Team USA Weekend Preview: Sept. 20, 2013

By Paul D. Bowker | Sept. 20, 2013, 4:36 p.m. (ET)
Elena Pirozhkova and Adeline Gray wrestleAdeline Gray (red) wrestles Elena Pirozhkova (blue) in the 63 kg. freestyle weight class during the finals of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Wrestling at Carver Hawkeye Arena on April 22, 2012 in Iowa City, Iowa.

More summer sports are reaching their pinnacles this week with world championships in wrestling, shooting, canoe and cycling, plus archers are preparing for the 2013 World Cup Final. Meanwhile, the U.S. women’s volleyball team is in action at home in Nebraska in the NORCECA Women’s Continental Cup. All of the details are in the Team USA Weekend Preview.


FILA World Championships, Sept. 16-22, Budapest, Hungary

Two-time Olympian Spenser Mango will seek his first world medal Friday in the Greco-Roman competition at the FILA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Mango, who is on the U.S. World Team for a fourth time, will wrestle at the 55 kg. class.

Adeline Gray, a 2012 world champion in the 67 kg. weight class will compete for a world title in the 72 kg. women’s freestyle Friday. Also scheduled to compete Friday is Veronica Carlson in the women’s freestyle (67 kg.) Friday.

Three American Greco-Roman wrestlers are expected to compete Saturday: Jesse Thielke (60 kg.), Jordan Holm (84 kg.) and Caylor Williams (96 kg.). Justin Lester, a 2012 Olympian and two-time world bronze medalist, will wrestle Sunday at 66 kg. in Greco-Roman. Also set to compete Sunday for Team USA are Andy Bisek (74 kg.) and Robbie Smith (120 kg.).

On Wednesday, Jordan Burroughs, a gold medalist at the London 2012 Olympic Games, won a gold medal at 74 kg. men’s freestyle. Burroughs, who broke his left ankle one month before these world championships, has won 65 consecutive matches on the senior level.

Read more about Burroughs here. 

Also Wednesday night, Alyssa Lampe captured a world bronze medal with a quick 46-second pin over Melanie LeSaffre of France in women’s freestyle at 48 kg. Lampe earns her second straight world bronze after taking third at the 2012 world championships at 51 kg. On Thursday, Olympian Elena Pirozhkova claimed a bronze medal in the 63 kg. class. She now has a collection of gold, silver and bronze world medals in her career.


NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship, Sept. 16-21, Omaha, Neb.

The U.S. Women’s National Team will play Friday night in the semifinals of the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship in Omaha, Neb. The United States won Pool B by winning its first two matches against Mexico and Cuba.

Middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer had a match-high 13 points on eight kills and five blocks in a 25-9, 25-13, 25-12 victory Wednesday over Cuba.

The medal round is set for Saturday. The United States, which is ranked No. 1 in the world, is defending champion.



World Cup Final, Sept. 21-22, Paris

Brady Ellison, a two-time Olympian who is the third-ranked men’s recurve archer in the world, is one of four U.S. athletes who qualified for the World Cup Final in Paris. Ellison will face Zhang Jianping of China in the quarterfinal round Sunday.

Erika Jones will compete in the women’s compound tournament Saturday. She is ranked No. 1 in the world. Reo Wilde and Braden Gellenthien will chase after a podium finish in men’s compound.


ISSF World Clay Target Championships, Sept. 16-24, Lima, Peru

Glenn Eller, an Olympic champion in 2008, will go after gold in the double trap competition Friday at the ISSF World Clay Target Championships in Lima, Peru. Eller is a four-time Olympian and three-time world medalist. Shooting alongside Eller will be Derek Haldeman and Jeff Holguin.

Corey Cogdell, a two-time Olympian and bronze medalist at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, will be among six U.S. shooters beginning the trap competition Saturday. Cogdell, Ashley Carroll and Rachael Heiden will compete in the women’s trap. Matt Gossett, John Mullins and Jake Wallace will shoot in the men’s trap. The women’s trap finals will be Monday, followed by the men’s trap finals Tuesday.

