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Olympic Weekend Preview

By Paul D. Bowker | Aug. 24, 2012, 5 p.m. (ET)

The 2012 Olympic Games have passed, but the action in Olympic sports is back in full swing. In addition to the Paralympic Games, which start in London on Aug. 29 and run through Sept. 9, U.S. athletes are competing around the world this weekend in canoe/kayak, track and field, soccer, triathlon and more. Check out the Olympic Weekend Preview for all the details.


U.S. Sprint National Championships, Aug. 23-26, Seattle

Ryan Dolan, who narrowly missed qualifying for a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, will be among the nation’s elite sprint kayakers beginning their path toward the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games this weekend at the U.S. Sprint National Championships. Elite-level competition begins Friday at the Green Lake Small Craft Center in Seattle.

Two-time Olympian Jordan Malloch is co-chair of the local organizing committee.  More than 300 athletes are entered in the competition.

Freestyle World Cup, Aug. 24-26, Sparta, Tenn.

Dane Jackson, who participated in a freestyle exhibit at the London 2012 Olympic Games, will join sister, Emily, in the first Freestyle World Cup event of the season in Sparta, Tenn. Competition begins Friday at Caney Fork.

Also in canoe/kayak:

Slalom World Cup, Aug. 24-26, Prague, Czech Republic


Samsung Diamond League, Aug. 26, Birmingham, Great Britain

Just two weeks after the London 2012 Olympic Games concluded, many of the world’s top track and field athletes will head back to Great Britain for the Samsung Diamond League Sunday. Among those seeking Diamond League championships is U.S. shot putter Reese Hoffa, a bronze medalist at the 2012 Games who won the shot put at the Aug. 17 Diamond League event in Stockholm with a throw of 69 feet, 8.25 inches. He is the leading shot putter in the Diamond League standings.

“I have worked very hard to be the best shot putter in the world,” Hoffa said. “In order to do that, I need to finish this season off strong, and that is why I have been trying to throw so far now.”

Other top U.S. athletes in the Diamond League include Olympic steeplechaser Evan Jager; Ryan Bailey, 2012 Olympian, men’s 100 meters; Christian Taylor, 2012 Olympian, men’s triple jump; Michael Tinsley, 2012 Olympic silver medalist, men’s 400 hurdles, and Charonda Williams, women’s 200.

Also in track:

USA 10km Trail Championships, Aug. 25, Laurel Springs, N.C.


FIBA U17 World Championship for Women, Aug. 17-26, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The USA basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team won all five of its games in preliminary round play of the FIBA U17 World Championship for Women, and will face Australia in the quarterfinals Friday.

Diamond DeShields, Rebecca Greenwell and Brianna Turner each scored 13 points Wednesday in a record-setting 98-28 win over Mali. It was the first 70-point win in FIBA U17 World Championship history.

“They really are where I wanted them to be,” U.S. coach Jill Rankin Schneider said of her squad. “They are undefeated in pool play and I’m proud of them. Obviously, now we are to a point where you lose and you are out of contention for a gold medal. We want to be sure we are approaching the bracket play in the right frame of mind.”

The winners of the quarterfinal games Friday will play the semifinals Saturday. The championship game will be played Sunday.

FIBA 3x3 World Championships for Men and Women, Aug. 23-26, Athens

Both United States teams won their first two games Thursday in the inaugural FIBA 3x3 World Championships for Men and Women in Athens. The men defeated Turkey and Egypt. The women defeated Germany and Angola.

The tournament features 24 men’s teams and 24 women’s teams divided into four preliminary-round groups of six teams each. The U.S. men will face England and Lebanon on Friday, and Romania on Saturday. The women will face Bulgaria and Argentina on Friday, followed by Netherlands on Saturday. The top four teams in each group advance to the Eight Finals on Saturday. The medal rounds are scheduled for Sunday. The format of the games is a 10-minute game clock, or the first team to 21 points after the 10-minute mark.

