By Paul D. Bowker | April 26, 2019, 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.

Olympians Cory Christensen, John Shuster Head Into The Playoffs At Mixed Doubles World Champs
John Shuster competes at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 15, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.


2018 Olympians Cory Christensen and John Shuster, making their world championship debuts this year in mixed doubles, head into the playoff round on Friday in Stavanger, Norway.

They have established an impressive start.

Christensen and Shuster won six of their seven group play matches to vault to the top of the standings of their group. Friday, they face two must-win matches in order to make it to the final day of the world championships. The round of 16 and quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday, followed by the semifinals and medal round on Saturday.

Shuster, who made history by winning the Olympic gold medal in the men’s competition in PyeongChang, becoming the first U.S. team to do so, is attempting to win his first world championship. He has been on eight men’s world teams, including this year.

Christensen, a five-time junior world team member and 2017 women’s world team member, made her Olympic debut in 2018.

TV: 3 a.m., 7 a.m., 12 p.m. ET Friday, 3 a.m., 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Olympic Channel; 1 a.m. ET Friday and 9 p.m. ET Saturday, NBCSN

Follow along on social: USA Curling on Instagram, John Shuster on Twitter and World Curling on Twitter 

Beach Volleyball Duo Kerri Walsh Jennings, Brooke Sweat Are Back In Action ln Xiamen
Kerri Walsh Jennings and Brooke Sweat hug following a match at the FIVB 3 Star on March 9, 2019 in Sydney.


Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings and 2016 Olympian Brooke Sweat are chasing after Olympic ranking points, along with seven other U.S. teams, this week at an FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour four-star tournament in Xiamen, China.

Walsh Jennings and Sweat advanced into the main draw through the qualifying round earlier this week. Also in the main draw are the teams of April Ross and Alex Klineman, Summer Ross and Sara Hughes, and Emily Stockman and Kelley Larsen. April Ross and Klineman won a four-star title last October in China and finished 2018 with a No. 7 world ranking.

Three-time Olympian Phil Dalhausser and 2016 Olympic teammate Nick Lucena top the U.S. teams in the men’s main draw. Also competing are the teams of Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb, and Billy Allen and Stafford Slick.

The title matches are Saturday.

Follow along on social: USA Beach Volleyball on Twitter, FIVB on Twitter and Kerri Walsh Jennings on Instagram

Olympian Katie Zaferes, Taylor Spivey Headline ITU World Triathlon Series In BermudaKatie Zaferes celebrates after crossing the finish line at the ITU World Triathlon Series on March 3, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.


Katie Zaferes, a 2016 Olympian, and Taylor Spivey lead the charge for the U.S. at the ITU World Triathlon Series entering Saturday’s race in Bermuda.

They are among seven U.S. women and five men competing in the second stop of the World Triathlon Series. Zaferes, who is ranked No. 1 in the world, and Spivey were the top two finishers in the season-opening race in March in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Joining Zaferes and Spivey in the elite women’s race Saturday are Taylor Knibb, who is No. 4 in the World Triathlon Series rankings and No. 16 in the world, along with Chelsea Burns, Summer Rappaport, Tamara Gorman and Renee Tomlin.

On the men’s side, U.S. entrants are Eli Hemming, Matthew McElroy, Tony Smoragiewicz, Morgan Pearson and William Huffman.

Follow along on social: USA Triathlon on Twitter, World Triathlon on Twitter and Katie Zaferes on Instagram


Team USA Athletes Make Their Season Debut At Penn & Drake RelaysMike Rodgers competes at the USATF Outdoor Championships on June 21, 2018 in Des Moines, Iowa.


Many of Team USA’s top track and field athletes make their outdoor season debut this weekend at two different events with the Penn Relays and the Drake Relays.

The Penn Relays, which are held at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, include world indoor relay gold medalist Raevyn Rogers and 2016 Olympian Mike Rodgers among a large pool of U.S. athletes competing in Xfinity presents USA vs. The World at the Penn Relays. Rogers ran the anchor leg for Team USA in last year’s women’s sprint medley, which the U.S. won in a world-record time of 1:35.20.

USA vs. The World consists of six events: men’s 4x100, women’s 4x100, men’s 4x400, women’s 4x400, women’s sprint medley relay and men’s sprint medley relay.

In Des Moines, Iowa, Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser, 100-meter hurdles world-record holder Keni Harrison, Olympic silver medalist hurdler Nia Ali, Olympic bronze medalist Ashley Spencer and 400-meter hurdles world champion Kori Carter highlight the competition at the Drake Relays.

TV: 6 p.m. ET Friday, 12:30 and 3 p.m. ET Saturday, NBCSN; 8 p.m. ET Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 6 p.m. ET Friday, 12:30 and 3 p.m. ET Saturday, NBC Sports Gold

Follow along on social: USA Track & Field on Twitter, Penn Relays on Instagram and Drake Relays on Instagram

London Marathon/World Para Athletics Marathon Championships
Seventeen-time Paralympic medalist Tatyana McFadden and two-time Paralympian Susannah Scaroni lead a group of 10 U.S. athletes racing at the World Para Athletics Marathon Championships on Sunday in London. The competition is a part of the London Marathon. McFadden has won the women’s wheelchair race in London four times and is a 16-time world champion. Scaroni has finished third the last two years. On the elite men’s side, U.S. racers include four-time Paralympians Aaron Pike and Joshua George, and 2016 Paralympian Daniel Romanchuk. Others in the field are Katrina Gerhard, Arielle Rausin, Michelle Wheeler, two-time Paralympian Brian Siemann and 2016 Paralympian James Senbata. Two-time Olympian Molly Huddle is in the elite women’s field.

