims of the storm, and that another $1.5 million is expected from the race’s sponsors.

TeamUSA.org writer Aimee Berg is in New York reporting on the event all weekend. Check out her latest story and photo slideshow.

TV: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2; 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, ESPN3; 4-6 p.m. Sunday, ABC

Also in track and field:

USA Marathon Trail Championships, Nov. 3, Moab, Utah

FIGURE SKATING

Cup of China, ISU Grand Prix Series, Nov. 2-4, Shanghai, China

Mirai Nagasu, a 2010 Olympian and 2008 U.S. champion, will seek a podium finish in the Cup of China, the third ISU Grand Prix Series event of the season. Nagasu won a silver medal in women’s skating at this same event in 2011.

Nagasu is one of four U.S. skaters entered in this weekend’s Cup of China. Adam Rippon, the reigning U.S. silver medalist, will compete in the men’s competition. Madison Chock and Evan Bates will compete in ice dancing. They won gold at the Nebelhorn Trophy in September.

U.S. skaters have won four medals in the first two stops of the ISU Grand Prix, including gold by women’s skater Ashley Wagner, and gold by ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White at Hilton HHonors Skate America.

TV: 6-8 p.m. ET Saturday, Universal Sports

Webcast: universalsports.com

LUGE

USA Luge National Team Training Camp, Nov. 4-14, Sochi, Russia

More than a year ahead of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the USA Luge National Team will begin a 10-day training camp on Sunday at the new Olympic track in Sochi, Russia. The training precedes the start of the 2012-13 World Cup season. The season began with last weekend’s Norton USA Luge National Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y., where Julia Clukey won the women’s singles title, and Chris Mazdzer and Tucker West shared the men’s title.

ICE HOCKEY

Women’s Four Nations Cup, Nov. 5-10, Kerava, Finland

The U.S. Women’s National Team, which includes 12 Olympians, will begin play Tuesday in the Women’s Four Nations Cup in Kerava, Finland. The United States opens against Sweden and will play two more games before the medal round on Nov. 10. Three-time Olympic medalist Julie Chu, a forward who is the all-time leading scorer in NCAA women’s hockey, is among those on the squad. The United States is defending champion.

Under-18 Four Nations Tournament, Nov. 6-10, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Also beginning Tuesday is the Under-18 Men’s Four Nations Tournament, which will be held at the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Ice Cube, home of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program. The United States, four-time defending champion of the tournament, opens play Tuesday night against Finland.

Also in hockey:

U.S. Junior Select Team at World Junior A Challenge, Nov. 3-11, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Training Camp, Nov. 1-3, Charlotte, N.C.

GYMNASTICS

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions, Nov. 2-4, various sites

The Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions is in the midst of a Midwestern swing this weekend. The tour will perform Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, followed by performances Saturday at The Palace of Auburn Hills, near Detroit, and Sunday at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. The tour also performed Thursday night at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. The Kellogg’s Tour includes performances by a number of U.S. Olympians, including members of the “Fierce Five” U.S. Olympic women‘s gold medal-winning team.

Also in gymnastics:

USA Gymnastics Acro National Training Camp, Oct. 29-Nov. 6, Huntsville, Texas.

SPEEDSKATING

American Cup Long Track/U.S. Single Distance Long Track Championships, Nov. 2-4, Milwaukee, Wis.

Competition begins Friday in the U.S. Single Distance Long Track Championships and American Cup Long Track Speedskating Series at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee, Wis. The event is a World Cup qualifier. More than 100 skaters are entered, including Olympians such as Shani Davis.

The second round of the American Cup will be held next week in Calgary, Canada.

Also in speed skating:

American Cup Short Track Speedskating, Nov. 3-4, Cleveland, Ohio

SOFTBALL

ISF IX World Fastpitch Championship, Nov. 2-10, Parana, Argentina

The USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team will begin play Friday in the ISF IX World Fastpitch Championship in Argentina. The United States will face Denmark in its opening game, followed by pool-play games against Singapore on Saturday, India on Sunday, Venezuela on Monday, New Zealand on Tuesday and Australia on Wednesday. The playoff round begins Thursday.

“We’re happy with the preparations we’ve put in leading up to these ISF World Championships,” coach Tim Lyon said. “We feel that we have a very strong team this year and are looking forward to the beginning of the tournament play.”

The U.S. squad consists of 17, including a pair of players from Lake Crystal, Minn.: Spencer Yackel and Brent Meshke.

FENCING

Men’s and Women’s Foil, Junior World Cup, Nov. 3-4, Luxembourg

The Junior World Cup in men’s and women’s foil begins Saturday in Luxembourg, when the men’s competition is held. The women’s tournament is scheduled for Sunday.

Also, a Junior World Cup in men’s saber will be held Sunday in Kiev, Ukraine.

Also in fencing:

Regional Open Circuit, Remenyik Open, Nov. 3-4, Evanston, Ill.

Regional Youth Circuit, Nov. 3-4, Bellevue, Wash.

Regional Youth Circuit, Pittsburgh Steel Youth Classic, Nov. 3, Pittsburgh, Pa.

BADMINTON

World Junior Championships, Oct. 26-Nov. 3, Chiba, Japan

Individual play in the World Junior Championships concludes with the finals Saturday in Chiba, Japan. A USA Badminton team of 13 competed in five individual events, plus the team events. The squad included Jeffrey Kuo, Alan Shekhtman and William Cheung in boys’ singles; Iris Wang, Christine Chen and Angela Lin in girls’ singles; Kuo and Phillip Chew, and Shekhtman and Michael Buasan in boys’ doubles; and Chen and Jenny Jin, and Lin and Lily Wen in girls’ doubles.

Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Paul D. Bowker 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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