“It’s awesome,” Allen DuBois Williams said of the tournament. “It’s like a group of guys and girls coming together for one goal, which is to play ball. You talk to a lot of different teams and watch them play. It’s pretty cool.”

Williams is one of four on the U.S. men’s squad. The other three: Adetayo Adesanya, Ira Brown and Tyree Hardge. Members of the women’s team are Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame, Bria Hartley of the University of Connecticut, Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford and Ann Strother.


U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Germany, FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, Aug. 27, Rifu, Japan

Unbeaten after its first two games, the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team will face Germany on Monday with a chance to move into the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The match will be played at Miyagi Stadium in Rifu, Japan. The United States defeated Ghana, 4-0, and then tied China, 1-1, Thursday.

A win or tie against Germany would advance the United States into the quarterfinals. Germany, with six points, has already clinched a berth in the quarterfinals. The United States sits in second place in Group D with four points.

“Our goal is to get better,” said Penn State’s Maya Hayes, who scored the only U.S. goal in the China game. “Right now we are doing anything we can.”

TV: 3 a.m. ET Monday, ESPN2


ITU World Triathlon Series, Aug. 25-26, Stockholm, Sweden

USA Triathlon National Team members Matt Chrabot and Jarrod Shoemaker, and USA Triathlon Project 2016 member Tommy Zaferes, will compete Saturday in the debut of the sprint-distance ITU World Triathlon Stockholm. The race consists of a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike event and 5-k run. Shoemaker is 24th in the World Triathlon standings.

Sunday, Tanelle Berard and Lindsey Jerdonek will compete in the ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships. Each athlete will compete in a 300-meter swim, 6-k bike race and 2-k run.


FIS World Cup, Snowboarding, Aug. 23-26, Cardrona, New Zealand

Snowboarding athletes from the United States are already landing on the podium in New Zealand. Torin Yater-Wallace and Devin Logan led an American sweep of the halfpipe competition in the first World Cup event of the season in Cardrona, New Zealand. It was the first competition in the qualifying period for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Prior to the competition in Cardrona, Kelly Clark began her season by winning gold in the women’s halfpipe at the Burton High Fives event in Wanaka, New Zealand.

Also in skiing:

Ski Jumping, Grand Prix, men, Aug. 24-26, Hakuba, Japan

Nordic Combined, Grand Prix, men, Aug. 25-26, Oberwiesenthal, Germany

Alpine Skiing, FIS Continental Cup, Aug. 25, La Parva, Chile, and Aug. 26, El Colorado, Chile


Rugby World Cup Qualifier, Aug. 25-26, Ottawa, Canada

The United States and Canada, along with six-time Caribbean champion Guyana, are strong contenders to advance through the Rugby World Cup Qualifier this weekend in Ottawa, Canada. The top two men’s teams out of 13 will qualify for the Rugby World Cup Sevens, which will be held in June 2013 in Russia.

The USA Eagles will face Jamaica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Saturday. A quarterfinal knock-out stage will take place Sunday.

Only one women’s team will advance through the qualifying tournament. The USA Women’s Sevens team previously qualified for the 2013 World Cup because of its performance at the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens.


USA Baseball 18U National Team vs. Chinese Taipei, Aug. 25-27, Taichung, Taiwan

The USA Baseball 18U National Team will face Chinese Taipei in a series of three exhibition games, beginning Saturday in Taichung, Taiwan. The exhibition series is the final preparation prior to beginning play in the IBAF 18U/AAA World Championships on Aug. 30 in Seoul, South Korea. The team consists of 20 players from eight states.

Also in baseball:

National Team Identification Series, U16-U17, Aug. 23-26, USA Baseball National Training Complex, Cary, N.C.


FEI World Endurance Championship, Aug. 25, Euston Park, Thetford, Great Britain

John Crandall III, aboard Heraldic; Becky Hart, aboard No Repeat; Valerie Kanavy, aboard Reach For The Gold; and Nicki Meuten, riding Not Tonight, are among six U.S. riders who’ll compete Saturday in the FEI World Endurance Championship in Thetford, Great Britain. Competing as individuals will be Heather Reynolds, riding Riverwatch, and Jeremy Reynolds, aboard A Kutt Above.

