Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: Sept. 30, 2013
|J.R. Celski (left) celebrates winning the men's 5,000-meters relay
final during the Samsung ISU World Cup at the Oriental Sports
Center on Sept. 29, 2013 in Shanghai, China.
J.R. Celski, Chris Creveling, John-Henry Krueger, Jordan Malone and Jeff Simon formed the winning 5,000-meter relay team Sunday to allow Team USA to leave Shanghai, China — the first stop of the Samsung ISU Short Track World Cup — with a gold-medal performance.
Malone, who was plagued by injuries last season, also earned a bronze medal in the men’s 1,000 meters.
“Overall, I’m very happy with the way the season is starting and extremely happy to have been part of the men’s relay gold,” said Malone, who has 13 career world cup medals (3 gold, 4 silver, 6 bronze). “Happy, but not satisfied, I’ll leave the job of satisfaction up to the Olympic podium.”
Eddy Alvarez earned his first career world cup medal with a bronze medal in the men’s 500 Saturday.
Sarah Chen, Alyson Dudek, Lana Gehring, Emily Scott and Jessica Smith set an American record in the women’s 3,000-meter relay semifinals with a time of 4:10.887, then followed it up with a second-place finish in the Final B race.
Connor Fields won the overall title Saturday when the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup wrapped up in Chula Vista, Calif. Arielle Martin was second to Olympic champion Mariana Pajon of Colombia in the women’s overall standings.
Fields won the time trial Friday and was third in the Supercross final Saturday. Corben Sharrah finished second to Fields in the time trial.
Felicia Stancil won the elite women’s time trial Friday. Alise Post was third.
Elsewhere, Logan Owen was fourth in the junior men’s road race and Evelyn Stevens was fifth in the elite women’s road race Saturday at the UCI Road World Championships in Toscana, Italy.
Kelly Catlin gained her second top-10 finish of the week Friday with a ninth-place finish in the junior women’s road race. Alex Howes finished 31st and Peter Stetina finished 37th Sunday when torrential rain made conditions difficult and only 61 of 208 starters finished the 272-kilometer elite men’s road race.
The United States defeated host Canada, 25-23, 25-20, 25-14, Saturday in Langley, B.C. to win the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship.
Matt Anderson was named tournament MVP. Micah Christenson was named best server and best setter in his first tournament with the senior national team. Outside hitter Reid Priddy joined Anderson and Christenson on the Positional All-Star Team.
Anderson led all scorers with 17 points on 14 kills and three aces in the final. Priddy and Max Holt added 11 points each. The United States has won five of the last eight tournament titles and finished second to Cuba in the other three.
Olympic medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross showed off their new partnership by going 5-0 without losing a set on the way to the title of the AVP Tour event in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Walsh Jennings and Ross defeated Jennifer Fopma and Brooke Sweat, 21-18, 21-10, in the final. They had played together in one FIVB Tour event earlier this year, finishing ninth in Switzerland, but plan to play the rest of 2013 together, including a pair of FIVB events. They have also said they would like to make a run to the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games together.
On the men’s side, Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson won their fourth AVP event of the year with a 21-19, 21-19 victory over Tri Bourne and John Hyden in the finals.
Argentina defeated the U.S. women, 1-0, Saturday in the championship game of the Pan American Cup. It was the fifth straight Pan American Cup championship meeting between the two countries.
The United States, which outscored opponents 21-3 while going 4-1 at the event in Mendoza, Argentina, clinched a spot in the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands.
Sam Mikulak earned an all-around score of 89.532 and is now second behind Kohei Uchimura in the all-around at the FIG 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. For updated results information, click here.
Steve Travis and his team representing Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle won all three races Sunday to claim the Lloyd Phoenix Trophy at the U.S. Offshore Sailing Championships in Annapolis, Md.
Elsewhere, Olympic gold medalist Anna Tunnicliffe teamed with Molly Vandemoer to finish 12th overall at the women’s 49erFX class at the 49er and 49erFX World Championship in Marseille, France. Fredrick Stammer and Zach Brown finished 20th in men’s 49er.
The World Archery Federation World Championships began Sunday and will continue through Oct. 6 in Belek-Antalya, Turkey. Results will be available on World Archery’s page here.
Casey Eichfeld and Dana Mann won C-1 titles Sunday at the U.S. Slalom Nationals in Bryson City, N.C.
Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields claimed the youth middleweight (165 pounds) title and Caitlin Orosco (101 pounds) and JaJaira Gonzalez (125) won junior titles at the Women’s Junior/Youth World Championships in Albena Bulgaria.
Iesha Kenney also earned a bronze medal in the junior division, helping the United States finish third in the team competition. Marisol Lopez and Samantha Kinchen added youth bronze medals.
The U.S. women won their second straight FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship with a 21-12 victory over Estonia in the championship game Sunday. The title earned the United States a spot in the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. Gabby Green, Arike Ogunbowale, Katie Lou Samuelson and Brianna Turner formed the winning team.
The U.S. men went 7-1 but lost to Lithuania in the quarterfinals.
Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue got their season off to a strong start with the ice dancing gold medal at the Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany. Hubbell and Donohue also won the Nebelhorn Trophy in 2011.
Jason Brown earned the men’s silver medal and Ashley Cain took the women’s bronze medal in their senior international debuts. Skating in their first Lindsay Davis and Rockne Brubaker finished fifth in pairs.
Elsewhere, Polina Edmunds won her second ISU Junior Grand Prix women’s title of the season and was one of three U.S. champions in Minsk, Belarus. Nathan Chen won the men’s title and Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter won the ice dance gold medal. Madeline Aaron and Max Settlage finished second in pairs.
Akbarzhan Iminov finished tied for seventh in the men’s 100-kg.-plus weight class at the IJF Grand Prix event in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The United States made up for a disappointing effort Friday by posting a win Saturday in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final Consolation Round in Barcelona, Spain.
The consolation round finished tied at the top and went to a jump-off in which the United States defeated Switzerland, 12-16.
Tarrin Gilliland captured her second gold medal of the Junior Pan American Championships by winning the 11-and-under girls platform title Sunday in Tucson, Ariz. The United States finished with 20 medals, second to Mexico, by earning six on Sunday, the last of four days of competition. Emily Grund won the 12-13 girls 3-meter title Sunday. Jordan Windle won the 14-15 boys platform championship Friday.