As you settle into your weekend, Team USA athletes are getting ready to compete all around the world. Keep track of the biggest events and how to follow them on Team USA This Weekend.
U.S. Olympic Team Trials Begin With ArcheryBrady Ellison competes at the Pan American Games Lima 2019 on Aug. 7, 2019 in Lima, Peru.
A nine-month journey toward Tokyo begins this week for a number of U.S. archers.
The first stage of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Archery takes place Thursday and Friday in Dublin, Ohio, as a part of the 135th U.S. National Target Championships. The process to make the Olympic team consists of four stages held from this week until May 2020, when the final stage among the top eight women and top eight men is held in Newberry, Florida.
Brady Ellison, who is ranked No. 1 in the world, is solidly on target to make his fourth Olympic team. He secured his country a quota spot in men’s recurve for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with his victory in the 2019 world championships. He continued his dominating season by breaking a world record with a qualifying-round score of 702 at the Pan American Games.
The U.S. currently has one men’s and one women’s quota spot locked down for Tokyo, but will have the opportunity to secure three-person teams in both men’s and women’s recurve in a world cup tournament in Berlin, Germany, in June 2020.
In addition to Ellison, other U.S. Olympic Team contenders include 10th-ranked Jack Williams on the men’s side, and five-time Olympian Khatuna Lorig, 2016 Olympian Mackenzie Brown and rising star Casey Kaufhold on the women’s side.
Triathlon Olympic Test Event Continues In TokyoSummer Rappaport celebrates at the ITU World Triathlon Series on July 20, 2019 in Edmonton, Canada.
Team USA's best are in Tokyo for the Olympic test event, the ITU World Olympic Qualification Event.
Summer Rappaport kicked off the competition with a bang for the Americans on Thursday when she became the first U.S. triathlete to earn her spot on the 2020 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team with her fifth-place finish. World No. 1 Katie Zaferes crashed in the bike portion of the race.
In Friday's men's race, Matt McElroy had the best result by an American, finishing 16th.
The competition also includes the paratriathlon world cup Saturday and elite mixed relay race Sunday.
The U.S. is seeded fourth in the mixed relay, which will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020. The teams will be announced Friday.
Among 12 U.S. athletes racing in the paratriathlon are 2016 Paralympians Allysa Seely, Grace Norman, Hailey Danz and Mark Barr. Seely, a Paralympic gold medalist, and Danz, a silver medalist, are ranked 1-2 in the women’s PTS2 category.
An additional three U.S. athletes competing are Paralympians in other sports: Aaron Scheidies (road cycling), Josh Sweeney (sled hockey) and Kendall Gretsch (Nordic skiing).
Saturday’s race awards points toward qualification for the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. If a U.S. athlete wins both Saturday and in the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in September, he or she would be nominated to the 2020 U.S. Paralympic Team pending a country slot being earned in that event.
Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings and 2016 Olympian Brooke Sweat are among five U.S. teams going after more Olympic qualification points this week in Moscow.
Walsh Jennings, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, and Sweat are fifth in the women’s Olympic qualification rankings and have already played in enough FIVB tournaments to count toward a quota spot for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The top 15 women’s and men’s teams, with a maximum of two per nation, will earn Olympic spots in June 2020. The U.S. has four teams among the top 10, led by Alix Klineman and two-time Olympic medalist April Ross at No. 3.
Joining Walsh Jennings and Sweat in the FIVB 4-star tournament in Moscow are the teams of No. 8-ranked Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil, and No. 10 Kelley Larsen and Emily Stockman.
On the men’s side, Taylor Crabb and three-time Olympian Jake Gibb are looking to improve on their 11th-place standing in the men’s Olympic qualification rankings. They are the highest-ranked American team. Also competing in Moscow are Stafford Slick and Billy Allen.
The medal rounds are scheduled for Sunday.
The dress rehearsal is Friday night.
The USA Basketball men’s national team faces Spain Friday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, its last U.S. appearance before heading to Australia for its final preparation prior to the FIBA World Cup in China.
The World Cup begins for the U.S. on Sept. 1, when it faces the Czech Republic in Shanghai. The medal round will be played Sept. 15.
Team USA, which is ranked No. 1 in the world and features a roster of NBA players, is the two-time defending World Cup champ.
