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Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: March 24, 2014

By Tom Robinson | March 24, 2014, 1:20 p.m. (ET)

Katie Hursey wins her second ITU World Cup on Aug. 11, 2013 in Tiszaujvaros, Hungary.

Katie Hursey was named USA Triathlon 2013 Rookie of the Year. Her 2014 season is off to an even better start.

After finishing second to U.S. teammate Gwen Jorgensen in the world cup opener, Hursey ran away from the field late to win the ITU Triathlon World Cup race on the sprint-distance course Sunday in New Plymouth, New Zealand. She had an 11-second victory in 57:27 for the 750-kilometer swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run.

“I knew if I stayed relaxed on the bike — and it felt really good today — that I could run well,” Hursey said.

Olympian Sarah Groff opened her season with seventh place. Chelsea Burns was 14th. Jason Pedersen led the U.S. men, finishing 18th.

Meanwhile, at the PACTO Pan American Cup in La Paz, Mexico, Leanda Cave was the winner. 

DIVING

Olympic champion David Boudia finished third in the men’s 10-meter platform event Saturday at the FINA World Series event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was the first medal of the season for the defending Olympic champion, who placed sixth in the World Series opener in Beijing a week ago.

The United States had teams finish fifth, sixth and seventh in synchronized events Friday.

Boudia and Troy Dumais were fifth in the 3-meter synchronized event. Amanda Burke and Deidre Freeman were sixth in the women’s 3-meter synchronized. Anna James and Gracia Leydon Mahoney, competing together for the first time, were seventh in the women’s 10-meter synchronized.

FREESTYLE SKIING

Olympic bronze medalist Hannah Kearney won her fourth straight FIS Freestyle World Cup moguls season title Friday with a win in La Plagne, France. Kearney won six world cup races on the season.

“The globe always represents a season-long battle, but this season it definitely means more,” said Kearney, the 2010 Olympic champion. “It almost helps with the disappointment of the Olympics. It’s definitely a wonderful reward for what was an emotional season.

“The title has never been this close; it’s never come down to the final competition.”

Kearney said she is contemplating the possibility of retirement.

Bradley Wilson finished fourth in the men’s race.

ALPINE SKIING

Megan McJames won the giant slalom title Sunday in an FIS event that took place after the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley, Calif. McJames, a two-time Olympian, had the fastest times in both runs to lead an all-U.S. podium in the FIS event.

Resi Stiegler, also an Olympian, and Anna Marno finished second and third.

Stiegler was also second Saturday in the women’s slalom at the U.S. championships, finishing just one-hundredth of a second behind Canada’s Marie-Michele Gagnon. Lila Lapanja was third. Mikaela Shiffrin, who became the youngest Olympic champion in the event last month, failed to finish the first round. Shiffrin did win the U.S. nationals giant slalom Thursday.

Olympian David Chodounsky won the men’s slalom title Saturday. He was third going into the second run but rallied for victory. Tim Kelley and Will Brandenburg finished second and third.

Tim Jitloff won the men’s giant slalom Friday. It was his second straight win in the event, improving his career totals to four U.S. championships in the event and five titles overall, including the 2009 combined. Brennan Rubie and Jared Goldberg were second and third.

Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety was third after one run but fell in the final run and did not finish.

SKI JUMPING

Jessica Jerome finished fifth Saturday in the large hill competition at Planica, Slovenia, to wrap up the world cup season in 10th place. It was her third straight top-10 finish.

BIATHLON

Susan Dunklee followed up the first E. ON IBU World Cup medal by a U.S. woman in 20 years Thursday with another strong performances in Oslo, Norway. Dunklee, a 2014 Olympian, was sixth in the women’s 10-kilometer pursuit Saturday. She also placed 18th in the 12.5-kilometer mass start Sunday.

Tim Burke was ninth in the men’s 15-kilometer mass start, the last race of the world cup season, Sunday. Lowell Bailey was 14th in Saturday’s men’s 12.5-kilometer pursuit.

ICE HOCKEY

Maliya Rodgers scored two goals and Erin O’Neil made 16 saves Sunday when the United States defeated Russia, 6-1, in the first game of the IIHF Women’s Under-18 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Baylee Wellhausen, who had a goal and an assist, was named U.S. Player of the Game. The United States plays Hungary Monday. The tournament concludes March 30.

