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Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: March 18, 2013

By Tom Robinson | March 18, 2013, 1 p.m. (ET)

Ted Ligety takes the globe for the overall World Cup giant slalom during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup men's giant slalom on March 16, 2013 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. 

Ted Ligety, the giant slalom season points leader after winning Saturday for his sixth title in eight races this season, finished third overall in the Audi World Cup standings.

“It has been such an amazing year,” said Ligety, who also broke 1,000 World Cup points overall.

Ligety ran a two-run time of 2 minutes, 14.76 seconds.

“I had some unbelievable runs this year,” said Ligety, who began the season by winning by 2.7 seconds in Soelden, Germany.

Mikaela Shiffrin came from behind to win her fourth slalom race of the season and the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom title in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

Shiffrin, who celebrated her 18th birthday earlier in the week, became the first U.S. woman to win a slalom World Cup season championship since Tamara McKinney in 1983-84.

“After the first run, I went directly to our athlete tent and just tried to sit quietly and figure out what I needed to do to make it better,” said Shiffrin, who was 1.17 seconds behind at that point.

Read more about Shiffrin here.

Julia Mancuso finished eighth in the giant slalom to place fourth in the overall points standings.

Freestyle: Hannah Kearney regained the lead in the World Cup mogul standings with a win Saturday in dual moguls. Bradley Wilson finished third among men. On Friday, Heather McPhie won the moguls while Eliza Outtrim was second among the women and Patrick Deneen second among the men.

Read more about Kearney in TeamUSA.org’s Go For The Gold feature series here.

Ski Jumping: Sarah Hendrickson posted her fourth World Cup win of the season in the women’s large hill World Cup event Sunday in Oslo, Norway. Lindsey Van was fourth.

Cross Country: Liz Stephen placed a career-best ninth Sunday in the 30k freestyle in the Holmenkollen Ski Festival in Oslo.

Nordic Combined: Taylor Fletcher finished fifth in the World Cup event in Oslo.
Nick Baumgartner and Nate Holland finished second at the final FIS World Cup snowboardcross team event of the season Sunday in Veysonnaz, Switzerland. Faye Gulini and Callan Chythlook-Sifsof were third in the women’s event.

Baumgartner finished seventh in the Veysonnaz World Cup snowboardcross Saturday, securing the top finish for U.S. Snowboarding. The race left Baumgartner in fourth place in the World Cup snowboardcross standings, within reach of the top three as the U.S. team moves to finals in Sierra Nevada, Spain. Chythlook-Sifsof took the top finish for U.S. women at 12th.

Sage Kotsenburg finished a season’s-best fifth place at the World Cup slopestyle event in the Czech Republic.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White opened the World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ont., by setting a world-record score in the short dance. Then they built on that momentum with a season-best free dance on Saturday to claim the world title for the second time since 2011.

Read more about Davis and White here.

In women’s figure skating, Ashley Wagner finished fifth and Gracie Gold sixth to clinch three U.S. spots in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Their combined positions needed to be 13 or fewer to get the third spot.

Behind Davis and White in ice dancing, Madison Chock-Evan Bates were seventh and Maia Shibutani-Alex Shibutani were eighth.

Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim were ninth in pairs while Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir were 13th. Max Aaron was seventh and Ross Miner 14th among men.

Read more about Team USA’s outlook heading into Sochi here.

The United States, featuring Erika Brown and teammates Debbie McCormick, Jessica Schultz and Ann Swisshelm, has started 1-2 at the World Women’s Championships, which continue through March 24 in Riga, Latvia.

The U.S. women have two games on tap on Monday. First, the U.S. women will face Denmark (1-2) and in the nightcap it will be the North American battle with Canada’s Rachel Homan (2-1). USA’s round robin game against Canada will be aired live on both TV and webstream on Universal Sports.

In addition, Universal will feature the USA vs. Japan game Tuesday and four playoff games on TV. Several other round robin games will be streamed.

Cole Krueger won the men’s title and Allison Baver the women’s at the American Cup Short Track Championships Friday through Sunday in Omaha. Jacqueline Chen, a three-time National Age Group champion, won her third title Sunday by breaking a Junior B (15-16) 3,000-meter record in 5:35.029.

