Apr 05 Team USA Weekend Preview: April 5, 2013

By Paul D. Bowker | April 05, 2013, 11:11 a.m. (ET)
 
Monique Lamoureux (#7) celebrates a U.S. goal against Sweden during their women's ice hockey semifinal game at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games at Canada Hockey Place on Feb. 22, 2010.

It’s another busy weekend in Olympic sports, with women’s hockey world championships taking place north of the border in Canada and World Cup events in gymnastics, shooting and sailing. Check out the full Team USA Weekend Preview for all of the details.

ICE HOCKEY

IIHF Women’s World Championship, April 2-9, Ottawa, Ont., Canada

The U.S. Women’s National Team, 1-1 after splitting its first two games in the International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship, will face Switzerland on Friday. The quarterfinal round begins Saturday at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario.

Monique Lamoureux scored two goals in Team USA’s 4-2 victory over Finland on Wednesday. Goaltender Brianne McLaughlin had 11 saves in her first start of the tournament. The team’s opening loss was 3-2 to defending world champion Canada in a shootout this past Tuesday.

The United States has won four of the last six world championships. The medal round is scheduled for Tuesday.

GYMNASTICS

FIG World Cup, April 6-7, Tokyo

Danell Leyva, the all-around bronze medalist at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and Peyton Ernst will compete in an International Gymnastics Federation World Cup on Saturday and Sunday in Tokyo. Leyva will face Olympic gold medalist Kohei Uchimura of Japan and Olympic silver medalist Marcel Nguyen of Germany, among others.

Ernst will face Olympians Huang Qiushuang of China, Vanessa Ferrari of Italy, Asuka Teramoto of Japan and Elsabeth Black of Canada, among others, in the women’s field.

Competition in men’s floor exercise, men’s pommel horse, men’s still rings, women’s vault and women’s uneven bars will be held Saturday, followed by men’s vault, men’s parallel bars, men’s horizontal bar, women’s balance beam and women’s floor exercise on Sunday.

SOCCER

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Germany, April 5, Offenbach, Germany

Coming off a 2-0 win over Germany in the championship game of the Algarve Cup in Portugal in March, the U.S. Women’s National Team will face the Germans again Friday. This time, it’ll be a friendly international match at Sparda Bank Hessen Stadium in Offenbach, Germany. The Americans and Germans are ranked No. 1 and 2 in the world.

The United States will also play Netherlands on Tuesday in The Hague, Netherlands.

Abby Wambach, the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, is just four goals away from tying former U.S. star Mia Hamm’s world goal-scoring record. Wambach has scored 154 career goals.

Webcast: 1 p.m. ET Tuesday, ESPN3.com, ESPNW.com

Also in soccer:

U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Haiti, CONCACAF U-17 World Cup qualifying tournament, Sunday, Panama City, Panama

CURLING

Ford World Men’s Curling Championship, March 30-April 7, Victoria, B.C., Canada

The United States defeated Norway 9-7 in its final match of pool play Thursday, but failed to make the playoff round with a 5-6 record. A 7-5 loss to Russia earlier Thursday sealed the Americans’ fate.

“It was a huge win,” skip Brady Clark said of the victory over Norway. “We needed to win that game and finish with a win and get a little bit of confidence. This week didn’t quite go our way. We definitely had a learning experience and look forward to a lot of things we can work on moving forward.”

The team also failed to clinch a U.S. berth in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games because of its ninth-place finish. The United States will now play in a “last chance” Olympic qualifier in December, a tournament that will determine the ninth and 10th teams for Sochi. The U.S. team for the Olympic qualifier and Games, if qualified, will be determined at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in November. Clark’s rink is already qualified for the Trials because it is national champion.

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Universal Sports

SYNCHRONIZED SKATING

ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships, April 3-6, Boston, Mass.

The Haydenettes of Lexington, Mass., and the Miami University synchronized skating team of Oxford, Ohio, will compete Friday and Saturday at the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships in Boston, Mass. The short program will be held Friday at Agganis Arena on the Boston University campus and the free program Saturday.

The Haydenettes won their 21st national title in March and are in the worlds for the 14th consecutive time. They have won three consecutive bronze medals at the world championships. Miami University finished runner-up to the Haydenettes at the national championships and is in the worlds for the 10th time.

TENNIS

Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals, United States vs. Serbia, April 5-7, Boise, Idaho

John Isner will face Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, the world’s top-ranked men’s professional tennis player, in the opening match of the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals on Friday in Boise, Idaho. The United States and Serbia will meet in a best-of-five series at Taco Bell Arena.

