By Paul D. Bowker | Nov. 09, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)


As you settle into your 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.

Women's Ice Hockey Four Nations Cup
Hilary Knight skates at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 22, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

The U.S. women’s national team is skating toward a fourth consecutive championship at this week’s Four Nations Cup in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 

The team, which includes 16 members of the gold-medal-winning squad from the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, faces Sweden in its final preliminary-round game Friday. If Team USA wins this game, it will clinch a spot in Saturday’s gold-medal game.

The U.S. won its first two games in the tournament, including 2-1 over rival Canada on Wednesday. Sydney Brodt scored the game-winning goal with 1:38 remaining. Hannah Brandt, a 2018 Olympian, also scored.

“We played our game tonight and came out with a hard-earned victory,” U.S. coach Bob Corkum said after the win over Canada. “We’re excited to carry this momentum on to our next matchup against Sweden on Friday.”

The gold-medal game is Saturday (9 p.m. ET) at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, preceded by the third-place game at 4 p.m. The U.S. has won each of the past three Four Nations Cups.

Team USA began the tournament with a 5-1 victory over Finland on Tuesday. Brodt also scored a goal in that game, as did three-time Olympic medalist Hilary Knight, two-time Olympic medalist Brianna Decker, and 2018 Olympic gold medalists Cayla Barnes and Dani Cameranesi.

Follow Along On Social: USA Hockey on Twitter, Hilary Knight on Instagram

UCI Urban Cycling World Championships 
Hannah Roberts competes in the women's park semifinals at the UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup on July 13, 2018 in Edmonton, Alberta.

Freestyle BMX will make its Olympic debut at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Fans can catch a preview this week at the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships in Chengdu, China.

Hannah Roberts, the 2017 women’s world champion and top-ranked rider this year, and Nick Bruce, who is ranked first in the men’s world cup standings, are among the 12 U.S. cyclists chasing after world titles in Chengdu. Men’s and women’s freestyle BMX finals are set for Sunday.

Three American women are among the top six in the UCI rankings, including No. 1 Roberts, No. 5 Angie Marino and No. 6 Nina Buitrago. Joining them in the women’s competition are Cory Coffey, Perris Benegas and Jesse Gregory.

Aside from Bruce, the elite men’s competition features Americans Dennis Enarson, Justin Dowell, Daniel Sandoval, Brian Fox and Jeremy Malott.

Follow Along On Social: Hannah Roberts on Instagram, Nick Bruce on Instagram, UCI BMX Freestyle on Twitter

World Senior Karate Championships 
Tom Scott lands a punch during a competition during July 2018.

A full team of U.S. men and women are competing in this week’s WKF World Senior Championships in Madrid, Spain. Medal rounds in multiple individual weight classes are set for Saturday, followed by team championships on Sunday. The U.S. has entries in men’s and women’s kumite team. Among the U.S. competitors are four-time U.S. champion Brandi Robinson, Shannon Nishi-Patton, Sakura Kokumai, Sabrina Hostettler, Elisa Au Fonseca, two-time Pan American Games medalist Tom Scott, Brian Irr and Kamran Madani.

Follow Along On Social: USA Karate on Twitter, Sakura Kokumai on Instagram

Weightlifting World Championships Sarah Robles competes in the women's +75kg weight class at the 2015 International Weightlifting Federation World Championships on Nov. 28, 2015 in Houston. 

The big day for Olympic bronze medalist Sarah Robles is Saturday, when she attempts to win another world title in the IWF World Championships in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Robles became Team USA’s first weightlifting world champion since 1994 when she took home gold in +90 kg. a year ago. Robles is competing in the women’s +87 kg. class on Saturday, the final day of the world championships. Also competing Saturday is Keiser Witte the men’s +109 kg. class. Wes Kitts competes in men’s 109 kg. on Friday.

The event is the first to award ranking points toward the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Follow Along On Social: USA Weightlifting on Instagram, Sarah Robles on Instagram

Figure Skating's NHK Trophy
The husband-and-wife team of Olympians Alexa Scimeca-Knierim and Chris Knierim are among 15 U.S. skaters competing in this week’s NHK Trophy in Hiroshima, Japan. It is the fourth stop on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. The Scimecas will be joined by Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea, and U.S. junior champions Audrey Lu and Misha Mitrofanov in the pairs competition.

