Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: Nov. 12, 2012

By Tom Robinson | Nov. 12, 2012, 1 p.m. (ET)
Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte in LondonOlympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin kicked off the USA Swimming Grand Prix Series in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Missy Franklin got the USA Swimming Grand Prix Series off to a record start Friday and never slowed down.

Franklin set a national age-group record in her first win Friday night, and then she won two events each Saturday and Sunday in Minneapolis.

The high school senior set the national age group record for 17-18 girls while winning the 200-yard freestyle by more than four seconds with a time of 1:42.28 Friday.

Franklin, who won four gold medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games, was only getting started.

After winning the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke Saturday, Franklin won the 200 backstroke and 100 freestyle Sunday. The 200 backstroke win came by 5.97 seconds in 1:50.10.

Ryan Lochte also won on each day. The 11-time Olympic medalist won two events Sunday after winning one each Friday and Saturday. He won the 200 individual medley by more than 3.5 seconds Sunday in 1:45.62. He added a win 16 minutes later by finishing the 200 backstroke in 1:41.13. Lochte won the 200 freestyle Friday and 100 backstroke Saturday.

Chloe Sutton won the 1650 free Sunday over Becca Mann, who set a national age group record for 13-14 girls in 15:54.46.

Mann won the 400 individual medley Friday and 200 freestyle Saturday.

ICE HOCKEY

Jessie Vetter made 26 saves as the U.S. women avenged a loss from earlier in the tournament and defeated Canada 3-0 Saturday in Vantaa, Finland to defend their Four Nations Cup title.

Kendall Coyne, a forward, scored shorthanded in the first period. Forwards Hilary Knight and Anne Schleper scored the other goals.

“I’m very happy as to how our team came together this week,” coach Katey Stone said.

Elsewhere, the United States won three youth tournaments. Team USA scored four straight goals in the second and third period to defeat Canada West, 6-3, at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, for its fourth World Junior A Challenge title in five years.

Team captain Vince Hinostroza had two goals and two assists and was named U.S. Player of the Game for the third time in four tournament games.

In Ann Arbor, Mich., Thatcher Demko made 22 saves to help the U.S. Under-18 National Team win the Four Nations Tournament with Friday’s 3-1 championship game victory over Sweden.

The U.S. Under-17 National Team won the Four Nations Tournament in Monthey, Switzerland, with a 6-1 victory over the hosts Saturday after making it through a shootout with Russia Friday.

BOBSLED/SKELETON

The United States earned two medals in each of the three bobsled events at the FIBT World Cup season opener in Lake Placid, N.Y., including a 1-2 finish in the two-man bobsled event Friday night.

Defending world champions Steven Holcomb and Steve Langton claimed the victory while Cory Butner and Chuck Berkeley finished second. Nick Cunningham and Andreas Drbal added a fifth-place finish.

The men came close to a podium sweep after the women finished second and third in the same event earlier in the day.

“It always motivates us when the women do really well,” Butner said. “They had great finishes and it put pressure on us to also perform on our home track here.”

The continued transition of track athletes into bobsled was on display in the women’s event.

Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones provided the push that helped Jazmine Fenlator drive to the silver medal while Olympic gold medalist sprinter Tianna Madison did the same to team with Elana Meyers for the bronze.

“I knew that Lolo was hyped up and ready to push fast on the second run, so our velocity was good, and I just tried to stay nice and smooth,” Fenlator said.

The men added second- and third-place finishes in Saturday’s four-man bobsled.

Reigning world champions Holcomb, Langton, Justin Olsen and Curt Tomasevicz took the silver while Cunningham, Drbal, Adam Clark and Chris Fogt took bronze.

For more bobsled and skeleton, TeamUSA.org’s Peggy Shinn was covering the event in Lake Placid. Click here.

Also this weekend, the U.S. North American Cup team collected 16 medals (bobsled: six gold, three silver, three bronze; skeleton: three gold, one bronze) in Park City, Utah.

Former world champion Noelle Pikus-Pace swept the women’s skeleton races for double gold as she continues to work her way back to the World Cup circuit.

2010 bobsled Olympian Bree Schaaf, also making a return bid for the national team, earned both women’s bobsled titles.  Olympic silver medalist heptathlete Hyleas Fountain pushed Megan Hill to bronze in her first international bobsled competition.

FIGURE SKATING

Gracie Gold, the 2012 world junior silver medalist, earned her first career senior Grand Prix medal Saturday, taking silver at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow.

Reigning U.S. bronze medalist Agnes Zawadzki finished third in the women’s event while U.S. champions Caydee Denney and John Coughlin took bronze in pairs for their second Grand Prix medal of the season.

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, the 2011 world bronze medalists made their ice dancing season debut with a fourth-place finish.

