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U.S. And Canada Continue Women’s Ice Hockey Rivalry & More From Team USA This Weekend

By Paul D. Bowker | Dec. 13, 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.

U.S. Women’s Hockey Faces Canada In Rivalry Series Opener

The greatest rivalry in women’s ice hockey history renews itself Saturday in Hartford, Connecticut.

The U.S. and Canada women’s teams, who have played in every Olympic gold-medal game except one and every world championship title game except one, begin their second annual Rivalry Series on Saturday night at the XL Center.

The game, which is the final competition of the 2019 Team USA Champions Series, presented by Xfinity, is the opener of a five-game series. Also on tap are games Dec. 17 in Moncton, New Brunswick; Feb. 3 in Victoria, British Columbia; Feb. 5 in Vancouver; and Feb. 8 in Anaheim, California.

The U.S. defeated Canada in a shootout in 2018 to win its second Olympic gold medal and also defeated Canada on the way to a title in the 2019 world championships in Finland. Canada responded with two victories in three Rivalry Series games last season.

Among those on the U.S. squad are three-time Olympic medalists Hilary Knight and Kacey Bellamy, and two-time Olympic medalist Kendall Coyne Schofield. Twenty-two of the 46 players invited to training camp were members of the 2019 world championship squad.

TV: 7 p.m. ET Saturday, NBCSN

Follow along on social: USA Hockey on Twitter, Hillary Knight on Instagram and Kacey Bellamy on Instagram.

Halfpipe Snowboarding & Skiing On Display At U.S. Grand Prix

Hometown Colorado halfpipe skiers Birk Irving and Taylor Seaton were the first to hit big scores at this week’s U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain in Colorado.

Irving, of Winter Park, a gold medalist at the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lillehammer 2016, and Seaton, of Avon, won their qualifying heats Wednesday with scores of 90.75 and 86.00, respectively, and are among nine U.S. skiers to reach Friday’s finals in halfpipe skiing.

Joining them in the men’s finals are Olympic silver medalist Alex Ferreira, two-time Olympic gold medalist David Wise, Jaxin Hoerter and Aaron Blunck, a two-time Olympian and two-time reigning world champion.

Brita Sigourney, a two-time Olympian returning from a tibia and fibula spiral fracture this past spring, was the top American women’s qualifier with a score of 80.75, putting her in third place.

“I’m really happy,” Sigourney said. “I honestly didn’t even expect to be able to compete at this event. I have been struggling with my comeback a little bit and my legs have been pretty sore.”

Joining Sigourney in the finals are two-time Olympian Devin Logan and Carly Margulies.

The halfpipe snowboarding lineup includes Taylor Gold, a 2014 Olympian who may attempt to land a double Michalchuk 1080, which would be a first in world cup competition; Toby Miller, the 2018 junior world champion; and Maddie Mastro, a 2018 Olympian.

Missing from the lineup is Olympic and Youth Olympic snowboarding gold medalist Chloe Kim, who is taking this season off from competition to concentrate on her classes as a freshman at Princeton University.

The snowboarding finals are Saturday.

TV: 1:30 p.m. ET Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, NBCSN

Webcast: 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, NBC Sports App

Follow along on social: U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association on Twitter, Birk Irving on Instagram and Taylor Seaton on Instagram.

U.S. Men’s Foil Fencers Get Tokyo Preview

2016 Olympic bronze medalists Race Imboden, Alexander Massialas, Gerek Meinhardt and Miles Chamley-Watson will get a preview of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 this weekend.

They are among 12 U.S. men’s foil fencers competing in a world cup stop in Tokyo, which also serves as the Olympic test event.

Three of them are ranked among the top seven in the world, led by Imboden at No. 2. Another U.S. fencer, two-time junior world champion Nick Itkin, is ranked No. 11. Imboden, Massialas, Meinhardt and Itkin are the No. 1 seed in Sunday’s team tournament.

The individual tournament takes place Friday and Saturday.

The tournament in Tokyo is one of three world cups this week. Salt Lake City is host to women’s saber individual and team tournaments, and a women’s foil world cup is taking place in Saint-Maur, France.

Fifth-ranked Eliza Stone, a 2019 Pan American Games gold medalist, and Mariel Zagunis, a four-time Olympic medalist and already a member of the FIE Hall of Fame, lead the women’s saber fencers in Salt Lake City. Stone, Zagunis, Nora Burke and Chloe Fox-Gitomer will compete in Sunday’s team event following two days of individual competition.

Lee Kiefer, a two-time Olympian who is ranked No. 5 in the world in women’s foil, leads 12 Americans in Saint-Maur. Kiefer, 2012 Olympian Nicole Ross, Iman Blow and Jackie Dubrovich are the No. 4 seeds in the team tournament.

Follow along on social: USA Fencing on Twitter, FIE Fencing on Twitter and Race Imboden on Instagram.

