By Paul D. Bowker | Dec. 06, 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 the biggest events and how to follow them on Team USA This Weekend.


Nathan Chen Among Six American Olympians In Figure Skating Grand Prix Final

Nathan Chen and Bradie Tennell are among six U.S. Olympians cruising into the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final this weekend in Torino, Italy.

Chen, a bronze medalist in the team competition in the Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018, is seeking to win his third consecutive Grand Prix Final title after winning both of his competitions leading up to the final. He is also a two-time world champion, and Saturday’s free skate could feature a showdown between Chen and two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan.

Tennell, who is also an Olympic bronze medalist, is the first American woman in the Grand Prix Final since 2015. She won the silver medal at Skate America and clinched her spot in the final with a fourth-place finish at Skate Canada International.

“I’m very excited to be going to the Grand Prix Final,” Tennell told TeamUSA.org. “I’m so thankful for all the support and love throughout this grand prix season and I can’t wait to compete.”

Two American teams with Olympic experience are stacked up in the ice dancing competition, including defending champions and 2018 Olympians Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue. They captured the gold medal at Skate America and silver medal at Skate Canada to reach their fifth Grand Prix Final.

Joining them are two-time Olympians Madison Chock and Evan Bates, who are also in the final for the fifth time after a pair of second-place finishes.

The free dance and women’s free skate follow the men’s competition on Saturday.

TV: 9 p.m. ET Friday and Saturday, NBCSN; 4 p.m. Sunday, NBC

Webcast: 12:30 p.m., 1:50 p.m., 2:55 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m., 1:25 p.m., 2:55 p.m. Saturday, NBC Sports App

Follow along on social: U.S. Figure Skating on Twitter, ISU Figure Skating on Twitter and Nathan Chen on Instagram.


Bobsled & Skeleton World Cup Kicks Off In Lake Placid

Kaillie Humphries, a two-time Olympic women’s bobsled champion for Canada, can now call Lake Placid home ice.

Humphries will make her Team USA debut on Saturday as the world cup season opens with back-to-back weekend competitions in Lake Placid, New York. Humphries, a three-time Olympic medalist who did not compete last season, obtained her release from Canada in September. She’ll race with Olympic silver medalist Lauren Gibbs.

Kendall Wesenberg, a 2018 Olympian who won a bronze medal in a world cup race last season in Lake Placid, is among six U.S. athletes competing in skeleton.

The first weekend of competition consists of women’s skeleton and bobsled, and two-man bobsled on Saturday, and men’s skeleton and another two-man bobsled race on Sunday. The world cup tour was originally set to begin last week in Utah but instead will have back-to-back weekends of racing in the Adirondacks.

In addition to Humphries and Gibbs, Brittany Reinbolt will team up with Sylvia Hoffman in women’s bobsled.

Codie Bascue, a 2018 Olympian and 2012 Youth Olympian, will team up with Josh Williamson in Saturday’s two-man bobsled and with Kyle Wilcox in Sunday’s race. Joining them are the teams of Hunter Church and Kris Horn, and Geoff Gadbois combining with Dakota Lynch on Saturday and Blaine McConnell on Sunday.

Savannah Graybill, a rising American slider who won two Intercontinental Series races in Lake Placid in 2017, and Megan Henry join Wesenberg in women’s skeleton. Andrew Blaser and Alex Ivanov will make their world cup debuts in men’s skeleton alongside Austin Florian, who made his world cup debut last year.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET Saturday, 10:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Follow along on social: USA Bobsled & Skeleton on Twitter, Kaillie Humphries on Instagram and Kendall Wesenberg on Instagram.


Men’s Alpine Skiers Take On Birds Of Prey World Cup

Two-time Olympic champion Ted Ligety, two-time Olympian Tommy Ford and 2014 Olympian Travis Ganong are set for one of the American highlights of the alpine ski season, the Birds of Prey World Cup in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

The competition features giant slalom, downhill and super-G races, beginning with super-G on Friday.

Ford ranks fourth in the world cup giant slalom standings and Ligety, a four-time Olympian, is fifth after both finished among the top five in the season-opening world cup race in Soelden, Austria.