The 17 finalists for a roster that eventually will be trimmed to 12 includes 2016 Olympic gold medalist Harrison Barnes of the Sacramento Kings and 2014 World Cup gold medalist Mason Plumlee of the Denver Nuggets.
“There’s some things we like about every one of the players, but how do we come to 12? We don’t have to make the decision now and we want to give everyone a real shot,” said Jerry Colangelo, managing director of the men’s national team.
Following Friday’s game, Team USA heads to Australia for more training in Melbourne and Sydney, and two exhibition games against Australia and one against Canada.
Climbing – World Championships
John Brosler and Rudolph Ruana lead the U.S. men into the speed competition on Saturday in the IFSC World Championships in Hachioji, Japan. Brosler is the highest-ranked American climber in the speed discipline, placing 24th in the world cup standings. Ruana started off the world championships with an eighth-place finish in bouldering. Joining them in men’s speed are Sean Bailey, Nathaniel Coleman and Zach Galla. Five U.S. climbers are also competing in women’s speed: Ashima Shiraishi, Alex Johnson, Sienna Kopf, Brooke Raboutou and Natalia Grossman. Climbing will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020, and will use a format combining the three disciplines of bouldering, lead and speed. Previews of that are upcoming at the world championships; the women’s combined competition is Tuesday, followed by men’s combined on Wednesday.
TV: 2 p.m. ET Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, Olympic Channel
Tennis – Western & Southern Open
2016 Olympians Sloane Stephens, Venus Williams and Madison Keys are among the U.S. tennis players chasing after a title at this week’s Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. The tournament is the final ATP 1000 event prior to the start of the US Open in late August. Stephens is the No. 8 seed and Keys is No. 16. Williams, a five-time Olympian and four-time gold medalist, defeated No. 5 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in the round of 32. Also reaching the round of 16 was Sofia Kenin, a 20-year-old Youth Olympian who is ranked 22nd in the world for the first time in her career. A back injury sidelined four-time Olympic gold medalist Serena Williams earlier this week. Among those in contention in men’s doubles is the team of Jack Sock and Ryan Harrison. Reaching the quarterfinals in women’s doubles were the teams of Caty McNally and Alison Riske, and Olympians CoCo Vandeweghe and Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The women’s doubles finals are Saturday, followed by men’s doubles and singles, and women’s singles on Sunday.
Track and Field – Birmingham Diamond League
The women’s 100-meter hurdles in Sunday’s Diamond League meet in Birmingham, England, shapes up as one of the biggest races of the year. Seven of the 16 entrants in the semifinal round are Americans, including world record holder Keni Harrison and 2016 Olympic champion Brianna McNeal. Another five entrants are Jamaicans. Sunday’s stop also features world medalists Christian Coleman and Mike Rodgers in the men’s 100-meter, 2016 Olympian Ajee Wilson in the women’s 800 and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jenn Suhr in women’s pole vault. The Birmingham meet is one of the final stops for athletes to qualify for the Diamond League finals. After Birmingham, the Paris stop on Aug. 24 is the final qualifying meet. Harrison is one of the 77 athletes who have already qualified for the final.
Wrestling – Final X: Dake vs. Dieringer
Kyle Dake, who won a world title when he made his world championships debut last year, and Alex Dieringer will battle each other for the last spot on the U.S. world team in a delayed Final X match on Saturday in Round Rock, Texas. Dake was granted a delay for the match because of an injury at the time of the Final X tournament in June. The winner of the 79 kg. freestyle match will join the U.S. team for the world championships, which begin Sept. 14 in Kazakhstan. The Final X match uses a best-of-three format. Dieringer, a three-time NCAA champion from Oklahoma State who won the World Team Trials Challenge to advance to Final X, is seeking his first berth on a world team. The match begins at 2 p.m. ET Saturday at Round Rock High School, which is located just north of Austin, Texas.
Shooting – Shotgun World Cup
Five-time Olympian Glenn Eller is among the U.S. shooters who are in Lahti, Finland, for an ISSF shotgun world cup tournament. Eller is competing in men’s trap, a three-day competition that concludes with the final on Saturday. Joining him are Caleb Lindsey and Derrick Mein. Three U.S. shooters are also in women’s trap, which began with qualification Thursday and finishes up with the finals on Friday. Six-time world cup medalist Kayle Browning, Julia Stallings and Madelynn Bernau are competing. The mixed team trap competition is Sunday, followed by women’s and men’s skeet next week..
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.