Team USA Weekend Preview: Sept. 21, 2012

By Paul D. Bowker | Sept. 21, 2012, 12 p.m. (ET)
April Ross, Jennifer Kessy
U.S. Olympians April Ross and Jennifer Kessy, along with their silver medals, visit the USA House at the Royal College of Art on Aug. 9, 2012 in London

While several Olympians and Paralympians will be honored this weekend in Colorado Springs at the Olympic and Paralympic Assembly, many other U.S. athletes will be competing in cycling, beach volleyball and other events.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL

Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series National Championships, Sept. 21-23, Huntington Beach, Calif.

Olympic silver medalists Jennifer Kessy and April Ross are among the teams playing this weekend in the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series National Championships. The tournament, which concludes a seven-stop tour, begins Friday in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Challenging Kessy and Ross for gold will be the teams of Jenny Kropp and Whitney Pavlik, and Jennifer Fopma and Brooke Sweat.

The tournament will mark the final team competition for two-time Olympians Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal, who announced they will play with new partners after this season. Rosenthal plans to play with 2008 Olympic gold medalist Phil Dalhausser, who had teamed with Todd Rogers for seven years. They did not medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and Rogers does not intend to compete for a spot at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.

The semifinals and finals in both the men’s and women’s divisions will be held Sunday.

GYMNASTICS

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions, Sept. 21-23, various sites

The third weekend of the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Championships, featuring members of the Olympic gold-medal winning U.S. women’s team (The “Fierce Five”) began Thursday night with a performance in Las Vegas. The tour moves on tonight to the Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, Calif.; Saturday to the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore., and Sunday to the Key Arena in Seattle.

SOCCER

FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, Sept. 22-Oct. 13, Azerbaijan

The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will begin play Saturday in its quest to win its first FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup championship. Following four days of training on the island of Cyprus, the United States will face France in its opening game in Lankaran, Azerbaijan.

The United States will also face Gambia on Tuesday in Baku and Korea DPR on Sept. 29, a rematch of the 2008 World Cup final won in the final minutes by Korea.

The tournament features four groups of four teams each. The top two teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals on Oct. 4 and 5. The United States is unbeaten in 14 international matches this year, including a 2-0 victory over the France U-19 team in March. The squad of 21 features 20 high school players and one college freshman, Summer Green of the University of North Carolina. She scored a U.S.-record 12 goals in five CONCACAF qualifying games.

TV: 6 a.m. ET Saturday, ESPN3

FIGURE SKATING

ISU Junior Grand Prix, Sept. 19-23, Istanbul, Turkey

Leah Keiser, the 2010 U.S. novice champion, will make her Junior Grand Prix debut in the women’s competition this weekend in Istanbul, Turkey. Nina Jiang will also compete in women’s, and reigning JGP Final champion Jason Brown and Shotaro Omori will compete in men’s.

Among the eight U.S. skaters are ice dancers Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker, who are making their competitive debut after beginning to train together in June. Hawayek was a U.S. novice bronze medalist with former partner Michael Bramante in 2011.

Also in figure skating:

National Solo Dance Championships, Sept. 20-23, Colorado Springs

CYCLING

UCI Road World Championships, Sept. 15-23, Limburg, Netherlands

The elite men’s and women’s road races at the UCI Road World Championships will have a definite Olympic feel this weekend.

Eight U.S. Olympians will compete in the road races as the worlds finish up in Limburg, Netherlands. The list of Olympians includes two-time Olympian Taylor Phinney, who earned a silver medal in the elite men’s time trial Wednesday. He also claimed a silver in the team time trials last weekend.

Evelyn Stevens, who competed in London this summer, earned the silver in the women’s time trial Tuesday.

In addition to Phinney, U.S. riders in the men’s elite race will include Olympians Timmy Duggan, Chris Horner and Tejay van Garderen, plus Brent Bookwalter, Matthew Busche, Lucas Euser and Alex Howes. Tyler Farrar, another Olympian, withdrew from the competition due to a concussion sustained during the Tour of Britain, and he was replaced by Andrew Talansky, who finished seventh as the top American at the Vuelta a Espana.