Also in equestrian:

USEF National Dressage Championships, Aug. 23-26, Wayne, Ill.


USA Pro Challenge, Aug. 20-26, Colorado

Tejay van Garderen of the United States finished third Thursday in Stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge. Stage 4 featured 97.2 miles and finished in Beaver Creek, Colo. Jens Voigt of Germany won the stage. The race continues through Sunday, when it finishes in Denver. Friday, the course goes from Breckenridge to Colorado Springs; Saturday, riders will go from Golden to Boulder.

TV: 2 p.m.-4 p.m. ET Saturday and 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, NBC

UCI Juniors Track World Championships, Aug. 23-26, Invercargill, New Zealand

The U.S. women’s sprint team of Chloe Chepigin and Jennifer Valente placed fourth on the opening day of the UCI Juniors Track World Championships in New Zealand. The U.S. men finished ninth.

Ten cyclists are representing the United States at the junior worlds, which continue through Sunday. Among them are Kaleb Koch, men’s sprint and men’s time trial; Calan Farley, sprint and men’s keirin; Cesar Lopez, men’s points race; Nadia Latzgo, women’s points race, and Valente, who is competing in five events.


FILA Cadet World Championships, Aug. 21-27, Baku, Azerbaijan

Regina Doi, Amy Hou, Francesca Giorgio, Cristta Hartinger and Anastasia Lobsinger will chase after podium finishes in the women’s freestyle Friday at the FILA Cadet World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Marina Doi won gold at 38 kilograms and Kayla Miracle captured silver at 56kg in women’s freestyle Thursday. Earlier this week, Zain Retherford won gold in men’s freestyle at 63kg.


Manhattan Beach Open, Pro Beach Series, Aug. 24-26, Manhattan Beach, Calif.

The sixth of seven Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series events will be held Friday through Sunday in Manhattan Beach, Calif. The Manhattan Beach Open is the final tournament before the series-ending Cuervo National Championships on Sept. 21 and 22 in Huntington Beach, Calif.


FIH Masters World Cup, Aug. 14-24, Canterbury, England

After tying Wales 1-1 on Thursday in the 7th- to 9th-place classification playoff match, the U.S. Men’s Over-45 National Team will play Ireland for a seventh-place finish Friday. The tie against Wales marked the first tie in an International Masters Competition game for the United States. The squad includes three Olympians: Brian Spencer, Morgan Stebbins and goalkeeper Steve Wagner.


Pan American Bowling Confederation Adult Championships, Aug. 18-25, Henderson, Nev.

Team USA’s men’s and women’s squads both took the lead Thursday in the team competition of the Pan American Bowling Confederation Adult Championships being held in Henderson, Nev. Liz Johnson led the U.S. women with a 785 series and John Janawicz led the men with a 685 series. The finals of the team event will be Friday, followed by the Masters competition Saturday, featuring the top 24 bowlers in the all-event standings.


SoCal Showdown, Aug. 24-26, Chula Vista, Calif.

Competition begins Friday in the SoCal Showdown, which is a USAT Qualifier Series event for the 2013 USA Archery National Team. The three-day tournament is being held at the Easton Aluminum Archery Range in Chula Vista, Calif.


USRowing Diversity Invitational, Aug. 25, Rochester, N.Y.

More than a dozen rowing clubs from across the United States will compete Saturday in the 2nd annual USRowing Diversity Invitational. The competition will be held on the Genesee River in Rochester, N.Y. “The USRowing Diversity International was created to showcase the diverse richness of USRowing’s athletes,” says Richard Butler, USRowing Inclusion Manager.


USBA Summer Biathlon National Championships, Aug. 23-26, Donner Summit, Calif.

The 25th annual USBA Summer Biathlon National Championships continue through Sunday at Donner Summit in California. The competition includes men’s and women’s sprint events Saturday, and men’s 6-kilometer and women’s 5-k pursuit races Sunday.

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.