Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: Sept. 16, 2013

By Tom Robinson | Sept. 16, 2013, 4:30 p.m. (ET)
Meryl Davis and Charlie White compete in the short dance during the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex on Sept. 13, 2013 in Salt Lake City.

The United States claimed three of four titles at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, the first senior-level international competition of the figure skating season, over the weekend in Salt Lake City.

Olympic silver medalists and reigning world champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the ice dancing title while U.S. champion Max Aaron defended his men's championship and Courtney Hicks claimed the women’s title in her senior international debut.

Stephen Carriere and Josh Farris finished just behind Aaron in the men’s competition while U.S. silver medalist Gracie Gold and Samantha Cesario rounded out the women’s podium.

In pairs, Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, who were skating in their first top competition since Coughlin underwent hip surgery last year, were second while Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea took third place.

Elsewhere, Karen Chen won the women’s gold medal at the ISU Junior Grand Prix event in Kosice, Slovakia. Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons took the silver medal in ice dancing. Holly Moore and Daniel Klaber followed them with the bronze.

CYCLING

Olympian Chris Horner became the first American to win the Tour of Spain, wrapping up the three-week race Sunday. Horner, at age 41, became the oldest cyclist to win one of the sport’s three majors — including the Tour de France and Giro. The previous oldest winner was 36-year-old Fermin Lambot, who won the Tour de France in 1922.

“I know I am also the first North American to win the Tour of Spain and this makes me very proud of my work and above all that of my teammates,” Horner told reporters in Spain.

Horner turns 42 next month.

Lea Davison finished fourth in the XCO women’s elite Saturday at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Hafjell, Norway.

Neko Mulally finished 11th in the elite men’s downhill Sunday.

Elsewhere, Raphael Gagne and Helen Wyman won elite titles Sunday at the Catamount Grand Prix, a USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross event in Williston, Vt.

TRIATHLON

Sarah Groff finished seventh at the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final Saturday in London to claim ninth place overall in the ITU World Triathlon Series standings, her third consecutive year placing in the top 10.

Meanwhile, fellow 2012 Olympian Gwen Jorgensen just missed the season podium after crashing on her bike in London. She was unable to finish the race and ended up finishing fourth on the season.

“I prepared to win today’s race and was disappointed to not be able to finish,” said Jorgensen, the only woman to win three series triathlons this year. “The fall happened so quickly that I’m still not sure exactly how it happened. I must have made a small error that in the rain turns into a big mistake.

“I am absolutely gutted. I came to London to win.”

On the men’s side, Joe Maloy led the U.S. contingent Sunday when he placed 36th.

Five days of races concluded Sunday when the United States won five world titles and 15 overall medals in age groups at ITU Standard (Olympic distance) World Championships.

The United States won three world titles and 12 overall medals Friday in the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships. Hailey Danisewicz (TRI-2), Megan Fisher (TRI-5) and Ivonne Mosquera-Schmidt (TRI-6a) won the titles. The United States swept the podium in the TRI-2 class as Melissa Stockwell finished second to Daniserwicz and Sarah Reinertsen was third. 

There were also seven U.S. winners and 18 total medalists Friday in the ITU Sprint Age Group World Championships.

Tamara Gordon won her first world title Thursday, taking the ITU Junior World Championships.

LUGE

Tucker West won his third consecutive title while Julia Clukey won her second straight and sixth overall Friday at the USA Luge Start Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. Ty Andersen and Anthony Espinoza won their first doubles title.

Chris Mazdzer was second and Aidan Kelly third behind West.

Erin Hamlin was second and Kate Hansen third behind Clukey. Rounding out the podium in doubles were Christian Niccum and Jayson Terdiman followed by Jake Hyrns and Andrew Sherk.

CANOE/KAYAK

Fabien Lefevre finished fourth in the men’s K-1 final Saturday at the ICF Slalom World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. Dana Mann added a fifth-place finish Sunday in women’s K-1.

“Dana and Fabien represented themselves, the sport and the United States like champions this week in Prague,” USA Canoe/Kayak CEO Joe Jacobi said. “Their top-five placings in the finals set a great standard as we look forward to welcoming our fellow teams to the world championships in Maryland next year.”

Lefevre, Casey Eichfeld and Zach Lokken finished ninth in the C-1 team race.

TRACK & FIELD

Michael Giuseppi Mannozzi finished in 2:31:37 Sunday to win the USA 30-kilometer Race Walk Championship in Valley Cottage, N.Y., by more than seven minutes.

Dave Talcott won the master’s title and Katie Burnett won the women’s championship.

GYMNASTICS

Logan Dooley and Steven Gluckstein finished fifth and sixth in the men’s trampoline finals at the Trampoline World Cup event in Valladolid, Spain, Saturday. In addition Gluckstein teamed with his brother, Jeffrey Gluckstein, to finish sixth in the men’s synchronized trampoline. Meghan O’Connell added a silver medal in the girls’ 15-16 trampoline.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL

Both U.S. women’s teams reached the semifinals of the NORCECA Circuit event in Mazatlan, Mexico, before being eliminated from title contention. Heather Hughes and Lane Carico then defeated Allison Fleming and Traci Weamer, 24-22, 21-19, in the bronze-medal match Sunday.

EQUESTRIAN

Clark Montgomery, aboard Loughan Glen, finished third in the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials in Woodstock, England. Meghan O’Donoghue, aboard Pirate, finished 11th in her first overseas competition.

BOXING

Shakur Stevenson captured the light bantamweight gold medal Sunday at the AIBA Junior Men’s World Championships in Kiev, Ukraine.

WATER SKIING

The U.S. Formula 2 Team earned the bronze medal at the Water Ski Racing World Championships in Tenerife, Spain. Andy Anderson, Cameron King, Cheryl Ruston and Dawn Wallace formed the bronze-medal team. The U.S. Formula 1 team placed fifth while the U.S. Junior team was sixth.

Elsewhere, the United States won the team gold medal and five U.S. athletes combined for six individual medals in the Under-21 Water Ski World Championships at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla. Taylor Garcia, Erika Lang, Lauren Morgan and Dylan Schaffer formed the winning team. Brie Carter won the gold and Samantha Dumala won the silver in women’s slalom. Lang won the silver in women’s tricks and bronze in women’s overall. Tyler Yager, in men’s slalom, and Morgan, in women’s jumping, added bronze medals.

Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Tom Robinson is a freelance contributor for TeamUSA.org.

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