By Paul D. Bowker | Dec. 07, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

 

As you settle into your holiday weekend, Team USA athletes are getting ready to compete all around the world. Keep track of some of the biggest events and how to follow them on Team USA This Weekend.

Curling World Cup Heads To Omaha John Shuster delivers a stone at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 24, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

 

Olympic gold medalists John Shuster, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner and Joe Polo are on home ice this week for the second leg of the Curling World Cup.

The competition at Ralston Arena in Omaha, Nebraska, hosts competition in men’s, women’s and mixed doubles matches. The U.S. is joined by seven other nations in the tournament.

Shuster, Hamilton, Landsteiner and Chris Plys are on the men’s squad. Polo and 2018 Olympian Tabitha Peterson are competing in mixed doubles. The women’s team consists of Jamie Sinclair, Alex Carlson, Sarah Anderson, Monica Walker and Taylor Anderson. The Anderson twins are 2012 Youth Olympians.

Featured matches include the U.S. women facing Canada and South Korea on Friday, and the U.S. men facing Scotland on Saturday.

The finals are scheduled for Sunday.

The third leg of the world cup begins Jan. 30 in Sweden, followed by the Grand Finals in May in Beijing.

TV: 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel; 8:30 p.m. Friday, 8:30 p.m., Saturday, NBCSN

Follow along on social: USA Curling on Instagram, Curling World Cup on Twitter and Team Shuster on Twitter.

 

Toyota U.S. Grand Prix for Halfpipe Skiing/Snowboarding at Copper MountainChloe Kim competes at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 12, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. 

 

The world’s best halfpipe athletes are assembled in Frisco, Colorado, for this week’s Toyota U.S. Grand Prix. The stacked lineup includes two-time Olympic champion David Wise in men’s halfpipe skiing and 2018 Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim in women’s halfpipe snowboarding.

The event, which kicks off the 2018-19 season, began Wednesday with qualifying rounds in halfpipe skiing and includes the skiing finals on Friday and the snowboarding finals on Saturday.

The men’s skiing lineup includes two-time Olympian Aaron Blunck and Olympic silver medalist Alex Ferreira, who finished one-two in their men’s qualifying heat on Wednesday. The women’s contenders in Friday’s finals include two-time Olympians Devin Logan, 2018 Olympic bronze medalist Brita Sigourney, Annalisa Drew and Maddie Bowman, the 2014 Olympic champ.

Kim is looking for a Copper Mountain grand prix three-peat in snowboarding, and she’ll be joined by 2018 Olympic teammates Maddie Mastro and Olympic bronze medalist Arielle Gold, among others. The men’s competition includes 2018 Olympians Jake Pates and Chase Josey.

TV: 1 p.m. ET Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, NBCSN

Webcast: 1 p.m. ET Friday and Saturday, NBC Sports Gold

Follow along on social: U.S. Ski Team on Twitter, Aaron Blunck on Instagram and FIS Freestyle on Twitter.


Bobsled/Skeleton World Cup Season Begins
Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs compete at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 20, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. 

 

The surroundings won’t be familiar for three-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor when she hits the track for the women’s bobsled world cup season-opening run Friday in Sigulda, Latvia. It’s been 13 years since the Sigulda track last hosted a world cup, and most of the U.S. bobsledders and skeleton athletes have never been on the track.

The event begins Friday with Meyers Taylor teaming up with 2018 national push champion and Next Olympic Hopeful finalist Sylvia Hoffman in women’s bobsled, and Lauren Gibbs — who combined with Meyers Taylor to win a silver medal at the 2018 Olympics — pairing up with driver Brittany Reinbolt.

Opening weekend also features two-man bobsled and men’s skeleton on Saturday, and women’s skeleton and another two-man bobsled race Sunday. The season debut of four-man bobsled will come next week in Winterberg, Germany.

Codie Bascue is combining with Hakeem Abdul-Saboor, both 2018 Olympians, in men’s bobsled. Also racing are 2018 Olympic alternate Jimmy Reed and Kyler Allison.

The skeleton competition includes 2018 Olympian Kendall Wesenberg. Joining her in the women’s competition is Savannah Graybill. Kyle Brown and Greg West are sliding in the men’s skeleton.

TV: 4 p.m. ET Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel; 11 p.m. Sunday, NBCSN

Follow along on social: USA Bobsled & Skeleton on Instagram, Elana Meyers Taylor on Twitter and the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation on Twitter.

 

Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final Zachary Donohue and Madison Hubbell pose for photos after the medal ceremony at Skate America on Oct. 21, 2018 in Everett, Wash.

 

Olympic bronze medalist Nathan Chen and 2018 Olympic ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue seek to continue their grand prix hot streaks this week. They are among five senior U.S. skaters competing in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Vancouver.

Chen, the current world champion, won gold medals in both his grand prix competitions this season, at Skate America and Internationaux de France. He is the defending men’s Grand Prix Final champion. The men’s free skate is Friday.

Hubbell and Donohue, who finished just off the podium in fourth place in their Olympic debut earlier this year in PyeongChang, won the ice dance competition at Skate America and Skate Canada. Qualifying for the Grand Prix Final for the fourth consecutive year, they are going after their first medal in the final.

Joining them in the ice dance competition are Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker, who won gold at NHK Trophy in Japan and finished fourth in Internationaux de France to qualify for their first senior Grand Prix Final.

The ice dance competition begins Friday with the rhythm dance. The free dance is Saturday.

Another six U.S. skaters are in the Junior Grand Prix Final.

