Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: April 14, 2014
Team USA’s Kyla Ross competes on the uneven bars during the 2014 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships on April 12, 2014 in Richmond, B.C.
U.S. gymnasts captured the men’s, women’s and rhythmic team titles as well as the men’s and women’s all-around titles at the at the Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships, which wrapped up Saturday in Richmond, B.C.
John Orozco, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, won gold in the men’s team competition, all-around, parallel bars and high bar, plus a silver medal in still rings. Elizabeth Price won gold in the women’s team, all-around, uneven bars and floor exercise. Kyla Ross, a gold medalist with Team USA in 2012, was the women’s all-around runner-up and balance beam champion. Ross also finished second behind Price in the uneven bars and floor exercise.
In addition to the rhythmic team gold medal, U.S. rhythmic gymnasts claimed two senior event titles: Aliya Protto (hoop) and Cindy Lu (ball).
The event is held every two years and includes athlete from countries along the Pacific Ocean. Competition was also held in trampoline as well as on the junior level.
“I am pleased with the results,” Martha Karolyi, the U.S. women’s national team coordinator, said. “The most important things is that the girls were 100 percent consistent.”
Elsewhere, another 2012 U.S. Olympian, Sam Mikulak, ended his college gymnastics career tied for the NCAA record with seven individual championships. The Michigan senior helped his team defend its title at home on Friday night. He also won Friday’s all-around competition — his third all-around title in four years — and won the parallel bars on Saturday.
Mikulak is tied for the record with 1984 Olympic gold medalist Jim Hartung from Nebraska and Joe Giallombardo from Illinois.
U.S. athletes won two gold medals, three silver medals and four bronze medals at the UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships, which ran Thursday through Sunday in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Team USA also had three fourth-place finishes. The medal haul more than doubled Team USA’s previous performance in the event.
“We couldn’t be happier with how the team prepared and how they performed,” U.S. Paralympics cycling high performance director Ian Lawless said.
Jamie Whitmore won the women’s C3 500-meter time trial gold medal Friday and C3 3-kilometer pursuit Saturday, setting world records each time. Allison Jones and Jenny Schuble also added two medals each.
David Boudia qualified in the men’s 3- and 10-meter at the USA Diving World Cup Synchronized Trials Friday through Sunday in Tallahassee, Fla. Steele Johnson and Boudia won the 10-meter event Sunday.
“I am really excited to be diving the 10-meter synchro with Steele in Shanghai,” Boudia said. “I think we have the ability to do well in the future and world cup is the first step toward Rio.”
Sam Dorman and Boudia pulled out a 3-meter win on the final dive Saturday.
Boudia, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist in platform, has now qualified in three events for the FINA Diving World Cup July 15-20 in Shanghai, China. He earlier qualified in the individual 3-meter.
Amy Cozad and Katrina Young won the women’s 10-meter Sunday. Abby Johnston, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist, and Laura Ryan won the women’s 3-meter Friday.
Tatyana McFadden set a course record while defending her elite women’s wheelchair title at the London Marathon on Sunday. McFadden, who won a silver medal in cross-country skiing at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and claimed three gold medals in track and field at the London 2012 Olympic Games, plans to compete in the Boston Marathon on April 21.
McFadden made history in 2013 when she won the marathon grand slam: Boston, Chicago, London and New York City.
Alex Meyer and Ashley Twichell won the inaugural 10-kilometer Fran Crippen Cup Marathon Invitational titles Saturday at Fort Myers, Fla. The event is in honor of former U.S. national team member Fran Crippen, who died during an open-water competition in 2010.
Meyer, a 2012 Olympian, finished the open-water race in 1:52:47.39, more than 30 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Twichell finished in 2:04:23.65 to lead an American sweep of the top three spots. She was followed by Christine Jennings and Emily Brunemann.
Ohio State University and Santa Clara won High Point Awards, and Alyssa Hoying from Indy Synchro won the Individual High Point Award at the U.S. National Championships, which concluded Saturday in Oro Valley, Ariz. Ohio State won the U.S. Senior National Championships.
Karina Boyle, a U.S. National Squad member representing the Walnut Creek Aquanets, swept the solo, duet, combo and team events in the U.S. Junior National Championships of the five days of the competition and Jacklyn Luu from the Santa Clara Aquamaids did the same for the 13-15 age group.
Jeff Holguin won his first world cup gold medal to lead a 1-2 U.S. men’s finish at the ISSF World Cup shotgun event Sunday in Tucson, Ariz. Holguin, a 2008 Olympian, had five previous world cup medals in 18 years of competition. Josh Richmond was second.
“We’re very fortunate to compete against some guys that are good and we push each other,” Holguin said. “When we’re at the top of our games, we’re tough to beat.”
Kim Rhode returned to competition for the first time since the birth of her son Carter 11 months ago and took the women’s bronze. Brandy Drozd was fourth.
The men’s skeet concludes Monday.
Elsewhere, Alex Chichkov won both the men’s sport pistol and air pistol at the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Margaret Lu, Lee Kiefer, Sabrina Massialas and Jackie Dubrovich combined for the gold medal in the junior women’s foil team championships at the Junior and Cadet World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The team beat Russia 42-24 in Saturday’s final.
The United States also claimed bronze in the junior men’s foil team championships as the 10-day event wrapped up. After falling to Russia 45-41 in the semifinals, the United States defeated Canada 45-27 in the bronze-medal match.
Elsewhere, Race Imboden won the foil event at the USA Fencing Division I National Championship in Minneapolis. Multiple age group and division titles were determined in the event, which concludes Monday. Other champions included David Xu (men’s wheelchair epee) and Catherine Bouwkamp (women’s wheelchair epee).
Aaron Gwin won the elite men’s downhill and Luca Shaw took the junior men’s downhill race Saturday at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Jill Kintner finished third in the elite women’s race. Neko Mulally added an eighth-place finish in the elite men’s downhill. Keegan Swenson placed 10th in the U-23 men’s cross-country race Sunday.
The United States earned the men’s silver medal and the women’s bronze medal at the Indoor Pan American Cup, which concluded Saturday in Montevideo, Uruguay. Canada defeated the U.S. men 4-2 in the final. Sebastian Scheurer and Moritz Runzi each scored second-half goals to bring the United States to within a goal.
Amanda Fleischut scored the only regulation goal, and then 14-year-old Erin Matson made the deciding shootout goal when the U.S. women beat Uruguay 2-1 in the bronze-medal game.
Brendan Anderson won the men’s qualifier for the Youth Olympic Games Sunday in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Cuba Domadores defeated the USA Knockouts 3-2 in the World Series of Boxing Saturday in Salem, N.H. Bantamweight Ramon Cardenas and middleweight Marlo Delgado had the wins for the United States.
Elsewhere, the draw was held for the Youth World Championships and Youth Olympic Games Qualifier in Sofia, Bulgaria. The first U.S. competitors begin Tuesday in the event, which continues through April 24.
Duke recruit Justise Winslow came off the bench to score 16 points Saturday when the USA Basketball Junior Select Team defeated the World Select Team 84-73 at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore.
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