TV: 4 a.m. ET Sunday, NBCSN

Webcast: 4 a.m. ET Sunday, NBC Sports Gold

Fencing – Seoul Saber Grand Prix
Eli Dershwitz, a 2016 Olympian, enters this week’s FIE grand prix tournament in Seoul, South Korea, as the world’s top-ranked men’s saber fencer. After reaching No. 1 in the world last year, Dershwitz won a world cup tournament title in February in Warsaw, Poland. Dershwitz is among 24 U.S. fencers competing in the three-day individual tournament, which concludes with the medal rounds on Sunday. Joining him in the men’s tournament is two-time Olympian Daryl Homer, who is ranked No. 11 and won a silver medal at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Two U.S. athletes are also in the top 15 in the women’s tournament: No. 7 Eliza Stone and No. 15 Dagmara Wozniak, a two-time Olympian.

Field Hockey – U.S. Women vs. Great Britain
The U.S. women’s national team is in London to take on second-ranked Great Britain in an FIH Pro League game on Saturday. The U.S. is looking for its first win in regulation in the inaugural season of the Pro League. The Americans dropped a 3-1 game to Great Britain, the 2016 Olympic champions, less than one month ago on U.S. turf. Great Britain has won one of its six games.

Archery – World cup opener
Three-time Olympian Brady Ellison was the top qualifier this week in men’s recurve archery in the season-opening world cup in Medellin, Colombia. He scored 692 points, leading a U.S. group that included Jack Williams at No. 12 with a score of 678. Casey Kaufhold was 17th in women’s qualifying with a score of 643, and Olympian Mackenzie Brown and Erin Mickelberry were 26th and 27th, respectively. Compound finals are Saturday, and individual and team recurve finals on Sunday.

TV: 10 p.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel

Shooting – Beijing World Cup
Tim Sherry of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, who set a national record in air rifle during the USA Shooting spring selection match, is among the U.S. shooters competing for Olympic quota spots and a podium finish on Friday in Beijing. The year’s second world cup for rifle and pistol athletes goes through Sunday. The men’s air rifle final is Friday. The competition also includes men’s 25-meter rapid fire pistol final Friday, men’s 10-meter air pistol on Saturday, and women’s 25-meter pistol and three-position rifle on Sunday. Among those in air pistol is 2016 Olympian Jay Shi, who is a native of Beijing. Entering this world cup, the U.S. had secured seven of a possible 16 rifle and pistol quota spots for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Diving – Montreal World Series
Olympic silver medalist Michael Hixon and David Dinsmore are among the U.S. divers competing at the FINA World Series event in Montreal. Dinsmore is diving in both the 10-meter individual and the 10-meter synchro with Brandon Loschiavo. Other U.S. divers include Samantha Bromberg and Brooke Schultz in the women’s 3-meter synchro, and Jessica Parratto and Tarrin Gilliland in the women’s 10-meter synchro. Competition is Friday through Sunday.

Surfing – Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach
The finishing rounds of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach are headed to a dramatic finish in Victoria, Australia. The competition is the second stop on the 2019 World Surf League tour. The women's semifinalists are all American, including Lakey Peterson, the runner-up in last year’s overall title race, and Caroline Marks, the winner in the opening event of the 2019 season, plus Courtney Conlogue and Hawaiian Malia Manuel. Eleven-time world champion Kelly Slater and Hawaiian John John Florence made it to the men's quarterfinals.

Cycling – BMX Supercross opener
Two-time Olympian Alise (Post) Willoughby and 2016 Olympian Corben Sharrah are among the U.S. cyclists who are in Manchester, England, for the opening two rounds of the 2019 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup tour. The Round 1 finals will be held Saturday, followed by Round 2 on Sunday at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester. Both days will award Olympic qualification points. Willoughby is ranked No. 5 in the world, and Sharrah is No. 6 on the men’s side. The season-opening weekend has drawn entries from all top 10 riders in the world on both the women’s and men’s sides.

TV: 10 p.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel

Climbing – Chongqing World Cup
Kyra Condie, who was the highest-finishing American in women’s bouldering and speed competitions two weeks ago in Moscow, is among 11 U.S. climbers competing in bouldering and speed world cup competitions this weekend in Chongqing, China. Condie, an Olympic hopeful who finished 16th in the women’s bouldering event in Moscow, will be joined by Ashima Shiraishi, Margo Hayes, Alex Johnson and Sienna Kopf in the bouldering competition. Claire Buhrfiend will join them in the speed competition. Zach Galla, Sean Bailey, Nathaniel Coleman, Rudolph Ruana and John Brosler are in the men’s competitions.

TV: 6 p.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel

Wrestling – U.S. Open
Competitions in men’s freestyle, Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle are being held this week in Las Vegas, with national titles as well as spots in the Final X Series and World Team Trials Challenge Tournament are up for grabs. The U.S. team for the world championships will be determined at the two Final X tournaments scheduled for June. Championship matches in Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle are scheduled for Friday, followed by men’s freestyle finals on Saturday. Among those contending for titles are 2017 world silver medalist Thomas Gilman (57 kg.) and two-time world medalist James Green (70 kg.) in men’s freestyle, two-time Olympian Ben Provisor (87 kg.) and 2012 Olympian Ellis Coleman (67 kg.) in Greco-Roman, and 2016 Olympic champion Helen Maroulis (57 kg.) and two-time world silver medalist Alli Ragan (59 kg.) in women’s freestyle.

Swimming – FINA Champions Swim Series
Michael Andrew and Kelsi Worrell Dahlia, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist, are among the American swimmers competing in the first stop of the inaugural FINA Champions Swim Series. This weekend’s event takes place in Guangzhou, China. The third stop of the series is May 31 and June 1 in Indianapolis. Other U.S. swimmers this week include seven-time Olympic medalist Dana Vollmer and four-time Olympic medalist Anthony Ervin.

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

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.