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Team USA Weekend Preview: Jan. 18, 2013

By Paul D. Bowker | Jan. 18, 2013, 2 p.m. (ET)

Ryan Lochte SwimsRyan Lochte swims in the men's 200-yard individual medley during day one of the 2012 AT&T Winter National Championships on November 29, 2012 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.

SWIMMING

Grand Prix, Jan. 18-20, Austin, Texas

The second of the 2012-13 Grand Prix swimming meets will feature Olympic swimmers Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte and Tyler Clary, among others. The event begins Friday at the Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.

One of the most noteworthy races will be the men’s 100-meter freestyle and its star-studded lineup. Among those entered in the 100 are three-time Olympian Lochte, two-time Olympians Matt Grevers and Ricky Berens, and Nathan Adrian, the gold medalist in the 100 at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Franklin, who won four gold medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games and has competed with her high school team in Colorado this year, is expected to swim in six events. She is seeded No. 1 in the 100 free, 200 free, 200 backstroke, 100 backstroke and 200 IM.

Clary, a gold medalist in the 200 backstroke in London, is seeded No. 1 in the men’s 400 IM, 200 butterfly and 200 backstroke. Other Olympians expected to compete this weekend are Amanda Weir, Conor Dwyer, Chloe Sutton, Jimmy Feigen, Mark Gangloff and Kate Ziegler.

TV: 7-8:30 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, Universal Sports

SKIING

USANA Freestyle Cup, Jan. 17-19, Lake Placid, N.Y.

Hannah Kearney, an Olympic gold medalist returning to competition for the first time in three months, won gold Thursday in the women’s moguls at the USANA Freestyle Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y. She hadn’t competed since crashing during a training run in October.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better first competition back,” Kearney said. “My family and my best friend were here cheering me on. The support I’ve got here at Lake Placid made it a great day to redeem myself in my first competition back."

The Freestyle Cup continues Friday and Saturday with competition in women’s and men’s aerials. Emily Cook and Dylan Ferguson will be among the U.S. skiers.

Read more coverage here.

TV: 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m. ET Saturday, Universal Sports; 2-3 p.m. Sunday, NBC Sports Network; 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, NBC

FIS World Cup Alpine, women’s downhill and Super G, Jan. 17-20, Cortina d Ampezzo, Italy

Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn will be among the U.S. skiers looking for podium finishes as the FIS World Cup Alpine tour moves to Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. Shiffrin’s win in the slalom Tuesday in Flachau, Austria, moved the 17-year-old teen into fifth place in the World Cup overall standings, just ahead of Vonn.

After being out with a stomach illness, 2012 World Cup champion Vonn returned to the World Cup last week. The downhill will be held Saturday, followed by the super G Sunday.

TV: 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. ET Saturday, Universal Sports

Webcast: 4:30 a.m. Saturday, universalsports.com

Also in skiing:

FIS World Cup Alpine, men’s super combined, downhill, slalom, Jan. 15-20, Wengen, Switzerland

TV: 11 p.m.-midnight ET Friday, Universal Sports; 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Universal Sports

FIS World Cup Ski Jumping, men, Jan. 18-20, Sapporo, Japan

Webcast: 2:30 a.m. ET Saturday, universalsports.com

FIS World Cup Cross Country, Jan. 19-20, La Clusaz, France

Webcast: 5:15 a.m. ET Saturday, universalsports.com

FIS World Cup Nordic Combined, Jan. 19-20, Seefeld, Austria

PARALYMPIC SKIING

IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup, Jan. 13-20, Cable, Wis.

A team of 16 U.S. skiers, including five members of the national team, are competing in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Nordic Skiing World Cup in Cable, Wis. The week-long event continues through Sunday.

