By Paul D. Bowker | Feb. 01, 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.


Freestyle Ski, Snowboard and Freeski World Championships Get Underway
Lindsey Jacobellis trains at the FIS World Snowboard Cross World Championships on Jan. 30, 2019 in Solitude, Utah.

 

A U.S. team stacked with Olympic snowboarders and skiers is ready to take on the world on home snow in Utah.

The race toward the podium begins Friday at Solitude Mountain Resort with finals in snowboardcross and a U.S. lineup that includes four-time Olympian and five-time world champion Lindsey Jacobellis, and three-time Olympian and two-time world bronze medalist Nate Holland.

Jacobellis, one of nine U.S. snowboardcross athletes, was injured in a training run Wednesday and her status for the weekend was unclear.

The mixed team snowboardcross competition is Sunday; the event will be contested at the Olympic Winter Games for the first time in 2022.

Skiing takes the spotlight Saturday at Park City, when finals in women’s and men’s skicross and big air is held. Big air also debuts in Beijing in three years.

Two-time Olympian Maggie Voisin competed in both slopestyle and big air in the Winter X Games this past weekend, and she’s a podium contender in Utah. On the men’s side, two-time Olympic medalist Nick Goepper is among five U.S. skiers.

Whitney Gardner, Tania Prymak and Tyler Wallasch, who each had top-25 finishes in a world cup stop last week in Canada, are among four U.S. athletes competing in skicross.

The world championships continue through Feb. 10.

TV: 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel; 3:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday, NBCSN 

Webcast: 1 p.m. ET Friday, NBC Sports Gold; 3 and 9 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, olympicchannel.com

Follow along on social: U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team on Twitter, Maggie Voisin on Instagram and Lindsey Jacobellis on Instagram.


Brittany Bowe & Co. Return To The Ice For First 2019 World CupBrittany Bowe competes at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

 

After a break of six weeks, two-time Olympian Brittany Bowe is back on world cup ice this week in Hamar, Norway.

Bowe, a former college basketball player, was certainly on the fast track during the fall portion of the ISU World Cup season. She won 10 medals and had three wins. She’s No. 1 in the women’s 1,000-meter, and third in the 500 and 1,500, and is scheduled to compete in all three distances this week as well as at the upcoming ISU World Single Distances Championships. She finished the fall with a track-record victory in the 1,000 in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

Among those joining her in Hamar are Kimi Goetz, Olympian Erin Jackson, Paige Schwartzburg and Bri Bocox.

Joey Mantia, a two-time Olympian, and Kimani Griffin, a 2018 Olympian, will line up in the 500 and 1,000 on the men’s side. Joining them are Youth Olympian Austin Kleba and Steven Hartman in the 1,000. Ian Quinn, Ethan Cepuran and Justin Stelly will join Mantia in the 1,500.

Webcast: 9 a.m. ET Friday, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports Gold

Follow along on social: Brittany Bowe on Instagram, U.S. Speedskating on Twitter and Paige Schwartzburg on Instagram.



Will The U.S. Men Continue Historic Rugby Sevens Streak?
Members of the U.S. men's rugby team talk in a huddle at the Rugby World Cup Sevens on July 22, 2018 in San Francisco.

 

Three consecutive runner-up finishes to begin the season have left the USA Eagles Sevens tied with 2016 Olympic champion Fiji for first place in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. The series for both the U.S. men’s and women’s teams continues this week in Sydney, Australia.

The U.S. men face France, Kenya and Canada in the preliminary round. The playoff round begins Saturday night ET with Sunday’s title game at 4:56 a.m. ET. Eagles coach Mike Friday is hopeful that his team will be playing for the gold medal again.

“We are disappointed to lose again and whilst we can take some comfort from making our third consecutive final and are illustrating a consistency in what we are doing, we want to win cups and that hunger will drive us on to be better,” Friday said, following the team’s second-place finish in New Zealand.

A finish among the top four nations at the end of the season would clinch a spot in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The USA Women’s Eagles Sevens play China, Spain and Australia in the preliminary round. The title game is at 2:31 a.m. ET Sunday. After second- and fourth-place finishes to start the season, the U.S. is in third place in the series standings entering the Sydney Sevens.

Among those on the U.S. roster this week are Kasey McCravey, a former softball player at Army, and Kristi Kirshe. Both will be making their national team debuts in Sydney.

Follow along on social: USA Rugby on Twitter, World Rugby Sevens on Twitter and #ARC2019 on Instagram.



Team USA Debuts In Women’s Field Hockey Pro League
Nicole Woods competes at the FIH Women's Hockey World Cup on July 21, 2018 in London.

 

The U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey Team will play its first game in the FIH Pro League on Saturday, when it faces fourth-ranked Argentina.

The Pro League is in its inaugural season, and Argentina won the league’s first women’s game, 2-0 over Belgium. League play consists of nine women’s teams and nine men’s teams competing from January through June.

Among those on the U.S. women’s team are 2016 Olympians Alyssa Manley and Jill Funk.

The U.S. will play its first home game on Feb. 16 against Netherlands in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Follow along on social: USA Field Hockey on Twitter, #FIHProLeague on Twitter and Alyssa Manley on Instagram.


