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Team USA Weekend Preview: Sept. 7, 2012

By Paul D. Bowker | Sept. 07, 2012, 11:30 a.m. (ET)


Serena Williams celebrates match point in her women's singles
quarterfinal match against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia on September
5, 2012 the US Open.

London, we hardly knew ya. Four weeks after everyone from One Direction to the Spice Girls rocked the Closing Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games, the 2012 Paralympic Games will come to a close as well on Sunday. There is plenty of Paralympic action still to come, though, including the gold-medal match in women’s sitting volleyball Friday. Team USA has won 71 medals so far, including 23 gold. For full coverage of the Paralympic Games, check out U.S. Paralympics.

Several of the United States’ top athletes from the 2012 Olympic Games also will be in competition this weekend, including gold medalists Serena Williams (tennis) and track stars Aries Merritt and Sanya Richards-Ross. Check out this week’s Olympic Weekend Preview for all the details.


U.S. Open, Aug. 27-Sept. 9, New York City

Olympic gold medalist Serena Williams, who is seeking her fourth U.S. Open championship, will face Sara Errani of Italy on Friday in the semifinals of the women’s singles tournament at the U.S. Open. A victory would put Williams in the final against top-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus or Maria Sharapova of Russia.

Williams is the only remaining American singles player in the U.S. Open semifinals, men or women. She defeated Sharapova for her first Olympic women’s singles gold medal last month in London.

Meanwhile, the Olympic champion men’s doubles team of Mike and Bob Bryan will face Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek in the final at noon today in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

TV: 12:30 p.m.-6 p.m. ET Friday, CBS; noon-6 p.m. and 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, CBS; 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday, ESPN2; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, CBS


Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions, Sept. 8, San Jose, Calif.

The “Fierce Five” Olympic gold-medal winning squad of Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross will be among the featured gymnasts in the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions. The 40-city nationwide tour begins Saturday at the HP Pavilion at San Jose and continues through Nov. 18 in Brooklyn, N.Y. The opening weekend also includes a performance Sunday in Ontario, Calif.

In addition to the Fierce Five, other performing gymnasts include 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin, 2008 Olympic silver medalists Chellsie Memmel and Alicia Sacramone, 2008 and 2012 Olympian Jon Horton, and 2012 Olympians Jake Dalton, John Orozco, Olympic trampoline athletes Steven Gluckstein and Savannah Vinsant and Olympic rhythmic gymnast Julie Zetlin.

“The Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions is a celebration of our sport,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “It provides the perfect stage for Americans to celebrate and welcome our Olympians home from winning six medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.”


World Cup of Trampoline, Sept. 6-8, Loule, Portugal

Dakota Earnest, a 2012 Olympic replacement athlete in trampoline, is one of more than 80 U.S. trampoline and tumbling gymnasts competing for the United States at the World Cup of Trampoline and Loule Cup in Loule, Portugal. The event consists of trampoline, tumbling and double mini-trampoline at the senior, junior and Olympic-development levels.


Samsung Diamond League final, Sept. 7, Brussels, Belgium

Olympic 110-meter hurdles champion Aries Merritt will battle fellow American Jason Richardson for the Samsung Diamond League Friday, and 11 of 15 Diamond League championships will decided at the meet in Brussels. Merritt won the 110 hurdles in a meet-record 12.95 seconds at the recent Birmingham (England) Diamond League.

American Ryan Bailey, a 2012 Olympian, will challenge Olympic champion Usain Bolt for the championship at 100 meters. Reese Hoffa (shot put), Sanya Richards-Ross (women’s 400) and Dawn Harper (women’s 100 hurdles) were winners last week in the first stage of the Diamond League finals in Zurich, Switzerland.