Tim Burke closed the IBU World Cup season by finishing fourth in the 15-kilometer mass start Sunday in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Lowell Bailey finished 10th in the 12.5k pursuit Saturday while Burke was 15th. Annelies Cook was 35th in the women’s 10k pursuit.

Olympian Danell Leyva won the high bar while Olympic teammate Jake Dalton earned a silver medal in the high bar and a bronze in the floor exercise Sunday at the French International in La Roche-sur-Yon.

The top four from Saturday’s qualifying competed in Sunday’s finals.

Steven Legendre made the vault finals, but finished fourth.

Dalton led qualifying in the floor exercise. Leyva also placed sixth in the parallel bars, falling short of the final.

Leyva, the 2012 Olympic all-around bronze medalist, will compete in the Tokyo World Cup April 6-7 along with Peyton Ernst.

Dathan Ritzenhein, a two-time Olympian, finished third in the NYC Half marathon. Bernard Lagat, a two-time Olympic medalist at 1,500 meters, finished 12th in his debut at that distance.

Check out TeamUSA.org’s photo gallery from the NYC Half Marathon here and read a TeamUSA.org Q and A with Lagat here.

Matt Chrabot finished second at the Mooloolaba ITU World Cup event in Australia.

Chrabot finished the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run in 1:54:53 to finish second behind London 2012 Olympic Games silver medalist Javier Gomez of Spain by 21 seconds.

“I haven’t been on the podium since 2011,” Chrabot said. “I got real sick last year I just had some thyroid issues and I didn’t make the Olympic team.”

Chrabot, the only American in the field, has been training in Australia for the last three months.

“I just totally blew away my expectations,” he said.

Elsewhere, Tommy Zaferes finished second and Alicia Kaye sixth to lead Americans at the inaugural Sarasota ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup Saturday in Florida.

The United States claimed two gold, two silver and five bronze medals in the Pan American Open in Uruguay. The Pan American Open was the first major competition since the Olympic Games in London for many of the athletes.

Travis Stevens (81 kg) and Samantha Bleier (78 kg) won gold medals Sunday. Kayla Harrison, who won the first U.S. Olympic gold medal in Judo in London, finished second at 70 kg Sunday.

Janine Nakao was second Saturday at 63 kg where Hannah Martin and Alisha Galles took the two bronze medals.

The other bronze medalists were: Angelica Delgado (52 kg), Hana Carmichael (57 kg) and Jacob Larsen (90 kg).

The United States was third out of 16 in the team standings.

BASEBALL: The United States was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic Friday with a 4-3 loss to the Dominican Republic in Miami. New York Mets third baseman David Wright, who missed the game with a rib injury, led the United States with 10 of the team’s 27 RBIs in the tournament. The United States went 3-3 in tournament games.

FENCING: Mariel Zagunis won her fourth straight individual medal of the international season to lead three U.S. finishers in the top eight at the Antalya Saber World Cup in Turkey Sunday. Dagmara Wozniak was fifth and Ibtihaj Muhammad was seventh. Zagunis, Wozniak, Muhammad and Eliza Stone also earned the team bronze. Elsewhere, Gerek Meinhardt finished second at the Venice Foil Grand Prix in Italy Saturday. The United States finished 13th in men’s team epée at the World Cup event in Tallinn, Estonia.

DIVING: Brothers Troy and Dwight Dumais finished fifth in the men’s synchronized 3-meter final at the FINA World Series event in Beijing.

WRESTLING: Justin Lester, a Greco-Roman Olympian, won both freestyle and Greco-Roman titles Saturday and Sunday at Fort Dix, N.J. Lester and Nathan Engel won dual titles for Army and Dave Arendt did the same for the Marines. Army won the dual-meet titles in Greco-Roman and freestyle by beating Air Force, Navy and the Marines.

CYCLING: Jeremiah Bishop won the US Cup Triple Crown-Bonelli Park Saturday. Logan Binggeli won the Pro Men title at the Pro Mountain Bike Gravity Tour Reaper Madness on Sunday in Boulder City, Nev. Hilton Clarke won the Cigar City Brewing Criterium on Saturday in Tampa.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Pepperdine went 3-0 for the best record at the USA Volleyball Beach Collegiate Challenge Thursday through Sunday at Chula Vista, Calif.
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.