Team USA Weekend Preview: Aug. 23, 2013

By Paul D. Bowker | Aug. 23, 2013, 9:55 a.m. (ET)
Men's FourScott Gault, Charles Cole, Henrik Rummel and Glenn Ochal compete on their way to winning bronze in the men's four at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on Aug. 4, 2012 in Windsor, England.

American athletes will be vying for world championship titles as Margaux Isaksen will be shooting for a world crown in modern pentathlon and the U.S. women’s eight boat will be seeking its seventh world championship. Olympians will be around the globe competing in everything from cycling to volleyball. Closer to home in Utah, short track speedskaters will be beginning their road to Sochi with the U.S. Single Distance Short Track Championships. Check here for all the details in this week’s edition of the Team USA Weekend Preview.

ROWING

2013 World Rowing Championships, Aug. 25-Sept. 1, Chungju, South Korea

The United States will have crews competing in all 27 boat classes at the 2013 World Rowing Championships, which begin Sunday in Chungju, South Korea. No other nation is entered in all classes. Nearly 1,000 athletes from 73 nations are in the competition.

Among the U.S. athletes is two-time Olympic champion Eleanor Logan. She won Olympic gold in the women’s eight at the London 2012 Olympic Games and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, but now she is competing in women’s single sculls. The U.S. roster includes 17 Olympians and four Paralympians.

The women’s eight boat is seeking its seventh world championship, and two-time Olympic gold medalist Caroline Lind is the only returnee. Others on the crew are coxswain Katelin Snyder, Heidi Robbins, Vicky Opitz, Grace Luczak, Lauren Schmetterling, Emily Regan, Kerry Simmonds and Amanda Polk.

The men’s eight won gold at a world cup race earlier this season, defeating 2012 Olympic champion and four-time defending world champion Germany.

To read about women’s lightweight double sculls rowers Kristin Hedstrom and Kate Bertko, who are contending for a medal in the world championships, click here.

SPEEDSKATING

U.S. Single Distance Short Track Championships, Aug. 22-25, Kearns, Utah

Races at 1,500 meters will take place Friday at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns. The Single Distance Short Track Championships will determine the roster spots for the U.S. short track world cup teams. The competition also will include 500-meter races Saturday and 1,000 meters Sunday.

Competition began Thursday with time trials in both men’s and women’s events. Winning both the four- and nine-lap time trials on the men’s side was J.R. Celski, who set a personal best in the nine-lap time trial with a time of 1:23.087.

“I was good,” said Celski, who claimed two bronze medals at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. “I just wanted to be more consistent out there. There are a few things I am working on and trying to execute them. I was happy with the time and hope to keep going uphill from there.”

Finishing behind Celski in second was Chris Creveling (1:25.040), followed by John-Henry Krueger in third (1:25.360).

On the women’s side, Jessica Smith won both time trials.

“I am excited about the upcoming season,” Smith said. “Being an Olympic year makes the season a bit more exciting for me personally. It’s an opportunity to showcase short track at its finest. I have been training hard and I am looking forward to seeing what I am capable of.”

Webcast: 5:55 p.m. ET Friday, 12:25 p.m. Saturday, 11:55 a.m. Sunday, icenetwork.com

MODERN PENTATHLON

2013 Modern Pentathlon World Championships, Aug. 21-27, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

Olympian Margaux Isaksen qualified for the women’s finals in the 2013 Modern Pentathlon World Championships, and Nathan Schrimsher and Dennis Bowsher qualified for the men’s finals. Isaksen, an Olympian and a world cup winner earlier this season, won the combined event in 13:10, winning her semifinal group.

The women’s final will be held Friday, followed by the men’s final Saturday. Following the individual championships, the mixed relay is scheduled for Sunday, the women’s relay Monday and the men’s relay Tuesday.

Isabella Isaksen, Margaux’s younger sister, finished in 20th place in the same women’s semifinal group. Grace Kittles finished 32nd in the other semifinal group. She won the swim in qualifying with a time of 2:08.92.