TV: 9 p.m.-11 p.m. ET Friday, Universal Sports

IAU World 24-Hour Run Championships, Sept. 8-9, Katowice, Poland

Mike Morton, who won the 2012 Badwater 135-mile race through Death Valley, and Anne Lundblad, a silver medalist in the 100-kilometer race at the 2005 World Championships, will be among the U.S. runners competing for the first time in the International Association of Ultra runners (IAU) 24-Hour Run Championships. The event begins Saturday in Poland.

Also in track and field:

IAAF World Challenge, Sept. 9, Rieti, Italy

USA 40km Race Walk Championships, Sept. 9, Ocean Township, N.J.


UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, Aug. 31-Sept. 9, Saalfelden-Leogang, Austria

The elite men’s and elite women’s cross country races will be held Saturday as the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships head into its final weekend in Austria. Among the members of the U.S. women’s cross country team are 2012 Olympians Georgia Gould and Lea Davison. Olympians Todd Wells and Sam Schultz lead the men’s team.

Wells, Davison, Russell Finsterwald and Keegan Swenson combined to finish seventh in the cross country relay race Thursday. Friday’s schedule includes the women’s and men’s under-23 races. Swenson will ride in Friday’s junior championships.

Also in cycling:

USA Cycling Masters National Championships, Sept. 5-9, Bend, Ore.


2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match, U.S. men vs. Jamaica, Sept. 7, Kingston, Jamaica

The U.S. Men’s National Team begins a home-and-home series Friday with Jamaica in group qualifying play for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The United States will play the Jamaicans on Friday night at National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, then play a second match against Jamaica on Sept. 11 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

The United States is tied with Jamaica for first place in Group A, each with a 1-0-1 record. The United States opened qualifying June 8 with a 3-1 win over Antigua & Barbuda, then tied Guatemala, 1-1. The United States has never lost to Jamaica, but it has never defeated the Jamaicans in World Cup qualifying, tying four times.

“I think everybody here wants to do something special,” U.S. forward Clint Dempsey said, “and playing in a World Cup is certainly that.”

Dempsey’s 27 goals rank No. 4 on the U.S. all-time list. He has scored in each of the previous World Cup qualifiers.

TV: 8 p.m. ET Friday, beIN SPORT (DIRECTV, DISH, Comcast Xfinity)

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, U.S. U-20 Women vs. Germany, Sept. 8, Tokyo

The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will play Germany for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup championship Saturday at Tokyo National Stadium. Morgan Brian and Kealia Ohai scored goals, leading the United States to a 2-0 victory Tuesday against Nigeria in the semifinals.

“We’ve been preparing for a year and half, and so finally it’s here,” said Ohai, a forward from the University of North Carolina. “It’s so real and we’re so ready.”

TV: 6:20 a.m. ET Saturday, ESPN3, ESPNU


ITU Triathlon World Cup, Sept. 9, Guatapé, Colombia

Manuel Huerta, a 2012 Olympian and silver medalist at the 2011 Pan American Games, will be among the U.S. athletes competing in Sunday’s ITU Triathlon World Cup at Guatapé, Colombia. The event consists of a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike race and 10-km run.


UIPM Modern Pentathlon Junior World Championships, Sept. 3-10, Drzonkow, Poland

Two-time Olympian Margaux Isaksen and her younger sister, Isabella, will compete for podium finishes Friday in the women’s final round at the UIPM Modern Pentathlon Junior World Championships in Poland. Margaux won Group B qualifying Wednesday and Isabella finished in fourth place. Samantha Achterberg also qualified for the women’s final, placing eighth in her group. The trio combined for gold earlier this week in the women’s relay. Margaux Isaksen, 20, finished fourth at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Nathan Schrimsher was the lone U.S. men’s pentathlete to qualify for Saturday’s men’s final. He placed eighth among his qualifying group Thursday with 4,472 points.

The mixed relay event will conclude the competition Monday. Earlier this week, the U.S. men’s relay team of Brendan Anderson, and brothers Lucas and Nathan Schrimsher finished 14th.


