Team USA Weekend Preview: June 21, 2013
Galen Rupp crosses the finish line to win the mens' 10,000-meter at the 2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium on June 20, 2013 in Des Moines, Iowa.
It’s not quite the Olympic Trials, but the U.S. track championships take center stage this weekend, as it determines which athletes go on to the second biggest track meet — the IAAF World Championships. There are several other major events featuring U.S. athletes this weekend, including fencing, weightlifting, wrestling, gymnastics and more. Check out the Team USA Weekend Preview for all of the info.
TRACK AND FIELD
USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, June 19-23, Des Moines, Iowa
A pair of 2012 Olympians wasted little time Thursday in securing their berths on the U.S. team for the 2013 world championships.
Galen Rupp won his fifth consecutive men’s 10,000-meter national championship on the opening day of senior-level competition at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Shalane Flanagan, a marathoner at the London 2012 Olympic Games, won the women’s 10,000.
The championships for more than 800 of the nation’s top athletes will continue through Sunday at Drake Stadium, and performances will determine the U.S. roster for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow. The USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships are being held in conjunction with the meet.
Highlighted events include Olympic bronze medalist Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay in the men’s 100 on Friday; Gatlin, Gay and two-time Olympian Wallace Spearmon in the men’s 200 on Sunday; Olympic gold medalist Aries Merritt and world champion Jason Richardson in the men’s 110 hurdles; two-time Olympic medalist and Diamond League champion Dawn Harper and indoor 60-meter American record-holder Lolo Jones in the women’s 100 hurdles; and Olympic champion Jenn Suhr in the women’s pole vault.
“It was all about winning,” said Rupp, who became the first American man to win the 10,000 national title five consecutive times. “For me, time obviously was irrelevant. I want to keep it (the streak) rolling as long as I can. It is fun winning national championships. These are the meets we shoot for. It’s all about national championships, world championships and Olympics.”
TV: 8-10 p.m. ET Friday, ESPN2; 4-5 p.m. Saturday, Universal Sports; 5-7 p.m. Saturday, NBC Sports Network; 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Universal Sports; 3-4 p.m. Sunday, NBC Sports Network; 4-6 p.m. Sunday, NBC
Webcasts: 11 a.m.-10:35 p.m. ET Friday, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, usatf.tv
Also in track and field:
USA Half Marathon Championships, Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, June 22, Duluth, Minn.
U.S. World Team Trials, June 21-23, Stillwater, Okla.
Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs and 2012 world champion Elena Pirozhkova are among the top seeds for the U.S. World Team Trials, which will be held Friday through Sunday at Oklahoma State University’s Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater.
Competition will be conducted in the three Olympic styles of wrestling (men’s freestyle, Greco-Roman, women’s freestyle). Winners will represent the United States at the World Wrestling Championships in September in Budapest, Hungary.
Burroughs, the reigning world champion at 74 kilograms/163 pounds, is the No. 1 seed in a weight class that includes four-time NCAA champion Kyle Dake, U.S. Olympic Trials runner-up Andrew Howe and 2009 World Team member Trent Paulson.
Pirozhkova, a 2012 Olympian and 2013 U.S. Open champion, will wrestle at 63kg/138.75 pounds in women’s freestyle. Other top wrestlers include 2012 Olympians Sam Hazewinkel (55kg, men’s freestyle), Ellis Coleman (60kg, men’s freestyle), Ben Provisor (74kg, Greco-Roman) and Spenser Mango (55kg, Greco-Roman); two-time world champion Kristie Davis (72kg, women’s freestyle) and 2012 world champion Adeline Gray (72kg, women’s freestyle).
IGF World Challenge Cup, June 21-23, Anadia, Portugal
London 2012 Olympian Sam Mikulak will join Eddie Penev and Brandon Wynn at the IGF World Challenge Cup, which begins Friday with the qualification round in Anadia, Portugal. Mikulak is scheduled to compete in the floor exercise, pommel horse, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar. Penev will compete in the floor exercise and pommel horse, and Wynn will compete in the still rings and parallel bars.
The final rounds are Saturday and Sunday.
FIVB Rome Grand Slam, June 18-23, Rome, Italy
The U.S. women’s team of April Ross and Jennifer Kessy finished pool play unbeaten Thursday, and two U.S. men’s teams won their first two matches at the FIVB Rome Grand Slam. Ross and Kessy, the 2012 Olympic silver medalists, were to begin second-round play Friday.
No. 3-seeded Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal defeated No. 19 Isaac Kapa and Christopher McHugh of Australia to finish off a 2-0 day Thursday in the men’s first round. Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson, seeded No. 4, also won their first two matches.
FIVB U21 World Championships, June 18-23, Umag, Croatia
A pair of U.S. teams are seeded No. 4 in the main draw of the FIVB U21 World Championships in Croatia. Lara Dykstra and Rebecca Strehlow are No. 4 in the women’s tournament, and Alexa Strange and Jace Pardon survived the qualification round to make the main draw. Chris Long and Branden Clemens are seeded No. 4 in the men’s tournament. Both women’s teams went 1-1 in pool play Thursday, and Long and Clemens lost their opening first-round match to No. 29 Max Betzien and Max-Jonas Karpa of Germany. The medal round is scheduled for Sunday.