TV: 4 p.m. ET Sunday, NBC; 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, NBCSN

Webcast: 4:05, 5:20, 6:35 p.m. Friday, 10:55 a.m., 4 p.m., 5:20 p.m. Saturday, NBC Sports Gold

Follow along on social: Nick McCarvel on Twitter, U.S. Figure Skating on Instagram and #GPFVancouver on Twitter. 


Alpine Skiing - Women's St. Moritz World Cup

Less than one week after two-time Olympian Mikaela Shiffrin won her first world cup super-G race, the women are in St. Moritz, Switzerland, for two days of competition. The first event, Saturday, is the super-G. Shiffrin leads the overall world cup standings by more than 200 points. She is the first ski racer to win in all six currently contested world cup disciplines.

The parallel slalom is scheduled for Saturday.

TV: 5 a.m. ET Saturday, 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 5 a.m. Saturday, 4:15 and 7 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports Gold


Alpine Skiing - Men's Val d'Isere World Cup
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety leads the U.S. men to Val-d’Isere, France, for giant slalom and slalom events. Ligety finished eighth in the giant slalom in last week’s Birds of Prey World Cup at Beaver Creek, Colorado. He is eighth in the giant slalom points standings, leading an American group that also includes Tommy Ford at No. 15, Brian McLaughlin at No. 18 and Ryan Cochran-Siegle at No. 22.

TV: 7 a.m. ET Saturday, 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 3:45 and 6:45 a.m. Saturday, 3:15 and 6:15 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports Gold

 

Cross-Country Skiing - Beitostolen World Cup
Two-time Olympian Sadie Bjornsen, who scored Team USA’s first cross-country podium of the season last week, is in Beitostolen, Norway, this weekend for a 15-kilometer freestyle race and team relay. Among those joining her are Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins and 2018  Olympian Rosie Brennan. The men, featuring Olympic teammates Erik Bjornsen and Simi Hamilton, are set for Saturday’s 30-kilometer race and Sunday’s 4x7.5-kilometer relay.

TV: 8:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 3:20 and 6:05 a.m. Saturday, 4:20 and 7:20 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports Gold


Luge - Calgary World Cup
Emily Sweeney, who won Team USA’s first luge medal of the world cup season with a third-place finish in last week’s season debut in Whistler, British Columbia, and 2018 Olympic teammate Summer Britcher, who finished fourth in the season opener in Igls, Austria, lead the women into this weekend’s world cup in Calgary. Alberta. Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer is coming off a pair of top-10 finishes last week: sixth in men’s singles and seventh in doubles with two-time Olympian Jayson Terdiman.

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET Friday, 4:30 and 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Olympic Channel; 6 p.m. Sunday, NBCSN

Long Track Speedskating - Tomaszow Mazoweicki World Cup
Two-time Olympian Brittany Bowe leads the U.S. long trackers to Poland this weekend for the third stop on the ISU World Cup tour. The competition includes women’s and men’s 500-meter races both Friday and Saturday, 1,000-meter on Friday, 1,500-meter on Saturday, team pursuit races Friday, and team sprint, 5,000- and 10,000-meter races Sunday. Bowe has started strongly this season, winning four medals in the first two stops, including three medals in Tomakomai, Japan. She has medaled in both of her 1,500-meter races this season.

TV: 8 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, Olympic Channel


Short Track Speedskating - Almaty World Cup
The short trackers resume their fall world cup schedule with three days of racing in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Among the U.S. skaters are 2018 Olympians Maame Biney, Thomas Hong and Aaron Tran. After qualifying sessions Friday, racing at 1,000 meters and 1,500 meters is scheduled for Saturday, followed by 500-meter and 1,500-meter individual races Sunday, along with the women’s 3,000-meter relay, men’s 5,000-meter relay and mixed 2,000-meter relay.


Biathlon - Pokljuka World Cup
The season-opening world cup concludes for two-time Olympians Susan Dunklee, Sean Doherty and Leif Nordgren this weekend in Pokljuka, Poland. A men’s 10-kilometer sprint race is set for Friday, followed by a women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint on Saturday, and men’s and women’s pursuit races on Sunday.

TV: Noon ET Friday, NBCSN; 10 a.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

 

Moguls Skiing - Ruka World Cup
Olympians Jaelin Kauf, Tess Johnson, Casey Andringa and Bradley Wilson open up the moguls world cup season in Ruka, Finland. Andringa is coming off a season in which he had two top-10 world cup finishes and placed fifth at the PyeongChang Games, the highest moguls finish for a U.S. man since 2010. The women’s and men’s finals are Friday.

TV: 3 p.m. ET Friday, Olympic Channel

 

Men's World Rugby Seven Series - Cape Town
After finishing second in their season-opening tournament last week in Dubai, the USA Men’s Eagles Sevens hope to keep the momentum going this week in Cape Town, South Africa. The Eagles face Japan, Spain and Argentina in the preliminary round Saturday. The playoff round is Sunday.


Surfing Men's Championship Tour - Billabong Pipe Masters
Gabriel Medina of Brazil is closing in on the world men’s title as the World Surfing League heads to Oahu, Hawaii, for its final event: Billabong Pipe Masters. Two U.S. surfers are among the top 11 in points standings: Conner Coffin at No. 10 and Kolohe Andino at No. 11. The event is scheduled to begin Sunday.

 

Weightlifting - American Open Finals
Morghan King, a 2016 Olympian, is among the weightlifters competing in the American Open Finals in Milwaukee. King competes in the women’s 49 kg. weight class on Friday. The competition goes through Sunday at the Wisconsin Center and is the first U.S. qualifier for 2019 international competitions.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is sports editor of the Cape Cod Times and a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.