Team USA Weekend Preview: April 11, 2014

By Paul D. Bowker | April 11, 2014, 4:48 p.m. (ET)
Kyla Ross competes in the women's balance beam final at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships held at the Antwerp Sports Palace on Oct. 6, 2013 in Antwerp, Belgium.

Team USA athletes in gymnastics, fencing, shooting, cycling, swimming and field hockey are busy competing in events around the world. Catch up on all the details in this week’s edition of the Team USA Weekend Preview.


Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships, April 7-12, Richmond, B.C., Canada

Kyla Ross, a gold medalist as part of the “Fierce Five” in the team competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and John Orozco, a 2012 Olympian who earned a bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships, are among the U.S. gymnasts competing in the Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships this week in Canada.

Finals in men’s and women’s individual events, and rhythmic and trampoline will be held Saturday at the Richmond, B.C., Olympic Oval.

The U.S. women began the competition Wednesday by winning the team championship, and both the senior and junior all-around titles. Elizabeth Price, who was the 2014 world cup series and AT&T American Cup champion, won the senior all-around title. U.S. junior all-around champion Bailie Key won the junior all-around title.

Team gold medalists were Price, Ross, Peyton Ernst, Key, Nia Dennis and Norah Flatley. They won the competition with 237.000 points, defeating runner-up Canada by more than 14 points.

Price and Ross will both compete in the finals for the uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. Key will compete in all four junior event finals. Dennis will compete in the vault and floor junior finals, and Flatley earned a trip to the uneven bars and balance beam finals.

Reigning U.S. and world all-around champion Simone Biles withdrew from the event after re-aggravating her right shoulder and was replaced by Peyton Ernst.

Orozco is joined on the men’s team by Winter Cup all-around champion Chris Brooks, 2012 Olympic alternate Alex Naddour, and junior members Davis Grooms, Marty Strech and Alec Yoder.

The U.S. Rhythmic Gymnastics Team is seeking its second consecutive Pacific Rim team title. Aliya Protto and Nastasya Generalova are among the leading gymnasts on the rhythmic squad.

Also in gymnastics:

NCAA Men’s Gymnastics National Championships, April 10-12, Ann Arbor, Mich.

USA Gymnastics Women’s Collegiate National Championships, April 11-13, Providence, R.I.


Junior and Cadet World Championships, April 3-12, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Team competition in women’s saber and men’s foil will finish up the Junior World Championships on Saturday in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

London 2012 Olympian Alexander Massialas, Nobuo Bravo, Michael Woo and Axel Kiefer are on the men’s foil team. Gracie Stone, Sage Palmedo, Francesca Russo and 2014 NCAA champion Adrienne Jarocki are on the women’s saber team.

Earlier this week, 2012 Olympian Lee Kiefer finished off her final year of junior-level competition by winning the junior world title in women’s foil. It was her eighth career junior world medal. Kiefer, a sophomore at Notre Dame and sister of fencer Axel Kiefer, is a two-time NCAA champion.

Also in fencing:

North American Cup and USA Fencing Div. I Wheelchair National Championships, April 11-14, Minneapolis.


ISSF World Cup, shotgun, April 10-14, Tucson, Ariz.

Four-time Olympian Glenn Eller, 2008 Olympian Jeff Holguin and 2012 Olympian Josh Richmond will compete in men’s double trap Saturday at the ISSF World Cup in Tucson, Ariz. They are among 24 USA Shooting athletes in the four-day competition being held at the Tucson Skeet & Trap Club.

“I’m very excited to compete in a world cup on home turf and at a world-class facility,” Richmond said. “I have had success here in the past, so my goals are obviously set high coming back. I am also very proud of my teammates Jeff and Glenn, and feel that we have great things to come in the future as a double trap team.”

Other U.S. shooters competing include 2012 Olympic champion Kim Rhode in women’s skeet, Luis Gloria and Mark Weeks in men’s skeet, and Ryan Hadden in men’s trap.

Also in shooting:

National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships, April 10-26, U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colo.


Nike Hoop Summit, April 12, Portland, Ore.

The World Select Team will seek its third consecutive win against the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team in the Nike Hoop Summit on Saturday at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore.

The annual game matches up many of the top Under-19 players in the world. Among them are three Duke recruits on the U.S. team. Of the 22 players on the roster, 14 are committed to U.S. colleges and universities. The only uncommitted player on the U.S. team is 6-11 center Myles Turner of Bedford, Texas. Duke recruits in the game are center Jahlil Okafor of Whitney Young High School in Chicago, guard Tyus Jones of Apple Valley, Minn., and forward Justise Winslow of Houston, Texas.

TV: 7 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN2


UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships, April 10-13, Aguascalientes, Mexico

Allison Jones, a seven-time Paralympian who earned a bronze medal in alpine skiing at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, and three-time Paralympic medalist Joe Berenyi are among the U.S. athletes competing in the UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Mexico.

