Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: Oct. 7, 2013
|J.R. Celski waits to receive his medal for finishing first in the men's
1,500-meter at the U.S. Single Distance Championships on
Aug. 23, 2013 at the Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah.
The United States produced a medal in the men’s 5,000-meter relay at an ISU Samsung Short Track World Cup event for the second straight week with a second-place finish Sunday in Seoul, South Korea.
All six men on the world cup team took part in the four-man relay at some point on the weekend. Eddy Alvarez, J.R. Celski, Chris Creveling, John-Henry Krueger, Jordan Malone and Jeff Simon contributed to the medal.
“We didn’t have four consistent guys out there,” Alvarez said. “We did this as a team.”
Team USA captured the gold medal at the first world cup of the season held a week before in Shanghai.
The women’s 3,000-meter relay placed fourth in the B Final for eighth place overall. Creveling placed sixth in the men’s 500 Saturday.
The next big event on the short track docket is the Samsung ISU World Cup event Nov. 7-10 in Torino, Italy. It is also an Olympic Winter Games 2014 qualifying event.
A series of breakthrough efforts contributed to the highest U.S. medal production at the FIG World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, which wrapped up Sunday in Antwerp, Belgium.
The United States finished the competition with 12 medals, including three gold medals, six silver medals and three bronze medals. The weekend effort surpassed the previous U.S. record of nine medals in a single world gymnastics championships set in 2005.
Simone Biles led the way with the all-around gold medal Friday and a vault silver medal Saturday, followed by a floor exercise gold medal and a balance beam bronze medal Sunday.
“It’s amazing to get a second gold medal,” Biles, the 2013 U.S. all-around champion, said. “It is such an honor to represent the United States. We came here to do a job and we did it.”
Kyla Ross, who won an Olympic gold medal as a member of the “Fierce Five” U.S. team in London last summer, finished just behind Biles at the U.S. championships, again was runner-up in the all-around to Biles at the world championships. Ross earned a silver medal in the all-around to go with a silver medal on balance beam and uneven bars.
Read more about Simone Biles and Kyla Ross here.
Another 2012 Olympic team gold medalist, McKayla Maroney, claimed the third U.S. gold medal when she defended her world title on vault.
Maroney was last up on the vault, and she nearly stuck her signature Amanar vault for a 15.966, with a 9.766 execution score. Her second vault, a Yurchenko half-on, front layout full off, earned a 15.483, which gave her a final average of 15.724 and the title. Biles also performed an Amanar as her first vault, scoring a 15.933.
With the win, Maroney became the first U.S. gymnast to repeat world titles in that event. Maroney was the silver medalist on the vault at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Read more about McKayla Maroney here.
On the men’s side, Steven Legendre gave the United States its first men’s vault medal since 1979 when he finished second.
“I am ecstatic,” said Legendre, who reached the world championships finals for the fourth time and got his first medal. “It has been an elusive medal, to say the least.”
Jake Dalton, a 2012 Olympian, provided the first U.S. floor exercise medal in 10 years with a second-place finish in the event Saturday. Dalton added a silver medal in the floor exercise. John Orozco, another 2012 Olympian, won a bronze medal on parallel bars. Brandon Wynn won a bronze medal in the still rings — Team USA’s second ever medal in the event.
On Thursday, 2012 Olympian Sam Mikulak finished sixth in the all-around competition.
No team competition was held at these world championships.
Jake Kaminski, Brady Ellison and Joe Fanchin combined to give the United States its first men’s recurve team world title in 30 years Sunday at the World Archery Championships in Belek-Antalya, Turkey.
The United States, which earned a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, used a 214-211 victory over the Netherlands in the final to claim the gold medal.
“A lot of people have doubted us,” Ellison said after the win.
Fanchin took the final shot to clinch the gold medal.
Wind gusts that topped 40 miles per hour made individual and team preliminaries difficult. The United States lost every individual athlete early in eliminations, but found team success.
Ellison and five-time Olympian Khatuna Lorig produced a silver medal in the mixed team event, falling short of Korea 148-139 in the final. Meanwhile, the mixed compound team of Erika Jones and Jesse Broadwater combined to earn a bronze medal.
Jones and Broadwater came up four points short of a perfect score while defeating South Korea 156-151 in the mixed compound team bronze-medal match.
Read more about archery’s historic weekend here.
Gretchen Donlan and Andrew Speroff won the pairs title at the Ondrej Nepela Trophy Saturday in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Fellow pairs team Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim finished third, while Christina Gao gave the United States another bronze medal in the women’s event.
Ross Miner placed fourth in the men’s event as did the team of Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier in pairs.
Elsewhere, Madison Chock and Evan Bates skated to the ice dancing silver medal at the Finlandia Trophy in Espoo, Finland.
Mirai Nagasu, a 2010 Olympian, and Vanessa Lam were fourth and fifth among women while Richard Dornbush and Douglas Razzano were fourth and sixth among men.
Sibling ice dancers Rachel and Michael Parsons picked up their second silver medal of the ISU Junior Grand Prix season Sunday in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Amber Glenn added a women’s bronze medal.
Both finals at the NORCECA Beach Circuit stop in Chula Vista, Calif., turned into all-American matches as Theo Brunner-Nick Lucena and Lane Carico-Heather Hughes captured titles Sunday.
Brunner and Lucena defeated John Hyden and Tri Bourne by a score of 21-19, 17-21, 15-12. Carico and Hughes topped Sarah Day and Kaitlin Nielsen, 21-12, 21-17.
The win was the second straight on the NORCECA Circuit for Carico, who won with Sara Hughes Sept. 22 in Puerto Rico.
Chester Weber won his 10th USEF National Four-in-Hand Championship and Leslie Berndl won her first USEF National Single Horse Driving Championship in the rain Sunday in Lexington, Ky.
TRACK & FIELD
Nick Arciniaga and Annie Bersagel won USA Marathon Championships titles Sunday in Minnesota’s Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Arciniaga rallied, took the lead with about a mile to go and won in 2:13.11, by three seconds over Joseph Boit. Bersagel won the women’s title in 2:30.53. The U.S. championship was held in conjunction with the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.
Katerina Nash won the women’s titles both Saturday and Sunday at the Providence Cyclo-cross Festival in Rhode Island. Katie Compton finished third Saturday and second Sunday. Ben Berden won the men’s race Sunday after finishing second, two seconds behind Jeremy Powers, on Saturday. Tim Johnson was third Saturday and second Sunday.
Two-time Olympian Travis Stevens went 4-0 Saturday to take the men’s 81 kg title at the IJF Grand Prix event in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Samantha Bleier finished second at 78 kg Sunday, giving the United States three women’s silver medals. Hannah Martin (63 kg) and Hana Carmichael (57 kg) earned the others Saturday.
Kane Waselenchuk won his ninth career title at the UnitedHealthcare U.S. Open Championships in Minneapolis. Rhonda Rajsich fell short of her fifth women’s title, reaching the final before losing.
Scott Ellis, Regina Jaquess, Erika Lang, Alex Lauretano, Adam Pickos and Nate Smith were selected for the U.S. Elite Team based on their performances Friday and Saturday at the Team Trials in Groveland, Fla.