|2012 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte|
Top U.S. athletes are competing around the United States this weekend in sports such as triathlon, track and field, swimming, diving and wrestling. Perhaps the biggest event, however, is the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, which features ill and injured service members from the United States and United Kingdom and even will have a guest appearance from Prince Harry. Check out the Team USA Weekend Preview for all of the info.
Fourth annual Warrior Games presented by Deloitte, May 11-16, Colorado Springs
Approximately 260 wounded, ill and injured service members will participate in the fourth annual Warrior Games presented by Deloitte. The competition begins Saturday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
There will be five U.S. teams representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force and Special Operations, as well as one international team from the British Armed Forces. Teams will compete in seven sports including archery, cycling, shooting, sitting-volleyball, swimming, track and field and wheelchair basketball.
Navy Lt. Bradley Snyder, a three-time medalist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and a 2012 Warrior Games athlete, is the honorary torchbearer for the Opening Ceremony. Prince Harry of the United Kingdom also is scheduled to appear as a team from the United Kingdom also participates in the Warrior Games.
“We are proud to host the Warrior Games at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the Air Force Academy,” said Charlie Huebner, USOC Chief of Paralympics. “Paralympic sport has a tremendously positive impact on individuals with physical disabilities, and the Warrior Games allow us to salute these fine young men and women who have served their countries honorably.”
The competition, hosted by the U.S. Olympic Committee, is also supported by the Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, USO, Fisher House Foundation, AT&T, BP, Budweiser and the Semper Fi Fund. With the exception of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, which are invitation-only events, all Warrior Games events are free and open to the public.
The U.S. Marine Corps is looking to extend its winning streak at the Warrior Games. It has won the Chairman's Cup all three years of the event.
ITU World Triathlon Series, May 10, Yokohama, Japan
Gwen Jorgensen, a 2012 Olympian who in April became the first American woman to win an ITU World Triathlon Series event, and Jarrod Shoemaker will represent the United States in the third leg of the 2013 ITU World Triathlon Series.
Jorgensen, the top-ranked U.S. woman in the world standings and No. 6 overall, made history April 19 by winning the Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego.
“It’s a huge honor and I think it’s only going to increase our athletes in the U.S.,” she said at the time.
Jorgensen has three career podium finishes in the series.
Shoemaker, who opened the 2013 season by winning bronze at the Clermont ITU Pan American Cup in Florida, is ranked No. 29 in the world standings.
The Olympic-distance event consists of a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike race and 10k run.
Webcast: triathlonlive.tv, 7 p.m. ET Friday
TV: Noon and 4 p.m. Saturday, Universal Sports
TRACK AND FIELD
2013 IAAF Diamond League, Doha, Qatar, May 10
The season-opening Diamond League meet has the feel of a victory parade for stars of the London 2012 Olympic Games. There will be 29 medalists from London taking part Friday in what is considered the traditional start to a season that culminates this year with the world championship in Moscow.
One of the biggest stars in the event is Allyson Felix, who won three gold medals in London last summer. Her lone race will be in the 400. She is not entered in the 200, considered her best event, and the 100 is not being held in Doha.
Another big showdown will be in the 100 hurdles which features Olympic silver medalist Dawn Harper, Olympic bronze medalist Kellie Wells and fourth-place Olympic finisher Lolo Jones.
Early American winners in Doha are long jumper Brittany Reese (7.25) and Ryan Whiting in the shot put (22.28).
TV: Noon, Universal Sports
IAU 24 Hour World Championship, May 11-12, Steenburgen, Netherlands
Twelve runners will represent the United States at the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) 24 Hour World Championship in Steenburgen, Netherlands. U.S. runners are: Connie Gardner, Suzanna Bon, Anne Lundblad, Sabrina Little Moran, Traci Falbo, Deb Horn, Mike Morton, Jon Olsen, Joe Fejes, Serge Arbona, Harvey Lewis, Scott Traer.
Also in track and field:
USA 25km Championships, Fifth Third River Bank Run, May 11, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Arena Grand Prix, May 9-12, Charlotte, N.C.
London 2012 Olympians Katie Ledecky and Olympian Connor Jaeger each won their events in meet-record times Thursday, the opening day of competition in the Arena Grand Prix in Charlotte, N.C. Ledecky held off two-time Olympian Chloe Sutton to win the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle with a time of 16:04.58.
