Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: Aug. 5, 2013
Nick Fairall and Sarah Hendrickson won the titles in the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships Sunday in Park City, Utah.
The top three men were all from New Hampshire. Fairall was followed by Nick Alexander and Chris Lamb.
Jessica Jerome and Lindsey Van were second and third behind Hendrickson.
According to The Salt Lake City Tribune, Hendrickson, 19, who missed the 2012 competition as she recovered from microfracture knee surgery, said she is about “95 percent” healthy and is comfortable with her progress six months out from the women’s sport’s Olympic debut.
Competing in 88-degree temperatures, Hendrickson won her second national title, first large hill, with a score of 222.1.
Normal hill ski jumping and Nordic combined U.S. Championships will be held in Lake Placid, N.Y., Oct. 12-13, and the athletes will return to Park City Dec. 28-29 for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined.
Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin finished strong at the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, helping the United States wrap up the event as the top swimming team.
Ledecky won her fourth gold medal of this meet with her second world-record effort at worlds Saturday night and was named top female swimmer of the meet.
Franklin became the first woman to win six gold medals at the World Championships, joining Jessica Hardy, Dana Vollmer and Megan Romano for a 400-meter medley relay win Sunday.
The relay win was one of five American medals on the last of eight days of swimming competition. The United States led in total medals with 31 and gold medals with 14 to earn FINA’s trophy as the team of the meet.
Ledecky won the 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle, 1500 freestyle and was part of the winning 800 freestyle relay team. She came from behind Saturday to add the 800 world record of 8:13.86 to the 1500 mark she set earlier.
“It doesn’t really matter what’s going on in the middle of the race,” said Ledecky, who won an Olympic gold medal in the 800 last summer in London. “It’s all about getting your hand on the wall first.
“ … It’s good to finish off on a great note. I exceeded all expectations I had going into this meet and met all my goals.”
Franklin put the United States ahead from the start of the 400 freestyle relay Sunday.
Hardy also had an individual medal Sunday with a bronze in the women’s 50-meter breaststroke.
Matt Grevers took a silver in the men’s 50 backstroke and Chase Kalisz also earned silver in the men’s 400 IM. Elizabeth Beisel earned the bronze in the women’s 400 IM.
Franklin set the meet record Saturday with her 200 backstroke win in 2:04.76.
Ryan Lochte was part of both U.S. gold medals Friday, winning the 200 backstroke and taking part in the men’s 800 freestyle relay with Conor Dwyer, Charlie Houchin and Ricky Berens.
Tyler Clary, in the men’s 200 backstroke, and Micah Lawrence, in the women’s 200 breaststroke, added bronze medals.
Elsewhere, Zane Grothe won his second title of the meet and Justine Mueller set the women’s 200 IM record Saturday when the U.S. Open concluded in Irvine, Calif.
Betsey Armstrong stopped the first two Greece penalty shooters to help the United States to a 15-12 shootout victory Friday for fifth place at the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona.
Victoria Anthony, Veronica Carlson and Alli Ragan earned spots in the world championships Sept. 16-22 in Budapest, Hungary, with wins at the Women’s World Team Wrestle-Offs Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The wrestle-offs were conducted between winners of a challenge bracket and the U.S. Open champions at three non-Olympic weights.
Anthony, who had finished second in the World Team Trials at 48 kg/105.5 pounds in June, moved up to 51 kg/112.25 pounds. She beat three higher-seeded opponents in the challenge bracket, then swept Jessica Medina for the world team spot.
U.S. Open champions Ragan (59 kg/130) and Carlson (67 kg/147.5) won the other spots.
Elsewhere, Jordan Burroughs improved to 60-0 on the senior international level while winning the Stepan Sargsyan International Sunday in Vanadzor, Armenia.
Burroughs, the 2012 Olympic and 2011 world champion, defeated Akamaz Sanakoev of Russia, 7-6, in the 74 kg/163-pound final. He used three straight technical falls to reach the final.
Brent Metcalf (66 kg/145.5 pounds) and Clayton Foster (84 kg/185 pounds) also won titles while Angel Escobedo (55 kg/121 pounds) took silver and Chris Perry (84 kg/185 pounds) bronze.
Andy Bisek had the best U.S. placement at the Wladyslaw Pytlasinski Memorial International with a fifth-place finish Sunday in the Greco-Roman event in Warsaw, Poland.
Elana Meyers and Nick Cunningham successfully defended their U.S. National Push Championship titles in a pilot push competition at the Calgary Ice House Friday.
The win marks the sixth push title won by Meyers, who earned the 2010 Olympic bronze medal as a brakeman with driver Erin Pac. Meyers set the bar by breaking the Ice House start record in the first heat with a time of 5.445 seconds. She upped the ante in the second heat by breaking the start record again with a run of 5.443. Meyer’s total time of 10.888 placed her 0.22 seconds ahead of the field for the win.
Jamie Greubel had a strong performance and finished second with a cumulative time of 11.108 seconds. Jazmine Fenlator clocked an aggregate time of 11.256 for third.