ICF Slalom World Cup, June 21-23, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Two-time Olympian Casey Eichfeld will be among 12 U.S. paddlers competing this weekend in the first ICF Slalom World Cup event of the year in Wales. For Eichfeld, the event marks a return to the course that helped him win a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.
“Last year I really put a lot of pressure on and made my first finals at the Cardiff World Cup and that was what secured me in my Olympic spot,” said Eichfeld, who will compete in men’s single canoe and also in double canoe with Devin McEwan. “So I’d like to continue that, knocking on the door of the finalists.”
Samsung World Rowing Cup, June 21-23, London
Eleanor Logan, a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. women’s eight crew at the London 2012 Olympic Games, will return to the Olympic venue this weekend in Eton Dorney for the second Samsung World Rowing Cup event of the season. Logan will row in women’s single sculls.
In addition to women’s single sculls, the United States will have rowers in men’s single sculls, lightweight men’s single sculls, lightweight men’s double sculls, and mixed double sculls in the adaptive division. Among the men is John Graves, a national champion who will make his international debut in men’s single sculls. Paralympic bronze medalists Rob Jones and Oksana Masters return to Eton Dorney in the trunk-and-arms mixed doubles.
Also in rowing:
Under 23/Junior World Championship Trials, June 23-26, West Windsor, N.J.
IHF World League Semi-Final, June 22-30, London
The U.S. Women’s National Team will face 2012 Olympic silver medalist Argentina on Saturday in its opening game of the IHF World League Semi-Final in London. The top four teams from each World League Semi-Final group will qualify for the World League Finals, which will be held in December in Argentina.
Team USA’s roster includes 12 Olympians, led by two-time Olympians Lauren Crandall and Rachel Dawson. The United States will also play Italy on Sunday and China on Tuesday. The quarterfinals are scheduled for June 27 (the four winners advance to the World League Finals), followed by the semifinals June 29 and the medal round June 30.
Also in field hockey:
USA Field Hockey National Futures Elite Championship, June 20-26, Virginia Beach, Va.
U.S. Women’s National Team Selection Camp, June 18-23, Lake Placid, N.Y.
Three-time Olympic medalist Julie Chu is among 41 players participating in this week’s U.S. Women’s National Team Selection Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. The national team will be announced Monday. Although additions and cuts may happen between now and early 2014, the squad announced Monday will be the one that will play in various international competitions leading up to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The United States won gold at the 2013 world championships in April.
Pan American Championships, June 17-21, Cartagena, Colombia
The U.S. Women’s Foil National Team defeated rival Canada 38-36 on Thursday, winning gold at the Pan American Championships in fencing in Cartagena, Colombia. The team victory followed up a 1-2-3 sweep in the individual women’s foil competition, led by 2012 Olympian Courtney Hurley’s gold. The United States is unbeaten in women’s foil team competition through the last eight Pan Am Championships.
The Pan Ams conclude Friday with the women’s team epee and men’s team saber tournaments.
Earlier this week, two-time Olympic champion Mariel Zagunis won her fifth consecutive Pan Am women’s saber championship. Gerek Meinhardt won his second gold in men’s foil.
“It is a big accomplishment for me to win Pan Ams for the fifth year in a row,” Zagunis said. “Once you start setting a winning streak like that however, the pressure to win can be greater and greater each year. But I treat Pan Am Championships like any other World Cup that I want to win.”
Pan American Championships, June 22-30, Margarita, Venezuela
Holley Mangold and Sarah Robles, both 2012 Olympians, will lead a U.S. team of 16 at the Pan American Championships, which begin Saturday in Venezuela. Jenny Arthur, a world junior silver medalist, is also on the team.
FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship, June 21-30, Brno, Czech Republic
The U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team will begin play Friday in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship, when it faces Bulgaria in Pool C action. The team includes three players from the bronze medal-winning squad at the 2012 NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championships: setter Kelsey Humphreys, and outside hitters Amber Rolfzen and Merete Lutz.
The United States will continue pool play against Brazil on Saturday, vs. Mexico on Monday and vs. Russia on Tuesday. The playoff rounds begin Wednesday.
Also in volleyball:
U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, Red vs. Blue scrimmage, June 21, Cathedral Catholic High School, San Diego, Calif.
FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women, June 19-23, Cancun, Mexico
Two victories by a combined margin of 126 points in just two games clinched the Group A top seed for the USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team. The United States still has one game left to play in the preliminary round at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women: Friday against Costa Rica.
Asia Durr led the United States with 23 points and six rebounds in Thursday’s 98-28 win over Argentina in Cancun, Mexico. Durr, of St. Pius X Catholic High School in Douglasville, Ga., also led the team with 20 points in its 76-20 win Wednesday over Brazil.
Team USA will play in the semifinals Saturday. The championship game is scheduled for Sunday. The top four teams clinch berths in the FIBA U17 World Championship.
