Olympic Weekend Preview: June 22, 2012
Abby Johnston and Kelci Bryant earned their spots on Team USA last night at Team Trials for Diving in Washington.
U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Diving, June 17-24, Federal Way, Wash.
David Boudia reached his second Olympic Games and Nick McCrory qualified for his first Olympic nomination Thursday, when the pair combined to win the men’s synchronized 10-meter event at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Diving in Federal Way, Wash. Also securing nominations for the London 2012 Olympic Games were Kelci Bryant and Abby Johnston, who won the women’s synchronized 3-meter.
“This has been my dream and I’ve finally reached my lifelong goal,” McCrory said.
Boudia, a 2008 Olympian and 2011 world silver medalist, is also the leader in the men’s 10-meter individual event and McCrory is No. 2. The finals for that event will be Saturday, as will the women’s 3-meter, led by Cassidy Krug.
Troy Dumais, a three-time Olympian, and Kristian Ipsen are the leaders entering Friday’s finals of the men’s synchronized 3-meter. They’ll battle 2008 Olympian Chris Colwill and Drew Livingston, who were in second place after the semifinals.
Ipsen is the leader in the men’s individual 3-meter while Brittany Viola leads in the women’s 10-meter. Both finals will be Sunday.
TRACK AND FIELD
U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track and Field, June 21-July 1, Beaverton and Eugene, Ore.
Amber Campbell and Kibwe Johnson put the hammer down on the first day of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track and Field Thursday in Beaverton, Ore. Johnson’s winning distance of 74.97 meters in the men’s hammer throw landed him a nomination for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Campbell won the women’s hammer with a throw of 71.80 meters on Nike’s campus in Beaverton, Ore.
Their nominations, and all others at the Trials, are subject to the approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
“It feels good,” Johnson said. “I have been a starving hammer thrower for a long time now, but I made some changes that have gotten me to this point. I feel half excitement and half relief.”
The Olympic Trials move Friday to Hayward Field in Eugene, where nearly 1,000 athletes will battle for more than 100 Olympic nominations between now and July 1. Competition on Friday includes the decathlon, which features 2008 Olympic gold medalist Bryan Clay, world champion Trey Hardee and world indoor record-holder Ashton Eaton.
Also Friday, Amy Hastings and Dathan Ritzenhein, fourth-place finishers in the Olympic marathon trials, will attempt to get spots on the team in the 10,000-meter races.
Among the other finals on the first weekend of the Trials are the women’s 100 and 100 hurdles Saturday; men’s and women’s 400, men’s 100, men’s shot put and long jump Sunday; and men’s and women’s 800, men’s high jump and women’s triple jump Monday.
World Cup, June 18-24, Ogden, Utah
Miranda Leek, Khatuna Lorig and Jennifer Nichols defeated Mexico in the final team match of the Olympic Qualification Tournament on Thursday, winning gold and securing a team slot in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Leek had already qualified for an individual nomination by winning the U.S. Olympic Trials for Archery. Four-time Olympian Lorig and two-time Olympian Nichols will now join Leek in London.
Nichols, Reo Wilde, Jamie Van Natta and Christie Colin will each shoot for individual gold medals this weekend as the Ogden World Cup comes to its finish. Van Natta and Colin will face each other in the title match of the women’s compound Saturday, and Wilde, the No. 1-ranked men’s compound archer in the world, will battle Peter Elzinga of Netherlands for gold. Nichols will aim for gold in women’s recurve Sunday, when she faces Kristina Timofeeva of Russia.
Also in archery:
National Target Championships and Easton JOAD Nationals, June 25-July 1, Hamilton, Ohio
FIVB World Grand Prix, June 21-24, Bangkok, Thailand
The top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team enters the final weekend of play in the preliminary round of the FIVB World Grand Prix with an unbeaten 6-0 record. China is the only other nation with a 6-0 mark. The United States will face Argentina on Friday and Thailand on Sunday in Bangkok, Thailand.
The top five teams in the preliminary round, plus host China, advance to the Grand Prix final round, which begins Wednesday in Ningbo, China.
