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.
Alpine Skiing Slalom World Cup Opener
Mikaela Shiffrin competes at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 15, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin hits the slopes this weekend for the season’s first slalom world cup, with women’s and men’s races being held in Levi, Finland.
Shiffrin won an Olympic gold medal in slalom in Sochi in 2014 and followed that up with a gold medal in women’s giant slalom and a silver medal in combined at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
She began the 2018-19 season with a third-place finish in the giant slalom in October in Soelden, Austria.
The women’s slalom race is Saturday, followed by the men’s slalom on Sunday.
Shiffrin won her fifth world cup slalom title last season, and she’s attempting to win her third overall world cup title this season, an achievement that only Lindsey Vonn has reached. After just one event, Shiffrin trails world cup leader Tessa Worley of France by 40 points. Worley won the giant slalom in Soelden.
For the U.S. men, it is the season opener because the scheduled world cup opener, a giant slalom, was postponed last month in Soelden due to heavy snow and winds.
TV: 7 a.m. ET Saturday, 7 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel
The waiting ends this weekend for Gracie Gold, a 2014 Olympic figure skater.
Skating internationally for the first time since 2017, Gold returns to the ice at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, which is the fourth stop in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.
Gold helped the U.S. win a bronze medal in the team competition at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, where she finished in fourth place in the women’s competition. She was also fourth at the 2016 world championships.
Gold is returning to competition after taking last season off, when she was being treated for depression, anxiety and an eating disorder.
She is among eight U.S. skaters competing in Moscow and the only one in the women’s event, which begins Friday with the short program.
Pairs skaters Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc, who won a bronze medal in the grand prix-opening Skate America, are also in Moscow, along with Deanna Stellato and Nathan Bartholomay, who finished sixth in pairs in Helsinki, Finland.
Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko are competing in ice dance. Alex Krasnozhon is the lone U.S. entrant in the men’s competition.
The short programs in all four disciplines are Friday, followed by the free programs on Saturday.
TV: Noon ET Sunday, NBC
Webcasts: 6 a.m., 8:05 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon Friday; 5:30 a.m., 7:45 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. Saturday, NBC Sports Gold
Four-time Olympic medalist David Boudia, who is competing internationally for the first time since the Olympic Games Rio 2016, is in the final of the men’s 3-meter event in the FINA Grand Prix in Gold Coast, Australia. Boudia finished first in his semifinal group Wednesday and locked down a spot in Friday’s final. Katrina Young reached the final of the women’s 10-meter with a fourth-place finish in the semifinals.
Also competing in Gold Coast are Krysta Palmer and Lauren Reedy in the women’s 3-meter.
Women's Boxing World Championships Virginia Fuchs (blue) fights at the American Olympic Qualification Event on March 19, 2016 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Ten U.S. boxers, including team captain and six-time international medalist Virginia Fuchs, are in New Delhi, India, to compete in the Elite Women’s World Championships. Fuchs was the first U.S. boxer to fight on Thursday’s opening day in the 51 kg. weight class. Competing in preliminary-round bouts Friday are Jazzelle Bobadilla, 48 kg.; Christina Cruz, 54 kg.; Oshae Jones, 69 kg.; and Stacia Suttles, 60 kg. Other U.S. fighters: Rianna Rios, 57 kg.; Amelia Moore, 64 kg.; Naomi Graham, 75 kg.; Krystal Dixon, 81 kg.; Danielle Perkins, +81 kg.
The preliminary round goes through Monday, followed by the quarterfinals on Tuesday. The semifinals are set for Nov. 22 and 23. The championship round is Nov. 24.
Long Track Speedskating World Cup Opener
Two-time Olympian Brittany Bowe is in Japan to begin the long track world cup season this week. She won all three distances — 500, 1,000 and 1,500-meter — at the world cup qualifier. Bowe, a three-time world sprint medalist, is among six U.S. skaters competing in Obihiro, Japan. Joining her on the women’s side are 2018 Olympians Carlijn Schoutens and Erin Jackson, plus Kimi Goetz, who switched from short track to long track to start the season. Two-time Olympian Joey Mantia and 2018 Olympian Kimani Griffin will skate on the men’s side.
Bowe and Schoutens were part of the bronze-medal-winning team pursuit in PyeongChang.
TV: 7 p.m. ET Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel
Judo Grand Prix
Olympians Nick Delpopolo and Colton Brown are among 11 U.S. athletes competing in this week’s IJF Grand Prix in The Hague, Netherlands. Competition takes place Friday through Sunday. Delpopolo and Alex Turner are competing in the men’s 73 kg. weight class on Saturday. Brown and Matthew Koch are in the 90 kg. competition on Sunday. Joining them in the tournament are: David Agoglia, men’s 60 kg.; Jack Hatton and Ruben Martin, men’s 81 kg.; L.A. Smith III, men’s 100 kg.; Ajax Tadehara, men’s +100 kg.; Ashlyn White, women’s 48 kg.; Alisha Galles, women’s 63 kg.
Men's Saber Fencing World Cup
Saber fencer Eli Dershwitz, who made his Olympic debut in Rio in 2016, is on top of the world as he enters this weekend’s season-opening men’s saber world cup in Algeria. He is the top-seeded fencer in the individual tournament on Friday and Saturday, and will join two-time Olympian Daryl Homer, 2012 Olympian Jeff Spear and Andrew Mackiewicz in Sunday’s team tournament. Also competing in the individual tournament are Geoffrey Loss, Mitchell Saron, Jonah Shainberg, Peter Souders, Daniel Solomon, Khalil Thompson, Grant Williams and Christopher Walker.
Tennis ATP World Tour Finals
Three-time Olympic medalist Mike Bryan and two-time Olympic medalist Jack Sock had a hot start in this week’s ATP World Tour Finals in London, winning their first two matches to move into semifinal position in doubles. They knocked off top-seeded Oliver Marach of Austria and Mate Pavic of Croatia on Wednesday. Bryan and Sock face Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut of France in their last group-play match on Friday. John Isner, a 2012 Olympian, meets Germany’s Alexander Zverev on Friday in singles. The finals are Sunday.
Men's Ski Jumping World Cup
The world cup season begins Friday for 2018 Olympian Kevin Bickner and the other U.S. men’s ski jumpers. Three days of jumping in Wisla, Poland, begins with world cup qualifying. Team competition in the HS134 event is Saturday, followed by the individual competition on Sunday. Bickner, the 2018 U.S. champion, helped the U.S. to a top-10 team finish at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
TV: 9 p.m. ET Saturday, 9 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel
Swimming World Cup
Michael Andrew and 2016 Olympic relay gold medalist Blake Pieroni are ranked among the top five men entering this week’s 2018 world cup finale in Singapore. Andrew ranks fourth with 174 points and Pieroni is fifth with 159 points. Andrew had three second-place finishes last week in Tokyo: 50-meter butterfly, 50 backstroke and 50 freestyle. Pieroni had a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle and a third-place finish in the 100 free.
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.