Olympic doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan, also ranked No. 1 in the world, will play Saturday against Serbia’s Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac. Sam Querrey, ranked No. 20 in the world, will face Serbia’s Viktor Troicki in the other singles match Friday. Sunday, Isner will face Troicki and Querrey will face Djokovic in singles matches.

“I want to put our team, our country, up 1-0,” Isner said of Friday’s match. “In these Davis Cup ties, there are five possible points, so every point is so critical. I have to play very well. If I don’t, chances are it may not turn out so good for me. He’s the No. 1 player in the world.”

TV: 3 p.m. ET Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Tennis Channel

WRESTLING

Senior Pan American Championships, April 5-7, Panama City, Panama

Coleman Scott, a bronze medalist at the London 2012 Olympic Games, headlines a 21-member U.S. team that will compete in the 2012 Senior Pan American Championships in Panama City, Panama. Scott will compete in the 60 kilogram/132 pounds weight class in men’s freestyle.

Other U.S. wrestlers include 2011 Pan Am champion Nick Marable, 74kg, men’s freestyle; 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials runner-up Jordan Holm, 84kg, Greco-Roman; 2012 University World champion Max Nowry, 55kg, Greco-Roman; Sarah Hildebrandt, 55kg, women’s freestyle; Emily Webster, 48kg, women’s freestyle.

The competition begins Friday in Greco-Roman, followed Saturday by women’s freestyle, and Saturday and Sunday in men’s freestyle.

FENCING

Junior and Cadet World Championships, April 6-15, Porec, Croatia

Axel Kiefer and Sabrina Massialas, both younger siblings of 2012 Olympians Lee Kiefer and Alexander Massialas, will be among the U.S. athletes competing in the cadet division of the Junior and Cadet World Championships. Axel Kiefer medaled in men’s foil this season on the Cadet European Circuit.

Following three days of cadet competition, action in the junior division begins Tuesday with pool play in men’s saber and women’s foil. Lee Kiefer, a freshman at the University of Notre Dame, is seeking individual and team podium finishes in women’s foil. The men’s saber team includes Eli Dershwitz, who is ranked No. 2 in the world following two podium finishes on the Junior World Cup circuit.

In all, 42 U.S. junior and cadet fencers will compete in the world championships.

Also in fencing:

ROC of the Rockies, Regional Open Circuit, April 6-7, Denver, Colo.

TRIATHLON

ITU World Triathlon Series, April 5, Auckland, New Zealand

Gwen Jorgensen, a 2012 Olympian, and Matt Chrabot will compete Friday (U.S. time) in the Barfoot & Thompson World Triathlon Auckland, which is the opening event of the 2013 International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series.

Jorgensen placed second in her 2013 debut, the Devonport OTU Sprint Oceania Championships in February. Her runner-up finish in 2012 at the Auckland Grand Final was her second career ITU World Triathlon Series podium finish. Chrabot finished second at the Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup in March. Both Chrabot and Jorgensen have been training in Australia.

TV: 8-10 a.m. and noon-2 p.m. ET Saturday, Universal Sports

Also in triathlon:

Double Oak Duathlon, Team USA qualifier for 2013 Duathlon World Championships, April 6, Pelham, Ala.

CYCLING

Pan American Continental Mountain Bike Championships, April 3-7, Tucuman, Argentina

Sam Schultz, a 2012 Olympian, and two-time Olympian Mary McConneloug are among 17 U.S. athletes competing this week in the Pan American Continental Mountain Bike Championships in Argentina.

Schultz leads four U.S. cyclists in the elite men’s division. The U.S. squad also includes Michael Broderick, Colin Cares and Mitchell Hoke. McConneloug, a 2004 and 2008 Olympian, is ranked No. 3 in the world in the UCI women’s rankings.

Two-time defending Pan American downhill champion Jacqueline Harmony is the only American in the elite women’s downhill race. U.S. riders in elite men’s downhill include Matthew Branney, Dante Harmony, Max Morgan and Graeme Pitts.

Also in cycling:

Redlands Bicycle Classic, April 4-7, Redlands, Calif.

BOXING

USA Boxing National Championships, April 1-6, Spokane, Wash.

Marlen Esparza, a bronze medalist in women’s boxing at the London 2012 Olympic Games, scored a TKO victory Thursday and will go after her seventh gold medal Saturday in the USA Boxing National Championships. Esparza will face Virginia Fuchs in the flyweight final.

All men’s and women’s championship bouts will take place Saturday at the Pend Oreille Pavilion at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Spokane, Wash.