Team USA is attempting to become just the second country to win three consecutive World Grand Prix championships, which would equal Brazil’s feat from 2004 to 2006. Through six matches, Destinee Hooker was the tournament’s top scorer with 101 points, including 80 kills, and Christa Harmotto was the second leading blocker with 1.2 blocks per set.
The United States will open play in the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 28 against South Korea.
FIVB World League, June 22-24, Gwangju, South Korea
The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, which climbed into first place in its group following a three-match sweep last weekend, will face Italy on Friday as FIVB World League group play moves to Gwangju, South Korea. The United States will also play France on Saturday and South Korea on Sunday.
Team USA, 4-2, will be host to South Korea, France and Italy in Dallas next weekend. The final round begins July 4 in Bulgaria.
Outside hitter Matt Anderson is Team USA’s leading scorer with 91 points on 75 kills, 11 blocks and five aces. Middle blocker Russell Holmes is No. 1 in blocks, and No. 3 in the tournament. Clay Stanley leads the team in aces. Outside hitter Reid Priddy and middle blocker Max Holt will be among those joining the roster this weekend.
Also in volleyball:
Belmar Open, Pro Beach Series, June 22-24, Belmar, N.J.
USA Gymnastics Championships, trampoline and rhythmic, June 26-27, San Jose, Calif.
Steven Gluckstein and Savannah Vinsant, the current Olympic selection leaders in trampoline gymnastics, will be among 10 men and 10 women competing Tuesday and Wednesday at the USA Gymnastics Championships in San Jose, Calif. The event is the final competition that will decide the two spots (one man, one woman) in trampoline for the U.S. Olympic Team.
Gluckstein and Vinsant each finished No. 1 at both previous selection competitions, the U.S. Elite Challenge and Stars and Stripes Cup. The event will feature competition in elite trampoline, synchronized trampoline and rhythmic gymnastics, and will crown national champions in each discipline. Julie Zetlin, a 2012 Olympic Team nominee, leads the field of 20 senior and 25 junior gymnasts in the USA Gymnastics Rhythmic Championships.
The USA Gymnastics Championships, held at the San Jose Convention Center, will be followed by the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Artistic Gymnastics, beginning June 28 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.
Also in gymnastics:
Junior Pan American Gymnastics Championships, June 21-24, Medellin, Colombia
Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration Game, USA Softball Women’s National Team vs. Canada, Oklahoma City, Okla.
As a part of a weekend celebration honoring the start of the Title IX federal law 40 years ago, the USA Softball Women’s National Team will play Canada on Sunday in the Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration Game. Title IX, which created equality for women’s athletic programs nationwide, was signed into law June 23, 1972. The softball game is just one piece of a weekend of activities being held across the nation.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to work the game,” umpire Bonnie Heldman said. “I actually got my first job out of college because of Title IX.”
The game will be the final preparation for the national team before it begins play Wednesday in the World Cup of Softball VII, also in Oklahoma City.
USA Field Hockey Women’s National Team vs. Argentina, June 23, Virginia Beach, Va.
Defender and team captain Lauren Crandall will lead the USA Field Hockey Women’s National Team into its final test-series game Saturday against Argentina at the National Training Center. The game will be an Olympic send-off game, since it will be followed by an Olympic celebration at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in which the Olympic team formally will be introduced by coach Lee Bodimeade.
Caroline Nichols and Paige Selenski scored in a 2-1 U.S. victory over Argentina on Wednesday at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. The United States is 1-1-1 against Argentina in the test series.
Korfanty Cup, June 22-24, Chicago
The Korfanty Cup, which is the final World Cup event of the year in men’s and women’s saber, opens play Friday at Navy Pier’s exhibition hall in Chicago. The event is named after Ed Korfanty, coach of two-time Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis. It is a seeding tournament for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Zagunis, who is ranked No. 1 in the world, is among 60 athletes competing in the tournament. Other U.S. fencers include Tim Morehouse, 2008 Olympic silver medalist; James Williams, 2008 Olympic silver medalist; Dagmara Wozniak, two-time senior world medalist; Daryl Homer, 2011 Pan American Championships gold medalist; and Jeff Spear, 2011 Pan Am champion. All are nominees for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, pending approval from the U.S. Olympic Committee.