Schrimsher, who competed in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010, was the winner in fencing and runner-up in swimming, winning his men’s semifinal group. Bowsher finished in 13th place to qualify for the finals. Both are members of the military World Class Athlete Program.

TRIATHLON

ITU World Triathlon Series, Aug. 24-25, Stockholm, Sweden

Two-time World Triathlon Series winner Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah Groff, both 2012 Olympians, and Greg Billington will compete this weekend at the ITU World Triathlon Stockholm.

Jorgenson and Groff will compete in the elite women’s race Saturday. They were a part of the bronze medal-winning team at the ITU Mixed Relay World Championships. Billington, a winner at his first Pan American Cup event in June, will be in the elite men’s race Sunday.

The Olympic-distance races consist of a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike event and 10k run.

PARALYMPIC ALPINE SKIING

IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup, Aug. 22-25, New Zealand

The season-opening IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup began Thursday, less than 200 days before the start of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, in New Zealand. It is a part of the Winter Games New Zealand in Coronet Peak. Among Americans expected to compete are Stephani Victor, Laurie Stephens and Mark Bathum.

CANOE/KAYAK

ICF Slalom World Cup Final, Aug. 23-25, Bratislava, Slovakia

Fabien Lefevre, a two-time Olympic medalist who placed fourth in canoe at the world cup last week, and Zach Lokken, a top-10 finisher at the Under-23 World Championships, will be among the top U.S. paddlers at the ICF Slalom World Cup Final in Slovakia. The season-ending competition begins Friday.

Lefevre, a medal contender in C-1, also will race in men’s kayak. Casey Eichfeld is also a medal contender in C-1 after leading in the heat races last week in Slovenia. Ashlee Nee and Dana Mann will compete in women’s kayak, and Micki Reeves will be in women’s canoe after placing 13th last week.

CYCLING

USA Cycling Elite Mass Start National Championships, Aug. 22-24, Rock Hill, S.C.

Bobby Lea, a 2012 Olympian in track cycling, will be among the top cyclists in several classes at the USA Cycling Elite Mass Start National Championships in Rock Hill, S.C. He is expected to compete in the men’s points race Friday and men’s Madison on Saturday.

Other top cyclists include Katie Compton and Cari Higgins, defending women’s Madison champs. Jackie Simes and Jennifer Valente won the scratch championships Thursday.

Matthew Baranoski captured his third national title in the span of two weeks by taking the gold medal in the men's keirin.

Competition continues Friday evening, including finals for both the men's and women's points race.

Also in cycling:

UCI Mountain Bike Masters World Championships, Aug. 21-25, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

USA Pro Challenge, Aug. 19-25, various locations, Colo.

TV: 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. ET Saturday and 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, NBC

VOLLEYBALL

FIVB Men’s Under-21 World Championship, Aug. 22-Sept. 1, Izmir, Turkey

The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team opened play with a victory Thursday in the FIVB Men’s Under-21 World Championship. The United States defeated Rwanda, 25-11, 25-18, 27-29, 25-14.

Team USA will play Serbia on Friday, Tunisia Sunday and Canada Monday.

Pan American Cup, Aug. 17-25, Mexico City

The semifinals in the Pan American Cup will be held Friday in Mexico City. The United States finished in second place in Pool B with a 2-1 record.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL

FIVB Moscow Grand Slam, Aug. 21-25, Moscow

Summer Ross and Kelly Schumacher upset Russia’s No. 1 seed to go 1-1 on the first day of pool play at the FIVB Moscow Grand Slam Thursday in Russia. They will face Switzerland’s No. 17 seed, Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Verge-Depre, in the second day of pool play Friday.

Also in beach volleyball:

Manhattan Beach Open, AVP Tour, Aug. 23-25, Manhattan Beach, Calif.

