Team USA Weekend Preview: Nov. 8, 2013
Eight athletes will take one step closer to the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling, which begin Sunday in Fargo, N.D. Meanwhile, top U.S. athletes will be competing in major international events in figure skating, ice hockey and speedskating this weekend, while several summer athletes are also in action. Check out the Team USA Weekend Preview for all of the details.
U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling, Nov. 10-17, Fargo, N.D.
Four women’s teams, all of them led by Olympians, and five men’s teams will begin play Sunday in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling in the Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D.
The U.S. women’s berth for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games has been secured, so the Olympic Trials champion will be nominated for the U.S. Olympic Team. The United States has not yet secured an Olympic berth for a men’s team, however, so the men’s champion from the Trials will move on to the Olympic Qualification Event in December in Germany. Two spots remain in the men’s field.
The women’s teams are skipped by 1998 Olympian and 2013 national champion Erika Brown, 2010 Olympian Allison Pottinger, and 2006 Olympians Cassie Potter and Courtney George. Debbie McCormick, a three-time Olympian and skip of the U.S. team in 2010, is on Brown’s team.
On the men’s side, two-time Olympian and 2006 Olympic bronze medalist John Shuster will aim his third consecutive Olympic berth. His men’s team will be challenged by squads skipped by defending national champion Brady Clark, 2010 U.S. Olympic Trials runner-up Tyler George, seven-time national champ and 2006 Olympian Pete Fenson, and 2012 national champ Heath McCormick.
NHK Trophy, Nov. 8-10, Tokyo
Olympic silver medalist and two-time world champion ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White are seeking their 14th consecutive Grand Prix event titles this weekend in the NHK Trophy in Tokyo. Davis and White opened this season with a Grand Prix victory at the Hilton HHonors Skate America last month.
Davis and White are not alone in their hopes of another podium finish. Gracie Gold, the 2013 U.S. silver medalist, earned a bronze medal at Skate Canada International two weeks ago. Adam Rippon earned a silver medal and Max Aaron was the bronze medalist in the men’s competition at Skate America. They are among 13 U.S. skaters at NHK Trophy, which is the fourth Grand Prix event of the season.
Mirai Nagasu, a 2010 Olympian and three-time Grand Prix medalist, will make her 2013 Grand Prix debut in Tokyo.
TV: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. and 9 p.m.-10 p.m. ET Friday, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Sunday, Universal Sports Network; 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, NBC
Webcast: 12:50 a.m. ET and 10:05 p.m. Friday; 2:05 a.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, icenetwork.com
Women’s Four Nations Cup, Nov. 5-9, Lake Placid, N.Y.
The U.S. Women’s National Team will play Finland Friday night in the Women’s Four Nations Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y. The United States split its first two games in the tournament, defeating Sweden, 10-0, and then losing, 4-2, to rival Canada Wednesday at the Olympic Center.
“The last thing we want to do is come out dejected because we played hard and we will find a way to build off this game,” U.S. coach Katey Stone said after the loss to Canada.
The United States is attempting to win its third consecutive Four Nations Cup championship. The championship and third-place games will be played Saturday.
World Junior A Challenge, Nov. 2-10, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
The U.S. Junior Select Team won its preliminary group in the World Junior A Challenge, clinching first place with a 4-2 win Wednesday over Canada East. The United States advanced to Friday’s semifinal round. The gold-medal game will take place Sunday.
Also in ice hockey:
U-18 Four Nations Cup, Nov. 6-10, Turku, Finland
U-17 Four Nations Cup, Nov. 6-10, Prievidza, Slovakia
Deutschland Cup, U.S. Men’s Select Team, Nov. 8-10, Munich
ISU Long Track World Cup, Nov. 8-10, Calgary, Canada
Four-time national champ Brittany Bowe, 2010 Olympian Heather Richardson, three-time Olympian Shani Davis and Joey Mantia will be among the U.S. skaters in the first ISU Long Track World Cup of the season. The competition begins Friday in Calgary, Alberta.
Mantia had personal records in the 500-, 1,000- and 1,500-meter races at the U.S. Single Distance Championships, and is the only U.S. skater qualified to race in five distances (500, 1,000, 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 meters).
Webcast: icenetwork.com, universalsports.com
Samsung ISU Short Track World Cup, Nov. 7-10, Torino, Italy
Olympic quota spots will be up for grabs in the third ISU Short Track World Cup event of the season in Italy. The third and fourth world cups are Olympic Qualifying events for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Leading the United States will be J.R. Celski, Eddy Alvarez, Chris Creveling, John-Henry Krueger, Jordan Malone, Jeff Simon, Alyson Dudek and Jessica Smith. The U.S. men have won gold and silver medals in the 5,000-meter relay in the first two world cups.
Webcast: icenetwork.com, universalsports.com
North American Cup, Nov. 11-17, Calgary, Canada
The first circuit North American Cup of the 2013-14 season begins Sunday in Calgary, Alberta. The event is part of a North American series that as stops in the four winter Olympic host cities of Lake Placid N.Y., Park City, Utah, Calgary, Alberta, and Whistler British Columbia.
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Brazil, Nov. 10, Orlando
The U.S. Women’s National Team will seek to finish off an unbeaten season Sunday, when it plays Brazil in an international friendly at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
The United States is 12-0-3 this year. Its only other undefeated year when the team has played more than 10 matches was in 2006, when it went 18-0-4. Leading the U.S. effort will be forward Abby Wambach, the world’s all-time leading scorer with 162 goals, and captain Christie Rampone, whose 286 international caps rank No. 2 in U.S. history.
