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The Week In 16 Photos: Dec. 29 - Jan. 4

Jan. 05, 2015, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

Each week, TeamUSA.org recaps the performances of U.S. athletes through photos, showing where in the world Team USA athletes competed and how they performed. In their first competitions of the new year, Mikaela Shiffrin captured her second straight FIS Alpine Ski World Cup women's slalom in Croatia while USA Luge continued its success with a team relay silver, bronze from Chris Mazdzer and a career-best fourth place for Emily Sweeney at the Koenigssee World Cup during the week of Dec. 29 - Jan. 4.

1) Emily Sweeney @ FIL Luge World Cup
Emily Sweeney reacts as she finishes fourth in the women's FIL Luge World Cup Koenigssee at Deutsche Post Eisarena on Jan. 3, 2015 in Koenigssee, Germany.

2) U.S. Men's Water Polo Team @ USA-Italy series
U.S. Men's National Water Polo Team defends Italy in a 9-7 win at the University of Southern California on Jan. 4, 2015.

3) Liz Stephen @ Tour de Ski
Liz Stephen competes during the women's 10-kilometer pursuit classic event for the FIS Cross Country World Cup Tour de Ski on Jan. 4, 2015 in Oberstdorf, Germany.

4) Team USA @ IIHF World Junior Championship
Anthony DeAngelo #24 celebrates his goal with teammates in a quarterfinal round against Russia during the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships at the Bell Centre on Jan. 2, 2015 in Montreal.

5) Mikaela Shiffrin @ FIS Alpine Ski World Cup
Mikaela Shiffrin takes first place, Kathrin Zettel of Austria takes second and Nina Loeseth of Norway takes third at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup women's slalom on Jan. 4, 2015 in Zagreb, Croatia.

6) Hannah Kearney @ FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup
Hannah Kearney poses with men's and women's moguls podium finishers after winning her 43rd world cup title and first world cup of the 2015 season at the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup in Calgary on Jan. 3, 2015.

7) Chris Mazdzer @ FIL Luge World Cup
Chris Mazdzer competes in the first run of the men's FIL Luge World Cup Koenigssee at Deutsche Post Eisarena on Jan. 4, 2015 in Koenigssee, Germany.

8) Sadie Bjornsen @ Tour de Ski
Sadie Bjornsen competes during the women's prologue 3-kilometer individual freestyle event for the FIS Cross Country World Cup Tour de Ski on Jan. 3, 2015 in Oberstdorf, Germany.

9) JT Compher @ IIHF World Junior Championship
JT Compher #7 and Vladislav Kamenev #9 of Russia take a face-off in a quarterfinal round during the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships at the Bell Centre on Jan. 2, 2015 in Montreal.

10) Team USA @ Tour de Ski

"And the great @kikkanimal birthday ski tradition continues! I mustache you not to laugh." - @jessiediggins

11) B. Berend, Fletcher Bros @ FIS Nordic Combined World Cup

Couldn't ask for a better team. We fought through a downpour of rain today but still managed to have a lot of fun." - @benjberend

12) Nic Carniglia @ USA-Italy water polo series
Nic Carniglia plays defense against the Italian men's water polo team in a 9-7 win at the University of Southern California on Jan. 4, 2015.

13) Emily Sweeney @ FIL Luge World Cup
Emily Sweeney competes in the first run of the women's FIL Luge World Cup Koenigssee at Deutsche Post Eisarena on Jan. 3, 2015 in Koenigssee, Germany.

14) Chase De Leo @ IIHF World Junior Championship
Chase De Leo #18 puts on the breaks in front of Ivan Provorov #29 of Russia in a quarterfinal round during the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships at the Bell Centre on Jan. 2, 2015 in Montreal.

15) Mikaela Shiffrin @ FIS Alpine Ski World Cup
Mikaela Shiffrin takes first place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup women's slalom on Dec. 29, 2014 in Kuehtai in Tirol, Austria.

16) Team USA @ FIL Luge World Cup
(L-R) Matt Mortensen, Jayson Terdiman, Emily Sweeney and Chris Mazdzer pose after their second-place finish in the FIL Luge World Cup team relay at Deutsche Post Eisarena on Jan. 4, 2015 in Koenigssee, Germany.