Women’s Alpine Skiing - Maribor World Cup
World cup leader and two-time Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin is back in action this weekend in both giant slalom and slalom in Maribor, Slovenia. Shiffrin leads the overall standings by nearly 600 points over Petrá Vlhova of Slovakia, and is the leader in three of the four alpine disciplines, including giant slalom and slalom. Shiffrin won the world cup slalom events in Maribor in 2017 and 2015. The giant slalom is scheduled for Friday, followed by the slalom on Saturday.

TV: 7 a.m. ET Friday, 7 a.m. Saturday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 4 and 7 a.m. ET Friday, 4 and 7 a.m. Saturday, olympicchannel.com


Men’s Alpine Skiing - Garmisch-Partenkirchen World Cup
Bryce Bennett, a 2018 Olympian, is among the U.S. skiers in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, for this week’s FIS Alpine Ski World Cup stop. Bennett is ranked seventh in the world cup downhill standings. Expected to join him in Saturday’s downhill are 2018 Olympic teammates Jared Goldberg, Tommy Biesemeyer and Wiley Maple, and 2014 Olympian Travis Ganong. A giant slalom race is scheduled for Sunday. Tommy Ford, a two-time Olympian, is the highest-ranked American at No. 9.

TV: 5:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 5:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 4:30 and 7:30 a.m. Sunday, olympicchannel.com


Luge - Altenberg World Cup
One week after winning her first world championship medal, Emily Sweeney leads the USA Luge team into this week’s FIL World Cup stop in Altenberg, Germany. Sweeney, a 2018 Olympian, won a bronze medal in the women’s competition last week and two-time Olympian Summer Britcher finished fifth. Others expected to race include Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer in men’s singles and then also in doubles with two-time Olympian Jayson Terdiman. The team relay is Sunday.

TV: 1 p.m. ET Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel; 10 p.m. Sunday, NBCSN


Curling World Cup – Sweden, Third Leg
Olympic teammates Becca and Matt Hamilton, a brother-and-sister team that won the first mixed doubles curling match in Olympic history in 2018, are among the U.S. curlers competing in the third leg of the World Cup of Curling this week in Jonkoping, Sweden. Competition will be held through Sunday in mixed, men’s and women’s curling. Cory Christensen, Vicky Persinger, Jenna Martin and Madison Bear are on the women’s squad, which won its opening match Wednesday against Scotland. The men’s team consists of Mark Fenner, Alex Fenson, and 2012 Youth Olympians Tom Howell and Korey Dropkin.

TV: 10 a.m. ET Friday, 10 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel


Sailing – Miami World Cup
Two-time Olympian Paige Railey (Laser Radial) and 2016 Olympian Charlie Buckingham (Laser) are among the U.S. sailors competing this week in the World Cup Series Miami, a qualifier for the 2019 Pan American Games. Medal races will be held Saturday and Sunday. The team of Nevin Snow and Mac Agnese were in the overall lead in the men’s 49er class midway through the preliminary rounds. Stephanie Roble and Margaret Shea were in second place in the women’s 49erFX. The event is a Pan Am Games qualifier in seven Olympic sailing classes, including 49er, Laser, Laser Radial and RS:X.


Short Track Speedskating - Dresden World Cup
Maame Biney, a 2018 Olympian who won her second consecutive 500-meter junior world championship last week, is among 12 U.S. speedskaters competing in this week’s world cup stop in Dresden, Germany. Olympic teammates Aaron Tran and Thomas Hong lead a group of six U.S. skaters in the men’s competition. The weekend includes 500-meter and 1,000-meter individual events Saturday, and 1,000-meter and 1,500-meter individual events Sunday, along with men’s and women’s relay races.

Webcast: 8:50 a.m. ET Saturday, 9:05 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports Gold


Fencing - Warsaw Men’s Saber World Cup
Eli Dershwitz, a 2016 Olympian who is now the top-ranked men’s saber fencer in the world, leads the U.S. into this week’s world cup stop in Warsaw, Poland. He is among 12 U.S. fencers competing Friday and Saturday in the individual tournament. Joining him in Sunday’s team tournament are Olympic silver medalist Daryl Homer, and Andrew Mackiewicz and Khalil Thompson.


Women’s Ski Jumping - Hinzenbach World Cup
Nita Englund, Tara Geraghty-Moats and Logan Sankey are in Hinzenbach, Austria, for world cup HS90 individual competitions on Saturday and Sunday. Englund, a 2018 Olympian, had a top-20 finish last week in Rasnov, Romania.

Webcast: 8 a.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, NBC Sports Gold


Men’s Ski Jumping - Oberstdorf World Cup
Three days of ski flying are on tap for the HS235 Heini-Klopfer ski-flying hill in Oberstdorf, Germany. Kevin Bickner and Casey Larson, both 2018 Olympians, will compete for the U.S. Both had top-40 finishes last week in Zakopane, Poland.

Webcast: 10 a.m. ET Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports Gold


Nordic Combined - Klingenthal World Cup
Three-time Olympian Taylor Fletcher, and 2018 Olympians Ben Loomis and Jasper Good are all coming off top-30 world cup finishes last week. They’ll compete Saturday and Sunday in a pair of HS140 jumps and 10-kilometer events in Klingenthal, Germany.

Webcast: 6:30 and 9 a.m. ET Saturday, 6:15 and 9 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports Gold

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.