Queen Underwood, another 2012 Olympian, will face world champion Tiara Brown in the lightweight final after both won their semifinal-round bouts Thursday. In the elite men’s semifinals, U.S. Olympic Trials runner-up Shawn Simpson advanced to the semifinals with a unanimous 3-0 decision over Marshall Sanchez. Kenneth Sims Jr., the 2012 National PAL lightweight champion, advanced with a unanimous decision over Ramiro Hernandez. Olympic Trials champions Eros Correa (flyweight) and Cam F. Awesome (super heavyweight) also advanced.

SHOOTING

ISSF World Cup, rifle and pistol, April 3-10, Changwon, Korea

Eric Uptagrafft, Michael McPhail and Jason Parker, all 2012 Olympians, are competing for the United States in the ISSF World Cup for rifle and pistol in Changwon, Korea. The competition is the first of the World Cup season in rifle and pistol.

All three U.S. athletes will compete Saturday in the men’s prone event. McPhail and Uptagrafft finished ninth and 16th, respectively, in men’s prone at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Parker, a four-time Olympian, will also compete Tuesday in the men’s three-position rifle event.

Also in shooting:

National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships, April 2-19, U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs.

PARALYMPICS

U.S. Paralympics Spring Swimming Nationals/CanAm, April 4-6, Minneapolis, Minn.

Ian Silverman, a gold medalist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, set a world record Thursday in the S10 class in the men’s 1,500-meter freestyle. He also won in 100 freestyle. Other winners on the opening day of the competition included Anna Eames, a U.S. Paralympian who broke a Pan American record in the women’s S10 50-meter butterfly; Elizabeth Smith, who broke American and Pan Am records in the S9 50-meter butterfly; and Ryan Duemler, who broke an American record in the men’s S8 100-meter freestyle.

The competition continues through Saturday at the University of Minnesota. The meet is a qualifier for the IPC Swimming World Championships, which will be held in August in Montreal.

TRACK AND FIELD

USA Women’s 10-Mile Championship, April 7, Washington, D.C.

Olympians Janet Bawcom, Jen Rhines and Colleen De Reuck will be among the runners chasing after a top finish in Sunday’s USA Women’s 10-Mile Championship in Washington. Bawcom, a 2012 Olympian and two-time defending USARC champion, is a leading contender. She won the USA 15-kilometer race in March. Pushing her to the finish line will be Renee Metivier-Baillie, who was the top American finisher at the 2012 Chicago Marathon.

Rhines is a three-time Olympian. De Reuck is a 2004 Olympian.

Also in track and field:

USATF National Club Team 8-kilometer Championships, Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, April 7, Chicago, Ill.

SAILING

ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma, April 1-6, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

A win in Thursday’s competition helped Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha grab fourth place in the Women’s 470 class at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. They trail the third-place Croatian team by just three points.

Sarah Newberry and John Casey are in fifth place in the Nacra 17 class, entering Friday’s competition. Stuart McNay, a two-time Olympian, and David Hughes are in 12th place in the Men’s 470 class.

“We feel as though we’re pretty close to the top group,” Hughes said, “but just a click behind, so we have some things to work on.“

WEIGHTLIFTING

National University Championships, April 4-7, Johnson City, Tenn.

The qualifying tournaments for the Pan American Championships and World Championships will be held this weekend as a part of the National University Championships. The competition is taking place at the Mountain State Alliance Memorial Dome in Johnson City, Tenn.

ARCHERY

AAE Arizona Cup, April 4-7, Phoenix, Ariz.

Competition in senior and junior recurve divisions begins Friday in the AAE Arizona Cup. The tournament opens the USA Archery outdoor season, and is a world ranking event and also a series qualifier for the USA Archery Team. Head-to-head match play will decide the tournament’s champions Sunday.

CANOE/KAYAK

Silver Blade Regatta, April 6, Chula Vista, Calif.

The U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif, will be host Saturday to the annual Silver Blade Regatta. The canoe and kayaking competition is a warm-up event for the USA Canoe/Kayak Flatwater Sprint Team Trials, which will be held April 26 and 27 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

EQUESTRIAN

U.S. Saddle Seat Invitational, April 5-6, Fulton, Mo.

Three- and five-gaited teams of riders from the United States, Canada and Republic of South Africa will compete Friday and Saturday in the U.S. Saddle Seat Invitational for young riders. The competition, featuring riders aboard unfamiliar horses in rail work and pattern phases, will be held at William Woods University in Fulton, Mo.

U.S. riders include Caroline Cherry, Courtney McGinnis, Allison Schuh, Kristen Smith and Lila Tatar in three-gaited, and Katherine Bosworth, Emily Gutenkunst, Eleanor Rainbolt-Forbes, William Nalty and Marjorie Townsend in five-gaited.

Webcast: www.usefnetwork.com

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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