In the men’s race, Cunningham finished 0.04 seconds ahead of reigning Olympic four-man bobsled champion Steven Holcomb to claim his second consecutive push championship title. Cunningham, who competed in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games as a push athlete, clocked times of 5.162 and 5.185 seconds for a combined total of 10.347.
The United States suffered a setback in its attempt to become the first to win four straight FIVB World Grand Prix women’s titles.
Host Brazil, the world’s second-ranked team, handed the top-ranked United States its first loss in 20 matches, 17-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-20, Sunday in Campinas, Brazil.
The United States is 2-1 in Pool A after beating Russia Friday and Poland Saturday.
Kim Hill led the United States with 16 points on 13 kills, two aces and a block with a loss.
Elsewhere, the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team became the first male or female U.S. volleyball team to win a world medal on the youth or junior level.
The United States reached the championship match of the FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championships before falling to China, 25-16, 25-21, 25-23, Sunday in Ratchasima, Thailand.
Audrianna Fitzmorris was named the tournament’s Best Blocker and Jordyn Poulter was named Best Setter.
The medal was secured Saturday when the United States defeated Brazil, 16-25, 25-14, 20-25, 25-17, 15-12, in the quarterfinals after beating Poland, 25-22, 25-20, 26-24, in Friday’s quarterfinals.
Amber English defeated Haley Dunn in a shoot-off Sunday to win the skeet title at the USA Shooting National Championships for Shotgun in Fort Carson, Colo.
Five-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode made her first appearance since the London 2012 Olympic Games and finished seventh.
Dustin Perry defeated Frank Thompson, another 2012 Olympian, for the men’s gold medal.
Phillip Jungman and Brandy Drozd won the junior titles.
Sarah Chobot had two tries Saturday when the United States defeated Canada, 29-17, to improve to 2-0 in the Women’s Nations Cup at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
"It’s been a really long time since we’ve beaten Canada,” Chobot said. “I think it’s a big statement from where we’ve come from. If you look at Nations Cup two years ago, we lost to South Africa and beat them this year. This is a team that’s figured it out and it’s just a matter of getting better and better."
The United States will play England Wednesday and the final is set for Aug. 10. The four teams in the tournament are the United States, Canada, South Africa and England.
BMX riders showed their stuff on the dual slalom course Saturday, with Barry Nobles and Jill Kintner topping the men’s and women’s pro fields at the 2013 USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships. In addition, six other Stars-and-Stripes jerseys were awarded in amateur categories in dual slalom.
Meanwhile, at the 2013 USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships in Indianapolis, Curtis Tolson continued to dominate every event he entered, winning five Stars-and-Stripes jerseys at this week's national championships, making a grand total of 38 for his career.
Two of triathlon's most promising young stars won junior elite titles Saturday as Tony Smoragiewicz and Tamara Gorman broke away on the run at the USA Triathlon Youth & Junior National Championships at Voice of America Park. Also on Day 1 of the two-day event, Darr Smith won his second straight youth elite title while Audrey Ernst stormed through the field to win the women's youth elite championship in only her second appearance at nationals.
Makenzie Sousley and Savannah Jones finished fourth in the women’s junior C2 500-meter final Saturday to lead the United States at the ICF Junior/U-23 Sprint World Championships in Welland, Ont.
Richard Spooner and Olympians Reed Kessler, McLain Ward, and Beezie Madden used their experience to propel the United States to an equal second place finish on a score of 12 faults at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup of Great Britain presented by Longines.
The U.S. Dressage Team got off to a strong start at the Hickstead CDIO3* as riders scored top results in Grand Prix and Small Tour competition in Hickstead, England. Forty-six combinations performed the FEI Grand Prix Test, with the first half of the field performing their tests Thursday and the remaining 23 riding Friday. The U.S. was represented by five talented combinations in Grand Prix competition, with three finishing in the top 10.
Olympic and FEI World Equestrian Games veteran Guenter Seidel led the way for the United States with Coral Reef Wylea finishing on a score of 73.043 percent. Coral Reef Ranch’s 13-year-old Westphalian mare finished in third place behind Great Britain’s gold-medal winning teammates from the London 2012 Olympic Games Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro and Carl Hester and Uthopia.
The United States finished sixth in the gold-medal count (11 golds) for the World Games, a multisport competition that features a variety of indoor and outdoor sports, ranging from bowling to wushu to tug of war. It also added four silvers and four bronzes in the competition, which began July 25 and concluded Sunday in Cali, Colombia.
The U.S. Under-21 National women’s team defeated South Africa, 4-2, Sunday to finish seventh in the Junior World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany.
Corey Campbell and Ieasia Walker were named Most Valuable Players while leading their teams to titles in the USA Basketball 3x3 National Championship Tournament, which wrapped up Sunday morning in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Campbell led Denver to the men’s title while Walker led FST-Long Island to the women’s title.
Mason Thompson allowed just three hits over six innings and added an RBI single Sunday in a 6-1 win over Cuba in the championship game of the COPABE AA 15U Pan American Championships in Barranquilla, Colombia. The United States went 8-0 in the tournament.
Titles were awarded in dozens of classes at the Figure Skating National Championships, which concluded in Albuquerque, N.M., Sunday. For results, click here.