Olympic Trials For Boxing Wrap Up In Louisiana

Ready to rumble?

The fight for spots on the U.S. Olympic Team commence at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Boxing in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The semifinals are Saturday, followed by the finals on Sunday.

Among those attempting to secure Olympic berths is Virginia Fuchs, a silver medalist in the Pan American Games Lima 2019 and a bronze medalist at the 2018 world championships.

“This is my third Olympic trials, so I know what to expect,” said Fuchs, the top seed in the women’s flyweight (51 kg.) class. “I’ve been through this. I’m not worried about who I’m fighting, I’m worried about the fight at the moment. The next fight.”

Other top women include 2018 youth world champion Heaven Garcia, flyweight; Pan Am Games bronze medalist Yarisel Ramirez, featherweight (57 kg.); Pan Am Games bronze medalist Rashida Ellis, lightweight (60 kg.); Pan Am Games gold medalist Oshae Jones, welterweight (69 kg.); and Pan Am Games silver medalist Naomi Graham, middleweight (75 kg.).

Keyshawn Davis, a silver medalist at the Pan Am Games and world championships, is the top seed in men’s lightweight (63 kg.). Other top men include Pan Am Games and 2017 world silver medalist Duke Ragan, bantamweight (57 kg.); 2017 world bronze medalist Freudis Rojas Jr., welterweight (69 kg.); Pan Am Games bronze medalist Troy Isley, middleweight (75 kg.); Adrian Tillman, heavyweight (91 kg.); and Rahim Gonzales, light heavyweight (81 kg.).

Though the trials factor into determining the top U.S. choices for Tokyo, winners this week will still need to qualify in their weight class internationally at the American Olympic Qualification Event March 26-April 3 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Those who miss qualifying there will have another opportunity in May in Paris.

Webcast: 4 p.m. ET Sunday, NBC Sports App

Follow along on social: USA Boxing on Twitter, Virginia Fuchs on Instagram and Freudis Rojas Jr. on Instagram.

Florence, Slater Face Off For Surfing Olympic Spot

The final surfing berth on the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team is heading toward a battle among John John Florence and Kelly Slater on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii, in the season-ending Pipe Masters.

Both made it to the round of 16, along with Seth Moniz, although Slater, an 11-time world champion, and Moniz were to meet in the round of 16.

If Florence, a two-time world champion who has returned to action after missing five tournaments due to injury, finishes third or better, he’ll clinch the second men’s Olympic spot, joining Kolohe Andino. Slater’s path to Tokyo will require both strong results and some luck. To qualify, he’ll have to at the very least reach the finals and have Florence be eliminated before the semifinals.

Both Andino and Griffin Colapinto are also still competing in the round of 16.

Surf conditions were expected to worsen Saturday and Sunday, but pick up again early in the week. Andino is ranked No. 5, but still has a shot at the world title by winning the Pipe Masters. The competition window goes through Dec. 20.

Follow along on social: World Surf League on Twitter, John John Florence on Instagram and USA Surfing on Instagram.

Snowboardcross/Skicross – Montafon World Cup
Lindsey Jacobellis, a four-time Olympian and five-time world champion, begins her world cup season in snowboardcross this week in Montafon, Austria. Jacobellis has 30 career world cup snoowboardcross victories. Among those joining her in the snowboardcross season opener are 2019 men’s world champion Mick Dierdorff, and 2018 Olympians Faye Gulini, Nick Baumgartner and Hagen Kearney, along with 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Alex Deibold. The snowboardcross race is Friday, followed by a world cup skicross race on Saturday. Leading the U.S. in skicross are Tyler Wallasch, who had a pair of 14th-place finishes in last week’s season opener in Val Thorens, France, and Brant Crossan, who had 19th- and 21st-place finishes.

Webcast: 7 a.m. ET Friday, 5 a.m. Saturday, NBC Sports App

Men’s Alpine Skiing – Val d’Isere World Cup
Tommy Ford, a two-time Olympian, will wear the world cup leader’s jersey Sunday when a giant slalom race is held in Val d’Isere, France. Ford captured the early season lead with his first world cup career win last Sunday at the Birds of Prey stop at Beaver Creek, Colorado. He began the season with a fourth-place finish in Soelden, Austria, and this week is returning to the slope where he finished sixth last season. Two-time Olympic champion Ted Ligety, who finished 11th at Beaver Creek, and 2014 Olympian Travis Ganong are also set for the giant slalom. A slalom race takes place Saturday.

TV: 7 a.m. ET Saturday, 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 3:30 and 7 a.m. Saturday, 3:30 and 6:30 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App

Women’s Alpine Skiing – St. Moritz World Cup
Three-time Olympic medalist Mikaela Shiffrin has a 237-point lead in the world cup overall standings entering this weekend’s world cup stop in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Super-G and parallel slalom events are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in St. Moritz. Shiffrin had a 10th-place finish in her first super-G of the season last week in Lake Louise, Alberta. Alice McKennis, a two-time Olympian, was 13th in super-G at Lake Louise.