Olympians Shelley Olds and Amber Neben will join Stevens, Megan Guarnier, Kristin McGrath, Carmen Small and Andrea Dvorak in the women’s race. The United States qualified the maximum-allowed nine for the men’s race and seven for the women’s race.

Also in cycling:

USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships, Sept. 21-23, Frisco, Texas

TRIATHLON

ITU Duathlon World Championships, Sept. 22-23, Nancy, France

National duathlon champions D’Ann Arthur and Dan Hedgecock will be among 10 U.S. elite athletes and more than 170 U.S. athletes overall at the ITU Duathlon World Championships on Saturday and Sunday in Nancy, France. Hedgecock will lead a group of six U.S. athletes in Saturday’s men’s elite race. The others are Ryan Giuliano, Josh Merrick, Christopher Baird, Dan Feeney and Jason Pedersen.

Joining Arthur in the elite women’s race are Monica Schoeneck, Rachel Chambers and Heidi Sarna.

The elite and age-group races consist of a 10k run, 40k bike event and 5k run. The paraduathlon race consists of a 5k run, 20k bike race and 2.5k run. Four U.S. paraduathletes will compete, including 2011 world medalists David Kyle and Michael Johnston.

Also in triathlon:

USA Triathlon Long Course and Club National Championships, Sept. 22-23, Oklahoma City, Okla.
ITU World Cup, Sept. 22, Tongyeong, Korea

TRACK AND FIELD

USA 50km Trail Championships, Sept. 22, Bend, Ore.

The USA 50km Trail Championships, which will be held Saturday morning in Bend, Ore., features a course through central Oregon’s high country trails. Max King of Bend is the defending champion.

MODERN PENTATHLON

UIPM Youth World Championships, Sept. 19-23, Tata, Hungary

Six U.S. athletes will compete in the individual portion of the UIPM Youth World Championships, beginning Saturday in Tata, Hungary. Aaron Lane and Andrew Tapia will compete in the men’s division, and Paige Witter, Natalie Bowman, Kristina Troyanski and Meredith Pinkerton in the women’s division.

Witter, Bowman and Troyanski began the week by placing 13th in the women’s relay event Wednesday. They combined to score 2,620 points. On Thursday, Pinkerton and Lane placed 17th in the mixed relay event.

BASKETBALL

USA Basketball Men’s 3x3 U18 World Championship Team training camp, Sept. 23-25, Colorado Springs

In advance of the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships that begin Sept. 28 in Alcobendas, Spain, the USA Basketball men’s 3x3 team will begin a three-day training camp Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Larry Austin of Lanphier High School in Springfield, Ill., Brett Brady of Highlands Ranch (Colo.) High School, DeMonte Flannigan of Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in Cleveland and Rondae Jefferson of Chester (Pa.) High School are on the team.

The USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams will travel to Spain on Wednesday. The men will face Hungary, Turkey, Spain and Israel on Sept. 28, the tournament’s opening day. The women will face teams from Hong Kong, Lithuania and Poland the same day.

Kaela Davis of Buford High School in Suwanee, Ga., was named to the women’s team Thursday, replacing the injured Allisha Gray of Washington County High School in Sandersville, Ga. Other members of the women’s team are Diamond DeShields of Norcross (Ga.) High School, Erica McCall of Ridgeview High School in Bakersfield, Calif., and Brianna Turner of Manvel High School in Pearland, Texas.

CANOE/KAYAK

ICF Kayak Marathon World Championships, Sept. 21-23, Rome

Kaitlyn McElroy and Maggie Hogan will be among nine U.S. athletes competing this weekend in the ICF Kayak Marathon World Championships in Rome. McElroy and Hogan are members of the U.S. Senior Sprint Team. Other U.S. paddlers competing are Macy Dwyer, John Depalma, Stanton Collins, Aaron Mullican, Alexandra McLain, Austin Schwinn and Emily Vinson-House.

Nearly 500 paddlers from 40 countries are competing.