The United States, Australia and Great Britain are the favored nations at worlds, which features more than 120 cyclists from 28 nations.

Competition will be held through Sunday. Friday’s events include the C3 men’s pursuit, in which Berenyi won a gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Saturday’s schedule includes the women’s pursuit and men’s time trials, followed by team sprints Sunday.


UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, April 10-13, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Cross-country and downhill races headline the season-opening UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in South Africa. The event is the first of nine stops on the mountain bike world cup circuit.

Also in cycling:

Charlotte Criterium, USA Cycling National Racing Calendar, April 12, Charlotte

Belmont Criterium, USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar, April 13, Belmont, N.C.


Indoor Pan American Cup, April 7-12, Montevideo, Uruguay

The U.S. Men’s National Indoor Team won its first three matches in round-robin play this week at the Indoor Pan American Cup. Included among those wins was a 4-3 victory Wednesday over Argentina.

The championship game in both the men’s and women’s tournaments will be played Saturday. The winner in each title game qualifies to play in the 2015 Indoor World Cup in Germany.

The U.S. women were 1-1-1 after their first three matches, including a 0-0 draw with Canada Tuesday.


USA Diving World Cup Synchronized Trials, April 11-13, Tallahassee, Fla.

U.S. selection trials for the 2014 FINA World Cup will be held in four disciplines Friday through Sunday at Florida State University’s Morcom Aquatics Center in Tallahassee, Fla.

Synchro competition will be held in men’s and women’s 3-meter and 10-meter. Divers selected will represent the United States at the FINA World Cup in July in Shanghai, China. Individual divers were selected in a previous event.


U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Championships, April 8-12, Oro Valley, Ariz.

More than 350 swimmers, including members of the 2014 U.S. National Team, are competing this week in the U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Championships in Arizona. The event will determine champions at the senior national, junior national and age 13-15 levels.

The competition is being held at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center.


Crippen Cup Marathon Invitational, April 12, Fort Myers, Fla.

Several top open-water swimmers including Olympians Alex Meyer and Emily Brunemann are among more than 50 international swimmers expected to compete Saturday in the inaugural Crippen Cup Marathon Invitational. The 10k open water race will be held at Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club near Fort Myers, Fla.

Other U.S. swimmers include Arthur Frayler, Christine Jennings, Joey Pedraza, Chip Peterson and Ashley Twichell.

The event is named after Fran Crippen, a U.S. open water swimmer who died during a FINA World Cup competition in 2010.


Youth World Championships and Youth Olympic Games Qualifier, April 14-24, Sofia, Bulgaria

2013 junior world champions Caitlin Orosco and Jajaira Gonzalez are among 12 U.S. athletes seeking to qualify for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games at the Youth World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The top five finishers in each men’s weight class and the top four in three women’s weight classes will qualify for the Youth Olympic Games. More than 600 boxers from 105 nations are competing.

Members of the U.S. team: Nico Hernandez, men’s light flyweight; Shakur Stevenson, men’s flyweight; Carlos Balderas, men’s bantamweight; Isidro Ochoa, men’s lightweight; Jonathan Navarro, men’s light welterweight; Javier Estrada, men’s welterweight; Charles Conwell, men’s middleweight; Sharif Rahman, men’s light heavyweight; Darmani Rock, men’s super heavyweight; Martha Fabela, 2014 women’s continental champion; Orosco and Gonzalez.

Preliminary-round action will begin Monday.

Also in boxing:

World Series of Boxing, USA Knockouts vs. Cuba Domadores, April 12, Rockingham Park, Salem, N.H.


London Marathon, April 13, London

Marathon season is here. The London Marathon, which is the world’s biggest marathon with nearly 40,000 runners, will take place Sunday. Tatyana McFadden, who earned her 11th Paralympic medal at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, will attempt to defend her marathon title in London. She will compete the following week in the Boston Marathon.

Webcast: 4 a.m. ET Sunday,


NORCECA Open International Youth Classic, April 11-13, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Individual competition in the NORCECA Open International Youth Classic will take place Friday and Saturday, followed by the mixed relay Sunday. The event is being held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and will determine the roster spots on the U.S. team for the 2014 Youth World Championships.

In addition to U.S. athletes, the event has also drawn pentathletes from Mexico, Canada, Panama, Guatemala, Haiti, South Africa and Australia.


World Junior Championships, April 7-18, Alor Setar, Malaysia

Eight U.S. athletes are competing this week in the Suhandinata Cup team competition at the World Junior Championships in Malaysia. Members of the U19 U.S. team: Aston Khor, Jordy Supandi, Kevin Chan, Timothy Lam, Anna Tang, Crystal Pan, Kerry Xu and Victoria Chen.

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