The individual competition will be held Friday and Saturday, followed by the team competition Sunday. The U.S. women’s gold medal performance two weeks ago marked its first World Cup team gold since 2010.
The U.S. saber team was honored Wednesday during a Chicago White Sox game at US Cellular Field (see a photo here).
Also in fencing:
Fencing Masters: Kick-Off to London 2012, June 26, New York City
ITU World Triathlon Kitzbuhel, June 23-24, Kitzbuhel, Austria
Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah Groff, both 2012 U.S. Olympic Team nominees, and Lukas Verzbicas will be among five U.S. athletes competing Saturday and Sunday at the ITU World Triathlon Kitzbuhel. Jorgensen and Verzbicas won gold last week at an ITU Triathlon World Cup event in Banyoles, Spain. It was the first American sweep of gold in the World Cup since 1992.
Groff returns to Kitzbuhel after finishing third in 2011 for her first World Triathlon Series podium. Other U.S. athletes in the competition are Kelly Whitley of the Elite Triathlon Academy and Jarrod Shoemaker, a USA Triathlon National Team member who finished 18th in May at World Triathlon Madrid.
Also in triathlon:
USA Triathlon Aquabike National Championship, June 24, Richmond, Va.
Wimbledon, June 25-July 8, London
Serena Williams, a gold medalist at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, is seeded No. 6 in the women’s tournament at Wimbledon, which begins Monday in London. Her sister, Venus, a five-time Wimbledon champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist, is unseeded, reflecting her No. 53 world ranking. Venus has been battling Sjogren’s syndrome, a disease that causes fatigue and joint pain. The Olympic tennis tournament will be contested on grass at Wimbledon from July 28 to Aug. 5.
USA Cycling Juniors, Under-23, Elite & Paralympic Road National Championships, June 20-24, Augusta, Ga.
Amber Neben and Evelyn Stevens, both nominees to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, finished one-two in the elite women’s time trial Thursday at the USA Cycling National Championships for juniors, under-23 and elite riders. Neben finished the race in 39:27.375, just 1.6 seconds faster than Stevens, the 2011 winner.
“It was exciting to win. I’ve been second too many times,” Neben said.
Julian Kyer won the elite men’s time trial with a time of 36:36.70, beating out 56 other cyclists. Justin Eppenbrock is among the elite men who’ll compete for national titles the rest of the weekend. Also Thursday, 22 riders won time trial championships in a Paralympic event that will help determine the U.S. team for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
The nation’s top sprinters will compete in Friday’s 1.25-kilometer criterium course through downtown Augusta. Road races along a 23.7-kilometer course will be held Saturday and Sunday in age divisions including elite and under-23.
Also in cycling:
UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup, June 24-26, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada
ICF Slalom World Cup, June 22-24, La Seu d’Urgell, Spain
Ashley Nee, who finished 28th in women’s kayak at last week’s World Cup event in France, is among the U.S. paddlers who’ll compete Friday through Sunday at the ICF Slalom World Cup No. 3 in Spain. Others include Micki Reeves, women’s canoe, and Michal Smolen and Jim Wade in men’s kayak.
Spanish Open, June 22-24, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva, who are nominees for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, will debut their new free routine at the Spanish Open this weekend in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
“The new routine is a big step forward from the routine that we swam before in London,” said coach Mayu Fujiki. “Now we’ve changed the music, the figures are faster and it’s more difficult at the end.”
Also in synchronized swimming:
2012 eSynchro Age Group National Championships, June 22-30, Oxford, Ohio
Pan American Championships, June 17-24, Argentina
The United States will play Chile in its final Group A game Friday in the Pan American Team Handball Championships. The tournament is a qualifier for the world championships.
Vladimir Andjelic scored 10 goals and Gary Hines scored nine in a 43-28 victory over Venezuela on Wednesday.
