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Olympians Chris Mazdzer, Chloe Kim In Action & More From Team USA This Weekend

By Paul D. Bowker | Dec. 14, 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.

Lake Placid Hosts The Luge World Cup Chris Mazdzer competes at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 15, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.


This week’s Viessmann World Cup stop in Lake Placid, New York, will include plenty of Olympic pomp.

Chris Mazdzer, a three-time Olympian who made history by winning a silver medal in the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, is competing on home ice in an international event for the first time since his Olympic triumph.

Erin Hamlin, a four-time Olympian who retired after winning a bronze medal in PyeongChang, will make a ceremonial run down the Lake Placid course on Saturday.

Emily Sweeney, a 2018 Olympian who won the first world cup medal of the season for the U.S. two weeks ago, owns a home near the USA Luge training center in Lake Placid and will be competing this weekend.

All eyes will be on the doubles team of Mazdzer and two-time Olympian Jayson Terdiman, who have improved their finishes in each competition. They finished fifth last week in Calgary and helped the U.S. win a silver medal in the team relay, along with Summer Britcher in the women’s race and Tucker West in the men’s portion.

Joining Mazdzer and West in the men’s race Saturday is Jonny Gustafson. Raychel Germaine and Brittney Arndt join Britcher and Sweeney in the women’s competition Sunday.

TV: 9 p.m. ET Saturday, 10 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel; 4 p.m. Sunday, NBCSN

Webcast: 9 a.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, olympicchannel.com

Follow along on social: USA Luge on Twitter, FIL Luge on Twitter and Jayson Terdiman on Instagram.


Ski and Snowboard's Dew Tour in BreckenridgeMaddie Mastro competes at the Dew Tour on Dec. 14, 2017 in Breckenridge, Colo. 


The lineup of snowboarders and skiers for this weekend’s Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado, is stacked with Olympic champions and medalists.

Among the snowboarders is 2018 Olympic women’s halfpipe champion Chloe Kim, a two-time Youth Olympic Games gold medalist who won last week’s halfpipe competition in the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colorado. Kim and 2018 Olympian Maddie Mastro finished one-two in the Grand Prix, and they’ll be looking for more of the same this week in Breckenridge. Two-time Olympian Arielle Gold, a finalist last week and  2018 bronze medalist, joins them in the women’s superpipe. 

Gold’s brother, 2014 Olympian Taylor, is in the men’s superpipe, along with defending superpipe champion Jake Pates, Toby Miller and Chase Josey, who finished second and third at Copper Mountain.

In skiing, Aaron Blunck, a two-time Olympian, is coming off a halfpipe win in the Grand Prix, and he’ll be among a packed lineup that also includes defending Dew Tour champion and Olympic silver medalist Alex Ferreira, two-time Olympic champion David Wise and two-time Olympian Gus Kenworthy.

Others in Breckenridge include snowboarders Jamie Anderson, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, and Red Gerard, a 2018 Olympic gold medalist.

Follow along on social: Dew Tour on Twitter, Chloe Kim on Instagram and Aaron Blunck on Instagram.


Short Course Swimming Worlds Caeleb Dressel competes in the men's butterfly at FINA World Swimming Championships on Dec. 13, 2018 in Hangzhou, China. 


Nearly 20 U.S. Olympians, including 13 Olympic champions, are competing in the FINA World Swimming Championships (25-meter indoors) this week in Hangzhou, China.

The meet goes through Sunday at the Hangzhou Olympic and International Expo Center. So far, the medals arrived quickly for the U.S. team, including a haul of six on Thursday. With 17 medals, including nine gold, Team USA was atop the medal table going into the final days of competition. The U.S. was also five-for-five in relays.

Among the big winners so far have been Olympic relay champ Kelsi Dahlia, who won two gold medals and a silver medal on Wednesday, setting world and American records in separate events. She added another relay win on Thursday. Olympic champion Ryan Murphy won a gold medal in the men’s 100-meter backstroke.

