Team USA Weekend Preview: Oct. 4, 2013
American gymnasts are positioned to contend for medals as the FIG World Artistic Gymnastics Championships wrap up this weekend in Belgium. Meanwhile, the World Archery Championships continue in Turkey while winter athletes will compete in a short track speedskating world cup in South Korea and two figure skating events in Europe. Check out this edition of the Team USA Weekend Preview for all of the details.
FIG World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, Sept. 30-Oct. 6, Antwerp, Belgium
The all-around competition at the FIG World Artistic Gymnastics Championships could turn into the Simone Biles and Kyla Ross show this weekend. The U.S. duo finished 1-2 in qualifying earlier this week. Biles, the 2013 U.S. all-around champion, became the first American female gymnast since Shannon Miller in 1991 to qualify for the all-around finals and all four event finals at a world championship.
The women’s all-around final will be held Friday. Event finals for Saturday are: men’s floor exercise, pommel horse and still rings and women’s vault and uneven bars, and on Sunday, the event finals are: men’s vault, parallel bars and horizontal bars, and women’s balance beam and floor exercise.
Biles, along with 2012 Olympic team gold medalists Ross and McKayla Maroney, all qualified for various event finals. Maroney, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist and 2011 world champion in vault, was the top American qualifier in the event. Ross qualified for the finals in uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. Only two gymnasts per country can compete in each event final.
Five U.S. men advanced to the individual event finals: Brandon Wynn, still rings and parallel bars; Steven Legendre, floor exercise and vault; Jake Dalton, floor exercise; John Orozco, parallel bars; Sam Mikulak, horizontal bar.
Mikulak, the 2013 U.S. men’s champion, finished sixth in the men’s all-around final Thursday. Japan’s Kohei Uchimura won the men’s all-around title for a record fourth consecutive time, with his teammate, Ryohei Kato, second, and Germany’s Fabian Hambuechen was third.
TV: 2 p.m. ET Friday, 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Universal Sports; 2 p.m.-4 p.m. ET Oct. 12 and 13, NBC
Also in gymnastics:
Trampoline and Tumbling World Cup, Oct. 4-5, Odense, Denmark
ISU Samsung Short Track World Cup, Oct. 3-6, Seoul, South Korea
Chris Creveling broke his nose and won a gold medal last week at the first short track world cup event of the season in Shanghai. He will try for a bit more of the gold in the men’s 500- and 1,500-meter races, plus the relay, this weekend in Seoul, South Korea.
Eddy Alvarez, who earned a bronze medal last week, will skate in the men’s 500. Jordan Malone, who also took a bronze medal, will race in the 1,000 and 1,500. Other U.S. men’s skaters include Olympic bronze medalist J.R. Celski at 1,000 and 1,500 meters; Jeff Simon at 500; and John-Henry Krueger at 1,000. Alyson Dudek, a 2010 Olympian, will race in the women’s 500 and 1,000, along with Jessica Smith. Emily Scott will skate at 1,000 and 1,500 meters, Sarah Chen in the 500, and Lana Gehring and Sally Chea in the 1,500.
World Archery Championships, Sept. 29-Oct. 6, Belek-Antalya, Turkey
Five-time Olympian Khatuna Lorig and two-time Olympian Brady Ellison will shoot for a gold medal in the recurve mixed team finals Sunday against South Korea at the World Archery Championships. Seeded No. 6, Lorig and Ellison defeated Russia in the quarterfinals and Mexico in the semifinals.
The final weekend of the World Archery Championships in Turkey will include medal rounds in men’s and women’s individual compound Saturday and individual recurve Sunday. Medal rounds will also be held in team competition.
Erika Jones and Jesse Broadwater will shoot for the bronze medal in mixed compound. Ellison and Jake Kaminski helped lead the United States to 10th place in qualifying in men’s recurve.
NORCECA Beach Circuit, Oct. 4-6, Chula Vista, Calif.
Four U.S. teams will be among 32 teams from 13 nations competing at this week’s NORCECA Beach Circuit event being held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. USA Volleyball is hosting the event for the fourth consecutive year.
