Team USA Weekend Preview: March 29, 2013

By Paul D. Bowker | March 29, 2013, 11:22 a.m. (ET)
Kyla Ross competes on the balance beam in the women's gymnastics team final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England.

The winter sports season continues to wrap up this weekend with the opportunity for Team USA to claim an Olympic berth at the world championships in men’s curling, as well as junior world championships in freestyle skiing. Meanwhile, eight women’s gymnasts who hope to make a run for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will compete against Germany and Romania, while other top U.S. athletes are in action this weekend in beach volleyball, boxing, judo, table tennis and more. Check out the Team USA Weekend Preview for all of the details.


USA Gymnastics European Tour, March 29-30, Chemnitz, Germany

Simone Biles, who won all-around, vault, balance beam and floor exercise gold at the Jesolo Trophy competition last week in Italy, is among eight U.S. women competing this weekend in a tri-meet with Germany and Romania in Chemnitz, Germany. Also on the team are seniors Brenna Dowell, Peyton Ernst, Maggie Nichols, Lexie Priessman, 2012 Olympic team gold medalist Kyla Ross, and juniors Amelia Hundley and Bailie Key.

The competition finishes up a two-week European tour for the team that was selected from a women’s national team camp earlier this month at the USA Gymnastics Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch in Texas.

Also in gymnastics:

USA Gymnastics Men’s Collegiate National Championships, March 29-30, Williamsburg, Va.


Ford World Men’s Curling Championship, March 30-April 7, Victoria, B.C., Canada

A men’s curling berth in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be at stake for the United States in the Ford World Men’s Curling Championships, which opens Saturday in Victoria, B.C. The first seven Olympic spots are determined by qualification points at the 2012 and 2013 world championships. The United States is currently ranked eighth. The eighth Olympic berth goes to host Russia, and the ninth and 10th spots will be determined in December at a last qualification event.

Brady Clark, a nine-time U.S. mixed champion and three-time mixed doubles champion, is captain of the U.S. rink and is in the men’s world championships for the first time. Other members of his team are Sean Beighton, Darren Lehto, Philip Tilker and Greg Persinger.

The United States will open play Saturday against Denmark, followed by matches on Sunday against Japan and Switzerland, Monday against Sweden and 2012 world champion Canada, Tuesday against China, Wednesday against Finland and Czech Republic, and Thursday against Russia and Norway. The playoffs begin April 5, followed by the medal round April 7.

TV: Noon ET Monday, Universal Sports

Webcast: 5 p.m. Saturday,


World Team Classic, March 28-31, Guangzhou, China

Ariel Hsing, a 2012 Olympian and a high school student in California, is among three Americans competing this week in the World Team Classic in Guangzhou, China. The U.S. team of Hsing, 16-year-old Erica Wu and 23-year-old Judy Hugh is seeded No. 9 in the tournament.


FIS Freestyle Junior World Championships, March 26-31, Valmalenco, Italy

Freestyle skiers Broby Leeds and Zyre Austin won silver medals Thursday in the men’s and women’s halfpipe, respectively, at the FIS Freestyle Junior World Championships. The skicross finals were to be held Friday, followed by dual moguls Saturday and slopestyle Sunday.


NORCECA Beach Circuit, March 29-31, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Jennifer Fopma and Brooke Sweat, who won bronze medals at the season-opening NORCECA Beach Circuit tournament last week, will be one of two U.S. teams competing this weekend at the next circuit stop in the Dominican Republic. Brad Keenan and John Mayer of the United States will compete in the men’s tournament.


Grand Prix, March 30-31, Samsun, Turkey

Nicholas Delpopolo will represent the United States in an IJF Grand Prix tournament Saturday and Sunday, in Samsun, Turkey. He will compete in the 73-kilogram weight class.


USA Boxing National Championships, April 1-6, Spokane, Wash.

Ten athletes from the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, including Eros Correa, Shawn Simpson and Cam F. Awesome (formerly known as Lenroy Thompson), will be among those competing for gold in the USA Boxing National Championships in Spokane, Wash. The opening rounds begin Monday in the six-day tournament. The tournament draw will be held Sunday.

Nearly 500 athletes are registered to compete. For the first time, athletes in the elite men’s division will not use headgear.


IRB HSBC Sevens World Series, March 30-31, Tokyo

The USA Rugby Eagles will play Saturday and Sunday in the seventh round of the IRB HSBC Sevens World Series in Tokyo. The United States is tied for 13th place in the Sevens World Series standings after winning one of five matches last week at the Hong Kong Sevens. Carlin Isles leads the team with 10 tries.

“We are working hard to take the good moments out of our performances in Hong Kong and apply them in Tokyo,” Eagles coach Alexander Magleby said.

TV: 3:30-5:30 p.m. ET Sunday, NBC Sports Network

Webcast: 8 p.m. Saturday,


US Cup Triple Crown, March 30-31, Fontana, Calif.

Women’s and men’s Pro Cross-Country Tour (XCT) races will be held Saturday and Sunday as a part of the US Cup Triple Crown stop in Fontana, Calif.


Norton Youth National Championships, March 30-31, Lake Placid, N.Y.

The final event of the national luge season will take place this weekend, when the Norton Youth National Championships are held at the Olympic Sports Complex near Lake Placid, N.Y. Summer Britcher and Aidan Kelley won the Norton junior championships last weekend.


Laura Walker Tournament, March 29-31, West Point, N.Y.

Nine of the top women’s handball teams in the nation will compete Friday through Sunday at the Laura Walker Tournament in West Point, N.Y. Two teams from West Point, two from North Carolina, and squads from New York, Boston and Chicago are among those in the nine-team field. The annual tournament is named in honor of U.S. Army Second Lt. Laura Walker, a West Point graduate who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2005.


USA Open and Junior International Cup, March 27-29, Las Vegas, Nev.

Athletes from 36 nations, including the United States, are competing this week at the USA Open and Junior International Cup in Las Vegas. Competition is being held at all age levels.


Pan American Racquetball Championships, March 20-30, Cali, Colombia

Competition continues through Saturday in the Pan American Racquetball Championships in Cali, Colombia. The semifinals are scheduled for Friday, followed by the medal rounds Sunday. Rhonda Rajsich, Sharon Jackson, Marco Rojas and Jansen Allen are representing USA Racquetball.


Girls Folkstyle Nationals and University Nationals, March 29-31, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Competition begins Friday in the USA Wrestling Girls Folkstyle National Championships and University Nationals at Oklahoma City University. Among the 2012 champions eligible to defend their crowns are Adeline Gray, a 2012 world champion and U.S. Olympic Trials finalist; Vanessa Smith, Alesha Zappitella, Rachel Hale, Yvonne Galindo and Ashley Miles.

Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor for 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.