Also in basketball:
USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team training camp and trials, June 24-30, U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colo.
FIFA U-20 World Cup, June 21-July 13, Istanbul, Turkey
The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team will face Spain in its opening game of the FIFA U-20 World Cup on Friday in Istanbul, Turkey. One of the team’s offensive leaders is Jose Villarreal, who scored a team-leading fifth goal in a 3-1 win over Portugal on June 14. The United States is 6-5-1 in international play this year.
TV: 2 p.m. ET Friday, ESPN2, Univision Deportes
USA Rugby Men’s Eagles vs. Japan, Pacific Nations Cup, June 23, Tokyo
The USA Rugby Men’s Eagles will seek a winning finish to their Pacific Nations Cup schedule Sunday, when they face Japan at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo. Fiji overpowered the United States 35-10 on Wednesday. The United States has lost all three of its matches, but it will face a Japan squad that has lost two of three matches.
TV: 1 a.m. ET Sunday, Universal Sports
Egypt Junior & Cadet Open, ITTF Global Junior Circuit, June 19-23, Ismailia, Egypt
Ariel Hsing and Lily Zhang, both 2012 Olympians, were the top seeds in women’s doubles at the Egypt Junior & Cadet Open, a stop on the ITTF Global Junior Circuit. However, Hsing and Zhang lost to Japan in the semifinals. Singles play was to begin Friday, and both Hsing and Zhang are top seeds in their junior division groups. Allen Wang is in the junior boys singles tournament.
National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships, June 15-21, Colorado Springs, Colo.
T.J. Bayer, who earlier this week won the men’s trap and double trap titles, will go for a sweep of the shotgun events in the skeet Friday at the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships in Colorado Springs. The week-long event concludes Friday with men’s and women’s skeet. Among the other men’s skeet title contenders are defending champion Phillip Jungman and 2012 runner-up Hayden Stewart.
California Golden State, USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Gravity Tour (GRT), June 22-23, China Peak Ski Resort, Calif.
Logan Binggeli leads the men’s standings and Anne Galyean is on top of the women’s points standings entering this weekend’s California Golden State race. The event is the seventh of 10 stops on the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Gravity Tour.
Also in cycling:
Tour of America’s Dairyland, USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC), June 20-23, Wis.
Hammer Nutrition Missoula Montana XC, USA Cycling Pro XCT, June 22, Missoula, Mont.
SoCal Showdown and World Archery Youth Championships Team Trials, June 21-24, Chula Vista, Calif.
Qualification rounds begin Friday in the Flexor SoCal Showdown at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Olympians Brady Ellison, Khatuna Lorig and Miranda Leek will be among those competing in the senior recurve divisions. Carli Cochran, Erika Jones, Jamie Van Natta and Diane Watson, who won team silver at a World Cup event last week, will compete in women’s compound.
The top eight qualifiers in the cadet and junior classes will gain spots in Monday’s USA Archery team trials for the World Archery Youth Championships.
Klitschko Brothers Tournament, June 17-23, Berdichev, Ukraine
Nine champions from the 2013 USA Boxing National Championships are competing against other 17- and 18-year-old boxers at the Klitschko Brothers Tournament in Berdichev, Ukraine. Among them is light flyweight Gilbert Renteria, who was a training partner for Olympian Marlen Esparza leading up to the London 2012 Olympic Games. Renteria and lightweight Lamont Roach reached the semifinals of the tournament after quarterfinal-round victories Wednesday.
CHIO Aachen CVIO3*, June 20-23, Aachen, Germany
Women vaulters Alicen Divita, Elizabeth Ioannou and Mary Garrett are among six U.S. athletes competing this weekend at the Aachen CVIO3* event in Germany. The competition begins Friday with the individual women’s division. Also competing for the United States are Kristian Roberts in the individual men’s division, and sisters Cassidy and Kimberly Palmer in Pas de Deux.
Also in equestrian:
CSIO5* Rotterdam, June 18-23, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Tournament of Stars, June 19-23, Cary, N.C.
The Tournament of Stars evaluation camp for the nation’s best under-18 baseball players will conclude with the championship game Sunday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. In all, 144 players are seeking spots in the 18U National Team Trials, which begin Aug. 16 in Los Angeles.
Also in baseball:
USA Baseball Collegiate National Team camp and trials, June 21-July 2, Cary, N.C.
eSynchro U.S. Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships, June 21-29, Riverside, Calif.
A field of nearly 1,000 swimmers will compete beginning Friday in the eSynchro U.S. Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships. It is the largest event in the world for synchronized swimming. The competition will be held at the Riverside Aquatics Complex in Riverside, Calif. Festivities will include a celebration of USA Synchro’s 35 years on Saturday at the Riverside Art Museum.
USA Roller Sports Outdoor Speed Skating National Championships, June 22-28, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Competition begins Saturday in the USA Roller Sports Outdoor Speed Skating National Championships in Colorado Springs. The banked track championships will be held over three days, followed by the road championships Wednesday and Thursday. In addition to national champions being crowned, the competition will determine roster spots for the World Inline Speed Skating Championship Team.