Also in team handball:
Partille Cup, June 24-July 8, Goteborg, Sweden
U.S. U17 Men’s National Team, international exhibitions, June 24-25, Canary Islands
The USA Basketball U-17 Men’s National Team, which broke training camp Thursday in Colorado Springs, will play exhibition games on Sunday and Monday in the Canary Islands. The squad is preparing for the FIBA U-17 World Championship, which begins June 29 in Lithuania. Seven of the 12 on the team played last year in the FIBA Americas U-16 Championship, including tournament MVP Jabari Parker of Chicago Simeon High School.
Copa Saprissa Internacional Tournament, June 23-July 1, San Jose, Costa Rica
The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will open play Saturday in the Copa Saprissa Internacional Tournament, when it faces Linafa U17 Select, a Costa Rican club team. The United States will also play Honduras on Sunday, Costa Rica on Monday, Chorrillo FC of Panama on Tuesday and Mexico on Wednesday.
USA Rugby Men’s National Team vs. Italy, June 23, Houston, Texas
Andrew Suniula and captain Todd Clever will lead the USA Rugby Eagles against Italy in a game to be played Saturday night at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium. The Eagles defeated the Republic of Georgia 36-20 last week in Glendale, Colo.
Tournament of Stars, June 20-24, Cary, N.C.
More than 140 of nation’s top 18-under baseball players in the nation are competing through Sunday in the Tournament of Stars, which is being held at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The players are split into eight teams for the competition. At stake are spots on the USA Baseball 18U National Team. The field of players includes 12 first-round picks in the Major League Baseball Draft. The highest is No. 6 pick Albert Almora, who was chosen by the Chicago Cubs.
U.S. Women’s Open, June 22-26, Reno, Nev.
Defending champion Leanne Hulsenberg of Team USA is among more than 200 of the top women bowlers in the world competing this weekend in the U.S. Women’s Open. The finals will be held on specially constructed lanes under the famous Reno (Nev.) Arch. Last year, the finals were on lanes constructed on the 50-yard line at Cowboys Stadium in Texas, and Hulsenberg won the event in front of a world-record crowd for bowling (8,017). The competition begins Friday at National Bowling Stadium in Reno.
Junior Olympic National Championships, June 19-22, Mobile, Ala.
Championship matches in the Junior Olympic National Championships will be held Friday, concluding a four-day tournament held at the Outlaw Convention Center in Mobile, Ala. (see updated results).
National Youth Championships, June 22-24, Dearborn, Mich.
Marissa Klingseis, an American record-holder at 75 kilograms-plus, and Sydney Goad, a record-holder at 44kg, are among the 200 athletes who’ll compete beginning Friday in the Youth National Championships. The competition is being held in Dearborn, Mich. Klingseis holds records in three different weight/age divisions, including the snatch, clean and jerk, and total score at last year’s national championships. Other top lifters include Natalie Stockel, 58kg, age 16-17, and Bret Pfeiffer, 35kg.
National Junior Olympic Racquetball Championships, June 21-24, Fullerton, Calif.
Competition continues through Sunday in the National Junior Olympic Racquetball Championships at the Meridian Sports Club in Fullerton, Calif. The tournament is a U.S. Junior National Team qualifier and will award gold medals in 30 divisions, singles and doubles. Athletes selected for the U.S. Junior National Team will compete in November at the IRF Junior World Racquetball Championships in Los Angeles.
Henley Royal Regatta, June 27-July 1, Oxfordshire, England
Jamie Koven, a two-time Olympian and nine-time national team member, will be among crews from 40 U.S. clubs and universities competing in the Henley Royal Regatta at Henley-on-Thames. Koven is from the New York Athletic Club, and will row in The Silver Goblets & Nickalls’ Challenge Cup (men’s pairs) with five-time national team member Michael Blomquist. A crew from Brown University will compete in the Grand Challenge Plate.
Also in rowing:
U23 World Championship Trials, June 26-27, Princeton, N.J.
Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor for TeamUSA.org. Material from various news services and press releases from National Governing Bodies was used to compile this report. This story was not subject to the approval of any National Governing Bodies.