In the men’s event, Richard Dornbush placed sixth and two-time Olympian Johnny Weir withdrew before the free skate because of a hip injury. 

Elsewhere, the United States picked up two gold, two silver and one bronze medal at the Ice Challenge in Graz, Austria.

Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt won their second straight Ice Challenge gold medal in ice dancing.

Marissa Castelli-Simon Shnapir won their first international gold in pairs where Gretchen Donlan-Andrew Speroff earned silver.

Douglas Razzano and Armin Mahbanoozadeh placed second and third among men, respectively.

SKIING

Mikaela Shiffrin finished third in the women’s slalom at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup event in Levi, Finland.

“I’m speechless, really,” Shiffrin told the Associated Press after the race 80 miles north of the Arctic Circle. “I couldn’t really ask for more. ... This is going to give me a lot of confidence."

Shiffrin, 17, was voted Alpine World Cup Rookie of the Year following the 2012 season.

Ted Ligety finished 13th in the men’s slalom in the fog Sunday.

FENCING

Daryl Homer and Kelley Hurley won gold medals Saturday at the North American Cup in Virginia Beach when they returned to competition after taking three months off following the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Homer won the Div. I men’s individual saber while Hurley won the Div. I women’s individual epée.

“It’s definitely tough getting back into everything, but I saw the results from the last tournament and I really wanted to get back and show that I can still fence at a high level,” said Homer, who defeated 16-year-old Eli Dershwitz, 15-7, in the final.

Hurley joined her sister Courtney Hurley as members of the bronze medal women’s epée team in London.

“I was nervous because my sister’s not here,” said Kelley Hurley, who won beat Kat Holmes, 15-11, in the final. “So I thought the pressure was really on me now because both of us have taken turns winning at the NACs and I haven’t been fencing much at all.”

Jerry Chang claimed his second consecutive NAC title in junior men’s foil.

Conor Shepard won the Div. I men’s individual epée, Daria Schneider won the Div. I women’s individual saber and Margaret L.C. Lu won the junior women’s individual foil Sunday.

Competition concludes Monday with the junior women’s epée, Div. I men’s foil, junior men’s saber and senior women’s team foil events.

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BOXING: Terrell Gausha, Errol Spence Jr., Marcus Browne and Dominic Breazeale, all 2012 Olympians, posted knockouts in their professional debuts during Night of the Olympians Friday in Indio, Calif., and three-time Olympian Rau’shee Warren won by unanimous decision in his pro debut. Gary Russell Jr., a 2008 Olympian, improved to 21-0 with his 13th knockout, stopping Robert Castaneda in the third round of the main event.

JUDO: Suldbayar Damdin, Sandy North, Maje Omagbaluwaje, Vitaliy Vanyan won gold medals while nine U.S. athletes earned silver and 21 more bronze at the Grand Masters World Championships in Miami Thursday through Sunday.

RUGBY: Chris Wyles, a fullback, had five of the team’s six tries Friday when the United States used a streak of 26 straight points to defeat Russia, 40-26, to start the team’s November Tour.

TEAM HANDBALL: The United States women finished third and men were last among the four teams competing at the IHF Trophy Mexico.

WRESTLING: Austin Trotman was named Outstanding Wrestler and Olympian Tervel Dlagnev was among four other U.S. champions in men’s freestyle Saturday at the New York Athletic Club International. Jimmy Kennedy, Chase Pami and Wynn Michalak beat U.S. opponents in the finals to win titles. Alyssa Lampe, in women’s freestyle, and Jamel Johnson, in Greco-Roman, received Outstanding Wrestler awards Friday. Spenser Mango, RaVaughn Perkins, Andrew Bisek, Caylor Williams and Robbie Smith also won as the United States took six of seven Greco-Roman titles.

GYMNASTICS: Cody Gesuelli won the junior men’s trampoline title and claimed bronze in the double mini-trampoline at the Flanders Cup in Belgium Sunday. Meghan O’Connell and Breanne Hatter won the women’s synchronized crown.

EQUESTRIAN: The United States won the FEI Nations Cup in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The winning team featured Charlie Jacobs on Leap of Joy, Quentin Judge with HH Carotino, Catherine Pasmore with Canta and Alison Robitaille with Cover Girl 27.

CYCLING: Jeremy Powers and Katie Compton swept the weekend, winning races both Saturday and Sunday at the USGP of Cyclocross-Derby City Cup in Louisville, Ky. 

SOFTBALL: The United States finished fifth at the ISF World Junior Men’s Fastpitch Championship after losing to Canada, 4-2, Saturday in Parana, Argentina. The team went 5-3 for its best finish since 1985.

WEIGHTLIFTING: Jared Fleming finished sixth at 94 kg in the World University Championships in Eilat, Israel.

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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