Also in Paralympic skiing:

European Cup, Paralympic alpine skiing, Jan. 21-25, Tarvisio, Italy

SNOWBOARDING

FIS World Snowboarding Championships, Jan. 17-27, Quebec, Canada

Olympians Seth Wescott, Nate Holland, Nick Baumgartner and Faye Gulini are among 29 U.S. athletes who will compete in the FIS World Snowboarding Championships. Others on the squad include three-time U.S. Grand Prix winner Chas Guldemond and four-time X Games medalist Eric Willett in men’s slopestyle, Jordie Karlinski in women’s slopestyle, Spencer Shaw and Taylor Gold in men’s halfpipe, and Arielle Gold in women’s halfpipe.

The 10-day event begins with men’s and women’s slopestyle Friday at the Stoneham Mountain Resort in Quebec, followed by the big air finals Saturday and men’s and women’s halfpipe finals Sunday.

TV: 11 p.m. ET Saturday, Universal Sports

Webcast: 7 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday, universalsports.com

BOBSLED/SKELETON

World Cup, Jan. 18-20, Igls, Austria

Noelle Pikus-Pace, who won her first World Cup gold in nine years last week in Koenigssee, Germany, and Katie Uhlaender were to lead the U.S. women‘s skeleton team into action Friday in Igls, Austria.

Women’s bobsled pilot Elana Meyers, who last year earned a bronze in Igls, was also to compete Friday, along with U.S. pilots Jamie Greubel and Jazmine Fenlator. Meyers and teammate Aja Evans broke a track record with their start time of 5.22 seconds last week in Koenigssee.

The Igls competition is the eighth World Cup event of the season, and also will serve as the European Championships.

Steven Holcomb and 2010 Olympic gold-medal teammate Curt Tomasevicz will seek to regain a spot on the podium in Saturday’s two-man bobsled competition. Holcomb ranks third in the World Cup standings in the two-man bobsled.

The weekend also includes the men’s skeleton Saturday and the four-man bobsled Sunday. John Daly, Kyle Tress and Matt Antoine will race in the skeleton. Holcomb, Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and Chris Fogt will lead the U.S. four-man bobsled in USA-1.

TV: 7 p.m.-8 p.m. ET Friday, Universal Sports; 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Universal Sports

Also in bobsled/skeleton:

Intercontinental Cup, Jan. 19-23, Winterberg, Germany

European Cup, bobsled, Jan. 18-20, Koenigssee, Germany

European Cup, skeleton, Jan. 18-19, Altenberg, Germany

LUGE

World Cup, Jan. 19-20, Winterberg, Germany

Olympians Erin Hamlin, Julia Clukey and Chris Mazdzer will lead the United States in the final Luge World Cup event prior to the FIL World Championships next month. The Winterberg, Germany, World Cup will be held Saturday and Sunday, and is the final European World Cup this year.

Clukey posted a sixth-place finish last week in Oberhof, Germany, and Hamlin was seventh. Hamlin is the top American luger in the World Cup standings; she is in seventh place with 246 points. Mazdzer and Taylor Morris each had Top 20 finishes in the men’s competition last week, led by Mazdzer’s career-best 12th-place finish.

FIGURE SKATING

Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Jan. 19-27, Omaha, Neb.

While the senior level championships in men’s, women’s, pairs and ice dancing won’t be decided until next week, the Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships officially begin Saturday with practices at three venues in Omaha, Neb.

Nearly 400 skaters will compete for national titles in juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior and senior levels. Competition begins Sunday with the short programs in novice women and men, novice pairs and junior men. Leading up to the start of the senior division Thursday, free skate programs include novice women and novice men Monday, junior men Tuesday, and junior women and junior pairs Wednesday.

The figure skating championships will be headlined by three-time U.S. champion and 2010 Olympian Jeremy Abbott, defending champion Ashley Wagner, U.S. junior champion Gracie Gold and 2010 Olympic silver medalist ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

SYNCHRONIZED SKATING

Cup of Berlin, Jan. 18-19, Berlin, Germany

U.S. synchronized skating teams California Gold of Artesia, Calif., and the Hockettes of Ann Arbor, Mich., will compete Friday and Saturday at the Cup of Berlin. The Hockettes, two-time U.S. junior champions, won bronze at the 2011 Spring Cup. California Gold is four-time U.S. pewter medalist and placed fourth in the Cup of Berlin two years ago.

