Team USA Weekend Preview: Oct. 12, 2012

By Paul D. Bowker | Oct. 12, 2012, 12 p.m. (ET)
Claressa Shields
Claressa Shields poses during the WNBA Inspiring Women Luncheon at Chelsea Piers in New York City on Sept. 10, 2012

 Team USA on TV

7 p.m. ET Friday, beIN SPORT
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, ESPN2

8 p.m.-9 p.m. ET Friday and Saturday, Universal Sports

9 p.m. ET Friday, ESPN3

Team USA athletes who competed in London this summer are back in the ring, the range and on the piste this weekend in events across the United States and around the world. In addition, the U.S. men’s soccer team is vying for a spot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and U.S. gymnastics gold medalist Shawn Johnson and Dancing with the Stars partner Derek Hough will join the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions for its performance Friday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Check out the Team USA Weekend Preview for all the details.


National PAL Championships, Oct. 8-13, Toledo, Ohio

Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields will fight for the first time since the London 2012 Olympic Games when she faces Dara Shen on Friday at the National PAL Championships in Toledo, Ohio. Shields, competing in the female open 165-pound weight class, received an opening-round win Thursday by walk-over when her opponent withdrew from the tournament. Shields, the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing, is a defending champion.

Other boxers who have moved on in the tournament include Christian Williams, men’s open 114, who decisioned Eros Correa on Thursday, and Malik Montgomery, who defeated defending national champion Albert Bell at 132 pounds. Williams will face U.S. Olympic Trials silver medalist Shawn Simpson in the finals.


Ironman World Championship, Oct. 13, Kona, Hawaii

Andy Potts, Jordan Rapp, Matthew Russell, Michael Lovato, Timothy O’Donnell and Greg Bennett will be among the U.S. elite men challenging 2011 champion Craig Alexander of Australia in the 2012 Ironman World Championship on Saturday. Caitlin Snow, who finished ninth last year, will be among the U.S. athletes in the elite women’s race.

The event consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike race and 26.2-mile marathon run.



2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying, U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Antigua & Barbuda, Oct. 12, North Sound, Antigua

Two big wins are needed if the United States is to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The U.S. Men’s National Team will face Antigua & Barbuda Friday night in a critical 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match. The United States (2-1-1, 7 points) is tied with Guatemala at the top of Group A with two qualifying games left. Jamaica also has seven points, but is in third place because of a smaller goal differential.

The United States will face Guatemala in the final qualifying game Tuesday at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. There also will be a training session open to the public at 10:30 a.m. CT Sunday at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.

The top two teams in the group move on to the World Cup Qualifying Final Round, which begins in February 2013.

“The mentality we are bringing into these two games is to get six points,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klimsmann said. “We must have urgency within the group (of players) and a clear understanding that we need to deliver, which means each players has to bring a 100 percent effort.”

TV: 7 p.m. ET Friday, beIN SPORT; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, ESPN2

Also in soccer:

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team vs. Scotland, Oct. 12, Marbella, Spain


Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions, Oct. 12-14, various sites

Four-time Olympic medalist Shawn Johnson and Dancing with the Stars partner Derek Hough will join the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions for its performance Friday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Johnson, who won her medals at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, is from West Des Moines.

“I am so proud of what our team did in London this summer and excited to be a part of their post-Olympic celebration in Des Moines,” Johnson said.

Another gymnast with ties to Des Moines is Olympic champion Gabby Douglas, who won both the all-around and team titles in London. She trained with Johnson and her longtime coach, Liang Chow in Iowa.

After the Des Moines performance, the tour moves to Omaha, Neb., for a performance Saturday at the CenturyLink Center, followed by a performance Sunday at the United Center in Chicago, Ill. 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 in London.

Mexican Open, Oct. 12-13, Acapulco, Mexico

Brenna Dowell, who was on Team USA’s gold medal-winning team at the 2010 Pan American Championships, and Donnell Whittenburg will compete for USA Gymnastics on Friday and Saturday at the Mexican Open in Acapulco. The event features all-around and individual event competition for athletes from 11 nations.