Earlier this week, Dania Vizzi took the silver in the women’s junior skeet and the U.S. junior men‘s skeet squad earned a bronze in the team event. Bronze medalists were Phillip Jungman, Nick Boerboon and Luis “Taz” Gloria.


ICF Marathon World Championships, Sept. 18-22, Copenhagen, Denmark

Kaitlyn McElroy and Maggie Hogan, who finished eighth at the 2012 world championships, are among nine U.S. paddlers competing at this week’s ICF Marathon World Championships in Denmark. McElroy and Hogan are also members of the U.S. National Sprint Team. They will compete in the two-person women’s kayak and earned bronze in that event at the 2011 Pan American Games.

Ian Ross and Amniel Naranjo will race in the two-man canoe, in addition to their individual C-1 events. Other paddlers include Alex McLain, women’s K-1; Borys Markin and Brad Pennington, men’s K-1; Logan Mynar, U-23 men’s K-1; and Jesse Lishchuk, junior men’s K-1.


UCI Road World Championships, Sept. 22-29, Toscana, Italy

London 2012 Olympians Shelley Olds, Evelyn Stevens, Tejay van Garderen and Taylor Phinney are among 29 riders who’ll race in the UCI Road World Championships beginning Sunday in Toscana, Italy. Van Garderen and Phinney will compete in elite men’s division, and Olds and Stevens were both automatic selections to the elite women’s team. Olds and Stevens are among the top 25 in the UCI individual rankings.

Stevens and Phinney will compete in both the road race and time trial events.

Webcast: 8:30 a.m. ET Sunday,

Also in cycling:

2013 USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships, Sept. 18-Sept. 22, Colorado Springs, Colo.

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Sept. 21-22, Leogang, Austria

UCI Mountain Bike Four Cross World Championships, Sept. 21-22, Leogang, Austria

TD Bank Mayor’s Cup, USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC), Sept. 21, Boston, Mass.

Trek Cyclo-cross Collective Cup, USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX), Sept. 21-22, Waterloo, Wis.

Charm City Cross, Pro CX, Sept. 21-22, Baltimore


Pan American Cup, Sept. 21-28, Mendoza, Argentina

The U.S. Women’s National Team opens play Saturday in the Pan American Cup, when it faces Mexico in a pool-play match in Mendoza, Argentina. The United States then will face Chile Sunday and Uruguay Tuesday.

The winner of the tournament clinches a spot in the 2014 World Cup. The top six teams qualify for the 2017 Pan American Cup. The United States earned the silver in 2009. Among the team members are two-time Olympian Rachel Dawson and 2012 Olympian Michelle Kasold.


Twenty-seven athletes will race for the 2013 U.S. National Skeleton Push Championship title on the newly constructed wheeled start track at the U.S. Olympic Training Center Saturday in Lake Placid, N.Y.

John Daly started the week by setting some personal best scores in the combine test as he works towards defending his title in the men’s competition. Daly narrowly won by one-hundredth of a second last season, and he will face a competitive field of 15 athletes hungry to start the Olympic season with a win. National team athletes Mike Dellemann and Tom Santagato have been on the brink of earning a push title in the past and also will be strong contenders for the title this year.

Reigning women’s push champion Veronica Day not only will contend against Lauren Salter and Caitlin Carter, who challenged Day for the title last season, but also she will battle returning veterans Annie O’Shea and Megan Henry. O’Shea and Henry are previous title winners, but both were on medical leave and did not participate in competition last season.


International Junior Gymnastics Competition, Sept. 22-23, Yokohama, Japan

Fabian DeLuna, Marty Stretch, Bailie Key and Lauren Hernandez will compete in the International Junior Gymnastics Competition in Yokohama, Japan. The event is the second international assignment for DeLuna and Stretch. Key and Hernandez will be in the women’s division.


Women’s Junior/Youth World Championships, Sept. 22-29, Albena, Bulgaria

Olympic champion Claressa Shields, an 18-year-old college student at Olivet College in Michigan, headlines a U.S. team of 11 at the Women’s Junior/Youth World Championships in Bulgaria. Preliminary round action begins Sunday at the Albena Resort.

