Team USA Weekend Preview: May 3, 2013

By Paul D. Bowker | May 03, 2013, 11:53 a.m. (ET)
Mariel Zagunis shows her emotions after competing in the women's saber semifinal against Jiyeon Kim of Korea at the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on Aug. 1, 2012.

The summer season is now in full swing, but not before a few winter sports wrap up their seasons. This week the U.S. men’s hockey team kicks off World Championships play in Scandinavia. Meanwhile, U.S. athletes will be competing in fencing, beach volleyball, diving, gymnastics and other sports around the world as well. Check out the Team USA Weekend Preview for all of the details.


Absolute Fencing Gear Korfanty World Cup, men’s and women’s saber, May 3-5, Chicago

Two-time Olympic champion Mariel Zagunis will seek another World Cup podium finish this weekend in the only World Cup fencing event to be held in the United States this year. Zagunis, ranked No. 2 in the world in women’s saber, has posted five consecutive podium finishes.

Among the other 60 U.S. athletes at the Absolute Fencing Gear Korfanty World Cup are 2012 Olympian Daryl Homer, Olympian Dagmara Wozniak in the women’s tournament and Chicago native Eliza Stone, a first-year Senior World Cup fencer.

The tournament begins with pool rounds and preliminary tables Friday in both the men’s and women’s tournaments, followed by the elimination, semifinal and final rounds Saturday, and the team competition and individual medal rounds Sunday.

The tournament is named after Ed Korfanty, who coaches Zagunis. She has won silver the last two years at this tournament.

Also in fencing:

World Cup, men’s epée, May 3, Paris

World Cup, women’s foil, May 3, Shanghai

Grand Prix, men’s foil, May 4, Tokyo


IIHF Men’s World Championship, May 3-19, Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden

The U.S. Men’s National Team will begin chasing gold Saturday.

Team USA will open play in the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship Saturday, when it faces Austria. Ten NHL teams are represented on Team USA. The U.S. team is made up of NHL players whose teams are not in the Stanley Cup playoffs as well as minor-league players.

After Saturday’s opener, Team USA will continue pool play Sunday vs. Latvia, Tuesday vs. Russia and Wednesday vs. Finland. The quarterfinals are May 16, followed by the semifinals May 18 and the medal round May 19.

TV: 5:15 a.m. ET Saturday, NBC Sports Network


Jamaica International Invitational, May 4, Kingston, Jamaica

Two-time Olympian and 2012 gold medalist Tyson Gay and Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix will be among the Americans competing Saturday at the Jamaica International Invitational. Gay confirmed his appearance at the meet just this week. Felix, who won gold in the 200-meter race at the London 2012 Olympic Games, will battle Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica in the 100.

Read more about Allyson Felix being back on track here


FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, May 1-5, Shanghai

Beijing Olympic gold medalist Phil Dalhausser and his new partner Sean Rosenthal, the newly crowned Fuzhou Open champions, lost to the Brazilian team of Ricardo Alex Costa Santos and Alvaro Morais Filho, 21-19, 19-21, 15-13, in the second round of the elimination phase in Shanghai. This was the second tournament of the year for Dalhausser and Rosenthal, who won the Fuzhou Open.

Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson, seeded ninth, won all three of their Pool H matches. No. 14 seeds Nick Lucena and Brad Keenan also advanced.

Olympic silver medalists April Ross and Jennifer Kessy won their first pool-play matches in the women’s tournament Thursday. Also in the women’s tournament are the U.S. teams of Emily Day and Brittany Hochevar, Jennifer Fopma and Brooke Sweat, and Lauren Fendrick and Nicole Branagh. Women’s pool play and the first round was to be held Friday.

The $220,000 Shanghai Grand Slam, the first of a FIVB-record 10 Grand Slam events on the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar, will continue on Saturday with men’s semifinals and finals as well as two rounds of women’s elimination matches.

Also in beach volleyball:

AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships, May 3-5, Gulf Shores, Ala.


Canada Cup, FINA Grand Prix, May 2-5, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

Samantha Pickens placed third in her semifinal group Thursday and advanced to Saturday’s finals in the women’s 3-meter diving event at the Canada Cup in Gatineau, Quebec. Pickens scored 311.10 points in the semifinals to grab a spot in the finals. David Bonuchi just missed qualifying for the men’s 10-meter finals, placing fourth in the semifinals. Only the top three in each semifinal move on to the finals.

Michael Hixon, a University of Texas recruit, and Darien Schmidt, an Indiana University diver, will compete Friday in the men’s 3-meter preliminaries and semifinals. Overall, 10 U.S. divers are competing in the FINA Grand Prix event.


ISSF World Cup, rifle and pistol, May 6-12, Ft. Benning, Ga.

Twelve U.S. Olympians will be among 300 athletes competing in the ISSF World Cup for rifle and pistol hosted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit in Ft. Benning, Ga. The competition begins Monday with the men’s 10-meter air rifle and women’s 10-meter air pistol.

