Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: March 25, 2013
The United States defeated Costa Rica, 1-0, Friday in a snowy World Cup Qualifier in Commerce City, Colo. Clint Dempsey scored the only goal in the 16th minute and Brad Guzan made five saves to earn the shutout. The United States plays its next qualifying game Tuesday against Mexico in Mexico City.
Alpine: Ted Ligety wrapped up the most successful season of his career by winning the men’s slalom Saturday at the U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley, Calif. The title was the seventh at the U.S. Championships in Ligety’s career.
“My year was unbelievable,” Ligety said. “It was a really good year, especially in giant slalom. I'm really psyched on my year.”
Will Brandenburg took the silver and 2011 slalom champion Colby Granstrom was third.
Resi Stiegler finished second in women’s slalom Sunday. Teenager Mikaela Shiffrin appeared to be on her way to a possible third straight title when she straddled a gate. Canadian Anna Goodman took the U.S. title.
Travis Ganong won the men’s super-G and Laurenne Ross won the women’s super-G Friday. Ross won by one-hundredth of a second over Stacey Cook.
Cross Country: Kikkan Randall became the first U.S. woman to finish in the top three overall in the FIS World Cup when she took seventh Sunday in the 10-kilometer freestyle pursuit in Falun, Sweden.
Randall started 15th, 2:52 back from the leader, Marit Bjoergen of Norway, who ran away with the win. Randall needed to at least maintain her 15th position in order to secure her third overall position and she easily moved up the field with the day’s second fastest time.
Freestyle: Hannah Kearney won the moguls Friday at the FIS World Cup Finals in Sierra Nevada, Spain. Heather McPhie finished third. In the men’s dual moguls race, Patrick Deneen was second and third overall in the World Cup mogul standings. The U.S. team took the Nation’s Cup for the second year in a row.
Brittany Bowe took the bronze medal in the women’s 1000 meters Saturday at the ISU World Single Distance Championships in Sochi, Russia.
“I think it’s a very good place to start to build from this coming summer and going into the Olympic year,” Bowe said.
The four-day event came to a close Sunday, completing a Long Track World Cup season in which the United States won eight titles and a total of 27 medals.
Read more about Brittany Bowe here.
Heather Richardson had the team’s best finishes Sunday, taking sixth and 10th in a pair of 500-meter races. She was sixth at 1000 meters Saturday.
Earlier in the event, three-time Olympian Shani Davis picked up two medals. He was second at 1500 meters Thursday and third at 1000 Friday.
The U.S. team of Erika Brown, Debbie McCormick, Jessica Schultz, Ann Swisshelm and alternate Sarah Anderson finished fourth at the Women’s World Championships, a nine-day event that concluded Sunday in Riga, Latvia.
Elsewhere, Connecticut’s Derek Surka rink defeated Wisconsin’s Sean Murray rink, 10-4, in Saturday’s finals of the USA Curling Mixed National Championships in Willmar, Minn. Surka’s team also included Charrissa Lin, Nate Clark and Rebecca Andrew.
TRACK AND FIELD
The United States earned a team silver medal in the senior men’s 12-kilometer race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. It was the first team medal in the 12-kilometer race earned by Team USA since 2001 in Ostend, Belgium, and the first silver medal won since 1984.
Ben True led the silver-medal effort, placing sixth. True's sixth place finish was the highest at the world championships since Todd Williams was ninth in 1995 in Durham, England. The U.S. women’s team finished fourth. Teammate Chris Derrick placed 10th.
“It was a hard course, with a lot of twists and turns, and a steep uphill, and it was great that I was able to hang in there,” True said. “I thought we had a real good shot of getting four guys in the top 25. … Chris and I were sitting around the low 20s and feeding off each other, and I kept telling myself to hang in there for one more lap, as guys from other teams started to drop back and we started picking them off.”
Added Derrick, “It was a hard course, with a lot of twists and turns, and a steep uphill, and it was great that I was able to hang in there.”
Closer to home, American track and field athletes showed age was not slowing them down at the USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships in Landover, Md.
Ed Burke, a three time Olympian and Team USA flag bearer from the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games broke the men’s superweight throw world record in the 70-74 age group by more than a meter while winning the title with a toss of 11.57 meters (37-11 ½) Friday.
“It is a great honor,” said Burke, who competed in the hammer throw in the 1964, 1968 and 1984 Olympic Games. “But personal bests is what it is about. I’m better when I am striving to beat myself.”
By the time the meet concluded Sunday, a total of 11 world age-group records fell.
Orville Rogers set six world records in the 90-plus age group. The 95-year-old set all-time marks in the 60-, 200-, 400-, 800- and 3,000-meter races, plus the mile.
Charles Allie, 65, set a 200-meter world record Sunday after setting the American record in the 400 earlier.
Oscar Peyton brought the crowd to its feet with a dominant win in the 60 meters in a world-record time of 7.52.
For more information and results, click here.
Margaux Isaksen won her first World Cup gold medal Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Isaksen, a 21-year-old who was the 2012 junior world champion and finished fourth in the London 2012 Olympic Games, made a move with a strong effort in riding.
“It was great to be able to come back from 17th all the way up to third after the ride,” Isaksen said. “I was a bit shaky in the shooting but I managed to hold my nerve and win.
“What a fantastic feeling.”