ARCHERY

Archery World Cup, Aug. 19-25, Wroclaw, Poland

Erika Jones, ranked No. 1 in the world in women's compound, will shoot for two gold medals this weekend at an Archery World Cup event in Wroclaw, Poland. She will face Albina Loginova of Russia for individual gold and will team up with Braden Gellenthien in the mixed-team championship match. The event is the final qualifier for the world cup final.

Competition resumes Friday morning with team eliminations through the semifinals.

RUGBY

USA Rugby Eagles vs. Canada, World Cup Qualifier, Aug. 24, Toronto

The USA Rugby Eagles will face Canada in their second match of the World Cup Qualifier Saturday at BMO Field in Toronto. The Eagles lost the opener of the two-game series, 27-9, last week in Charleston, S.C.

The winner clinches a berth in the 2015 World Cup. The loser will play Uruguay for the final Americas qualifying spot.

WATER POLO

FINA Women’s Junior World Championships, Aug. 19-25, Volos, Greece

The USA Water Polo Women’s Junior National Team won all three of its preliminary-round matches in the FINA Women’s Junior World Championships. It advanced straight into the quarterfinal round Friday. The semifinals will be held Saturday, followed by the medal round Sunday.

Ashley Grossman had a game-high six goals in a 12-5 win against New Zealand on Wednesday.

EQUESTRIAN

Markel/USEF Young & Developing Horse Dressage National Championships, Aug. 22-25, Wayne, Ill.

National dressage titles will be determined in 4-, 5- and 6-year-old divisions at the Markel/USEF Young & Developing Horse Dressage National Championships. The competition continues through Sunday at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Ill. Among the entries is Charlotte Jorst, riding Vitalis, in the 6-year-old division beginning Friday. They represented the United States at the recent FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses.

Fourteen rider-horse combinations will take part in the FEI Prix St. Georges Test, beginning Friday. The Developing Horse Grand Prix Championship will conclude Saturday.

Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Test Event, Aug. 22-25, Calvados, France

Chester Weber will represent the United States in the four-in-hand competition this weekend at the FEI World Equestrian Games Test Event. The CAI-A4 competition is being held at Caen racecourse in Calvados, France. The World Equestrian Games will be held in August and September, 2014, in Normandy, France.

TRACK & FIELD

Pan American Junior Athletics Championship, Aug. 23-25, Medellin, Colombia

Top international track athletes, ages 16-19, begin competition Friday in the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in Colombia. The United States won 72 medals at this meet in 2011.

SAILING

U.S. Adult Sailing Championships, Aug. 23-25, Rochester, N.Y.

Racing begins Friday in the U.S. Adult Sailing Championships in Rochester, N.Y. For the first time, divisions will not be split up by gender. Previously, women could only compete as crew members on men’s teams. They can now serve as helmsmen. Teams are restricted only by weight.

Among the J/24 boats are Frank McNamara and his crew of Clinton Hayes, Diane Economides and John Powley. McNamara was a second-place finisher at the 2012 Rhodes 19 National Championships.

BASEBALL

National Team Identification Series, Aug. 22-25, Cary, N.C.

Selection camps in the 17U and 16U age classes will be held this weekend at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. A minimum of eight players from the 17U camp will be named to take part in the 2014 18U National Team Trials. Another eight from the 16U camp will be named to the 2014 17U National Team Development Program.

BOWLING

World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships, Aug. 16-30, Henderson, Nev.

John Szczerbinski and Chris Barnes of Team USA won the gold medal in the men’s doubles portion of the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships. The tournament continues through Aug. 30 at the Strike Zone Bowling Center in Henderson, Nev.

Szczerbinski and Barnes defeated Finland’s Pasi Uotila and Osku Palermaa, 569-473, in the finals.

On the women’s side Team USA’s Stefanie Nation and Shannon O'Keefe defeated teammates Missy Parkin and Kelly Kulick, 482-438, in the gold-medal match at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center.

The action shifts to the first round of the men's trios event Friday at the world championships. All rounds of the world championships are being broadcast live on BOWL.com's BowlTV.

Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor for TeamUSA.org. This story was not subject to the approval of any National Governing Bodies.

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