Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: Nov. 11, 2013
|Shani Davis races teammate Joey Mantia in the men's 1,500-meter race during the ISU World Cup Long Track Speed Skating event Nov. 8, 2013 in Calgary, Canada.|
Shani Davis won the gold medal in the 1,000-meter race Saturday while Brian Hansen earned the bronze medal in the same event at the ISU Long Track World Cup in Calgary, Alberta.
Davis, a three-time Olympian, won with a time of 1 minute, 7.46 seconds. Hansen finished in a career-best 1:07.64.
The United States finished second behind a world-record effort by the Netherlands in team pursuit, setting a national record in the process. Hansen, Jonathan Kuck and Trevor Marsicano formed the U.S. team.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever won two world cup medals in the same day, so I think it’s a great way to start out the season,” Hansen said. “I was also really happy to skate the team pursuit with Jonathan and Trevor, and setting a national record.”
Davis kicked off his world cup season Friday with a silver-medal performance at 1,500 meters.
Tucker Fredericks won the men’s 500, beating world and Olympic champion Mo Tae-bum of South Korea. Fredericks won in 34.46 seconds; Mo finished in 34.47.
Heather Richardson set a U.S. record while winning the B Division 1,500-meter race in 1:53.37. Richardson won the gold medal in the 1,000 with a time of 1:13.23. Brittany Bowe earned the bronze medal in the 1,000 with a time of 1:13.70.
Elsewhere, John-Henry Krueger captured his first world cup medal of the season, a silver medal, in the 1,500 meters, at the Samsung ISU Short Track World Cup in Torino, Italy.
This is the first of two short track world cups that also serve as Olympic qualifiers.
The U.S. women defeated Sweden, 8-1, Sunday to finish third at the Four Nations Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y. The United States outshot Finland, 59-16, Saturday, but lost, 3-1, to fall into the third-place game. Defending Olympic champions Canada beat Finland, 6-3, to take the championship.
The United States had several standouts in the tournament, including Kelli Stack, who tied for the tournament lead with four goals and led all players with seven points.
The Four Nations Cup was one of five international tournaments on the docket for USA Hockey teams this past weekend.
Kyle Connor broke a tie in the closing seconds of the second period and the United States went on to win the World Junior A Challenge championship Sunday with a 4-1 win over Russia in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The United States has won a record nine straight World Junior A Challenge games, dating back to the third-place game in 2011.
Nick Schmaltz set the tournament record for points (12) while tying the record for assists (8) to earn the MVP award. He has two goals and three assists against Switzerland in the semifinals.
The United States defeated Germany, 7-4, Sunday to clinch the Deutschland Cup in Munich, Germany. The U.S. team was made up of players who play professionally in Europe.
Meanwhile, both U.S. National Team Development Program squads saw their first international action of the season. The U.S. National U-17 Team won the U-17 Four Nations Cup for the fifth straight year after Luke Kunin had two goals and an assist Sunday in a 5-3 win against Russia in Prievidza, Slovakia.
Alex Tuch had two goals and an assist Sunday in a 6-2 win against Switzerland to help the U.S. National U-18 Team finish second at the U-18 Four Nations Cup in Turku, Finland.
Ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White extended their streak to 14 consecutive ISU Grand Prix titles by winning the ice dancing gold medal Saturday at the NHK Trophy in Tokyo.
Davis and White, the Olympic silver medalists and two-time world champions, had the highest score in both rounds. Their total score of 186.65 points was 26.59 points higher than the silver-medal winning team of Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy. Americans Maia and Alex Shibutani, who train alongside Davis and White in Canton, Mich., earned the bronze medal in the event (157.58 points).
Three-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott earned a bronze medal in the men’s competition. Adam Rippon placed fourth and U.S. men’s champion Max Aaron finished seventh. In the women’s competition, Gracie Gold was the highest-placing American in fourth. U.S. pairs champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir finished fourth, followed by 2013 world junior champions Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier, who placed fifth.
The U.S. Olympic Team Trials got underway in Fargo, N.D., Sunday. Five men’s teams and four women’s teams are competing in the event, which will conclude Nov. 17.
The winner of the women’s competition will advance to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The winning U.S. men’s team has a continued battle to get to Sochi. The U.S. men fell just short of claiming one of the first eight early qualifying spots for the Winter Games, so the winner in Fargo will move on to the Olympic Qualification Event Dec. 11-15 in Füssen, Germany, where the final two Olympic spots will be determined.
