Team USA Weekend Preview: Nov. 22, 2013

By Paul D. Bowker | Nov. 22, 2013, 11 a.m. (ET)
Biathlete Susan Dunklee poses during the NBC Olympics/U.S. Olympic Committee promotional shoot on April 26, 2013 in West Hollywood, Calif. 

Winter sports are in full swing this weekend, with athletes competing in just about every Olympic winter sport. Summer sport athletes also will be competing in volleyball, cycling, wrestling, rugby and more. Check out the Team USA Weekend Preview for more details.

Tim Burke competes during the IBU Biathlon World Championship
men's 20-kilometer on Feb. 14, 2013 in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.

E.ON IBU World Cup, Nov. 24-Dec. 1, Oestersund, Sweden

The IBU World Cup season opens Sunday in Oestersund, Sweden, with the mixed relay. Among the leaders on the U.S. team are Tim Burke, a two-time Olympian who earned a silver medal at the 2013 world championships, and Susan Dunklee, who already has met the criteria to qualify for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team.

Also in biathlon:

IBU Cup, Nov. 22-24, Idre, Sweden

North American Cup, Nov. 23-24, Canmore, Alberta, Canada


Rostelecom Cup, Nov. 22-23, Moscow

Agnes Zawadzki, the women’s bronze medalist at the last two U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and 2013 U.S. silver medalist ice dancers Madison Chock and Evan Bates will be among 10 U.S. skaters competing in the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow. The event is the sixth and final event of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series prior to the ISU Grand Prix Final set for Dec. 5-8 in Fukuoka, Japan.

Zawadzki placed seventh earlier this season at the Cup of China. Also in the women’s competition is 2010 Olympian Mirai Nagasu, who finished eighth at the NHK Trophy.

Chock and Bates won the bronze medal at Skate Canada and are hoping to win a spot in the Dec. 5-8 ISU Grand Prix Final. Also competing will be Richard Dornbush and Joshua Farris in men’s, and Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, and Lindsay Davis and Rockne Brubaker in pairs.

TV: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. and 9 p.m.-11 p.m. ET Friday, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Universal Sports; 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, NBC

Webcast: 6 a.m. ET Friday and 5 a.m. Saturday,

Ice Challenge, Nov. 20-24, Graz, Austria

Courtney Hicks, who finished sixth at ISU Grand Prix Skate Canada and won the U.S. International Classic, is among seven U.S. skaters competing in the Ice Challenge in Graz, Austria. Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus will compete in ice dance; Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt withdrew due to a back injury to Kriengkrairut. Competing in pairs are Gretchen Donlan and Andrew Speroff, and Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea, bronze medalists at the U.S. International Classic.

The Ice Challenge is an ISU points-scoring competition.

Also in figure skating:

U.S. Figure Skating Sectional Championships, Nov. 19-23, Ashburn, Va.; East Lansing, Mich.; Oakland, Calif.


World Cup, Nov. 23-24, Igls, Austria

Two-time Olympian Erin Hamlin will go after another top-10 finish this weekend in the second leg of the world cup season in Igls, Austria. She placed eighth in the season opener last week in Lillehammer, Norway, leading the U.S. team.

Chris Mazdzer, who is attempting to make his second U.S. Olympic Team, placed 14th in the men’s competition in Lillehammer. Others leading the U.S. team are Aidan Kelly, 2013 national champion Kate Hansen and 2010 Olympian Julia Clukey. The world cup races are qualifiers for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.


World Cup, Nov. 21-22, Landgraaf, Netherlands

Four members of the first U.S. Paralympics Snowboard National Team will will be competing this week in the IPC World Cup opener in Landgraaf, Netherlands. The event is a qualifier for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, which will mark the debut of snowboarding at a Paralympic Winter Games.

Members of the U.S. team competing in Landgraaf are Nicole Roundy, Amy Purdy, Keith Gable and Mike Shea.