The event is the first international competition for Whittenburg, who won the junior 16-18 all-around and still-rings titles at the 2012 Visa Championships. Dowell placed ninth in the all-around at the Visa Championships and U.S. Olympic Trials.


FINA World Junior Diving Championships, Oct. 8-13, Adelaide, Australia

Michael Hixon and David Dinsmore each earned bronze medals Thursday, and Gracia Leydon Mahoney won gold Wednesday at the FINA World Junior Diving Championships. The competition continues through Saturday in Adelaide, Australia.

Leydon Mahoney, 16, won the Girls Group A 3-meter competition, edging out China’s Zheng Qulin. Hixon, 18, won his first World Junior Diving medal in the Boys Group A 16-18 1-meter competition, scoring 79.05 points on his final dive, the highest score of any finalist. Dinsmore won bronze in Boys Group B 14-15.


JGP Germany, Oct. 10-14, Chemnitz, Germany

Leah Keiser and Samantha Cesario will each seek their second ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating medals this week in the women’s competition in Chemnitz, Germany. JGP Germany is the final qualifying event before the JGP Finals are held in December in Sochi, Russia.

Other U.S. skaters include: Shotaro Omori and Jay Yostanto, men’s; Jessica Pfund and A.J. Reiss, and Britney Simpson and Matthew Blackmer, pairs; and Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker, ice dancing. Simpson and Blackmer, the 2011 U.S. junior silver medalists and 2011 JGP Final bronze medalists, placed fifth at JGP Austria.

Also in figure skating:

New England Regional Figure Skating Championships, Oct. 12-16, Warwick, R.I.

Southwest Pacific Regional Figure Skating Championships, Oct. 12-16, Peoria, Ariz.

Upper Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Championships, Oct. 12-16, Green Bay, Wis.


USA Shooting Fall Selection Matches, Oct. 12-14, Kerrville, Texas

Two-time Olympian Corey Cogdell and 2012 World Cup medalist Kayle Browning headline a strong women’s trap field in this weekend’s USA Shooting Fall Selection Matches in Kerrville, Texas. More than 140 elite men’s and women’s shooters are attempting to secure spots on the 2013 USA Shooting World Cup team for the first two ISSF World Cup events next year.

“After a long shooting season, it feels great to be shooting the last match of the year and working towards selecting the team for the first two World Cups of next season,” said Cogdell, a bronze medalist at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. “I know many of us have been training hard for this match and the competition will be strong.” Browning is coming off a season in which she won her first World Cup medal (bronze), finished among the top six at the World Cup Finals and was runner-up at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Other top shooters include current national champion Rachael Heiden and Olympic Trials finalist Miranda Wilder. Three-time Olympian Lance Blade and current national champ Brian Burrows are in the men’s field.


North American Cup, Oct. 12-15, St. Louis

Thirteen 2012 U.S. Olympians, including 2008 men’s saber team silver medalist Tim Morehouse and all four members of the women’s epee team which won bronze in London, will compete in the North American Cup beginning Friday in St. Louis, Mo. The Olympians are among more than 2,000 athletes competing in the first national tournament of the 2012-13 season.

The tournament is a qualifying event for the 2013 Senior World Championships, and also the 2013 USA Fencing Junior and Cadet World Teams. Competition will be held in men’s and women’s epee, foil and saber.

Courtney Hurley, Maya Lawrence, Susie Scanlan and Kelley Hurley won epee team bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Other Olympians who’ll compete in St. Louis include: Lee Kiefer, Nicole Ross, Nzingha Prescod and Doris Willette, women’s foil; Gerek Meinhardt, Alexander Massialas and Race Imboden, men’s foil; Jeff Spear, men’s saber. The competition begins Friday with men’s saber, and cadet men’s epee and cadet women’s foil, and continues through Monday, when women’s saber will be held.

Also in fencing:

Veteran World Championships, Oct. 16-21, Krems, Austria


Pan American Taekwondo Championships, Oct. 10-13, Sucre, Bolivia

Tashi Serpa (men’s 54 kilograms), Jason Neville (men’s 87kg) and Lauren Hamon (women’s 73kg) won gold Thursday at the Pan American Taekwondo Championships, boosting USA Taekwondo’s medal count to four gold, one silver and one bronze. Simone Devito won gold in women’s 53kg on Wednesday.