“I’m in pretty hard training right now,” said Ledecky, who won the gold medal in the 800 in London. “The time was a lot faster than I thought it would be.”
Jaeger, a member of the University of Michigan’s NCAA championship team, won the men’s 800 freestyle in 7:53.35. He is the top seed in the men’s 1,500 free.
The Grand Prix event continues through Sunday. A stacked field of Olympians includes Allison Schmitt, the No. 1 seed in the women’s 200 and 400 freestyle; Elizabeth Beisel, the top seed in the women‘s 400 and 200 individual medley, and 200 backstroke; Jessica Hardy, the top seed in the women’s 50 breaststroke, and 50 and 100 free; two-time Olympian Dana Vollmer, the top seed in the women’s 50 and 100 butterfly; and five-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte, the No. 1 seed in the men’s 200 IM and backstroke, and No. 2 seed in the 50 and 100 fly.
TV: 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, Universal Sports
AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix, May 9-12, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Competing for the first time since the London 2012 Olympic Games, Olympic gold medalist David Boudia had a second-place finish in the men’s 10-meter semifinals Thursday at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix. In Saturday’s 10-meter final, he will battle China’s Zhang Yanquan for gold.
“I wasn’t nearly as sharp as I was in London, but I love being back representing Team USA,” Boudia said.
Zhang, an Olympic gold medalist in men’s 10-meter synchronized diving, won his semifinal group with a score of 529.65. Boudia totaled 465.85 points. American Steele Johnson also advanced to the semifinals and scored 391.95 points for fifth in semi A and 10th overall.
Read more about Steele Johnson here.
Also reaching a final Saturday was Amanda Burke, a finalist in women’s 3-meter. She placed second in her semifinal group, behind China’s Liu Jiao, after placing 10th in the preliminaries.
Friday, the competition features the men’s 3-meter prelims and semifinals, and women’s 10-meter. Troy Dumais, a 2012 Olympian, and his brother, Dwight, are among the contenders in men’s 3-meter.
IIHF Men’s World Championship, May 3-19, Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden
A three-goal game by Craig Smith on Wednesday led the U.S. Men’s National Team to a 4-1 win over Finland for its third victory in the IIHF Men’s World Championship in Helsinki, Finland. The United States will face France on Saturday, Germany on Sunday and Slovakia on Tuesday to finish up preliminary round play.
Team USA has won three of four games, losing only to Russia. The quarterfinal round will be played Thursday, leading up to the May 19 medal round.
“It was certainly a terrific win for our team in a hostile environment,” U.S. coach Joe Sacco of said of the win over host Finland played in front of a sellout crowd of 12,484.
Smith plays for the NHL Nashville Predators. The team consists of players from 10 NHL teams that did not make the playoffs and a number of minor leaguers.
TV: 5:15 a.m. ET Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports Network
Curby Cup, May 11, Lagrange, Ill.
Spenser Mango, a two-time Olympian, and 2012 Olympians Ellis Coleman and Ben Provisor headline a list of seven U.S. wrestlers competing Saturday against Hungary, Lithuania and Serbia in the Jacob Curby Cup in Lagrange, Ill.
The tournament features Greco-Roman wrestling, kicking off World Wrestling Month. It will be held at Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, a western suburb of Chicago.
Mango will wrestle at 55 kilograms/121 pounds, Coleman at 66kg/145.5 and Provisor at 74kg/163. Other U.S. wrestlers are 2013 U.S. Open champion Joe Betterman, 60kg/132; two-time U.S. Open champ Jordan Holm, 84kg/185; Marcus Finau, 96kg/211.5; and David Arendt, 120kg/264.5. The international field includes two-time Olympian Davor Stefanek (66kg/145.5) of Serbia, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Mindaugas Mizgaitis (120kg/264.5) of Lithuania and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Tamas Lorincz (66kg/145.5) of Hungary.
Also in wrestling:
The Rumble on the Rails, U.S. vs. Iran and Russia, May 15, Grand Central Terminal, New York City
Sofia International, May 9-11, Sofia, Bulgaria
Acro Cup pairs champions Beth Landeche and Nicole Barrilleaux are competing this week in the Sofia International World Cup in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Also in gymnastics:
U.S. Women’s Junior Olympic National Championships and Junior Olympic National Invitational Tournament, May 10-12, Minneapolis.