Other U.S. swimmers in the meet include four-time Olympic gold medalist Matt Grevers, two-time Olympic gold medalist and seven-time world champion Caeleb Dressel, and two-time Olympic medalist and backstroke world record-holder Kathleen Baker.

TV: 10:30 a.m. Friday, noon Saturday and Sunday Olympic Channel; 1 p.m. Friday, 9 p.m. Saturday, 11 p.m. Sunday, NBCSN

Follow along on social: USA Swimming on Twitter, FINA on Twitter and Olivia Smoliga on Instagram.


Speedskating - Heerenveen World Cup
Brittany Bowe, a two-time Olympian, is cruising into this weekend’s world cup stop in Heerenveen, Netherlands. 

A track record-setting win in the women’s 1,000-meter race last week in Poland vaulted Bowe to the top of the world cup standings in the event. She is third in the 1,500-meter and 500-meter points standings and has seven medals this season.

Among those joining Bowe in Heerenveen are Kimi Goetz, Maria Lamb, Paige Schwartzburg and Erin Jackson on the women’s side, and Joey Mantia, Kimani Griffin and Brett Perry on the men’s side. Austin Kleba and Ethan Cepuran are also competing on the men’s side will make their world cup debuts.

TV: 10:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel 

Bobsled/Skeleton - Winterberg World Cup
Three-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor will have a busy weekend in Winterberg, Germany. One week after her sled was disqualified in the world cup opener because it was underweight, Meyers Taylor will compete Saturday in both women’s bobsled and four-person bobsled, and then again Sunday in four-person bobsled. She’ll race with world cup rookie Lake Kwaza in women’s bobsled. Her four-man partners Saturday are Kwaza, Tiffeny Parker and Nicole Brungardt. On Sunday, she’ll race with Parker, Kwaza and 2018 Olympic silver medalist Lauren Gibbs.

TV: 3 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel; 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, NBCSN

Webcast: 4:15 and 7:30 a.m. Friday, 5:15 and 9 a.m. Saturday, 5:30 a.m. Sunday, olympicchannel.com

Alpine Skiing - Men's World Cup

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety and two-time Olympian Tommy Ford are among the U.S. men looking for podium finishes in the giant slalom on Sunday in Alta Badia, Italy. Four-time Olympian Steven Nyman and 2018 Olympian Bryce Bennett are among those in Val Gardena, Italy, for a downhill race Saturday. Super-G is scheduled for Friday.

TV: 6 a.m. Friday, 5:30 a.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel; 8 p.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday, NBCSN

Webcast: 5:45 a.m. Friday, 5:30 a.m. Saturday, 3:45 a.m. Sunday, olympicchannel.com


Cross-Country Skiing - Davos World Cup
Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins and two-time Olympian Sadie Bjornsen lead U.S. cross-country skiers into this week’s world cup stop in Davos, Switzerland, where Diggins missed the podium by just one spot in last year’s sprint. Powered by six top-10 finishes this season, Bjornsen is in ninth place in the overall world cup standings and Diggins is 13th. Women’s and men’s sprint races are Saturday, followed by women’s 10-kilometer and men’s 15-kilometer freestyle races on Sunday.

TV: 7:30 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 7:20 a.m. Saturday, 3:15 and 5:45 a.m. Sunday, olympicchannel.com

Biathlon - Hochfilzen World Cup
Clare Egan, a 2018 Olympian, had a career-best sixth-place finish in the women’s 10-kilometer pursuit race last week in Pokljuka, Slovenia. This week’s world cup in Hochfilzen, Austria, includes women’s and men’s pursuit races Saturday. Joining Egan on the women’s side are two-time Olympian Susan Dunklee and 2018 Olympian Joanne Reid. The men’s team is led by two-time Olympians Sean Doherty and Leif Nordgren, who both finished among the top 40 in Slovenia. A men’s 10-kilometer sprint event is Friday, followed by pursuit races Saturday and relay competitions Sunday.

