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Team USA Weekend Preview: Oct. 5, 2012

By Paul D. Bowker | Oct. 05, 2012, 12 p.m. (ET)
John Daly
John Daly competes in the first run of the Skeleton World Championship on Feb. 24, 2011 in Koenigssee, Germany

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Two-time Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir is back after a two-and-a-half year competitive absence, five-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode is aiming to secure a spot on the 2013 USA Shooting World Cup team and several other U.S. Olympians and Olympic hopefuls are competing in various events around the world this weekend. Check out the Team USA Weekend Preview for all the details.

BOBSLED/SKELETON

U.S. Bobsled Push Championships, Oct. 5-6, Lake Placid, N.Y.

Men’s and women’s bobsled pilots will compete Friday in the U.S. Bobsled Push Championships at the national course in Lake Placid, N.Y. The men’s push athletes will compete Saturday.

The preseason competition began last weekend, when John Daly and Veronica Day won titles in the U.S. National Skeleton Push Championships. Day, a former track athlete in college, is in just her second year of skeleton competition.

FIGURE SKATING

Finlandia Trophy, Oct. 4-7, Espoo, Finland

Johnny Weir will compete internationally for the first time since the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games when he skates in the Finlandia Trophy this weekend in Espoo, Finland. Weir, a three-time U.S. champion, placed sixth at the 2010 Games.

Weir is one of five U.S. skaters who will compete in Finland. Also competing are 2011 U.S. silver medalist Richard Dornbush. 2010 Olympian Mirai Nagasu, and ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue will open their second season together.

Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating, Oct. 3-7, Zagreb, Croatia

Angela Wang set an ISU personal record by scoring 58.47 Thursday to take the lead after the women’s short program at the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) stop in Zagreb, Croatia. Fellow American Hannah Miller is in third place. Harrison Choate also set a new personal best, scoring 64.05 points in the men’s short program for third place.

They are among 12 U.S. skaters competing at the JGP. Other U.S. skaters include JGP Lake Placid bronze medalists Madeline Aaron and Max Settlage in pairs, and 2011 U.S. junior pewter medalists Rachel and Michael Parsons in ice dancing.

Also in figure skating:

Japan Open, Oct. 5-6, Saitama, Japan

Reigning U.S. champion Ashley Wagner and U.S. bronze medalist Agnes Zawadzki will compete

North Atlantic Regional Figure Skating Championship, Oct. 5-9, Hackensack, N.J.

Northwest Pacific Regional Figure Skating Championship, Oct. 5-9, Eugene, Ore.

Eastern Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Championship, Oct. 5-9, Ann Arbor, Mich.

GYMNASTICS

World Cup Astronaut Aleksandrov, Oct. 3-7, Sofia, Bulgaria

Kalon Ludvigson, the current World Cup Series tumbling champion, will compete in this weekend’s trampoline and tumbling World Cup event in Sofia, Bulgaria. Also competing for the United States will be junior women’s tumbler Kainoa Park, who will participate in the junior Sofia Cup.

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions, Sept. 27-30, various sites

The Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Championships moves to Texas this weekend. Performances will be held Friday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Saturday at American Airlines Center in Dallas and Sunday at United Spirit Arena in Lubbock. The weekend began Thursday night with a performance in Oklahoma City, Okla. 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.

SHOOTING

USA Shooting Fall Selection Matches, Oct. 4-7, Kerrville, Texas

Five-time Olympian Kim Rhode will be among the shooters attempting to secure spots on the 2013 USA Shooting World Cup team this weekend at the fall selection matches being held in Kerrville, Texas. Skeet and double trap competition will be held through Sunday at the Hill Country Shooting Sports Center. Trap selection matches will begin Oct. 12.