FIS World Cup, Men’s Ski Jumping, Nov. 22-24, Klingenthal, Germany

The opening world cup event for men’s ski jumping begins Friday in Klingenthal, Germany. Among those on the U.S. team are two-time Olympian Anders Johnson, and 2010 Olympians Nick Alexander and Peter Frenette.


World Push Challenge, Nov.23, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The world cup season in bobsledding will begin to unfold Saturday, when the WinSport World Push Challenge is held at the Canada Olympic Park’s Ice House in Calgary. Push athletes will compete for the title of world push champion.

The first world cup competition begins Tuesday in Calgary.

North American Cup, Nov. 21-27, Park City, Utah

Skeleton athletes Annie O’Shea, Veronica Day, Greg West and Austin McCrary are among those competing in the North American Cup’s second stop of the season at Park City, Utah. Competition continues through Wednesday.

Women’s and men’s skeleton races, and women’s and men’s two-man bobsled began Thursday and run through Saturday. The four-man bobsled will be held Tuesday and Wednesday. Elana Meyers, Jazmine Fenlator, Jamie Greubel and Bree Schaaf are slated to compete in Park City. Meyers, Fenlator and Greubel wrapped up training on the 2014 Olympic track in Sochi, Russia, and will start their competitive season at the North American Cup in Park City.


Also in bobsled/skeleton:

European Cup Tour, Nov. 22-23, Altenberg, Germany


USA Hockey Sled Classic, Nov. 21-24, Pittsburgh

Sixteen teams are competing through Sunday in the fourth annual USA Hockey Sled Classic being played at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center and Blade Runners Ice Complex in Pittsburgh. Fifteen members of the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team are playing in the tournament.

All 16 teams are affiliated with NHL teams. The CONSOL Energy Center, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins, will host each of the three divisional championship games Sunday.


UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, Nov. 23, Koksijde, Belgium

Katie Compton will chase after her third consecutive world cup medal Saturday at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Belgium. Compton won a gold medal Oct. 26 in the second leg of the world cup in the Czech Republic. She began the season with a silver-medal performance.

Los Angeles Grand Prix, USA Cycling National Track Calendar (NTC), Nov. 22-24, VELO Sports Center, Carson, Calif.

Sarah Hammer, a six-time world champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist, will be among the cyclists competing this weekend in the Los Angeles Grand Prix. The competition has attracted an international field and awards points toward UCI World Cup events.

Also in cycling:

Supercross Cups, USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX), Nov. 23-24, Stony Point, N.Y.


U.S. Paralympics Track Cycling National Championships, Nov. 22-24, Carson, Calif.

Allison Jones, who won gold and bronze medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and Jennifer Schuble, who earned silver and bronze medals in London, are among the Paralympic cyclists competing in the U.S. Paralympics Track Cycling National Championships. The event is being run in conjunction with the Los Angeles Grand Prix at the VELO Sports Center in Carson, Calif.

Schuble plans to compete in both the Paralympic races and UCI Grand Prix events.


FIVB World Grand Champions Cup, Nov. 19-24, Tokyo

The U.S. Men’s National Team will face Iran Sunday (Saturday, U.S. time) and Russia Monday (Sunday, U.S. time) in the final two rounds of the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Tokyo.

The United States split its first two matches, defeating host Japan Tuesday and losing to Brazil Wednesday. Matt Anderson led the United States with 17 points in the Brazil match, including a match-high 13 kills and a match-best three blocks.


FILA Golden Grand Prix Finals, Nov. 22-24, Baku, Azerbaijan

Two-time Olympian Spenser Mango and three-time world medalist Elena Pirozhkova will be among 13 U.S. athletes competing in the Heydar Aliyev FILA Golden Grand Prix Finals in Baku, Azerbaijan. The event, which consists of competition in all three Olympic disciplines, begins Friday with Greco-Roman.

Mango, a fifth-place finisher at the 2013 FILA World Championships, will wrestle in Greco-Roman at 55 kg. Also competing Friday will be two-time world team member Joe Betterman at 60 kg.