LUGE

Jonny Gustafsen and Hannah Miller won the A championships at the USA Luge Youth Seeding and National Races Saturday and Sunday in Lake Placid, N.Y.

SHOOTING

A total of 18 skeet and double trap athletes earned spots in September’s ISSF World Championships in Granada, Spain, with their performances in the USA Shooting Spring Selection Match that concluded Sunday in Kerrville, Texas.

The team was selected for the ISSF World Championships, the Championships of Americas and world cup events in May, June and July.

Glenn Eller, Jeff Holguin and Josh Richmond were selected for men’s double trap, and Dustin Perry, Vincent Hancock and Frank Thompson were selected for men’s skeet. On the women’s side, Kim Rhode, Brandy Drozd and Haley Dunn made the team for women’s skeet.

GYMNASTICS

The United States women won the junior and senior team titles and swept all six all-around medals at the Jesolo Trophy competition in Italy. 2012 Olympic gold medalist Kyla Ross led the senior team to gold while capturing the all-around title. Peyton Ernst and Maggie Nichols finished second and third.

Junior national champion Bailie Key won the junior all-around title. Nia Dennis and Norah Flatley rounded out the junior podium.

FENCING

Ibtihaj Muhammad and Eliza Stone earned bronze medals at the grand prix women’s sabre event in Moscow. The United States finished sixth in the world cup men’s saber team event, also in Moscow.

Elsewhere, Olympians Lee Kiefer and Gerek Meinhardt won the women’s and men’s foil titles for Notre Dame at the NCAA Championships. The title was the second in a row for Kiefer.

RUGBY

The U.S. Men’s Eagles Sevens reached the Cup Quarterfinal and the Plate Final for the first time this weekend in the 2013-14 IRB HSBC Sevens World Series in Tokyo.

The United States went 1-1-1 Friday. The Eagles fell, 17-12, against South Africa Saturday in the Cup Quarterfinal to fall into the Plate Bracket, where it defeated Canada, 28-14. Australia defeated the United States, 17-12, in the Plate Final Sunday.

Elsewhere, the United States rallied with three tries in the second half to tie host Uruguay, 27-27, Saturday in Montevideo in the first leg of the 2015 IRB World Cup Qualifier.

SPEEDSKATING

Edwin Park finished 21st in the men’s standings at the World Allround Championships, which took place Friday through Sunday in Heerenveen, Netherlands. Ireen Wust and Koen Verweij of the Netherlands won the women's and men's speedskating allround championships Sunday, completing a standout year for the Dutch team.

CYCLING

Todd Wells remained third in the men’s standings and Georgia Gould held on to fifth in the women’s standings of the U.S. Cup Pro Series after Saturday’s race in Fontana, Calif.

JUDO

Angelica Delgado (52 kilograms), Hana Carmichael (57 kilograms) and Leilani Akiyama (63 kilograms) each finished fifth Saturday at the Pan American Open in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Elsewhere, Travis Stevens finished second in men’s 81 kilograms at the grand prix Saturday in Tbilisi, Georgia. Hannah Martin was fifth in women’s 63-kilogram class.

BOXING

A dozen athletes emerged Sunday from the USA Boxing OTC Selection Event in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The male boxers for the Youth World Championships in Sofia Bulgaria April 10-20 will be Nico Hernandez (108 pounds), Shakur Stevenson (114), Carlos Balderas (123), Isidro Ochoa (132), Jonathan Navarro (141), Javier Estrada (152), Charles Conwell (165), Sharif Rahman (178) and Darmani Rock (201-plus).

The female boxers for the Youth Olympic Games Qualification Event to be held at the same time will be Caitlin Orosco (112), Jajaira Gonzalez (132) and Martha Fabela (165).

TAEKWONDO

Brandon Ivey won the male +78 kilogram gold medal Sunday when the Junior World Championships opened in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei. The Junior World Championships continue through Wednesday.

Kendall Yount earned the female +63 kilogram silver medal in the Youth Olympic Games qualifier that preceded the World Junior Championships. She earned the chance to compete at the Youth Olympic Games Aug. 16-28 in Nanjing, China.

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING

Anita Alvarez and Sandra Ortellado finished 11th Friday in the free duet at the Make Up For Ever French Open in Montreuil, Paris.

EQUESTRIAN

Chester Weber won the USEF National Four-in-Hand Championship, which concluded Sunday in Ocala, Fla.

Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Tom Robinson is a freelance contributor for TeamUSA.org

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