In addition to Shields, other 17- to 18-year-old boxers on the youth team are Marisol Lopez, Karina Sarabia, Dida Gonzalez and Samantha Kinchen. Junior team members are Caitlin Orosco, Nysja Barrientes, Ashley Perez, Jessica Galvez, Jajaira Gonzalez and Iesha Kenney.


ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating, Sept. 18-21, Gdansk, Poland

Ice dancers Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker will seek to win their second gold medals of the season at the ISU Junior Grand Prix event this weekend in Gdansk, Poland. They previously won gold at the Junior Grand Prix event in Mexico. Joining them in the ice dancing competition are Elliana Pogrebinsky and Ross Gudis.

The women’s and men’s competition began Thursday. American Angela Wang is in second place after the short program. Her U.S. teammate Mariah Bell is in eighth. On the men’s side, Jordan Moeller is in ninth place entering the free skate and Brian Kretz is 22nd.


Pan American Championships and Pan Am Open, Sept. 20-22, Queretaro, Mexico

Fabiola Carrillo, Alexxis Grosso, Sohwon Kim, Cheyenne Lewis, Rachel Meyer, Samuel Scott and Andrew Snow will compete as senior-level athletes in the Pan Am Open, which opens Friday in Queretaro, Mexico. They will attempt to win WTF World Rankings Points for senior athletes.

The USA Taekwondo team at the three-day competition includes 20 from the U.S. Junior National Team and the 25-member U.S. Future Stars Team. The athletes qualified for the Pan Am Championships and Pan Am Open at the recent national championships held in Chicago.


U.S. Match Racing Championship, Sept. 19-Sept. 22

Two U.S. Match Racing icons and the No. 1-ranked match racer in the world will go head-to-head this week at the U.S. Match Racing Championship, hosted by Sail Sheboygan (Wis.). Eight teams will match race for the Prince of Wales Bowl in Sonars on Lake Michigan, beginning Sept. 19-Sept. 22.  

Taylor Canfield enters this week’s week event as the No.1-ranked match racer in the world by ISAF. After losing in the finals of the U.S. Match Racing Championship in 2011 and 2012, Canfield captured his first Prince of Wales Bowl last year in Marblehead, Mass. Canfield will switch roles on the boat for this year’s event and crew for Stephanie Roble, who crewed for Canfield at last year’s championship. Roble is the top-ranked women’s match racer in the U.S.

Returning to compete in his 12th U.S. Match Racing Championship is Dave Perry, a four-time winner of the Prince of Wales Bowl. Perry and crewmates Mike Rehe and Chris Museler won the title two years ago off the coast of Newport Beach, Calif. Museler also won this championship with Perry in 2008 and 2006.

Two-time U.S. Match Racing Champion Dave Dellenbaugh has returned to take another shot at the title. Dellenbaugh, who won this championship in 2002 and 1984, is also representing the Pequot Yacht Club. He’ll be sailing this week with his daughter Rebecca Dellenbaugh, a 2010 ICSA All-American at Dartmouth, Janel Zarkowsky, who won the championship last year as crew for Canfield, and accomplished team racer Amanda Callahan.

David Storrs, the fifth-ranked match racer in the United States, will be sailing this week with Maggie Shea, who won as crew for Canfield last year and with Genny Tulloch at the 2012 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship. Storrs will represent the Chicago Match Race Center.

Long Beach Yacht Club’s Dustin Durant will be crewing for helmsman Scott Dickson this week, along with Steve Flam. Durant is the second ranked match racer in the country and the skipper of the Long Beach Match Racing Team.

The winning skipper of this event will receive an invitation to race at the 2014 Ficker Cup, a grade 3 event and a Congressional Cup Qualifier.


USA 5km Championships, Sept. 22, Providence, R.I.

The USA 5km Championships will be held Sunday in Providence, R.I. Defending champions are Ben True and Molly Huddle, who finished 11th at 5,000 meters in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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