BIATHLON

IBU World Cup, Jan. 17-20, Antholz-Anterselva, Italy

Tim Burke, who ranks No. 13 in the overall World Cup standings, was scheduled to race in the men’s 10k sprint on Friday. He finished 19th in last week’s 15k mass start.

“I am really looking forward to Antholz, which is my favorite course on the World Cup,” Burke said.

Also competing on the men’s side this weekend for the United States are Lowell Bailey, Leif Nordgren, Jay Hakkinen and Russell Currier. Annelies Cook posted a career-best 18th-place finish Thursday in the women’s 7.5k sprint. It marked her second personal best in two weeks. Sara Studebaker finished in 46th place, Susan Dunklee was 49th and Hannah Dreissigacker was No. 81 in her World Cup debut.

Also in biathlon:

North American Cup, Jan. 19-20, Valcartier, Quebec, Canada

SPEEDSKATING

ISU World Cup, Jan. 18-19, Calgary, Canada

Heather Richardson, Jilleanne Rookard, Shani Davis and Jonathan Kuck will be among the U.S. skaters competing in the sixth Essent ISU World Cup Long Track event of the season, beginning Friday in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Richardson has been one of the most dominating skaters in the world already this season, winning World Cup gold twice and setting multiple national records at the U.S. Long Track National Championships in December.

Also in speedskating:

American Cup Long Track Speedskating, Junior World Cup, Jan. 19-20, Roseville, Minn.

GYMNASTICS

Nastia Liukin Cup Series, Jan. 18-20, various locations

The fourth annual Nastia Liukin Cup Series continues this weekend with invitational meets at four venues: Pikes Peak Cup, Colorado Springs; CGA Coaches Spectacular, Cincinnati,; Kim Zmeskal’s Texas Prime Meet, Irving, Texas; Lady Luck Invitational, Las Vegas. The top gymnasts selected from 19 invitational meets held over the next month will advance to compete in the Nastia Liukin Cup on March 1 in Worcester, Mass.

Emily Schild of Huntersville, N.C.; Kiera Brown of Newport News, Va., and Sydney Doggette of Pickerington, Ohio, were the first three gymnasts to qualify for the Liukin Cup through competitions last week in Atlanta, and Indianapolis.

CYCLING

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, Jan. 20, Hoogerheide, Netherlands

Katie Compton has already won the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup women’s elite championship because she enters Sunday’s final event in Hoogerheide, Netherlands, in the lead by 254 points. She has won four races this season and her most recent World Cup race, Jan. 6 in Rome, she finished second. Compton returned stateside last week to win her ninth consecutive national championship in Wisconsin.

Among the leading U.S. men at the World Cup is elite rider Jeremy Powers and junior cyclist Logan Owen.

Webcast: 8:30 a.m. ET Sunday, universalsports.com

Also in cycling:

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Jan. 17-19, Aguascalientes, Mexico

Webcast: 6:30 p.m. ET Saturday, universalsports.com

WRESTLING

Ivan Poddubny Grand Prix, Jan. 18-19, Tumen, Russia

Four Greco-Roman wrestlers, including 2012 Pan American champion Andy Bisek, will compete for USA Wrestling in this weekend’s Ivan Poddubny Grand Prix tournament in Russia. Bisek and Jake Fisher, a 2010 World Team member, will compete at 74 kilograms/163 pounds on Sunday. Jordan Holm, a 2011 U.S. Open champion, and Peter Hicks, a national team member, will compete Saturday at 84kg/185 pounds.

TENNIS

Australian Open, Jan. 14-27, Melbourne, Australia

Serena Williams, the gold medalist in women’s singles at the London 2012 Olympic Games, cruised into the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday, defeating Garbine Muguruza, 6-2, 6-0, despite battling an ankle injury. She also won a first-round doubles match with her sister and Olympic teammate, Venus Williams. The Williams sisters won the doubles gold medal in London.

TV: 9 p.m. ET Friday; 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday, ESPN2

FENCING

North American Cup, Jan. 18-21, Louisville, Ky.

