Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: Oct. 21, 2013
|Steven Holcomb, Justin Olsen, Steven Langton and
Curt Tomasevicz celebrate after the four-man final heat of the 2013
world championships on Feb. 3, 2013 in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Olympic gold medalist Steven Holcomb and national push champion Chris Fogt used a record-breaking start time Sunday to win the final men’s two-man bobsled selection race in Park City, Utah.
During the first heat, Holcomb and Fogt pushed 0.02 seconds faster than the 2011 record set by Justin Kripps and Jesse Lumsden of Canada. It will be considered unofficial by International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation rules because it was not set during an international race.
“I’m really excited; this was a great race,” Holcomb said. “Fogt stepped up today and showed that he earned his spot on this team. I’m really impressed, especially since my guys are still in training mode.”
Army World Class Athlete Program soldier-athletes Nick Cunningham and Dallas Robinson finished second while Cory Butner and Chuck Berkeley were third.
The final women’s two-man selection race and the first men’s four-man selection race will be held Friday. The men will compete in four-man again on Saturday before the national team is named Oct. 27. The national team will race on the world cup tour, and points earned in world cup races will play a role in selecting athletes for the U.S. Olympic Team that will compete in Sochi, Russia.
The women’s and men’s skeleton trials begin Monday and continue Tuesday. Skeleton trials will continue through Oct. 30 as athletes try to make the U.S. team for world cup events as a step toward the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games roster that will be named in January.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White got their first chance to skate at home in an international competition, and they performed just as they have around the world. Davis and White, the two-time defending world champions in ice dancing, ran their streak of International Skating Union Grand Prix victories to 13 by winning the ice dancing title Sunday at Hilton HHonors Skate America at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
The win was Davis and White’s fourth straight at Skate America — the first ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series event of the season — and their first near their home. Born and raised in Detroit’s suburbs, Davis and White train in Canton, Mich., and are students at the University of Michigan.
The United States finished with five medals at Skate America. Two-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner did not defend her Skate America crown but she successfully landed triple-triple combinations in her short and long programs to finish with a silver medal. Fellow American Samantha Cesario finished fifth in her Grand Prix debut.
In the men’s competition, 2012 U.S. silver medalist Adam Rippon earned a silver medal for his best Grand Prix finish of his career, while U.S. champion Max Aaron earned a bronze medal in his senior Grand Prix debut.
The sibling team of Maia and Alex Shibutani, the 2011 world bronze medalists, finished third in ice dancing.
The top American finishers in the pairs event were 2012 U.S. champions Caydee Denney and John Coughlin who placed fourth. Denney, a 2010 Olympian, and Coughlin were competing in their first major competition since Coughlin suffered a hip injury in December.
Kate Hansen completed a sweep of the USA Luge seeding races and the Norton National Championships Sunday while competing with a broken foot at the final seeding event in Park City, Utah. Chris Mazdzer, a 2010 Olympian, swept the men’s races.
The team of Matt Mortensen and Preston Griffall won the doubles race and took first place overall on a tiebreaker over Jake Hyrns and Andrew Sherk.
Mazdzer, Hansen, Joe Mortensen, Matt Mortensen and Griffall, and Hyrns and Sherk advanced along with Tucker West, Taylor Morris, Erin Hamlin, Julia Clukey, and Christian Niccum-Jayson Terdiman are to compete in the first five world cup events of the season while trying to land spots on the U.S. Olympic Team that will be nominated in mid-December.
Hansen broke the fifth metatarsal in her right foot Wednesday when she hit a wall in training.
“I don’t know how I did it,” Hansen said of the win.
Kate Bertko set a course record while defeating four-time champion Gevvie Stone, who also surpassed the previous record, while winning the women’s singles title at the Head of the Charles Regatta Sunday in Boston.
Bertko won in 18:33.02, bettering the previous record of 18.45.06 set by Virginia Gilder in 1982. Stone clocked in at 18.35.55.
The women’s “Great Eight” team from the Cambridge Boat Club then rallied to knock off the world champion U.S. team in the women’s eight Sunday. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Elle Logan competed on the Great Eight team which also featured Olympic champion Miroslava Knapkova of the Czech Republic and world silver medalist Emma Twigg of New Zealand.
OTC Amsterdam became the first Dutch crew to win the men’s eight title at the Head of the Charles.
The U.S. women won their sixth straight match and remained unbeaten on the year with a 4-0 victory against Australia in a friendly Sunday in San Antonio, Texas. The match was the first for U.S. coach Tom Sermanni over his former team.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach ran her record total for career goals to 162 while Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd and Christen Press also scored.
Lloyd’s goal moved her into a tie for ninth in U.S. history with Julie Foudy. Press scored her seventh goal in 10 international games. Hope Solo made five saves for her 67th career shutout.
The United States is 11-0-2 on the year and unbeaten in 36 games since early 2012.
Tom Shields finished with four medals and Anthony Ervin finished with two at the FINA World Cup event Thursday and Friday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Shields won the 100-meter backstroke, took second in the 200 backstroke and 100 butterfly, and took third in the 50 butterfly. Ervin, a 2000 Olympic gold medalist and a 2012 Olympian, was second in the 100 freestyle and third in the 50 freestyle.
Theodore Brunner and Nick Lucena won the men’s title while Jennifer Fopma and Brooke Sweat won the women’s title Sunday at the AVP Championships in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Lucena won his first AVP title since 2010 while the other three champions won their first AVP titles.
Brunner-Lucena won the men’s final over Tri Bourne and John Hyden, 23-21, 7-21, 15-13, after ending the four-tournament title streak of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson in the semifinals.
Fopma and Sweat defeated Lauren Fendrick and Brittany Hochevar, 21-19, 15-21, 15-9, in the women’s final to complete a comeback from an opening loss by winning six straight matches.
Katie Compton opened the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup season with a silver medal in the elite women’s race Sunday in Valkenburg, Netherlands. Compton led the elite women’s world cup standings last season. She led four U.S. women in the top 20. Kaitlin Antonneau was 13th, Arley Kemmerer was 15th and Meredith Miller was 17th. Logan Owen placed 23rd in under-23 men.
The United States claimed six compound medals Saturday at the World Youth Championships in Wuxi, China. The junior women’s and cadet women’s teams won compound gold medals, the junior mixed team and Sonia Taniguchi in cadet women’s earned silver, and the cadet women’s team and Kailey Johnson in cadet women’s took bronze. The men’s junior recurve team added a silver medal Sunday. Only South Korea had more than the seven total medals by the United States.
Jan Byyny and Immidair won the USEF National Three-Star Championship while Allie Blyskal-Sacksen and Sparrow’s Nio won the USEF National Two-Star Championship Sunday in Elkton, Md.
Elsewhere, Elinor MacPhail won the USEF National One-Star Eventing Championship aboard Rendezvous with Charly on Saturday in Lexington, Ky.
The USA Eagles Select XV squad defeated Uruguay, 20-8, Saturday in Langford, B.C., to finish 2-1 and lock up a second-place finish at the IRB Americas Rugby Championship. Joe Cowley scored on a try and a penalty kick.
Super heavyweight Cam F. Awesome is the last U.S. competitor at the Elite Men’s World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The United States went 0-3 Friday, 1-1 Saturday and 0-1 Sunday in early-round bouts. Awesome defeated Facundo César Ghiglione in a 201-pound bout Saturday.
Morghan King finished fourth in the women’s 48 kg. division at the IWF World Championships in Wroclaw, Poland. The competition continues through Oct. 27.