Kristie Lowell won the women’s double mini-trampoline gold medal Sunday and Alex Renkert won the silver medal in men’s double mini at the World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The United States won both the men’s and women’s team double-mini gold medals Friday. The women won the team gold medal for the first time since 1996 and the men won for the first time since 1999.
Lowell, Erin Jauch and Shelby Gill formed the women’s team. Renkert, Ryan Roberts and Austin White made up the men’s team.
The U.S. Women’s National Team completed an unbeaten calendar year in soccer and continued several impressive streaks with a 4-1 win against Brazil in an international friendly Sunday in Orlando. Sydney Leroux scored two goals in the first half to help the United States finish 13-0-3 in 2013.
Leroux and Abby Wambach, who connected on a penalty kick for her international record 163rd goal, gave the United States a 2-0 lead by scoring two minutes apart. Leroux connected again for a 3-1 halftime lead.
Erika Tymrak, who attended high school and college in Florida, closed out the scoring with her first international goal in just her second game. Hope Solo made three saves and was named Budweiser Woman of the Match.
The United States is unbeaten in 39 games dating back to a 1-0 loss to Japan March 5, 2012, and is unbeaten at home in 77 games.
Elsewhere, the United States finished third in the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship with an 8-0 rout of host Jamaica Saturday in Montego Bay. The United States lost to Mexico in the semifinal Thursday on a penalty kick shootout. The teams were tied 1-1 before Mexico outscored the United States 4-2 in the shootout.
Five-time Olympian Emil Milev won his first title at the ISSF World Cup Finals for rifle and pistol Friday in Munich, Germany, by taking the rapid fire pistol event. Keith Sanderson was eighth.
Jamie Gray, the women’s three-position rifle Olympic champion, returned to competition for the first time since the 2012 Games. Gray returned from a back injury and finished sixth Sunday. The competition concludes Monday.
Nzingha Prescod won the Division I women’s individual foil title Friday at the North American Cup in Cleveland. Prescod is a 2012 Olympian and the world’s top-ranked women’s foil fencer.
Other titles went to: Gabriel Canaux (junior men’s individual epee), Francesca Russo (junior women’s individual saber), DC Fencers Club (senior women’s team epee), and Los Angeles International Fencing Center (senior men’s team foil). The event concludes Monday.
Nicholas Taylor and David Wagner won the men’s quad doubles title at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters in Mission Viejo, Calif. The event concludes Monday. Taylor and Wagner have won all three Paralympic gold medals since wheelchair tennis was added to the Games in 2004. After the duo won the gold medal again in 2012, the United States Olympic Committee named Taylor and Wagner its Paralympic Team of the Year.
Frank Molinaro has his senior freestyle career off to a strong start after claiming the Outstanding Wrestler Award at the New York Athletic Club International Saturday. Molinaro, a coach at Rutgers and a former NCAA champion at Penn State, won the 66 kg. final by defeating Russia’s Alibeggediz Emeev, 9-4.
Wynn Michalak won a title for the second straight year while two of his Titan Mercury Wrestling Club teammates — Raymond Jordan and Tyrell Fortune — also won men’s freestyle championships. Nick Marable gave the United States its fifth men’s freestyle champion with a technical fall at 74 kg.
The other Outstanding Wrestler awards went to Andy Bisek in Greco-Roman and Alli Ragan in women’s freestyle. Bisek, Spenser Mango, Joe Betterman, Ben Provisor and Robbie Smith won Greco-Roman titles for the United States. Ragan and Sarah Hildebrandt were the U.S. women’s champions.
Katie Compton swept the weekend races at the MudFund Derby City Cup in Louisville, Ky., winning the women’s events Saturday and Sunday. Ryan Trebon won the men’s race Saturday and Jeremy Powers won Sunday.
The Maori All Blacks from New Zealand defeated the USA Men’s Eagles, 29-19, in an exhibition before a sold-out crowd of 18,500 at PPL Park in Philadelphia. Adam Siddall scored on a conversion and four penalties for the Eagles.
Eugene Godsoe won the 50- and 100-meter backstrokes at the FINA World Cup in Tokyo.
Anthony Ervin added silver and bronze medals while Tom Shields earned a silver medal and Becca Mann a bronze medal.