TV: 4:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel; 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, NBCSN

Shooting – Air Pistol Olympic Trials
Qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team in air pistol begins Sunday at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Part I of the Olympic trials process consists of two days of shooting in Colorado Springs. Part II will be held Feb. 24-March 2 in Fort Benning, Georgia. Among those expected in the competition, which is a part of the USA Shooting Winter Airgun Championships, is James Hall, who secured a U.S. quota spot for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with a win in the 2018 Championship of the Americas. The competition will also feature para pistol.

Webcast: 12 p.m. ET Friday, Saturday, Sunday, worldsurfleague.com

Long Track Speedskating – Nagano World Cup
The streak is alive for two-time Olympian Brittany Bowe. Saturday in Nagano, Japan, Bowe goes after her seventh straight 1,000-meter win in world cup competitions. She won two medals last week in Kazakhstan, capturing a gold medal in the 1,000- and a bronze in the 1,500. Bowe is the defending world champion and world cup champion at 1,000 meters. Also seeking another podium finish this week is two-time Olympian Joey Mantia, who was named Team USA Awards’ Male Athlete of the Month for Best of November after winning a gold medal in the men’s mass start in the second world cup stop of the season in Poland. He had a pair of sixth-place finishes last week. Among those joining Bowe and Mantia in Nagano are Kimi Goetz, Brianna Bocox, Kimani Griffin, Emery Lehman and Erin Jackson.

TV: 2 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Saturday, 9 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 2:05 a.m. Friday, 2:05 a.m. Saturday, 2:05 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App

Bobsled/Skeleton – Lake Placid World Cup
Last week’s world cup competition in Lake Placid, New York, was a memorable 2019-20 season debut for Kaillie Humphries, a two-time Olympic women’s bobsled champion with Canada, and Lauren Gibbs, an Olympic silver medalist with the U.S. The two combined for a gold medal in Humphries’ first world cup since joining Team USA. They’ll go after another podium finish on Saturday in Lake Placid. Back-to-back world cup competitions on home ice include men’s and women’s skeleton on Friday, women’s and four-man bobsled on Saturday, and four-man bobsled again on Sunday. Among the bobsledders in four-man is Hunter Church, who finished fifth in the two-man last week with Kris Horn. Kendall Wesenberg, a 2018 Olympian, is among those competing in skeleton.

TV: 11:30 a.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. ET Friday, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Luge – Whistler World Cup
Two-time Olympian Summer Britcher is in second place in the women’s standings entering this week’s world cup stop in Whistler, British Columbia, and Tucker West, also a two-time Olympian, is fourth in the men’s standings. The U.S. team is coming off a home world cup in Lake Placid, New York, where the Americans combined for five podium finishes, trailing only Germany’s six. Joining Britcher in the women’s competition are 2018 Olympian Emily Sweeney, who won silver and bronze medals in Lake Placid, and world cup rookie Ashley Farquharson. Three-time Olympian Chris Mazdzer, who finished seventh in men’s singles in Lake Placid and is ranked sixth, will compete in both singles and doubles.

TV: 6 and 9 p.m. ET Friday, 11:30 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Biathlon – Hochfilzen World Cup
The second stop on the world cup tour is in Hochfilzen, Austria, and features races in men’s and women’s sprint and pursuit in addition to team relays. The U.S. women are coming off a top-10 finish in the 4x6-kilometer in Oestersund, Sweden, and the men finished 15th in the 4x7.5-meter. Two-time Olympians Susan Dunklee and Sean Doherty lead the U.S. team, along with fellow Olympians teammates Leif Nordgren, Clare Egan, Emily Dreissigacker and Joanne Reid.

TV: 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. ET Friday, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 5:30 a.m., 8:20 a.m. Friday, 5:30 a.m., 8:35 a.m. Saturday, 6 a.m., 8 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App

Big Air Skiing and Snowboarding – Beijing World Cup
Chris Corning, a 2018 Olympian who is the world cup points leader in men’s big air snowboarding, and Jamie Anderson, a three-time Olympic medalist in snowboarding, are among seven U.S. athletes competing in big air this weekend at the 2022 Olympic venue in Beijing. The finals in both big air snowboarding and skiing are Saturday. Joining Anderson and Corning in the snowboarding competition are 2018 Olympian Julia Marino, Sean FitzSimons, Judd Henkes, 2014 Olympian Ryan Stassel and Storm Rowe. Competing in big air skiing are Cody LaPlante, Brian Gardiner, Rodney Koford, Ryan McElmon, Troy Podmilsak and Zane Severson.