USA Gymnastics Rhythmic National Qualifier, May 10-12, Deerfield, Ill.
World Cup, May 10-12, Szeged, Hungary
Ryan Dolan and Tim Hornsby will compete in men’s kayak and Maggie Hogan and Kaitlyn McElroy in women’s kayak at the first World Cup event of the season this weekend in Szeged, Hungary.
Hornsby, a 2012 Olympian, and Dolan will each compete in 200-meter men’s single kayak. Hogan and McElroy will compete in the 500- and 1,000-meter women’s doubles events.
Also in canoe/kayak:
USA Canoe/Kayak Collegiate Nationals and Spring Sprints, May 11, Gainesville, Ga.
World Cup, May 9-12, Budapest, Hungary
The fourth World Cup event of the season is this weekend in Budapest, Hungary. The World Cup season has included a gold medal-winning performance by Margaux Isaksen in March in Rio de Janeiro. Isaksen placed 11th in qualifying Thursday. The men’s qualifying was to take place Friday.
ISSF World Cup, rifle and pistol, May 6-12, Ft. Benning, Ga.
Four-time Olympian Emil Milev and London 2012 Olympian Keith Sanderson will be among the U.S. shooters competing for medals in the men’s 25-meter rapid fire pistol event Friday in the ISSF World Cup event being held in Ft. Benning, Ga.
The final three days of the World Cup will also feature women’s 50-meter three-position rifle Friday, women’s 25-meter pistol and men’s prone rifle on Saturday, and men’s 50-meter free pistol and men’s prone rifle Sunday.
Earlier this week, Will Brown won gold in men’s 10-meter air pistol and Dempster Christenson took silver in air rifle.
Also in shooting:
USA Shooting Spring Selection, May 10-12, men’s and women’s skeet
Grand Prix, men’s epee, May 11, Berne, Switzerland
Two-time Olympian Soren Thompson, who placed a season-best seventh at the Paris Epée World Cup last week, is expected to be among the U.S. contenders for a medal Saturday at a Grand Prix Men’s Epée tournament in Berne, Switzerland. The U.S. squad is defending world team champions in epée.
UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, May 10-11, Santiago del Estero, Argentina
Connor Fields, Barry Nobles, Justin Posey, Jared Garcia, Brooke Crain and Arielle Martin will represent USA Cycling at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup on Friday and Saturday in Argentina. Other top American riders in the second round of the World Cup include 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Donny Robinson and Dani George.
Crain finished runner-up in the women’s supercross final in the first round of the World Cup. Fields was fifth in the men’s race.
Also in cycling:
Tour de Grove, USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar, May 11, St. Louis, Mo.
HSBC Sevens World Series, May 11-12, London
The United States was placed in a pool with South Africa, Australia and France for the Marriott London Sevens, which is the last event on the HSBC Sevens World Series schedule. The USA Rugby Eagles are in 12th place in the HSBC Sevens standings and have already clinched core-team status for next year’s series.
Games will be played at Twickenham Stadium in London.
Webcast: 4 a.m. ET Sunday, universalsports.com
London Invitational 7s, May 11-12, London
The USA Rugby Women’s Eagles Sevens squad will play this weekend in the London Invitational 7s in preparation for next week’s IRB Women’s Sevens World Series event in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The United States will face Russia, Ireland and Canada on Saturday, followed by the final round Sunday.
Junior World Championships, May 3-11, Lima, Peru
Competition in the Junior World Championships in Lima, Peru, finishes up Saturday. A 15-member team is competing for the United States, including Kelly Charniga, who placed 11th in the 63-kilograms weight class, and Sheldon Stuckart, who totaled 283kg in the 85kg class.
Victory Tournament, May 9-12, Uman, Ukraine
A 13-member squad of 15- and 16-year-old boxers will represent the United States in the Victory Tournament through Sunday in Uman, Ukraine. The U.S. team ranges from Jordan White of Waldorf, Md., in the 101-pound weight class to Pano Tiatia of St. George, Utah, in the super-heavyweight class.
Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Paul D. Bowker 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.