WRESTLING

Heydar Aliyev Golden Grand Prix, Sept. 21-23, Baku, Azerbaijan

U.S. freestyle wrestler Les Sigman faces Russia’s Arslanbek Aliev in the 96 kilograms/211.5 pounds weight class Friday, and Caylor Williams faces Russia’s Eduard Bazrov in the 120kg/264.5 pounds class at the Heydar Aliyev Golden Grand Prix Finals in Azerbaijan. Williams will also compete Sunday in the Greco-Roman portion of the tournament, as will Max Nowry (55kg/121) and Paul Tellgren (55kg/121).

Seven U.S. women will compete Saturday in the women's freestyle: Samantha Klingel and Emily Martin at 51kg/112.25, Katherine Fulp-Allen at 55kg/121, Audrey Morehouse at 59kg/130, Melissa Apodaca and Amanda Hendey at 63kg/138.75, and Veronica Carlson at 67kg/147.5.

WEIGHTLIFTING

IWF Youth Weightlifting Championship, Sept. 18-22, Kosice, Slovakia

The final two days of competition in the IWF Youth Weightlifting World Championship in Slovakia will include the men’s 77- and 85-kilogram weight classes and the women’s 69kg class Friday, and heavyweight men’s and women’s classes Saturday.

Shelby Koren broke the youth American record held by her sister, Ashley, in the clean-and-jerk, and totaled 143 kilograms to win the 53kg B session. She also set seven personal records in the competition. Competing at the youth worlds for the first time, Sydney Goad totaled 110kg in the 44kg A class, breaking the youth American record of 109kg she set at the Youth National Championships in June. Goad placed ninth. Also competing for the first time at the youth worlds, Luis Verdiales had a personal record total of 223kg and placed fifth in the 69kg B session Thursday.

FIELD HOCKEY

Junior Pan American Championships, Sept. 10-23, Guadalajara, Mexico

The USA Field Hockey Junior Women’s National Team and Men’s National Team will play Chile in third-place matches this weekend after losing matches to Argentina.

The women will play Chile for the bronze medal Saturday at the Junior Pan American Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico. They lost, 6-0, to Argentina in the semifinals. The U.S. men were unbeaten until facing Argentina and losing, 8-1, Wednesday. They will play Chile Sunday. The men, who had won their first four matches, previously defeated Chile, 2-0.

“They were red hot in the attacking end of the field,” U.S. coach Chris Clements said of Argentina. “We needed to have more confidence in our ability to compete against a strong side.”

BOWLING

World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships, Sept. 18-25, Limassol, Cyprus

Tommy Jones scored a six-game total of 1,511 pins Thursday, taking a 116-pin lead after the opening round of the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Singles Championships in Limassol, Cyprus. There are 72 men and 56 women from 44 countries competing in the tournament, and the remaining half of the field will complete their opening rounds Friday.

“Today was a good day and I was fortunate to get off to a good start and get the momentum going,” Jones said after the first day of competition.

Chris Barnes of the United States was tied for 12th place after scoring 1,213. Kelly Kulick and Shannon O’Keefe were to bowl their opening rounds in the women’s tournament Friday.

JUDO

IJF World Cup, Sept. 22-23, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Competition begins Saturday in an IJF World Cup event in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

WATER SKIING

USA Wakeboard Nationals, Sept. 22-23, Littleton, N.C.

Competition in the 14th USA Wakeboard Nationals begins Saturday on Lake Gaston in Littleton, N.C. The event, hosted by AF Wake, will feature wakeboarders of the highest skill levels and all ages.

SQUASH

U.S. Women’s Team Trials, Sept. 21-23, Stamford, Conn.

One spot on the U.S. Squash Women’s Team will be up for grabs at this weekend’s team trials at Chelsea Piers Connecticut in Stamford, Conn. The winner of the trials will join Natalie Grainger, Kristen Lange and Sabrina Sobhy at the World Women’s Team Championships, which will be held in November in France.

KARATE

USA Karate All-American Classic, Sept. 21-22, Colorado Springs

Some of the nation’s top karate fighters will compete Saturday in the USA Karate All-American Classic, which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Colorado Springs.

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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