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Olympic Weekend Wrap-up

Feb. 20, 2012, 2:54 p.m. (ET)

Steven Holcomb and Steve Langston won the first two-man bobsled World Championship for the United States Sunday at Lake Placid, N.Y.

Holcomb has made history in the sport before. He won the first four-man bobsled title for the United States in 50 years during the 2009 World Championships in Lake Placid and won the first Olympic gold medal for the team in 62 years.

“I am just really proud of my team,” Holcomb said.

Holcomb then took part in another gold-medal effort in the team competition.

The team competition is decided on a combined time of four runs – women’s and men’s skeleton and women’s and men’s two-man bobsled.

Matt Antoine and Katie Uhlaender handled the skeleton runs, Elana Meyers and Emily Azevedo the women’s bobsled and Holcomb and Justin Olsen the men’s bobsled.

“Two World Championship titles in one day is pretty great,” Holcomb said. “Competing in the team event is always fun, so it’s really awesome to be up here with my teammates.”

Meyers and Katie Eberling took a bronze medal in two-man Saturday.

The World Championships will resume with women’s skeleton races Thursday at 9:30 a.m.


Marlen Esparza, Queen Underwood and Claressa Shields won their weight classes Saturday night in Airway Heights, Wash. at the first U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing.

Esparza, Underwood and Shields are one step from participating in the Olympic Games debut of women’s boxing this summer in London.

The winners’ bracket champions all went into Saturday night with two chances to win the tournament. The second chance was unnecessary as each completed a perfect run through the tournament.

Esparza piled up points in a 32-17 decision over Tyriesha Douglas in the flyweight final.

Underwood won the lightweight final, 22-19, over Mikaela Mayer.

Shields, a 16-year-old from Flint, Mich., defeated Tika Hemingway, 23-18, in the middleweight final and was named Outstanding Boxer of the tournament.

The three champions will compete in the Women’s World Championships in China where the top eight in each weight class qualify for London. In addition, four more boxers will be selected in each weight class to complete the field.


Hannah Kearney’s record streak of FIS Freestyle World Cup wins ended at 16 with a fourth-place finish in Naeba, Japan, but Patrick Deneen came up with the men’s title in dual moguls.

Dineen, Bradley Wilson and Jeremy Cota gave the United States three of the top five finishers.

“I am disappointed in the way I skied today, and competed for that matter,” Kearney said. “The course got the best of me and I wasn’t able to execute my turns.”

Elsewhere, a record four American women finished in the top 10 of the World Cup downhill race in Sochi, Russia.

Lindsey Vonn was third, Julia Mancuso sixth, Stacey Cook ninth and Alice McKennis 10th.

“Any one of the girls on our team could have won this race,” Vonn said.

Kikkan Randall put up her career-best finish in a classical technique distance event by finishing eighth in a 10-kilometer FIS Cross Country World Cup race in Szklarska Poreba, Poland.

Nolan Kasper and Ted Ligety finished sixth and seventh at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom in Bansko, Bulgaria.

Billy Demong finished 10th in the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup event in Klingenthal, Germany, where the ski jumping portion of the event was canceled because of weather.


Erin Hamlin earned a World Cup bronze medal in Sigulda, Latvia, Saturday.

The medal was the sixth, all bronze, of her World Cup career and first since 2010 for the two-time Olympian.

“I’ve had OK races this season, but it’s nice to get up there (on the podium),” Hamlin said. “I’m happy with two consistent runs on a track like this. It takes a lot of frustration off because I have at least one medal for the season and can walk away thinking it wasn’t a total loss.”

Hamlin was part of a fourth-place relay finish later in the day with Chris Madzer and the doubles team of Christian Niccum-Jayson Terdiman.

The tour concludes next week in Paramonovo, Russia.


Adeline Gray won a gold, one of four medals the United States claimed, Sunday at the Klippan Lady Open women’s freestyle wrestling event in Sweden.

Graff went 3-0 in round-robin competition.

Whitney Conder took silver while Jessica Medina and Erin Ciodgo earned bronze.

Tyler Graff went 3-1 and claimed the silver medal at 132 pounds at the Vladimir Semenov International men’s freestyle event Saturday.


The United States finished unbeaten in the Holiday Cup women’s water polo event in Los Alamitos, Calif.

Brenda Villa scored three goals and Betsey Armstrong made nine saves to lead the way in an 11-8 win over Canada in the final.

Alexander Massialas finished seventh Saturday at the La Coruna Foil World Cup in Spain.

Massialas, 17, has reached the final eight in both of his career World Cup starts.

The United States finished fifth out of 14 entries in women’s team pursuit at the Track Cycling World Cup event at the Olympic Velodrome in London.

It was the only top-10 finish of the weekend for Team USA.

Jonathan Kuck and Jilleanne Rookard was 11th to lead the United States at the Essent ISU World Allround Championships in speedskating Sunday in Moscow, Russia.

The Heath McCormick and Allison Pottinger rinks won titles at the USA Curling National Championships in Aston, Pa.

Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Tom Robinson 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.

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