Mariah Bell, Angela Wang and Courtney Hicks will skate in the women’s competition. Vincent Zhou, a 2018 Olympian who finished fifth at Skate America, is in the men’s competition, along with Alexander Johnson. Two U.S. teams are in ice dance: reigning Four Continents champions Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker, and 2010 Youth Olympians Rachel and Michael Parsons.

The short programs in pairs, women’s and men’s are Friday, followed by the free programs Saturday. Ice dance is set for Saturday and Sunday.

TV: Noon ET Sunday, NBC

Webcast: 12:20 a.m., 2:10 a.m., 5:05 a.m., 10:45 p.m. ET Friday, 12:35 a.m., 2:40 a.m., 5:30 a.m., 9:30 p.m. Saturday, NBC Sports Gold.

Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships
Nicole Ahsinger, a 2016 Olympian, is among 23 U.S. gymnasts competing in this week’s World Trampoline & Tumbling Championships in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Ahsinger has qualified for the women’s trampoline semifinals, as well as the synchro final with Sarah Webster. The finals in men’s and women’s trampoline, women’s double-mini and men’s tumbling is Sunday. Men’s double-mini, women’s tumbling, and synchronized trampoline finals are Friday. 

Salt Lake City Short Track Speedskating World Cup

The short tracker speedskaters are on home ice in Salt Lake City this week for the second ISU World Cup stop of the season. Among those on the start list at the Utah Olympic Oval are 2018 Olympians Thomas Hong, Aaron Tran and Maame Biney. These skaters, along with Kristen Santos, combined for a fourth-place finish in the mixed relay at last week’s world cup opener in Calgary, Alberta.

Qualifying races are Friday, followed by finals in multiple events on Saturday and Sunday.

Fencing World Cups

The world cup season opens this weekend for fencers in men’s foil, women’s epee and women’s saber. The U.S. men’s foil team is seeded No. 1 for Sunday’s team competition in Bonn, Germany. The individual tournament, which is set for Friday and Saturday, includes No. 3 seed Race Imboden, a two-time Olympian, and No. 8 seed Alexander Massialas, a two-time Olympic medalist. They are among 12 U.S. men’s fencers. 

The women’s epee team is the top seed for Sunday’s team tournament in Tallinn, Estonia. Courtney Hurley, a two-time Olympian who is the No. 10 seed in the individual tournament, is among 12 U.S. women competing Friday and Saturday.

Four-time Olympic medalist Mariel Zagunis is among 12 U.S. women’s saber fencers competing Friday and Saturday in a world cup tournament in Orleans, France. Among those joining her are 2016 Olympic teammates Dagmara Wozniak and Monica Aksamit.

Shooting’s Championship of the Americas

Olympic quota spots are up for grabs at Championship of the Americas, which wraps up competition on Saturday in Guadalajara, Mexico. Saturday’s finals include men’s skeet, men’s rapid-fire pistol and men’s three-position rifle. Olympic hopeful Sarah Beard is among those in Friday’s competition in women’s three-position rifle. Lucas Kozeniesky, a 2016 Olympian, is competing in men’s three-position rifle. Winners of each event claim Olympic quota spots for their nation at Tokyo 2020.

Swimming World Cup

The sixth stop on the FINA World Cup tour is this week in Tokyo. Blake Pieroni, a relay gold medalist at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, won a silver medal in the men’s 100-meter freestyle last week in Beijing, and also had a third-place finish in the 400 free and fourth-place finish in the 50 free. Other U.S. swimmers are expected to include Olympic hopeful Michael Andrew, a silver medalist in last week’s 50 free.

Judo Grand Prix

Olympian Nick Delpopolo leads five U.S. athletes into this weekend’s IJF Grand Prix in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Delpopolo is competing in the men’s 73 kg. weight class. Joining him in Tashkent are Ajax Tadehara, men’s +100 kg.; Hannah Martin and Alisha Galles, women’s 63 kg.; and Leilani Akiyama, women’s 57 kg.

Fuzhou China Badminton Open

Beiwen Zhang plays Spain's Carolina Marin in the quarterfinals on Friday at the Fuzhou China Open, a stop on the BWF World Tour. The semifinals are scheduled for Saturday, followed by the championship round Sunday.

“Curling Night in America”

Curl up to the TV for the fifth episode of  “Curling Night in America” on Friday night. In episode 5, the U.S. takes on Italy in mixed doubles. The show goes from 8 to 10 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 on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.