Axel Kiefer, who is the third-ranked cadet fencer in the nation and whose siblings include 2012 Olympian Lee Kiefer, will be among nearly 2,000 fencers competing in the North American Cup at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky. Kiefer will compete in both the U17 and U20 foil divisions.

Overall, 18 members of the U.S. junior and cadet world teams will participate in the tournament. The event begins Friday with competition in cadet men’s foil and Y-14 men’s epée, cadet women’s saber and junior women’s foil. The tournament continues through Monday.

CURLING

USA Curling Women’s Challenge Round, Jan. 18-20, Seattle

Courtney George, a 2006 Olympian, is among 56 curlers on 14 squads attempting to secure berths this weekend for the USA Curling National Championships. The Women’s Challenge Round begins today at the Granite Curling Club in Seattle, Wash., and will determine the final six spots for the national championships in February.

George’s team, which also includes Aileen Sormunen, Amanda McLean, Julie Lilla and Amy Wright, is the No. 1 seed for the tournament. Wright will not compete because she is injured. The field also includes No. 2 seed Alexandra Carlson, three-time national champion Leslie Frosch and five-time national champ Sharon Vukich, a bronze medalist at the 1980 worlds.

Also in curling:

World Curling Tour, Glynhill Ladies International, Jan. 18-20, Glasgow, Scotland

SOFTBALL

International Sports Group Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament, Jan. 17-20, Altamonte Springs, Fla.

The USA Softball Men’s National Team lost its opening game Thursday in the International Sports Group Union Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament in Altamonte Springs, Fla. The United States fell, 5-3, to Sopotocientos, but will play two more games Friday against the Padres and Bravos. In all, 28 teams are participating in the tournament.

Pool play in all groups finishes Friday, with the playoff round scheduled for Saturday, and the semifinals and medal round Sunday. The games are taking place at the Seminole Softball Complex and Merrill Park in Altamonte Springs. The tournament is the final preparation for the national team before leaving in February for the International Softball Federation (ISF) XII Men’s World Championships in New Zealand.

MODERN PENTATHLON

USA Pentathlon Selection Competition, Jan. 18-21, Colorado Springs

The third, and final, selection competition to determine the 2013 USA Pentathlon National Team will be conducted Friday through Monday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Margaux Isaksen, a two-time Olympian, leads the women’s standings through two camps with 5,240 points, more than 3,000 points ahead of Paria Mahrokm. Margaux’s sister, Isabella, is in third place. Eli Bremer leads the men with 5,436 points. The first World Cup event begins Feb. 19 in Palm Springs, Calif.

FIELD HOCKEY

Australian Youth Olympic Festival, Jan. 16-20, Sydney

The U.S. Junior Men’s and Women’s National Field Hockey teams are among 1,700 athletes from 30 nations competing in this weekend’s sixth Australian Youth Olympic Festival. Among the U.S. field hockey athletes is Lara Parsley, a junior at Northwestern University who helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2012 Pan American Junior Championships.

“It is always an honor to play for the red, white and blue, but competing for my country at the highest level possible in the 2016 Olympics would turn a lifelong dream into reality,” Parsley said.

Other U.S. participants at the Australian Youth Festival include nine junior athletes from USA Judo in weight classes ranging from 48kg to 81 kg.

SAILING

ISAF Youth Worlds Qualifier Regatta, Jan. 18-21, Clearwater, Fla.

Nine races will be held this weekend off the coast of Clearwater, Fla., in classes ranging from one-person dinghy to open multihull. The competition will determine spots on the U.S. team for the 2013 International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth World Championships, which are scheduled to be held in Cyprus. Depending on weather conditions and classes, the qualifier races will be held in the Gulf of Mexico or Clearwater Harbor.

ROLLER SPORTS

America’s Cup, Jan. 18-21, Kissimmee, Fla.

The first Pan American Championship of Clubs of Figure Skating begins Friday at Skate Reflections in Kissimmee, Fla. America’s Cup competition over four days will include singles, team dance and solo dance at the senior, junior and cadet levels.

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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