“It’s great to be back crushing targets and having a great time,” said Rhode, who made Olympic history when she won a medal in her fifth consecutive Olympics at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Other Olympians in the field include Frank Thompson and Vincent Hancock, who made Olympic history by winning gold at London to repeat his championship performance from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

FIELD HOCKEY

Electric Ireland Women’s Champions Challenge I, Sept. 29-Oct. 7, Dublin, Ireland

A 7-2 victory over Wales Thursday helped give the USA Field Hockey Women’s National Team a spot Saturday in the semifinal round of the Electric Ireland Women’s Champions Challenge I in Dublin, Ireland. The United States will face host Ireland in the semifinals. A victory would set up a gold medal match against Australia or Scotland. The winner of the championship match on Sunday qualifies for Champions Trophy, a tournament featuring the world’s top-ranked teams.

Torrie Albini, Lauren Pfeiffer and Shannon Taylor each scored twice in the win over Wales, a match that saw the United States score four consecutive goals in the second half. Team USA finished atop its pool in preliminary play, including a 3-1 victory over Ireland. The U.S. team includes eight 2012 Olympians, led by two-time Olympian Lauren Crandall and 2012 Olympian Katie O’Donnell.

WRESTLING

University World Championships, Oct. 2-6, Kourtane, Finland

Adeline Gray won women’s freestyle gold for the second consecutive week, defeating Erica Wiebe of Canada, 4-0, 1-0, in the championship match of the 72 kilograms/158.5 pounds weight class at the University World Championships in Finland. Gray, a runner-up to Elena Pirozhkova in the U.S. Olympic Trials at 63kg, moved up a weight class at the University Worlds. She won at 67kg last week at the Women’s Freestyle World Championships. She is the first U.S. woman to win world titles in FILA junior, senior and university levels.

Max Nowry, also a runner-up at the U.S. Olympic Trials, is one of four U.S. wrestlers competing Friday in the Greco-Roman competition. Nowry, at 121 pounds, was to face Poland’s Marcin Kunysz in his opening match. Other U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers competing Friday are: Jamel Johnson, 132 pounds; Nick Alvarez, 145.5; Jon Anderson, 163. Three more U.S. Greco-Roman athletes will compete Saturday: Mark Stenberg, 185; Caylor Williams, 211.5; Toby Erickson, 264.5.

Earlier this week in men‘s freestyle, Zach Sanders earned the silver at 121 pounds and Colton Sponseller took the bronze at 163.

TRACK AND FIELD

USA 10 Mile Championships, Oct. 7, Minneapolis

Four-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman and former 10,000-meter American record-holder Chris Solinsky headline a strong field for Sunday’s USA 10 Mile Championships in Minneapolis. Back to defend their crowns are 2011 champions Mo Trafeh and 2012 Olympian Janet Bawcom. Abdirahman, who failed to finish the marathon at the London 2012 Olympic Games due to injury, set the event record of 46 minutes, 35 seconds in 2009.

The race will be Bawcom’s first since finishing 12th in the Olympic 10,000-meter final. Other Olympians in the field include Julie Culley, who finished 14th in the 5,000-meter final in London, and Kara Goucher, who finished 11th in the women’s marathon.

IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, Oct. 6, Kavarna, Bulgaria

Shalane Flanagan, a bronze medalist in 10,000 meters at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games who raced in the marathon at the 2012 Games, is among 10 U.S. runners who’ll compete Saturday in the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Bulgaria. Other top U.S. runners include 2012 USA Half Marathon runner-up Maegan Krifchin in the women’s race, and 2007 Pan American 5,000-meter champion Ed Moran in the men’s race.

TV: 11 a.m. ET Saturday, Universal Sports

Also in track and field:

USA Masters Marathon Championships, Oct. 7, Minneapolis

USA 1 Hour Race Walk Championships, Oct. 7, Waltham, Mass.

USA Women’s 10km Championships, Oct. 8, Boston

CYCLING

UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships, Oct. 6-7, Ornans, France

The UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships will include an 84-kilometer race for elite men riders Sunday in France. A 63-km women’s race will also be held Sunday. The competition begins Saturday at course distances beginning at 15km.