Jake Dalton won the vault title at the World Cup event in Cottbus, Germany. Dalton’s victory Sunday was his first individual event win in the World Cup series.
Brandon Wynn was fourth on the parallel bars and Glen Ishino was fifth on horizontal bars.
On the women’s side, the United States won seven gold medals among its 13 individual medals at the Jesolo Trophy in Italy. The United States won the team gold and Simone Biles won the all-around Saturday.
The success carried over into individual events Sunday when Biles won the vault, balance beam and floor exercise. Olympic gold medalist Kyla Ross won the uneven bars and also earned the silver medal on balance beam with a score of 15.000.
Lexie Priessman earned a bronze medal on vault (13.225); Brenna Dowell also earned a bronze medal on uneven bars (13.900); and Maggie Nichols took the silver medal on floor (14.400).
In the junior competition, Bailie Key earned gold medals in the vault, balance beam and floor exercise. She also won the bronze medal on bars with a score of 14.000. Amelia Hundley earned the bronze on beam with a score of 13.150. Key won the junior all-around title, and Hundley earned the bronze medal.
The United States opened the international rowing season by winning medals in five of six events at the Samsung World Cup Friday through Sunday in Penrith, Australia.
Caroline Lind and Meghan Musnicki were part of two silver-medal efforts, one in women’s pair and the other as part of the women’s eight, along with Taylor Ritzel, Grace Luczak, Amanda Polk, Sara Hendershot, Ellen Tomek and Adrienne Martelli.
The United States also took silver in the women’s quadruple sculls and men’s eight.
Eleanor Logan, Susan Francia, Esther Lofgren and Megan Kalmoe medaled in women’s quadruple sculls. Logan and Francia are two-time Olympic gold medalists.
The men’s eight team featured Stephen Young, Michael Gennaro, Tom Peszek, Tom Dethlefs, Stephen Kasprzyk, Brandon Shald, Nareg Guregian, David Banks and Grant James.
Logan claimed bronze in women’s single sculls.
Australia is the first stop of the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup circuit. The second stage will be held June 21-23 in Eton, Great Britain. The final stage will take place July 12-14 in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Mariel Zagunis extended her streak of medal-winning efforts in international events to five Saturday. The two-time Olympic champion took a bronze medal in the women’s saber Moscow Grand Prix in Russia. Dagmara Wozniak added a seventh-place finish.
Elsewhere, Olympic medalist Courtney Hurley won her second NCAA title by defeating London Olympic Games teammate Susie Scanlan in the women’s epée championship.
Hurley and fellow Olympian Lee Kiefer, who took the women’s foil, won gold medals for Notre Dame.
Alexander Massialas won a men’s foil national title for Stanford, beating U.S. Olympic teammate Gerek Meinhardt in the semifinals.
Daryl Homer, another Olympian, was third in men’s saber while representing St. John’s.
Meanwhile, Soren Thompson took 10th in the men’s epée World Cup event in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Vincent Hancock won the skeet shooting gold medal Friday and Saturday at the ISSF World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico. Hancock, the reigning two-time Olympic gold medalist, won his eighth career World Cup medal.
“After the 2008 Games, I was close to quitting,” Hancock said. “The motivation to continue was missing. But now, after winning London’s Games, I’ve clearly defined my goal and Rio 2016 is in my sights.”
The United States finished second overall in the first World Cup event of the season, earning three medals.
Ian Rupert earned a bronze medal in double trap. Brian Burrows had placed second in men’s trap earlier in the week.
Hancock was one of four U.S. finishers in the top eight in skeet. Jon Michael McGrath was fourth, Haley Dunn seventh and Jaiden Grinnell eighth.
SNOWBOARDING: American Jamie Anderson earned a women’s slopestyle snowboarding silver medal Friday in X Games at Tignes, France. Eric Willett was fourth in men’s slopestyle. David Wise finished second in the men’s ski superpipe.
RACQUETBALL: Rhonda Rajsich and Sharon Jackson won their singles matches and teamed for a doubles win Saturday to get the United States started at the Pan American Championships in Cali, Colombia.
Marco Rojas also won his first singles match in the event, which continues through March 31.
JUDO: Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison won the 70 kg title Sunday at the Continental Cup in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Hannah Martin took silver at 63 kg Saturday when Aaron Kinihiro took bronze at 60 kg. Samantha Bleier earned a silver medal in the 78 kg class.
DIVING: Troy Dumais was fifth in the 3-meter diving Friday after joining his brother, Dwight Dumais, for a fourth-place finish in the 3-meter synchronized Thursday at the FINA World Series event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
FIELD HOCKEY: The U.S. women’s indoor team is 1-2 halfway through a trip to Argentina that will conclude Wednesday. The United States defeated the Argentina U-19 team 6-4 Saturday before losing to Argentina twice on Sunday, 3-1 and 1-0. Margaux Paolino scored twice in Saturday’s win.
EQUESTRIAN: Misdee Wrigley-Miller won her first USEF National Pairs Championship in Ocala, Fla.
SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING: Host Stanford won the team, duet and trio finals at the U.S. Collegiate Championships Saturday. Six members of last year's U.S. national team — Mary Killman, Mariya Koroleva, Olivia Morgan, Megan Hansley, Morgan Fuller and Michelle Moore — won medals at the championships. Killman and Koroleva competed in duet at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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.