The list of Olympians includes U.S. Army soldiers Eric Uptagrafft, Michael McPhail and Jason Parker, and four-time Olympians Libby Callahan and Emil Milev.

“I’m excited to be able to compete in Ft. Benning again,” said Milev, who earned the silver in rapid fire pistol at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games when he was still with the Bulgaria National Team. “This is going to be my first international start after the Olympic Games and the anticipation is building up. I changed a lot of things in my training routine, and I’m looking forward to this competition for affirmation of all the work I’ve done in the last six months.”


U.S. Elite Challenge, May 3-5, Frisco, Texas

London 2012 Olympians Steven Gluckstein and Savannah Vinsant will be among more than 400 gymnasts competing at the U.S. Elite Challenge beginning Friday in Frisco, Texas. Performances at the meet, combined with results from the World Games Trials, will determine the U.S. team for the 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia.

Gluckstein and his brother, Jeffrey, won the men’s synchronized event at the World Games Trials, and Vinsant and 2012 Olympic alternate Dakota Earnest won the women’s synchro.

The competition is also a qualifying event for the U.S. Trampoline and Tumbling Championships.

U.S. Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships, May 2-5, Portland, Ore.

Defending Level 10 champion Marvin Kimble and defending Level 9 champion Cameron Bock will be among more than 700 of the nation’s top men’s gymnasts competing through Sunday in the U.S. Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships. For Level 10 (age 15-18) athletes, the event is a qualifier for the USA Gymnastics National Championships.

Also in gymnastics:

Women’s Junior Olympic Level 9 Eastern Championships, May 2-5, Battle Creek, Mich.

Women’s Junior Olympic Level 9 Western Championships, May 2-5, Roseville, Calif.


Pan Am Continental Road Championships, May 1-5, Zacatecas, Mexico

Carmen Small won a silver medal in the women’s individual time trial Thursday at the Pan Am Continental Road Championships in Zacatecas, Mexico. She’ll race again Saturday in the elite women’s road race, along with U.S. cyclists Ally Stacher and Tayler Wiles. Small’s runner-up finish Thursday was impressive, considering that she lost time to a crash in her third lap.

“The first couple of laps were solid,” Small said. “I was putting in quality time over the other girls. Then at the start of the third lap a gust of wind blew a banner up and it grabbed my bars and I went down pretty quick. I got up quickly, but then my chain came off. After that I tried to get back into a rhythm and do damage control.”

She finished with a time of 32:35.475, behind winner Ingrid Drexel of Mexico.

USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships, May 3-5, Ogden, Utah

Kaitlin Antonneau of Marian University and Katie Quinn of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will attempt to defend their 2012 women’s omnium national titles at the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships in Ogden, Utah. The three-day event features hundreds of cyclists from 100 colleges and universities.

Also in cycling:

Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling, May 5, Dana Point, Calif.

Silver City Tour of the Gia powered by SRAM, USA Cycling NRC, May 1-5, Silver City, N.M.

USA CRITS Speed Week “B,” May 3-5, South Carolina and Georgia


Spanish Open, May 3-5, Alicante, Spain

London 2012 Olympians Steven Lopez and Diana Lopez are among 16 USA Taekwondo athletes who are competing for podium finishes in the Spanish Open through Sunday in Alicante, Spain. Steven Lopez will compete in the men’s welterweight class. His brother, Mark, will compete at lightweight, and sister, Diana, will compete in the women’s lightweight.


IJF Grand Prix, May 4-5, Baku, Azerbaijan

Nick Delpopolo will compete in the IJF Grand Slam Baku, which will be held Saturday and Sunday. He fights in the 73-kilogram weight class. Delpopolo won gold two weeks ago at the Pan American Championships.


USA Curling Winter World University Games Trials, May 3-5, Blaine, Minn.

Chris Plys, a 2010 Olympian, and Courtney George, a 2006 Olympian, are the skips for two of the nine teams who’ll compete beginning Friday in the U.S. selection trials for the Winter World University Games. Five women’s squads and four men’s squads are in the competition. The winning men’s team and the winning women’s team will be nominated to represent the United States at the Winter World University Games in December in Trentino, Italy.

Plys won gold at the 2007 Winter World University Games and is a four-time U.S. junior national champion. George is a two-time junior national champion. Her team finished second in the 2013 USA Curling Women’s National Championship.


IHF Continental Cup, April 29-May 5, Guatemala City, Guatemala

The USA Team Handball U21 Men’s National Team won its first two matches in the International Handball Federation Continental Cup, including 32-18 Thursday over Paraguay and 31-22 over host Guatemala.


Junior World Championships, May 3-11, Lima, Peru

Fifteen U.S. weightlifters, including Darren Barnes in the men’s 56-kilogram weight class and his twin brother, Darrel Barnes, at 62kg, will represent the United States at the Junior World Championships in Lima, Peru. Following a week of training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, the team has arrived in Peru. The junior worlds continue through May 11.

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.