EQUESTRIAN

Kentucky Classic CDE, Oct. 4-7, Lexington, Ky.

Jimmy Fairclough, a member of the bronze medal-winning team at the 2012 FEI Four-in-Hand Driving World Championships, is among the riders competing for national titles at the Kentucky Classic CDE in Lexington. Fairclough, who is competing in the USEF National Pairs Championship, was runner-up to Misdee Wrigley-Miller following Thursday‘s dressage tests at Kentucky Park.

In all, four national championships will be decided: Pairs, single pony, pair pony and pony team. Jennifer Matheson, a member of the U.S. world team, will attempt to win her third national title in the USEF National Combined Driving Pair Pony Championship and Allison Stroud, a five-time world team member, is trying to win her eighth national title in the USEF Pony Team Championship.

FENCING

European Cadet Circuit, Oct. 6-7, Budapest and Godollo, Hungary

The Cadet Circuit will include men’s and women’s foil on Saturday and Sunday, in Budapest, Hungary, and men’s and women’s saber in Godollo, Hungary. Edward Chin opened his international season two weeks ago by winning silver in men’s saber at the Konin Cadet European Cup in Poland.

Also in fencing:

Regional Open Circuit, Oct. 6-7, Rochester, N.Y.

JUDO

IJF World Cup, Oct. 6-7, Istanbul, Turkey, and Minsk, Belarus

A pair of IJF World Cup events will be held Saturday and Sunday. The women’s World Cup event will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, and the men's in Minsk, Belarus.

SOCCER

AGS Cup, Sept. 29-Oct. 6, Benidorm, Spain

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will face Mexico on Saturday in its final game at the AGS Cup in Benidorm, Spain. The United States won its first two games in the tournament before losing 1-0 to unbeaten Azerbaijan on Tuesday.

BASKETBALL

USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Mini-Camp, Oct. 6-7, Colorado Springs

A two-day camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs will feature 46 of the nation’s top high school basketball players. The camp will assist coach Don Showalter, and other Developmental National Team coaches and selection committee officials, in evaluating athletes in the high school classes of 2015 and 2016.

“The main purpose of the mini-camp is to get a look at the top players in this age group and familiarize them with USA Basketball and the opportunity to play for the U16 Tournament of the Americas to qualify for the U17 World Championship,” Showalter said.

CURLING

Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Classic, Oct. 5-8, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

A U.S. squad skipped by 1998 Olympian Erika Brown will be among the teams competing, beginning Friday, in the Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Classic in Calgary, Alberta. The team also includes three-time Olympian Debbie McCormick, 2006 Olympian Jessica Schultz and 2002 Olympian Ann Swisshelm. They have won 18-of-20 matches this season at three previous events.

ROLLER SPORTS

World Roller Figure Skating Championships, Oct. 1-13, Auckland, New Zealand

Junior men’s figure skaters Michael Cooper and Collin Moore, and women Ashley Clifford and Joyann Barber lead an 11-member U.S. team at the junior division of the World Roller Figure Skating Championships this weekend in Auckland, New Zealand. The junior-level competition continues through Sunday. The senior competition begins Wednesday.

SQUASH

U.S. Open Championships, Oct. 4-12, Philadelphia

Amr Shabana, a four-time PSA world champion and a native of Egypt, is back in Philadelphia to attempt to defend the U.S. Open title in squash he won last year and also in 2009. The tournament, which is being held at Drexel University, continues through Oct. 12.

RACQUETBALL

US Open Racquetball Championships, Oct. 3-7, Minneapolis

Competition continues through Sunday in the UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships, which are being held in Minneapolis. The quarterfinals of the men’s and women’s pro divisions will be held Friday, followed by the semifinals Saturday and finals Sunday. The amateur divisions are being conducted at three venues in the Minneapolis area.

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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