IJF World Cup, Sept. 8-9, Ulaanbatar, Mongolia

The first post-Olympic Games IJF World Cup event begins Saturday in Ulaanbatar, Mongolia. World Cup tournaments will be held each of the next six weekends.

Also in judo:

Pan American Junior Championships, Sept. 6-8, Cali, Colombia


FILA Junior World Championships, Sept. 4-9, Pattaya, Thailand

Kristi Garr (48 kilograms/105.5 pounds), Sarah Hildebrandt (55kg/121), Alli Ragan (63kg/138) and Julia Salata (72kg/158) will wrestle in the women’s freestyle portion Friday of the FILA Junior World Championships. Ragan is a returning Junior World bronze medalist.

Erin Golston earned a bronze medal for the second consecutive year, defeating Aidana Utegulova of Kazakhstan on Thursday in the bronze-medal final. The men’s freestyle competition will be held Saturday and Sunday. The United States has entries in eight weight classes.


ICF Freestyle World Cup Final, Sept. 7-9, Bryson City, N.C.

Dane Jackson will seek a sweep of the men’s canoe event in the ICF Freestyle World Cup when the final is held this weekend on the Nantahala River in Bryson City, N.C. Jackson won the previous two men’s canoe events, and he also will race in men‘s kayak. Emily Jackson will paddle toward gold in women’s kayak.

Also in canoe/kayak:

Kayak Polo World Championships, Sept. 5-9, Poznan, Poland


USEF National Advanced Horse Trials Championship, Sept. 6-8, Fairburn, Ga.

Hannah Sue Burnett, a silver medalist at the 2011 Pan American Games, is among 19 riders competing in the USEF National Advance Horse Trials Championship in Fairburn, Ga. Burnett is riding Harbour Pilot, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding she rode at the Pan Am Games. Other riders include Becky Holder, aboard Can’t Fire Me and Courageous Comet, and Bruce Davidson Jr., aboard Ballynoe Castle RM and The Apprentice.

Holder was in first place following Thursday’s dressage competition in the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships, which is being conducted at the same time as the National Advanced Horse Trials.

Also in equestrian:

Nations Cup, Spruce Meadows Masters, Sept. 9, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

FEI World Championship for Singles, Sept. 9-16, Lezirias, Portugal


IBAF 18U/AAA World Championships, Aug. 30-Sept. 8, Seoul, South Korea

The USA Baseball 18U National Team will play Japan on Friday in its final crossover game in the IBAF 18U/AAA World Championships in Seoul, South Korea. Team USA (5-2) kept alive its hopes for a gold medal by defeating Chinese Taipei 5-1 on Thursday. Cavan Biggio had four of Team USA’s 15 hits, and Reese McGuire had three.

The medal rounds are scheduled for Saturday.

Also in baseball:

National Team Identification Series, women and 14U men, Sept. 6-9, National Training Complex, Cary, N.C.


Junior Pan American Championships, Sept. 10-23, Guadalajara, Mexico

The USA Field Hockey Junior Women’s National Team will begin play Monday in the Junior Pan American Championships, when it faces Venezuela in Guadalajara, Mexico. The top two teams will qualify for IHF Women’s Junior World Cup.

The Junior Men’s National Team will face Barbados, Chile and Venezuela in pool play. The top two teams will qualify for the IHF Men’s Junior World Cup; the third-place team will be the first reserve team.


Inline Speed Skating World Championships, Sept. 6-15, Italy

More than 20 U.S. athletes are competing in the Inline Speed Skating World Championships, which are split into track competition in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, and road competition in San Benedetto Del Tronto, Italy. Jay Ingram of Royal Oak, Mich., is coach of the USA Roller Sports World Team.


Regional Open Circuit, Sept. 8-12, St. Louis, Mo.

The USA Fencing Regional Open Circuit season opens this weekend with a tournament at The Fencers Academy in St. Louis. The Regional Open Circuit continues through April.

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.