Team USA Weekend Preview: May 24, 2013
Jennifer Suhr celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's pole vault final at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Aug. 6, 2012 in London, England.
As Americans prepare for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, some of which will be filled with barbeques and rest and relaxation, many U.S. athletes will be around the world representing the United States in the field of play. Olympians and Paralympians will be vying for medals in everything from track and field to volleyball to fencing.
TRACK AND FIELD
adidas Grand Prix, Diamond League, May 25, New York City
The adidas Grand Prix meet is packed with Olympians, but many eyes certainly will be on the women’s pole vault.
Olympic gold medalist and world indoor record-holder Jenn Suhr will battle Olympic silver medalist Yarisley Silva of Cuba and 2011 world champion Fabiana Murer of Brazil, among others. The event is attracting so much attention that the pole vault runway from the Millrose Games is being placed along the homestretch of the running lanes at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island in New York City so that fans can get a better view of the competition.
Suhr is one of seven U.S. Olympic gold medalists participating in the meet, which is the second event in the 2013 USATF Championship Series and a domestic stop in the IAAF Diamond League. Olympic champion Brittney Reese will face Olympic bronze medalist Janay DeLoach Soukup and a strong field in the women’s long jump. Olympic champion Christian Taylor is entered in the men’s triple jump, Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross is in the women’s 400 and Tyson Gay headlines the men’s 100.
Read more about Sanya Richards-Ross here.
Olympic gold medalist Bianca Knight will battle Olympic bronze medalists DeeDee Trotter and Veronica Campbell-Brown in the women’s 200. Olympic silver medalist Michael Tinsley is part of a strong field in the men’s 400 hurdles, which includes American Johnny Dutch who last weekend won the Ponce Grand Prix in 48.02, the fastest time in the world this year.
TV: 1 p.m.-3 p.m. ET Saturday, NBC; 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Universal Sports
Also in track and field:
BT Great CityGames, May 25, Manchester, England: Two-time Paralympic medalist Blake Leeper and London 2012 Paralympic Games bronze medalist David Prince will be among the U.S. Paralympic athletes competing. One of the event highlights is the men’s 100-meter (T44 class) in which Leeper will face England’s Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock.
Read more about Blake Leeper here.
USA Paratriathlon National Championships, May 27, Austin, Texas
A record field of nearly 80 paratriathletes, including 11 defending national champions, will compete Monday in the USA Paratriathlon National Championships in Austin, Texas. The competition will be held in seven paratriathlon categories and consist of a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bicycle event and 5k run.
Gold medalists in their events will qualify for the 2013 USA Paratriathlon National Team. Defending champions include 2012 world gold medalists Patricia Collins (women’s TRI-5) and Melissa Stockwell (women’s TRI-2). Stockwell competed in the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and is a three-time world paratriathlon champion.
Also in triathlon:
New Orleans Triathlon, May 26, New Orleans
Sartell Apple Duathlon, Team USA qualifier for Duathlon World Championships, May 25, Sartell, Minn.
FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam, May 22-26, Corrientes, Argentina
Olympic silver medalists April Ross and Jennifer Kessy, the No. 2 seeds in the FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam, won their first two pool-play matches Thursday in Argentina. They defeated No. 18 Tatyana Mashkova and Irina Tsimbalova of Kazakhstan, 21-16, 21-15, and No. 31 Ana Gallay and Maria Virginia Zonta of Argentina, 21-11, 21-13. The U.S. women’s teams of Lauren Fendrick and Brittany Hochevar, and Emily Day and Summer Ross split two matches Thursday.
Seventh-seeded Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson lead three U.S. men’s teams. They defeated U.S. teammates Todd Rogers and Ryan Doherty, 21-18, 22-20 in their opening match Thursday. Rogers and Doherty also won a match, and No. 15 Nick Lucena and Brad Keenan also went 1-1 on the opening day of pool play.
The women’s medal round is scheduled for Saturday, followed by the men’s medal round Sunday.
U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Red vs. Blue scrimmage, May 24, Los Angeles
London 2012 silver medalists Megan Hodge, Danielle Scott-Arruda, Courtney Thompson, Nicole Davis and Tama Miyashiro will be among 33 players on the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team roster for its Red vs. Blue scrimmage Friday night at the Windward School in Los Angeles. It is the second of three scrimmages to be held in May open to the public.
The third scrimmage will be held May 31 in Irvine, Calif. The team is in the third week of its summer training block at the USA National Team Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Also in volleyball:
USA Volleyball Open National Championships, May 24-29, Louisville, Ky.
World Cup, men’s epée, May 24, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Grand Prix, women’s saber, May 25, Tianjin, China
After winning team gold at a World Cup tournament in Chicago, and three team bronze medals earlier this season, the U.S. women’s saber team is on a roll. The squad includes two-time Olympic champion Mariel Zagunis, who has medaled in five of her last six international tournaments. A Grand Prix tournament Saturday in China, along with a World Cup tournament in Argentina on Friday for the U.S. men’s epée team, will be the final international action before the U.S. teams are named for the Senior World Championships and Pan American Championships.
Two-time Olympian Soren Thompson, a seventh-place finisher three weeks ago at the Paris World Cup, is among the leaders on the men’s epée team.
Also in fencing:
World Cup, men’s foil, May 24, La Havane, Cuba
World Cup, women’s foil, May 24, Marseille, France
Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road & Time Trial National Championship, May 25-27, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Defending men’s champion Tim Duggan and women’s champion Megan Guarnier will be among the top cyclists competing Saturday and Monday in the Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road & Time Trial National Championship. The time trials will be held Saturday at the Volkswagen Chattanooga (Tenn.) Plant, followed by Monday’s road races which will include a climb up Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga.
The women’s road race consists of a 102-kilometer course, the men’s race is 165 kilometers. In addition to Duggan, a 2012 Olympian, elite men’s title contenders include Brent Bookwalter, Matthew Busche and Lawson Craddock. In the elite women’s race, 2012 Olympian Evelyn Stevens, Carmen Small, Jade Wilcoxson, Alison Powers, Kristin McGrath, Robin Farina and Alison Tetrick are among the contenders.
TV: 4 p.m.-6 p.m. ET Monday, Universal Sports
Also in cycling:
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, May 25-26, Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic
Plattekill Gravity Open, USA Cycling Pro GRT, May 26, Roxbury, N.Y.
Middle Earth Tour, USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar, May 27, Somerville, N.J.
FINA World League prelims, May 24-27, Los Alamitos, Calif.
The USA Water Polo Women’s National Team will begin play in the FINA World League preliminary round Friday against Canada, and the U.S. men will play Canada and Brazil on Saturday. The four-day event will be held in Los Alamitos, Calif.
USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team Trials, May 23-27, Colorado Springs
The road to the FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women begins this week with a selection camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The camp will cut down a pool of 132 players to 12. In addition to 32 athletes invited to the camp by the USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee, another 100 players arrived at the camp through an open-application process.
The team, coached by Sue Phillips of Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif., is expected to be named May 27. The final team will return to camp June 10 in preparation for the FIBA Americas U16 Championship, which begins June 19 in Cancun, Mexico.
U.S. Eagles Men’s National Team vs. Canada, Pacific Nations Cup, May 25, Edmonton, Canada
Todd Clever, the team captain, leads a list of 24 players named by U.S. Eagles Men’s National Team coach Mike Tolkin for Saturday’s Pacific Nations Cup game against Canada. The match in Edmonton, Alberta, opens the Eagles’ spring 2013 schedule and is the first of four Pacific Nations Cup matches. The Eagles will play host to Tonga on June 14 in Carson, Calif.
Also included in the U.S. lineup are Eagles Sevens players Blaine Scully and Luke Hume.
ISSF World Cup, rifle and pistol, May 24, Munich, Germany
Four-time Olympian Daryl Szarenski, two-time Olympian Eric Uptagrafft and 2012 Olympian Michael McPhail will be among the U.S. shooters at the third ISSF World Cup event of the year in Munich, Germany. The competition begins Friday. McPhail has placed second and seventh in World Cup prone rifle events this year.
Saumur CCI3*, May 23-26, Saumur, France
Hannah Sue Burnett and Marilyn Little of the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team were among the top five riders after the first day of dressage tests at the Saumur CCI3* event in France. Burnett, riding Harbour Pilot, scored 48.60 for second place.
Other U.S. riders among the 46 rider-horse combinations are Buck Davidson, a gold medalist at the 2011 Pan American Games, and Will Faudree. Burnett and Harbour Pilot won individual silver and team gold at the 2011 Pan Ams.
Also in equestrian:
Rome CSIO5*, Nations Cup, May 23-26, Rome
Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Western Selection Trial, May 24-26, Flintridge, Calif.
IJF World Masters, May 25-26, Tyumen, Russia
London 2012 Olympians Nick Delpopolo and Marti Malloy, along with Hannah Martin, are representing the United States at the IJF Masters World Championships in Russia. The competition will be held Saturday and Sunday.
USA Field Hockey Women’s National Championships, May 23-29, Norfolk, Va.
More than 100 field hockey athletes, each hoping to land a spot on the USA Field Hockey Women’s National Team, are competing this week in the USA Field Hockey Women’s National Championships. The tournament continues through Wednesday at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.
USA Field Hockey head coach Craig Parnham is using the tournament to evaluate and choose players for the national team.
Also in field hockey:
California Cup, May 24-27, Moorpark, Calif.
BNP Paribas World Team Cup, May 20-26, Antalya, Turkey
The American quad team of Nick Taylor, David Wagner, Bryan Barten and Greg Hasterok was to play Japan on Friday in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Turkey. If the United States wins, it will face Israel or Italy in the finals. The United States is attempting to win a record eighth World Team Cup championship.
Taylor and Wagner scored singles victories in a quarterfinal-round win over Great Britain.
Also in tennis:
French Open, May 26-June 9, Paris
The world’s tennis stars will convene in Paris for the second Grand Slam event of the year. Among the U.S. players competing in the famed Roland Garros court will be Serena Williams, who is the No. 1 seed in the tournament. Her sister, Venus, is No. 30.
Junior Greco World Duals, May 25-26, Concord, Calif.
The 14th Junior Greco World Duals will include up-and-coming wrestlers from the United States, Sweden, Norway and Honduras. The showcase tournament in Concord, Calif., is a part of World Wrestling Month. A number of U.S. teams will participate. The tournament’s format includes a round-robin, dual-meet competition, along with an individual tournament.
Also in wrestling:
ASICS University and FILA Cadet National Championships, May 23-26, Akron, Ohio
Sudirman Cup, May 19-26, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Eva Lee and Halim Haryanto Ho were among 10 U.S. athletes in the Sudirman Cup, which is the world mixed team badminton championships. The tournament semifinals Saturday will feature defending champion China against Denmark, and Thailand facing South Korea.