TV: 5 and 6 p.m. ET Saturday, 12:30 a.m. Sunday Olympic Channel; 10:30 p.m. Saturday, NBCSN

Webcast: 3:30 and 6:30 a.m. Saturday, NBC Sports App

Cross-Country Skiing – Davos World Cup
Two-time Olympians Jessie Diggins and Sadie Maubet Bjornsen are ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, in the FIS World Cup standings entering this week’s stop in Davos, Switzerland. The first freestyle sprint of the season is Saturday, followed by women’s 10-kilometer freestyle and men’s 15K freestyle races Sunday. Diggins and Maubet Bjornsen, along with teammates Sophie Caldwell and Rosie Brennan, led the U.S. to a second-place finish in a 4x5K last weekend in Lillehammer, Norway.

TV: 8 a.m. ET Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 8 a.m. Saturday, 4:45 and 8:55 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App

Ski Jumping – Klingenthal World Cup
The world cup tour for both men and women heads to Klingenthal, Germany, this week for a combined world cup. Among the expected U.S. starters is 2018 Olympian Kevin Bickner. A women’s HS140 tournament is set for Saturday, followed by a men’s HS140 competition on Sunday.

TV: 7 and 8:30 p.m. ET Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 9:45 a.m. Friday, 5:45 and 10 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App

Rugby – Cape Town Sevens
The U.S. women’s sevens squad goes after its seventh consecutive podium finish in the World Rugby Sevens Series this weekend in Cape Town, South Africa. The U.S. is tied with New Zealand for first place in the points standings after defeating Olympic champion Australia in the bronze-medal match last week in Dubai. The U.S. began the season by winning a tournament on home turf in Glendale, Colorado. Both the U.S. women’s and men’s squads secured berths for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 last season. The U.S. men emerged from its season opener in eighth place after losing in the quarterfinals last week to New Zealand. They will face top-ranked and host South Africa on Saturday in group play. The playoff rounds in both tournaments are Sunday in Cape Town.

TV: 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 7 a.m., 9:35 a.m. Friday, 1:45 a.m., 3:55 a.m., 7:35 a.m., 9:45 a.m. Saturday, 2:50 a.m., 4:15 a.m., 6:10 a.m., 7:39 a.m., 10:35 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App

Track Cycling – Brisbane World Cup
A pair of podium finishes has boosted Jennifer Valente, a 2016 Olympic silver medalist, into third place in the UCI women’s omnium points standings entering this week’s track cycling world cup stop in Brisbane, Australia. Valente won a silver medal last week in New Zealand, pushing her podium finishes in world cup events this season to three. Valente, Christina Birch, Emma White, Lily Williams and Kendall Ryan are on the women’s pursuit team. Others scheduled to race include Mandy Marquardt and Maddie Godby in women’s sprint, and Adrian Hegyvary in men’s omnium.

Moguls – Thaiwoo World Cup
After Jaelin Kauf missed out on a podium finish by less than a point in last week’s world cup opener in Ruka, Finland, U.S. moguls skiers will look for their first podium finishes of the season in moguls and dual moguls races this weekend in Thaiwoo, China. Kauf, a 2018 Olympian, is returning to the venue where she won a world cup last year. Kauf and teammate Tess Johnson each reached the podium in dual moguls at the 2019 world championships, winning silver and bronze. On the men’s side, podium contenders include Dylan Walczyk, who finished seventh last week, and Nick Page, who was 18th. Other U.S. athletes competing: Olivia Giaccio, Hannah Soar, Jesse Andringa, Tom Rowley, Alex Lewis and George McQuinn.

TV: 12:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 12:30 a.m. Saturday, 12:30 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App

Alpine Snowboarding – Cortina d Ampezzo World Cup
Ryan Rosencranz and Dylan Udolf are in Cortina d Ampezzo, Italy, for this week’s world cup stop in alpine snowboarding. The finals in parallel giant slalom are Saturday.

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

Webcast: 1 p.m. Saturday, 3:45 and 7:30 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App

Judo – Qingdao Masters
Colton Brown, a 2016 Olympian, is among three U.S. athletes competing Saturday in the IJF Qingdao Masters tournament in China. Brown is competing in the men’s 90 kg. class. Also competing Saturday, the final day of the three-day tournament, are Nefeli Papadakis, women’s 78 kg., and Nina Cutro-Kelly, women’s 78+ kg.

Water Polo – Canada Cup
The U.S. Women’s National Team has won a world championship, an intercontinental championship and a Pan American Games championship. The Americans clinched a spot in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 by winning the FINA World League Super Final, too. This weekend, they go after another big finish in the Canada Cup being played in Montreal. The U.S. faces Canada on Friday and Netherlands on Saturday. The U.S. topped Russia 18-13 on Wednesday for its 60th consecutive win (29 this year). The season ends next week with the Holiday Cup in Princeton, New Jersey.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.