The U.S. women’s team of Lane Carico and Heather Hughes won a gold medal earlier this season in Puerto Rico and earned a bronze medal in Mazatlan, Mexico. Sarah Day and Kaitlin Nielsen will also be in the women’s tournament. U.S. men’s teams are Nick Lucena and Theo Brunner, and Tri Bourne and John Hyden. Competition begins Friday. The semifinals and finals will be held Sunday.
Ondrej Nepela Trophy, Oct. 3-5, Bratislava, Slovakia
Ross Miner, the 2013 U.S. silver medalist, and Christina Gao are among 10 U.S. skaters competing through Friday at the Ondrej Nepela Trophy in Slovakia. Three pairs teams are in the competition, including world junior champions Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier. They are making their senior international debut, as will ice dancers Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton.
Finlandia Trophy, Oct. 4-6, Espoo, Finland
U.S. ice dancing silver medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates will compete at the Finlandia Trophy along with 2010 Olympian Mirai Nagasu and Vanessa Lam in women’s, and Richard Dornbush and Douglas Razzano in men’s.
Also in figure skating:
Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating, Oct. 2-6, Ostrava, Czech Republic
USA Basketball Women’s National Team Mini-Camp, Oct. 4-6, Las Vegas
Twenty-eight athletes will participate this week in the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Mini-Camp, which begins a new quadrennial period leading up to the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. The camp, led by University of Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma, will be held at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion practice gym.
The U.S. women will go after a record ninth gold medal in the FIBA World Championship in October 2014.
Also in basketball:
USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Training Camp, Oct. 5-6, Colorado Springs, Colo.
U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team Training Camp, Oct. 3-5, Madison, Wis.
The U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team will play the U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team in exhibition games Friday and Saturday at Madison (Wis.) Ice Arena. The games are a part of a three-day training camp.
TRACK & FIELD
USA Marathon Championships, Oct. 6, Minneapolis
The USA Marathon Championships will be held Sunday in Minneapolis. The defending national champs are 2012 Olympians Meb Keflezighi and Shalane Flanagan. The event is a part of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and 10-mile run.
IJF Grand Prix, Oct. 4-6, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Travis Stevens, a two-time Olympian, will be among 10 U.S. athletes competing this weekend in an IJF Grand Prix tournament in Uzbekistan. Stevens will compete at 81 kg. Other U.S. athletes are: Akbarzhan Iminov, men’s 100 kg.; Aaron Kunihiro, men’s 60 kg.; Robert Lee, men’s 73 kg.; Anthony Sangimino, men’s 81 kg.; Ajax Tadehara, men’s 100 kg.; Anna Atkinson and Samantha Bleier, women’s 78 kg.; Hana Carmichael, women’s 57 kg.; Hannah Martin, women’s 63 kg..
Providence Cyclo-cross Festival, Oct. 5-6, Providence, R.I.
Jeremy Powers leads the men’s standings in the USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX) and Gabriella Durrin is the leader in the women’s points standings. The next two races are Saturday and Sunday in Providence, R.I.
Kentucky Classic CDE, Oct. 3-6, Lexington, Ky.
The USEF National Single Horse and Four-in-Hand national championships will be held as a part of this weekend’s Kentucky Classic CDE at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. Seven drivers will compete for the Single Horse Championship, including Leslie Berndl, Donna Crookston and Sara Schmitt, who represented the United States at the 2012 FEI Singles Driving World Championship. Among the three drivers in the Four-in-Hand Championship is nine-time national champ Chester Weber.
Also in equestrian:
FEI Nations Cup CSIO4*, Oct. 5, Porto Alegre, Brazil
UnitedHealthcare US Open Championships, Oct. 2-6, Minneapolis
Four-time national women’s singles champion Rhonda Rajsich is among the U.S. athletes aiming for a podium finish at this week’s UnitedHealthcare U.S. Open Championships in Minneapolis. Other top U.S. participants include Cheryl Gudinas and Kerri Wachtel. The tournament has more than 700 players competing at four venues, including the Life Time Fitness Target Center.
U.S. Elite Water Ski Team Trials, Oct. 5-6, Groveland, Fla.
Trials to determine the roster spots on the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team will take place Saturday and Sunday at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla. Six athletes will represent the United States at the Water Ski World Championships in November in Chile.