Ganong and Steven Nyman, who tied for 10th place in last week’s world cup downhill opener at Lake Louise, Alberta, are among the U.S. podium hopefuls in Saturday’s downhill race.

“There’s a lot more to come,” said Nyman, a four-time Olympian, “and I’m looking forward to Beaver Creek, for sure.”

TV: 12:30 p.m. ET Friday, 11 p.m. Saturday, NBCSN; 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, 11:40 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel; 5 p.m. Sunday, NBC

Webcast: 12:45 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App

The women are headed to Lake Louise for their first downhill and super-G world races of the season.

Three-time Olympic medalist Mikaela Shiffrin, who has reached the podium in all four world cup races this season and already leads the overall points standings by nearly 200 points, is among a stacked U.S. field in the downhill. Two-time Olympian Alice McKennis and Shiffrin were among the top three finishers in Tuesday’s training runs. Joining them in the downhill are two-time Olympian Jacqueline Wiles, 2018 Olympian Alice Merryweather and Alix Wilkinson.

Downhill races are Friday and Saturday, followed by the super-G on Sunday.

TV: 2:30 p.m. ET Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel; 11 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Sunday, NBCSN

Webcast: 2:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App

Follow along on social: U.S. Ski & Snowboard on Twitter, Birds of Prey World Cup on Twitter and Ted Ligety on Instagram. 

 

Olympic Team Trials Begin For Air Rifle

The chase for U.S. Olympic Team spots in air rifle begins Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The competition will also include para rifle.

Part I of the Olympic trials process is Saturday and Sunday. Part II will be held in spring 2020. 

Among those on the start list for this weekend are Olympic gold medalist Ginny Thrasher as well as Sarah Beard, and Ali Weisz and Mindy Miles, who finished one-two in the women’s 10-meter air rifle finals at the Pan American Games.

Part I of the Olympic trials for air pistol and para pistol is Dec. 15 and 16 in Colorado Springs.

Follow along on social: USA Shooting on Twitter, Ginny Thrasher on Instagram and Sarah Beard on Instagram.

 


Sailing -- Nacra 17, 49er, 49erFX World Championships
Anna Tobias, a gold medalist in Laser Radial in the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, and Paris Henken, a 2016 Olympian in the 49erFX class, established an early lead in this week’s world championships in Auckland, New Zealand. They led the fleet after the first four races of competition, which concludes Sunday with the medal races. The regatta also includes championship racing in the men’s 49er and Nacra 17 classes, and is a qualifier for the U.S. Olympic Team. The crews with the best combined finishes between this event and the 2020 world championships secure Olympic berths in 49erFX and Nacra 17. Also competing in 49erFX are the teams of Steph Roble and Maggie Shea, and Kate Shaner and Kathleen Love. Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis were the top Americans in Nacra 17 after the first four races, ranking third. Chasing them are the teams of Sarah Newberry and David Liebenberg, and Ravi Parent and Caroline Atwood. The U.S. is qualified for the 2020 Olympics in 49erFX and Nacra 17, but five U.S. boats are attempting to lock down a U.S. quota spot in the 49er class. To do so, the U.S. needs to have a boat among the top four nations not already qualified in 49er.


Biathlon -- Oestersund World Cup

The opening world cup stop of the 2019-20 season wraps up this weekend with the men’s 4x7.5-kilometer relay on Saturday and women’s 4x6K relay on Sunday in Oestersund, Sweden. U.S. teams have fared well in relay events in Oestersund as two-time Olympians Susan Dunklee and Sean Doherty finished sixth in the single mixed relay, and Clare Egan, Joanne Reid, Leif Nordgren and Alex Howe combined for an eighth-place finish in the mixed relay last week.

