Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: Nov. 4, 2013
|Madison Chock and Evan Bates of United States perform their
short dance during Cup of China on Nov. 1, 2013 in Beijing.
Madison Chock and Evan Bates earned the ice dancing bronze medal by scoring 150.53 points at the Cup of China in Beijing. It was the first ISU Grand Prix Series medal for Chock and Bates competing as a team.
Chock and Bates earned the 2013 U.S. silver medal in ice dancing. Bates represented Team USA in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games with then-partner Emily Samuelson.
The United States also had three fifth-place finishes — by Richard Dornbush, the ice dancing team of Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton and the pairs team of Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay. Agnes Zawadzki, the lone American entry in the women’s event, placed seventh.
The ISU Grand Prix series moves this weekend to Tokyo for the NHK Trophy. The top six finishers in each discipline qualify to compete in the ISU Grand Prix Final, which is set for Dec. 5-8 in Fukuoka, Japan.
Tatyana McFadden completed her marathon Grand Slam with a win in the ING New York City Marathon Sunday. McFadden, who competes in the wheelchair division, also won this year’s Boston, London and Chicago Marathons, making her the first person to win the four events in a year.
McFadden finished in 1:59:13 in New York, more than 3 1/2 minutes ahead of the pack.
“By mile 20, I was just exhausted,” said McFadden, 24, who was born in Russia with spina bifida but was adopted and grew up in Clarksville, Md. McFadden, who is paralyzed below the waist, won three gold medals in track & field at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and six gold medals at the International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships this past summer in Lyon, France.
Now McFadden is training in cross-country skiing and biathlon in preparation for what she hopes will be her first Paralympic Winter Games in March in Sochi, Russia.
Ryan Vail and Adriana Nelson were the top finishers in the men’s and women’s divisions at the NYC Marathon, each placing 13th. The New York City Marathon returned after a one-year absence because of Hurricane Sandy damage last year. Meb Keflezighi, who was the top U.S. finisher in fourth at the London 2012 Olympic Games, stopped racing at around the 19-mile mark saying lack of training caught up with him. He had injured his knee a few weeks ago.
Emily Day and Summer Ross claimed the silver medal at the FIVB Phuket Open in Thailand.
The Americans fell to China’s Chen Xue and Xinyi Xia by a score of 21-16, 21-18 in Sunday’s final. The podium finish was the first as a team for Day and Ross, who went 5-2 in the tournament. It was their seventh and final tournament of year.
“We really wanted a medal,” Day said. “That has been our goal all year, to earn an FIVB medal so I guess we achieved our goal, but obviously we want gold.”
Olympic silver medalist Jennifer Kessy, teaming with Brooke Sweat, advanced to the knockout stage but lost in the first round.
Jeff Fabry broke his own world record during Saturday’s qualification round in the men’s individual compound W1 at the World Archery Para-Championships in Bangkok, Thailand. Fabry scored 657 for 72 arrows, breaking his mark of 650 from April of this year.
Competition moves through elimination rounds toward the event’s conclusion Wednesday. For full results, click here.
The United States finished fifth with seven medals at the WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships Thursday through Sunday in Bali, Indonesia. There were a total of 25 events.
The United States got gold-medal efforts from Noreen Thackrey, who defended her Female Over-59 title, and the combination of Rosalyn Le and Justin Wang, who won the Pair Over-29 division. Reggie Ubiadas earned silver in Male Under-59.
Chi Duong, in Male Over-59, and three teams picked up bronze medals. Those teams were Robert Hennings, Matthew Lee and Ryan Tucker in Male Under-17; Anh Nguyen, Chau Truong and Justin Wang in Male Over-29; and Elva Adams, Kathy Do and Le in Female Over-29.
Beth Newell earned a silver medal in the women’s points race Sunday in Manchester, England, in the first UCI Track World Cup of the season. The United States also finished fifth in women’s team pursuit Friday. Kimberly Geist, Cari Higgins, Jade Wilcoxson and Ruth Winder formed the team.
Jake Duehring finished seventh in the men’s points race. Wilcoxson was eight in the women’s individual pursuit Saturday. Newell and Duehring each finished 12th in the omnium.
The United States defeated Guatemala, 7-0, in the rain Saturday in Montego Bay, Jamaica, to clinch a spot in the semifinals of the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship. Zoe Redei made her debut with the team by scoring the first four goals, including a hat trick in the first half.
Dorian Bailey and Gabriella Carreiro scored on penalty kicks and Kelcie Hedge added the other goal. The United States outshot Guatemala, 38-2.
The United States had won its earlier game 8-0 against Trinidad & Tobago. The team plays Canada Monday, needing a win to finish first in the group because Canada has a higher goal differential.
The United States finished seventh in the FEI Pony World Driving Championships, a four-day event that concluded Sunday in Pau, France. Lisa Stroud led her team to eighth and Katie Whaley lead her team to 10th in the team championships.