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Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: March 4, 2013

By Tom Robinson | March 04, 2013, 12:30 p.m. (ET)
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Jennifer Suhr celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's pole vault at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Aug. 6, 2012, in London, England.

Jenn Suhr set the world record for the women’s indoor pole vault by clearing 16-5 ½ (5.02 meters) at the USA Indoor Championships Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.

Suhr, who won by clearing 15-9 on her first attempt, then also cleared the next two heights, including the record on her first attempts.

“I was in a groove tonight,” said Suhr, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist and 2008 Olympic silver medalist in the event. “ … I’m glad that I got 5 meters out of the way, 5.02, because it’s a mental barrier.”

Gunnar Nixon set a meet and site record while winning the heptathlon. High school runner Mary Cain won the women’s mile Sunday, the final day of the three-day event.

Ryan Whiting improved his world-leading mark for the year in the men’s shot put while Will Leer won the men’s mile among other highlights Sunday.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner won the men’s 400. Sharon Day defended her women’s pentathlon title Friday.

SNOWBOARDING
Kelly Clark won her record sixth U.S. Open Snowboarding title with a halfpipe victory Saturday while Shaun White won the men’s halfpipe for his fifth title. U.S. Olympian Louie Vito was third among men.

“Being the winningest U.S. Open champ is such an honor,” said Clark, who was followed by Hannah Teter and 16-year-old rookie Arielle Gold. “It’s a big win for me today, especially since I grew up going to this event and it inspired me to be a snowboarder.”

After 30 years at Stratton Mountain in Vermont, the U.S. Open moved for the first time and was held in Vail, Colo.

Chas Guldemond was third in men’s slopestyle. The women’s slopestyle finals were canceled because of weather conditions, making the semifinal results final. Jamie Anderson placed second.

Elsewhere, Faye Gulini took her second consecutive Sprint U.S. Grand Prix in Park City, Utah, while Trevor Jacob won the men’s title. Both also clinched U.S. Championships.

Hagen Kearney and Alex Tuttle were second and third among the men. Jacob, Kearney and Tuttle all had their best career finishes.

SKIING
Alpine: Julia Mancuso medaled twice on the weekend in the super-G at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup event in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Mancuso was third in the final super-G of the regular season Sunday. She was second in the first super-G of the weekend Friday.

Laurenne Ross was second in the downhill Saturday.

Elsewhere, Ted Ligety and Andrew Weibrecht tied for 18th Sunday at the Audi FIS World Cup super-G in Kvitfjell, Norway.

Nordic: Taylor Fletcher and Billy Demong used strong sprint legs to give the United States a sixth-place finish in the inaugural Nordic combined team sprint at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Val Di Fiemme, Italy.

Andy Newell, Kris Freeman, Noah Hoffman and Tad Elliott combined to finish 10th Friday in the men’s 4x10k relay.

Liz Stephen had the top U.S. individual finish of the weekend, taking 16th in the 30k classic Saturday.
 
SPEEDSKATING
Brittany Bowe won the 1,000-meter women’s gold medal Sunday when the Essent ISU Long Track World Cup event in Erfurt, Germany concluded. Bowe set a track record while winning her first World Cup gold.

Brian Hansen won his first gold Saturday, also in the 1,000 meters, and finished third in the 1,500 Sunday.

In other results, Joey Mantia finished second in the B Group men’s 1,500 meters. Jonathan Kuck won the Group B 10k Friday and Patrick Meek finished second. Maria Lamb was third in the Group B women’s 5k. Heather Richardson was fifth and Bowe sixth in the A Division 500 meters.

GYMNASTICS 
Jake Dalton and Katelyn Ohashi captured all-around titles at the 2013 AT&T American Cup international gymnastics event in Worcester, Mass.

“It’s good to get back into routine mode and hit all my routines,” said Dalton, a 2012 Olympian, who outscored Ukraine’s Oleg Verniaiev, another Olympian, for the men’s title. “Start value and consistency are my focus.

“I want to be the one to count on when I go out there and compete.”

Dalton had the highest scores of the day in the vault and high bar. He tied for the best score on the rings.

Olympic bronze medalist Danell Leyva of Team USA finished sixth in all-around after battling with illness before the competition. See how Leyva answered fan questions here.

Ohashi beat out fellow Texan Simone Biles for the women’s title in her senior debut.

“It’s a great way to start my senior career,” said Ohashi, a 15-year-old who had the best score on the balance beam. “I want to keep upgrading my routines and focus on cleaning them up and being consistent.”

Biles had the highest scores on the vault and uneven bars.

