There aren’t a ton of events this weekend, but there are some big ones. Thousands of runners will take to the streets of New York as the marathon returns to the Big Apple for the first time in two years as Hurricane Sandy canceled the event a year ago. The ISU Figure Skating Grand Prix continues with the Cup of China, the World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships begin in Indonesia and some of the biggest names in beach volleyball serve it up at the FIVB Phuket Open in Thailand. Check out the Team USA Weekend Preview for all the details.
ING New York City Marathon, Nov. 3, New York City
Nearly 50,000 competitors are expected to participate in the ING New York City Marathon Sunday and one of them hopes to complete a Grand Slam.
Three-time Paralympic gold medalist Tatyana McFadden is seeking a record fourth marathon victory this season having already won in Boston, London and Chicago. McFadden, 24, is a student at the University of Illinois who was born with spina bifida. She won the New York Marathon back in 2010.
McFadden, who captured six gold medals at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, earlier this year, is also training in Nordic skiing. She hopes to compete in her first Paralympic Winter Games in March in Sochi, Russia.
U.S. Olympian Meb Keflezighi, who was the top American finisher at the London 2012 Olympic Games with a fourth-place finish in the marathon, and Kara Goucher are entered in men’s and women’s races in New York. Another Olympian, Ryan Hall, had planned on competing in New York but withdrew with a hip injury.
The race is returning after one-year absence as the event was canceled last year due to damage in the New York area from Hurricane Sandy. Security will be strong because of the bomb explosions at the 2013 Boston Marathon.
Ted Corbitt, Olympian Bill Rodgers, 1972 Olympic marathon gold medalist and 1984 Olympic champion Joan Benoit Samuelson were inducted into the New York Road Runners Hall of Fame on Thursday.
TV: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2
Cup of China, Nov. 2-3, Beijing
Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games contender Agnes Zawadzki will seek a podium finish in the Cup of China in Beijing, an event that is part of the ISU Grand Prix series. Zawadzki, the 2013 U.S. bronze medalist, placed fourth earlier this season at the U.S. International Classic. The short program will be Friday. Zawadzki left coach Christy Krall and recently returned to coach Tom Zakrajsek who had coached her earlier in her career.
Richard Dornbush, who placed sixth at the 2011 Cup of China, will be the only U.S. skater in the men’s competition. U.S. silver medalists Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim will compete in pairs, along with U.S. bronze medalists Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay.
Madison Chock and Evan Bates, the 2013 U.S. silver medalists in ice dancing, hope to keep their momentum going after winning silver at the Finlandia Trophy. Ice dancers Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton, two-time national junior champions, will make their senior Grand Prix debut.
Cup of China is the third of six competitions that lead up to the Grand Prix Final in December in Japan.
TV: 6 p.m. ET Friday and Saturday, Universal Sports; 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, NBC
Webcast: 3 a.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday, universalsports.com; 4 a.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday, icenetwork.com
FIVB Phuket Open, Oct. 30-Nov. 3, Phuket, Thailand
Four U.S. women’s teams, including three seeded among the top 10, are competing in the FIVB Beach Volleyball Phuket Open in Thailand. April Ross is playing with Jennifer Fopma, and they are seeded No. 3. Ross, a silver medalist at the London 2012 Olympic Games, won her second consecutive Grand Slam title last week in China with three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings.
Jennifer Kessy, who teamed with Ross at the 2012 Games, and Brooke Sweat are seeded sixth. Both teams won their first two matches in group play. Also representing the United States are the teams of Lane Carico and Heather Hughes, and Emily Day and Summer Ross.
The first and second rounds of elimination play will be Friday, followed by the semifinals Saturday and medal round Sunday.
World Archery Para-Championships, Nov. 1-7, Bangkok
Matt Stutzman, who earned a silver medal in the men’s individual compound open event in the London 2012 Paralympic Games, is one of the top athletes to watch at the World Archery Para-Championships, which begin this weekend in Thailand. Another American athlete to follow there is Kinga Kiss-Johnson, a veteran who served and was injured in Afghanistan. Kiss-Johnson earned a silver medal at the Warrior Games.
WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, Bali, Indonesia
Kody Han (individual men’s) and Kelsey Ha (individual women’s) are among 33 U.S. athletes competing in the WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Indonesia. The team was determined by the U.S. National Championships in July. Competition will be held in individual, pair, team and mixed team in several age-group categories. Defending world champions include Noreen Thackrey of the United States in the over-59 women’s class.
A total of 25 gold medals will be awarded. The United States won seven medals last year.
CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship, Oct. 30-Nov. 9, Montego Bay, Jamaica
The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will face Guatemala on Saturday night in the CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship in Jamaica. The match is the second of three games in match play. The United States will finish group play Monday against Canada.
The semifinals are scheduled for Nov. 7, followed by the championship and third-place games Nov. 9. The winners of the semifinal-round games clinch berths in the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
TV: 7 p.m. ET Saturday, Fox Soccer Plus
UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Nov. 1-3, Manchester, England
The first UCI Track Cycling World Cup event of the season begins Friday at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, England. Points earned at the World Cup competition count toward qualification for the world championships. Sarah Hammer, a two-time Olympic silver medalist and a world champion cyclist, is among the U.S. cyclists expected to race.
Webcast: 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday, universalsports.com
Also in cycling:
Cincy3 Darkhorse Cyclo-Stampede, USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX), Nov. 1, Covington, Ky.
Cincy3 Lionhearts International-Cross After Dark, Pro CX, Nov. 2, Mason, Ohio
Cincy3 Harbin Park, Pro CX, Nov. 3, Cincinnati
NEPCX-Cycle Smart International, Pro CX, Nov. 2-3, Northampton, Mass.
FEI Pony World Driving Championships, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, Pau, France
Nine-time USEF National Combined Driving Pony Team champion Lisa Stroud will seek her third world medal at the FEI Pony World Driving Championships this week in France. She won medals at the 2007 and 2011 world championships. Other U.S. riders include Tracey Morgan and Paul Maye in the USEF Single Pony Championship, and 2011 world bronze medalists Jennifer Matheson and Wendy O’Brien in the Pair Pony Championship.