Pirozhkova, a 2012 Olympian and 2012 world champion, will wrestle at 63 kg. in Saturday’s women’s freestyle. Other U.S. women include Victoria Anthony, 51 kg.; Helen Maroulis, 55kg.; and Veronica Carlson, 67 kg. Seven U.S. wrestlers will compete in the men’s freestyle Sunday: Angel Escobedo, 55 kg.; Jimmy Kennedy, 60 kg.; Kellen Russell, 66 kg.; Kyle Dake, 74 kg.; Keith Gavin and Clayton Foster, 84 kg.; Wynn Michalak, 96 kg.

Haavisto Cup,Nov. 22-23, Ilmajoki, Finland

Ben Provisor, a 2012 Olympian, is one of nine U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers competing in the Haavisto Cup in Finland. Provisor is wrestling at 84 kg. Also competing for the United States: Nate Engel, 55 kg.; Nikko Triggas, 60 kg.; Devin Scott, 66 kg.; Andy Bisek, 74 kg.; Jordan Holm, 84 kg.; Marcus Finau, 96 kg.; Robbie Smith and Jacob Mitchell, 120 kg.

Also in wrestling:

Victory Wrestling Challenge, Nov. 22, Omaha, Neb.


Water Ski World Championships, Nov. 25-Dec. 1, San Bernardo, Chile

Competition begins Monday in the Water Ski World Championships in Chile. Six U.S. athletes are on the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team: Scot Ellis, Regina Jaquess, Erika Lang, Alex Lauretano, Adam Pickos and Nate Smith.


QubicaAMF World Cup, Nov. 17-23, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

The QubicaAMF World Cup wraps up Saturday in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, with the men’s and women’s stepladder finals. Danielle McEwan of the United States was in third place after three days of qualifying with a score of 4,244. John Szczerbinski was 11th in men’s qualifying.

The playoff round includes the top 24 men and top 24 women. Eight additional games determine the top eight for round-robin match play. The top three advance to the stepladder finals.


NORCECA Beach Circuit, Nov. 22-24, San Jose, Costa Rica

Lane Carico will go after her fourth consecutive gold medal in the NORCECA Beach Circuit beginning Friday, playing with partner Heather Hughes. The tournament will be played in San Jose, Costa Rica. A championship win by Carico would tie a beach circuit record.

Other U.S. teams in the tournament are Allison Fleming and Traci Weamer on the women’s side, and John Hyden and Tri Bourne, and Avery Drost and Will Montgomery on the men’s side.


USA Men’s Eagles vs. Russia, Nov. 23, London

The USA Men’s Eagles national team will look for its second consecutive victory Saturday, when it faces Russia at Allianz Park in London. The Eagles’ 25-23 victory against Georgia last weekend was their first win in nearly a year. In 10 matches played in England since 1977, the Eagles’ only win came against Russia in the 2011 Churchill Cup.


IJF Grand Prix, Nov. 22-23, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Hannah Martin and Samantha Bleier, who each earned silver medals in a grand prix event in October, are among six U.S. athletes who’ll compete Friday and Saturday at the Abu Dhabi IJF Grand Prix. Martin competes at 63 kg. and Bleier at 78 kg.

Other U.S. athletes in the women’s competition are Leilani Akiyama, 63 kg., and Anna Atkinson, 78 kg.-plus. Michael Valentine, 66 kg., and Robert Lee, 73 kg., are in the men’s tournament.

Also in judo:

USA Judo President’s Cup, Nov. 24, Irving, Texas

Veterans World Judo Championships, Nov. 24-26, Abu Dhabi, UAE


USA 50-kilometer Race Walk Championships, Nov. 24, Coconut Creek, Fla.

The USA 50-kilometer Race Walk Championships and 2014 World Cup Trials will be held Sunday at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek, Fla. The course is a 2-km. loop. The event is being run by South Florida Racewalkers.


Oman Laser World Championships, Nov. 17-23, Oman

The final two days in the final series of racing at the Oman Laser World Championships will be held Friday and Saturday in Musannah Sports City, Oman.

Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor for