Team USA Weekend Preview: Nov. 16, 2012

By Paul D. Bowker | Nov. 16, 2012, 4 p.m. (ET)
Shani Davis skates and competesShani Davis of the United States competes during the 1000m race at the Essent ISU World Single Distances Championship Speed Skating in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

The top American bobsled and skeleton racers are competing in Utah, several top U.S. figure skaters are competing in France, the U.S. men’s field hockey team will be in California, and the long track speedskating season gets underway. Check out the Team USA Weekend Preview for more information about these events and many more going on this weekend around the world.


ISU Long Track World Cup, Nov. 16-18, Heerenveen, Netherlands

Olympians Shani Davis and Tucker Fredricks, and five-time 2012 U.S. champ Heather Richardson will be among the 17 U.S. skaters competing in the first ISU Long Track World Cup event of the season in Heerenveen, Netherlands. The action begins Friday.

Richardson, a 2010 Olympian, swept all five women’s events two weeks ago at the U.S. Single Distance Long Track Championships. Brittany Bowe, also a member of the team, finished runner-up to Richardson in the 1,500- and 1,000-meter races.

Also in speed skating:

CanAm International and ISU Junior World Cup, Nov. 15-18, Calgary, Alberta, Canada


FIBT World Cup, Nov. 16-17, Park City, Utah

Double medals will be the goal for Olympic bobsledder Steven Holcomb as he returns to his hometown of Park City, Utah, this weekend for a World Cup event at Utah Olympic Track.

Holcomb will race with Curt Tomasevicz in the two-man bobsled Friday and then pilot USA-1 in the four-man bobsled Saturday. Holcomb’s crew members in the four-man are Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and Justin Olsen. The BMW “Night Train” squad, defending world champions, took the silver last week in Lake Placid, N.Y. Holcomb and Langton won gold in the two-man.

Other U.S. medal contenders include defending world champion Katie Uhlaender and Kimber Gabryszak in women’s skeleton; John Daly, Kyle Tress and Matt Antoine in men’s skeleton; the teams of Elana Meyers and Aja Evans, Jazmine Fenlator and Emily Azevedo, and Katie Eberling and Jamie Greubel in women’s bobsled; Cory Butner and Chuck Berkeley in two-man bobsled, and the USA-2 four-man bobsled piloted by Nick Cunningham, a bronze medalist in Lake Placid, N.Y.

“The athleticism of our team right now is impressive,” Cunningham said. “We have such a deep field of talented athletes and we plan on pushing the envelope at every track off the starting block.”

The Park City World Cup race is free to attend. There will be a festival at the Utah Olympic Park during both days of racing that includes campfires, face painting, and food vendors selling items like popcorn, cotton candy and s’mores.

TV: 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. ET Friday, Universal Sports; 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Universal Sports

Also in bobsled/skeleton:

North American Cup, Nov. 15-17, Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Trophée Eric Bompard, Nov. 16-18, Paris

Ashley Wagner, the 2012 U.S. women’s figure skating champion, hopes to keep her year going strong this weekend in Paris at the fifth ISU Grand Prix Series event of the season. Wagner scored her first career senior Grand Prix gold medal at the recent Hilton HHonors Skate America.

Four other American skaters will compete in Paris, including Christina Gao in the women’s competition. Gao earned silver at Skate America. Jeremy Abbott, the reigning U.S. men’s champion, also will compete. Two-time Olympian Johnny Weir pulled out of the men’s competition due to a hip injury. Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue, fifth-place finishers at Skate Canada and 2012 U.S. bronze medalists, will compete in ice dancing.

TV: 4 p.m.-6 p.m. and 7 p.m.-8 p.m. ET Saturday, Universal Sports; 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, NBC; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Universal Sports


Men’s World League, Nov. 16-18, Chula Vista, Calif.

The road toward the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games begins Saturday for the USA Field Hockey Men’s National Team, when it begins play in the International Hockey Federation World League Round 1 tournament. The United States will face Guatemala on Saturday and Mexico on Sunday, with both games to be played at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

The 18-member team ranges from Ian Scally, who has 92 international caps, to Asavir Singh Kalla, a defender who is seeking his first international cap at the senior level.

“The veterans will provide an example for the younger players to follow on and off the field, and will be very supportive of the enthusiasm, energy and talent they will bring to the squad,” U.S. coach Chris Clements said. “The younger players are excited for their first opportunity to represent their country with the senior squad and I am confident they will excel.”

The World League is a two-year event that will serve as a qualifier for the Hockey World Cup and Olympic Games.


Also in field hockey:

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. NFHCA Div. 1 Senior All-Stars, Nov. 17, Norfolk, Va.

Following its annual exhibition against the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Div. 1 Senior All-Stars, members of the U.S. Women’s National Team will sign autographs and pose for photographs at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. The match is a part of the NCAA Div. 1 Final Four weekend. Olympians Katie O’Donnell, Rachel Dawson, Amy Swensen and Michelle Kasold will be among those at the event.


UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Nov. 16-18, Glasgow, United Kingdom

The men’s team sprint and pursuit highlight the opening day Friday at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Glasgow, Scotland. The weekend also includes women’s individual pursuit and sprint races Saturday, and men’s individual pursuit and sprint Sunday. The event is the second of three World Cup sessions; the final one will be held in January in Mexico. Among those expected to compete: Olympian Sarah Hammer, who won the women’s omnium at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and Cari Higgins, who placed fourth at the first Track World Cup in Cali, Colombia.

Webcast: 9:30 a.m. Sunday,

Also in cycling:

UCI Carousel Volkswagen Jingle Cross Rock, Nov. 16-18, Iowa City, Iowa


USA Eagles vs. Tonga, Nov. 17, Conwy County, Wales

John Quill, Toby L’Estrange and Cornelius Dirkensen earned their first international caps with the USA Rugby Eagles men’s national team last week against Russia, and their reward is another start Saturday against Tonga. The match is a part of the national team’s three-week tour in North Wales and Romania. The Eagles, 40-26 winners over Russia, also will play Romania on Nov. 24.

“We are trying to establish a little bit of continuity in this core group of guys and ease in some of the younger reserves,” U.S. coach Mike Tolkin said. “We know it will be a physical battle from the beginning, so we’ll be looking to the bench after the first half to utilize some fresh legs.”

The only change in Tolkin’s starting lineup is Zachary Pangelinan at fullback.

TV: 8 p.m.-10 p.m. ET Saturday, Universal Sports

Also in rugby:

USA Eagles women’s national team vs. Italy, Nov. 18, Rome


NORCECA Circuit, Nov. 16-18, Trinidad & Tobago

Four U.S. beach volleyball teams will compete in this weekend’s NORCECA Circuit event in Trinidad & Tobago, including World University champions Emily Day and Summer Ross. Traci Weamer and Tealle Hunkus are teaming up for the USA1 team, with Day and Ross at USA2. The USA1 men’s team is made up of Will Montgomery and Tony Ciarelli, and USA2 is Weston Carico and Curt Toppel.

The tournament is being held on Mission Beach on the island of Trinidad.


Junior World Cup, foil and epee, Nov. 17-18, Bratislava, Slovakia

The Junior World Cup heads to Bratislava, Slovakia, for both men’s and women’s foil and epée this weekend. Jacqueline Dubrovich and Brian Kaneshige both won bronze medals at the first Junior World Cup in foil two weeks ago in Luxembourg.

Also in fencing:

Junior World Cup, saber, Nov. 17-18, Sosnowiec, Poland

Regional Open Circuit, Nov. 16-18, Beaverton, Ore.

Regional Youth Circuit, Nov. 18, Atlanta


World Grappling Championships, Nov. 17-18, Krakow, Poland

Jeff Monson, a former world grappling champion, and world medalists Matt Betzold, Mike Kelly and Jeff Funicello will represent USA Wrestling at the World Grappling Championships this weekend in Poland. In all, eight U.S. wrestlers will compete in the men’s No-Gi division, two in the women’s No-Gi division, seven in the men’s Gi division and three in the women’s Gi division.

Also in wrestling:

Freestyle wrestling clinic, featuring members of the USA Wrestling Freestyle National Team, Nov. 17, Edge Hoboken, in Hoboken, N.J. Clinic’s proceeds will benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy.


IJF World Cup, Nov. 16-17, Apia, Samoa

Competition begins Friday in the International Judo Federation (IJF) World Cup in Apia, Samoa. It is a two-day tournament for senior-level athletes.


USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final, Nov. 17, Kansas City, Mo.

Four members of the U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team will compete Saturday in the USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final in Kansas City, Mo. Brooke Boyer, Hunter Chancellor, Emily Chapman and Abigail Mutrux are the World Cup Team members. The event is being held as a part of the United Professional Horsemen’s Association’s (UPHA) American Royal National Championship.


IRF World Junior Championships, Nov. 11-17, Los Angeles

More than 240 athletes from 17 countries, including 29 U.S. athletes, are participating in the IRF World Junior Championships. The tournament continues through Saturday at the Spectrum Club in Canoga Park, Calif., near Los Angeles. The U.S. team includes Jose Diaz and Marco Rojas in boys 18s, and Kelani Bailey and Samantha Simmons in girls 18s.


Women’s World Team Championships, Nov. 12-17, Nimes, France

The United States was to play Mexico on Friday in the Women’s World Team Championships in Nimes, France. The United States lost to defending champion Australia in the round of 16, then also lost Thursday to 14th-seeded South Africa, 2-1. The tournament ends Saturday. The U.S. team players are Olivia Fiechter, Sabrina Sobhy, Natalie Grainger, Maria Elena Ubina and Milnay Louw.


U.S. Multihull Championships, Nov. 15-18, Pensacola, Fla.

Skipper Sarah Newberry and crew member Kenny Pierce won all five races Friday in the U.S. Multihull Championships, taking a 12-point lead in the four-day event. The competition is being held on Pensacola Bay in Florida. The racing is among Formula 16 boats.


Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions, Nov. 15-18, various sites

The Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions will finish off its 40-city tour this weekend. One of the tour members, 2008 Olympic silver medalist and 2005 world gold medalist Chellsie Memmel announced her retirement from competitive gymnastics earlier this week. The tour will perform Friday night at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, followed by performances Saturday at XL Center in Hartford, Conn., and Sunday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. 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.

Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor for 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.