Saturday morning’s training session at 11 a.m. at the Florida Citrus Bowl will be open to the public free of charge.
TV: 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday, NBC
CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship, Oct. 30-Nov. 9, Montego Bay, Jamaica
The championship game of the CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship will be played Saturday in Jamaica. The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team won its group in preliminary round play, winning all three matches, including a 2-0 victory over Canada.
World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships, Nov. 7-10, Sofia, Bulgaria
Steven Gluckstein, a 2012 Olympian, is among 18 U.S. gymnasts competing through Sunday in the World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships in Bulgaria. Gluckstein and his brother, Jeffrey, are competing in trampoline.
The U.S. team also includes Logan Dooley, a 2012 Olympics alternate; Austin White, a two-time world silver medalist in the double mini-trampoline; and 2011 world team bronze medalists Erin Jauch, Kristle Lowell and Ryan Roberts in double mini-trampoline.
The team finals for men’s and women’s trampoline is Friday. Individual men’s trampoline finals, women’s synchronized trampoline finals and team finals for double mini-trampoline will be held Saturday. Individual women’s trampoline finals, men’s synchronized trampoline finals, and men’s and women’s double mini-trampoline finals will be Sunday.
Also in gymnastics:
Future Stars Championships, men’s artistic, Nov. 6-10, Colorado Springs, Colo.
World Cup Finals for Rifle/Pistol, Nov. 6-12, Munich
Two-time Olympian Jamie Gray will return to international competition Sunday for the first time since winning a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Recovering from a back injury, Gray will compete in the three-position rifle event at the World Cup Finals for rifle/pistol in Germany.
“World Cup Final is always a fun and exciting match, and will be a great one for my first match since The Olympics,” Gray said. “The big test will be to see how my back holds up and to get used to the new (scoring) rules that were implemented this past year. I can’t wait to compete again after a year off.”
Other U.S. shooters include 2012 Olympians Emil Milev and Keith Sanderson in Friday’s rapid fire pistol, Dempster Christenson in the 10-meter air rifle Saturday, Will Brown in the 10-meter air pistol Sunday and 2012 Olympian Michael McPhail in the prone rifle Monday.
North American Cup, Nov. 8-11, Cleveland
Olympic bronze medalists Courtney and Kelley Hurley will be among 11 fencers from the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team competing this weekend at the USA Fencing North American Cup in Cleveland. The tournament is a qualifier for the 2014 Senior and Junior World Championships and is the first Division I and junior event of the 2013-14 season.
Kelley Hurley, a two-time Olympian, earned a bronze medal in the team women’s epée competition alongside younger sister Courtney at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Other 2012 Olympians in the North American Cup include Gerek Meinhardt, Dagmara Wozniak, Alexander Massialas, Race Imboden, Lee Kiefer, Nzingha Prescod, Nicole Ross, Daryl Homer and Jeff Spear.
The tournament begins Friday at the Cleveland Convention Center with competition in women’s epée and foil, men’s team foil, junior men’s epée and junior women’s team saber.
FINA World Cup, Nov. 9-10, Tokyo
Four-time world junior medalists Kathleen Baker, Gunnar Bentz and Kathryn McLaughlin are among 19 U.S. 18-and-under swimmers who will compete Saturday and Sunday at the FINA World Cup in Tokyo.
USA Rugby Eagles vs. New Zealand Maori All Blacks, Nov. 9, Philadelphia
The New Zealand Maori All Blacks will play the USA Rugby Men’s Eagles in a highly anticipated match that marks the All Blacks’ first appearance in the United States since 2006. The inaugural Black and Blue Match will be played Saturday night at PPL Park in Philadelphia.
TV: Noon ET Sunday, Fox Sports 1
MudFund Derby City Cup, USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX), Nov. 9-10, Louisville, Ky.
Only three points separate Pro CX men’s standings leader Jeremy Powers from runner-up Ben Berden entering Saturday’s UCI 1 race in the MudFund Derby City Cup in Louisville, Ky. Powers has 526 points. Berden moved to 523 points with three fourth-place finishes last week in Cincinnati, Ohio. Elle Anderson is the leader in the women’s standings with 455 points.
2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, Nov. 5-11, Mission Viejo, Calif.
The Marguerite Tennis Pavilion will be the site of the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, hosting both singles Masters as well as ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters. This is the first time that either year-end event has been held in the United States, and the first time since 2002 that the two events have been held at the same venue.
The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, which was first held in 1994, is the ITF year-end championship for the world’s top eight men’s and women singles players and the world’s top four quad singles players. For more information, click here.
NYAC Holiday International Wrestling Championships, Nov. 7-9, New York City
For more than 50 years, the New York Athletic Club of New York City has hosted the annual NYAC Holiday International Wrestling Championships. The event will feature competition in Greco-Roman and men’s and women’s freestyle.
Yonex USA International, Nov. 6-10, Orlando
International and national competitors will compete for $15,000 in prize money at the Yonex USA International competition in Orlando.
World Artistic Roller Skating Championships, Nov. 10-15, Taipei City, Chinese Taipei
Senior-level competition begins Sunday in the World Artistic Roller Skating Championships in Chinese Taipei. Competition includes men’s and women’s solo dance, men’s and women’s figures, and men’s and women’s dance. U.S. skaters include Brittany Pricer, Shauna McCullough and Joyann Barber in women’s freestyle, and John Burchfield, Derek Leonard and Alex Poland in men’s free. The Junior World Artistic Roller Skating Championships began Wednesday and conclude Saturday.
Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor forTeamUSA.org. Material from various news services and press releases from National Governing Bodies was used to compile this report.