TV: 11:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Olympic ChannelWebcast: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App



Nordic Skiing -- Lillehammer World Cup

Two-time Olympians Sadie Maubet Bjornsen and Jessie Diggins are among the top five in the FIS world cup cross-country overall standings entering this week’s competition in Lillehammer, Norway. Maubet Bjornsen led an impressive American showing in a women’s 10-kilometer classic race last week in Ruka, Finland, placing fourth, and Diggins locked down a third-place finish in the 10K freestyle pursuit. Maubet Bjornsen ranks fourth in the world cup standings with 201 points, followed by Diggins with 167 points. This week’s competition in Lillehammer features women’s and men’s skiathlons on Saturday, and relay events on Sunday. Other world cup events in Lillehammer include Nordic combined and the season opener in women’s ski jumping. Taylor Fletcher, a three-time Olympian, leads the U.S. Nordic combined team. The women’s ski jumpers open their world cup season with HS140 competitions Saturday and Sunday in Lillehammer. The men’s ski jumpers are in Nizhny Tagil, Russia, for a pair of HS134 evening competitions.

Cross Country TV: 7 p.m. ET Sunday, NBCSN; 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Olympic Channel

Cross Country Webcast: 5 and 6:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 4:15 and 5:45 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App

Nordic Combined Webcast: 4 and 8:30 a.m. Saturday, 3:15 and 7:30 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App

Women’s Ski Jumping Webcast: 6:45 a.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App

Men’s Ski Jumping Webcast: 9:30 a.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App


Speedskating -- Short and Long Track World Cups

Brittany Bowe and Kristen Santos, who have powered to podium finishes and records in the early portion of the world cup season, are back in action this weekend at different venues. Bowe, a two-time Olympian who scored gold and bronze medals plus a track record in the world cup long track opener in Minsk, Belarus, is among the long trackers competing in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Santos, who set a national record in the short track world cup opener in Salt Lake City and captured her first world cup individual medal last week in Japan, leads the U.S. at this weekend’s short track world cup stop in Shanghai. Both competitions are Friday through Sunday. Both Bowe and Santos are strongest in the 1,000-meter. Bowe, a world champion at 1,000 meters in 2019 and 2015, opened her season with a win in the 1,000-meter. Joey Mantia, a two-time Olympian in long track, captured a gold medal of his own last month in Poland, winning the men’s mass start and entering the competition in Kazakhstan with momentum.

Long Track Webcast: 7 a.m. ET Friday, 7 a.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App

Long Track TV: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Short Track Webcast: 1 a.m. Saturday, 1 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App

Short Track TV: 6 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel


Men’s Surfing -- Billabong Pipe Masters

The race for the second U.S. Olympic Team berth in men’s surfing commences Sunday in the Pipe Masters, one of the most challenging tournaments in the World Surf League tour. Hawaii’s John John Florence, who was the tour’s leader earlier in the season but has missed the last five competitions due to an injury, is back in action and battling for the final Olympic berth. Kolohe Andino has secured the first Olympic berth; the second one would go to the next highest-ranked American in the World Surf League’s top 10 rankings. Florence enters the season-ending competition in eighth place with 33,220 points. Chasing him are No. 10 Kelly Slater, an 11-time world champion with 30,090 points, and No. 12 Seth Moniz, who has three top-five finishes this year and has 27,535 points. The competition window begins Sunday at the famed Banzai Pipeline in Oahu, Hawaii, and goes through Dec. 20.

Webcast: worldsurfleague.com



Swimming -- Toyota U.S. Open

Olympic champions Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel, Lilly King, Matt Grevers and Caeleb Dressel headline a powerful lineup of swimmers competing in the Toyota U.S. Open meet this week at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. They are among 27 Olympic medalists in the four-day competition, which features more than 1,300 swimmers. Ledecky opened her week by setting a meet record in the women’s 800-meter with a time of 8:14:59. Other Olympic gold medalists in the meet include Ryan Lochte, Allison Schmitt, Olivia Smoliga and Kelsi Dahlia. The competition is a qualifier for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

TV: 7 p.m. ET Friday and Saturday, NBCSN

Webcast: 10 a.m. and 6:50 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. Saturday, usaswimming.org


Rugby -- Dubai Sevens

The U.S. men’s and women’s sevens squads, both already qualified for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with strong 2019 finishes in the World Rugby Sevens Series, are in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, this week for a Sevens Series stop. For the U.S. men, it is the 2019-20 season opener for a team that is ranked second in the world and coming off a record season in which it won one gold medal, four silver medals and two bronze medals. Among those on the squad is Carlin Isles, a 2016 Olympian who was the top try scorer for the second consecutive season in 2018-19. The U.S. men face Scotland and Australia on Friday. The playoff round is Saturday. The U.S. women are ranked No. 1 after beginning the season with a title in Glendale, Colorado. Returning to the team from injury is co-captain Kayla Canett. Alev Kelter, a 2016 Olympian, helped lead the squad in the season opener, ranking among the top five in runs made, restarts and points scored. The U.S. faces seventh-ranked Russia and No. 6 Canada on Saturday. The playoff round is Saturday.