TV: 9:30 a.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel; noon Friday, NBCSN

Webcast: 8:15 a.m. Friday, 5:30 and 8:45 a.m. Saturday, 5:15 and 8 a.m. Sunday, olympicchannel.com

Moguls - Thaiwoo World Cup
Tess Johnson, a 2018 Olympian, began her season with a third-place finish in moguls last week in Ruka, Finland. This week, Johnson and Olympic teammates Jaelin Kauf, Casey Andringa and Bradley Wilson are in Thaiwoo, China, for moguls and dual moguls events.

TV: 12:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 12:20 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, olympicchannel.com

Women's Ski Jumping - Premanon World Cup
Nita Englund, a 2018 Olympian who finished 39th in the season-opening competition two weeks ago in Lillehammer, Norway, is in Premanon, France, for two days of competition this weekend. HS90 jumps are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

TV: 6 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Men's Ski Jumping - Engelberg World Cup
Kevin Bickner, a 2018 Olympian, is in Engelberg, Switzerland, for a pair of HS140 jumping events on Saturday and Sunday. He finished fifth last week in an FIS Continental Cup event last week in Lillehammer when the world cup event was canceled. Qualifying runs take place Friday.

TV: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel


Snowboarding - Parallel GS World Cup
The snowboarding giant slalom season opens this week for 2018 Olympian AJ Muss and Ryan Rosencranz. Parallel giant slalom races are scheduled for Saturday in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. The season’s first event was Thursday in Carezza, Italy.

Webcast: 10:50 a.m. Saturday, olympicchannel.com


Track Cycling - London World Cup
Rio 2018 Olympians Jennifer Valente and Kelly Catlin, along with women’s pursuit teammates Kim Geist, Emma White and Christina Birch, will take on host Great Britain in the team pursuit race Friday in London. The U.S. enters this week’s world cup in third place in the pursuit rankings, trailing only No. 1 Great Britain and No. 2 Italy. The U.S. placed fifth two weeks ago in Berlin, Germany. Geist and Kendall Ryan will also race in the women’s Madison on Sunday.

TV: 5 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Taekwondo - Grand Slam Series
Two-time Olympian Paige McPherson and 2016 Olympian Jackie Galloway are among the U.S. athletes in Wuxi, China, for the World Taekwondo Grand Slam. Both reached the quarterfinals, McPherson in the women’s 67 kg. weight class and Galloway in the +67 kg. class. Stephen Lambdin, a 2016 Olympian, was in the men’s +80 kg. class.


Badminton - BWF World Tour Finals
Beiwen Zhang, who had podium finishes in her first three BWF World Tour stops this year, is one of the final eight women playing in the singles tournament in the World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, China. The championship round is Sunday. Zhang is a native of China and has represented Team USA since 2013.


World Surfing - Billabong Pipe Masters
Surfing legend Kelly Slater, an 11-time world champion, is among those battling 2018 points leader Gabriel Medina of Brazil in the final World Surf League’s Men Championship Tour event of the year along the famed north shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Medina is closing in on the world men’s title. Other U.S. surfers in the event include Conner Coffin, who is ranked No. 10; Kolohe Andino, who is 11th; plus Patrick Gudauskas, Griffin Colapinto, Keanu Asing, Ezekiel Lau, Sebastian Zietz, Seth Moniz and Benji Brand.

Women's Water Polo
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Maggie Steffens is among eight members of the 2016 Olympic champion women’s team that is on the roster for a series of exhibition matches against China and Netherlands. The friendlies begin Friday night at the Torrance Aquatic Center in California, when Team USA faces China. The teams will face each other Sunday at the Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine. 

"Curling Night in America"
Curl up to the TV for the final episodes of  “Curling Night in America” on Friday night. Four hours of curling action features the USA mixed doubles team taking on Japan and the U.S. men taking on China. The double episodes go from 7 to 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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.