Charlotte Craig (women’s 49kg), Sanaz Shahbazi (women’s 67kg), Chanel Nguyen (women’s 73kg-plus), James Howe (men’s 58kg), Tanner Creel (men’s 80kg) and Stephen Lambdin (men’s 87kg-plus) will compete for the United States Friday.


UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Oct. 11-13, Cali, Colombia

Cari Higgins will compete for the United States in women’s events at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup, which began Thursday and goes through Saturday in Cali, Colombia.


Also in cycling:

Tour of Beijing, Oct. 9-13, China

TV: 8 p.m.-9 p.m. ET Friday and Saturday, Universal Sports


IJF Grand Prix, Oct. 11-13, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Competition continues in men‘s and women‘s divisions Friday and Saturday in an IJF Grand Prix event being held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Weight classes include women’s 63 and 70 kilograms, and men’s 73kg and 81kg Friday, and women’s 78kg, and men’s 90kg, 100kg and heavyweight classes Saturday.


Military Boekelo CCIO3*, Oct. 11-14, Boekelo, Netherlands

Clark Montgomery, riding Loughan Glen, scored 46.2 points in Thursday’s dressage competition and was in 11th place at the FEI Nations Cup Eventing stop at Military Boekelo-Enschede CCIO3*. Also competing in the event are 2012 Olympian Phillip Dutton, aboard Atlas; Jennie Brannigan, aboard Cambalda; and Jon Holling, aboard Downtown Harrison.

The Boekelo competition is the sixth and final stop in the inaugural FEI Nations Cup Eventing series.

Also in equestrian:

Randolph College/USEF National Junior Championships and Pessoa US Hunter Seat Medal Finals, Oct. 11-14, Harrisburg, Pa.


FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships, Oct. 13-19, Doha, Qatar

Matt Anderson, a 2012 U.S. Olympian who is now playing in the Russian Super League with Zenit Kazan, will be among those competing in the FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships. The tournament begins Saturday in Qatar. Kazan is a strong Russian club which has won its first four Super League matches this year, and won the Super League championship, CEV Champions League and Cup of Russia in 2011-12. Anderson is an outside hitter for the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Also in volleyball:

NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour, Oct. 12-14, Trinidad & Tobago


USA Masters 5km Cross Country Championships, Oct. 13, San Diego

The USA Masters 5-kilometer Cross Country Championships for men and women will be conducted Saturday morning at Balboa Park in San Diego. The defending champions are Charlie Kern and Doreen McCoubrie.


Pan American Badminton Championships, Oct. 8-14, Lima, Peru

Sattawat Pongnairat, competing in men’s singles, and Jamie Subandhi, competing in women’s singles, are among the top medal contenders for the United States in the Pan American Badminton Championships in Lima, Peru. The individual competition continues through Sunday. Pongnairat and Subandhi were unbeaten through three days of the team competition. Other top U.S. athletes in the competition include Phillip and Ryan Chew, and identical twins Rulan and Rulien Yeh in women’s doubles.


HSBC Sevens World Series, Oct. 12-13, Gold Coast, Queensland

The USA Eagles will play New Zealand on Friday (U.S. time), and South Africa and Canada on Saturday in the HSBC Sevens World Series. The matches begin the process of The Olympics 2016 cycle. There will be nine tournaments between now and June 2013, concluding with the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow


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

Josiah Bishop placed ninth in senior men’s figures and Shauna McCullough placed ninth in senior women’s figures at the World Roller Figure Skating Championships in New Zealand. The competition continues through Saturday. The top U.S. performance thus far was a gold medal finish by Collin Moore in the junior division.


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

Gregory Gaultier of France will face Ramy Ashour of Egypt in the men’s open final at the U.S. Open Squash Championships at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Another Egyptian, Raneem El Weleily, will play for the women’s title. No U.S. athletes made it into Thursday’s semifinals.

TV: 9 p.m. ET Friday, ESPN3

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.