On Friday, Alex McMurtry won the Nasta Liukin Cup in her third appearance in the event.

Read more of TeamUSA.org’s coverage of the AT&T American Cup here.

FENCING
Two-time Olympic champion Mariel Zagunis won her second straight World Cup women’s saber event Saturday, beating teammate Ibtihaj Muhammad in the final at Bologne, Italy.

After limiting her first three opponents to six touches or less, Zagunis won 15-11 in the quarterfinals and semifinals, then beat Muhammad 15-9 in the final. The silver was the first individual Senior World Cup medal for Muhammad. Fellow American Dagmara Wozniak was 20th.

Zagunis, Muhammad, Wozniak and Adrienne Jarocki combined to take the team bronze with a 45-41 win over France for third place.

Elsewhere, Lee Kiefer, Nicole Ross, Sara Taffel and Sabrina Massialas finished sixth in the team competition at the St. Petersburg women’s foil World Cup. Kiefer was seventh in the individual competition.

Etc.
BIATHLON: Tim Burke used a strong finish to place fourth Sunday in the 15-kilometer mass start event at the IBU World Cup event in Oslo, Norway. Burke climbed from 16th to fourth in the second half of the race. Burke also had the best U.S. finish in Saturday’s 12.5k pursuit, taking 15th. Annelies Cook was 38th in the women’s 10k pursuit.

FIGURE SKATING: Josh Farris won his second straight World Junior Championships Saturday in Milan, leading a U.S. sweep of the men’s podium. Jason Brown took silver and Shotaro Omori bronze. Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier had won the pairs title Thursday. Ice dancers Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton claimed bronze for the second straight year. The top American finisher in the women’s competition was Samantha Cesario in fourth.

SYNCHRONIZED SKATING: The Haydenettes won their 21st senior title Saturday to conclude the U.S. Championships in Plymouth, Mich.
The Haydenettes will be joined by Miami University at the World Championships in Boston April, 3-6.

WRESTLING: Tervel Dlagnev won the gold medal at 120 kg/264.5 pounds Saturday at the Alexander Medved International, a men’s freestyle tournament in Minsk, Belarus Saturday. David Zabriskie added a silver medal at 96 kg/211.5 pounds. Jon Reader (84 kg/185 pounds), Wynn Michalak (96 kg/211.5 pounds) and Zach Rey (120 kg/264.5) earned bronzes. Elsewhere, the United States finished fourth at the Women’s Freestyle World Cup in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, dropping a 4-3 decision to Japan in the bronze-medal match.

EQUESTRIAN: Kent Farrington and Blue Angel finished first, ahead of U.S. teammate Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C’ in Sunday’s 4* Grand Prix to wrap up the CSIO Wellington in Florida. It was a successful weekend for the United States, which won the FEI Nations Cup Friday. Farrington, Madden, Reed Kessler and Laura Kraut made up the winning team.

SOCCER: The United States fell to Mexico, 3-1, in overtime Sunday in the final of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship. Benji Joya scored in the first half to force a 1-1 tie. Mario Rodriguez and Daniel Cuevas scored in the first 11 minutes of Friday’s 2-0 semifinal win over Cuba.

MEN'S FIELD HOCKEY: The U.S. men defeated host Brazil, 5-0, Saturday and then the Americans and Trinidad and Tobago played to a 1-1 draw through regulation, forcing a shoot-out competition to determine the winner. Trinidad and Tobago prevailed, 4-3, in sudden victory capturing their first win of the tournament.

WOMEN'S FIELD HOCKEY: Craig Parnham, making his debut, coached the U.S. Women's Field Hockey Team to a 6-0 victory over host Brazil on day one of competition of the International Hockey Federation's World League Round 2 tournament in Rio de Janeiro. The six team, round robin tournament will run through March 10 with the top two teams automatically advancing to World League Round 3. Next up for the United States is Uruguay on Wednesday.

CYCLING: Jeremiah Bishop and Todd Wells finished second and third at the Mellow Johnny’s Classic, the first of nine stops on the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross-Country Tour, in Dripping Springs, Texas.

SQUASH: Ramy Ashour of Egypt won the North American Open Saturday in Richmond, Va. No American players advanced to the quarterfinals.

CURLING: The World Junior Championships continue through March 10 in Sochi, Russia, at the site of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

SOFTBALL: The U.S. men lost, 3-2, to Samoa Saturday and 5-3 to South Africa Sunday to fall to 0-3 at the ISF World Fastpitch Championship in Auckland, New Zealand. Pool play continues with games Monday through Thursday.

Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Tom Robinson 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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