TV: 12:30 and 4 p.m. ET Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, Olympic Channel; 2 p.m. Sunday, NBCSN

Webcast: 12 a.m., 2:10 a.m., 5:05 a.m., 8 a.m. Friday, 12 a.m., 2:10 a.m., 5:05 a.m., 6 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 8:55 a.m. Saturday, NBC Sports App


Track Cycling -- New Zealand World Cup

Jennifer Valente, a 2016 Olympic silver medalist, began her world cup season in November by winning gold medals in women’s team pursuit and omnium. She’ll be back on the track chasing podium finishes this week in Cambridge, New Zealand. Joining Valente in team pursuit are Christina Birch, Emma White, Lily Williams and Kendall Ryan. Valente is also expected to race in the omnium and Madison. Mandy Marquardt and Maddie Godby are set to race in the women’s sprint, and Adrian Hegyvary is scheduled for the men’s omnium.

Webcast: 11 p.m. ET Saturday, NBC Sports App



Taekwondo -- Grand Prix Final

Two-time Olympian Paige McPherson is among seven U.S. athletes competing in the World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final in Moscow. The competition is Friday and Saturday. McPherson, a silver medalist in the 2019 Pan American Games and a bronze medalist in the Olympic Games London 2012, is competing in the women’s 67 kg. weight class. Joining her in the women’s competition are Madelynn Gorman-Shore and Jackie Galloway, 67+ kg; and Anastasija Zolotic, 57 kg. Stephen Lambdin, a 2016 Olympian, and Jonathan Healy are competing in men’s 80+ kg., and Thomas Rahimi is in the men’s 80 kg. class.


Sled Hockey -- Para Hockey Cup

The U.S. National Sled Team won all three of its preliminary round games and is headed toward Saturday’s medal round. The championship game has an opening faceoff time of 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday at Paradise Double Ice Complex in Paradise, Newfoundland. Declan Farmer, a two-time Paralympic gold medalist, scored two goals in Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Canada. The U.S. topped Russia, Czech Republic and Canada by a combined 15-1 in the preliminary round. The tournament is the season opener for the defending world and Olympic champions.


Moguls -- World Cup Opener

Jaelin Kauf and Tess Johnson, who reached the podium in dual moguls in the world championships this past February, are among nine U.S. skiers ready for the start of the world cup season in Ruka, Finland. Kauf and Johnson, both 2018 Olympians, combined for five world cup podiums last season and are top contenders in moguls and dual moguls. Joining them in Ruka are Olivia Giaccio, Hannah Soar, Jesse Andringa, Tom Rowley, Alex Lewis, Dylan Walczyk and George McQuinn. 

TV: 9 a.m. ET Saturday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 9 a.m. Saturday, NBC Sports App


Skicross -- World Cup opener

Tyler Wallasch and Brant Crossan are in Val Thorens, France, for the world cup opener in skicross. Wallasch has had a strong start to the season, posting first-place finishes in a European Cup event in November and the Australia New Zealand Cup in September. Races are scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday.

Webcast: 6 a.m. ET Friday, 5 a.m. Saturday, NBC Sports App


Alpine Snowboarding -- World Cup opener

The alpine snowboarding world cup season begins Saturday and Sunday with competitions in parallel giant slalom and parallel slalom. Expected to compete for the U.S. is AJ Muss, a 2018 Olympian.

Webcast: 3 a.m. ET Saturday, 3 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App


Weightlifting -- American Open Finals

The USA Weightlifting American Open Finals are being held through Sunday in Salt Lake City. The competition venue is Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center. Competition is being held in multiple weight classes, both men and women.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic and Paralympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.