Sports Scene: Aug. 12-18

By United States Olympic Committee | Aug. 18, 2014, 6:25 p.m. (ET)
Flag bearer Kendall Yount carries the U.S. flag during the Opening Ceremony for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Center on Aug. 16, 2014 in Nanjing, China.

Taekwondo athlete Kendall Yount proudly kicked off the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, by leading Team USA in the Opening Ceremony as flag bearer. Shortly afterward, Sabrina Massialas took home the gold medal in women’s foil fencing, Stephanie Jenks captured the silver medal in women’s triathlon, Clara Smiddy swam to the gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke and Meghan Small clinched the bronze medal in the 200-meter individual medley.


Four-time Olympian Troy Dumais won his 36th national championship title at the AT&T National Diving Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee. Dumais won his national crown in the 3-meter event. Ariel Rittenhouse, a 2008 Olympian, captured the 3-meter title on the women’s side. Jordan Windle won the 10-meter gold medal and Samantha “Murphy” Bromberg claimed the women’s 10-meter crown.

Track & Field:

Team USA secured nine medals – highlighted by a gold medal from Nick Ross in men’s high jump – at the Pan American Sports Festival in Mexico City, Mexico.


The U.S. men’s national team claimed the silver medal at the Pan American Cup in Tijuana, Mexico.

Meanwhile, three-time Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist Keri Walsh Jennings became the winningest woman at the Manhattan Beach Open after capturing her seventh title with partner April Ross on the fourth stop of the 2014 AVP Tour.

Water Polo:

The U.S. women’s national team captured its second straight FINA World Cup title by defeating Australia, 10-6, in the final in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, to finish the tournament with a 6-0 record.

Also This Week:

Malik Newman tallied 21 points in leading the U.S. to its third straight FIBA Men’s U17 World Championship gold medal…The U.S. men’s national basketball team defeated Brazil, 95-78, in exhibition…The U.S. claimed the men’s team title at the 2014 CGSE World Youth Championships…Twenty-one titles were awarded at the USA Elite Track National Championships…The U.S. men overcame Iran, 3-1, in the USAV Cup series in Irvine, California…The U.S. women defeated the Dominican Republic in the preliminary round of the FIVB World Grand Prix in Bangkok…The U.S. women defeated Chinese Taipei, 5-1, at the ISF Women’s World Championship.