By Paul D. Bowker | Feb. 08, 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.


Lindsey Vonn Says Farewell In Åre
Lindsey Vonn in action at the FIS World Ski Championships on Feb. 4, 2019 in Are, Sweden. 

 

Win or lose, a memorable career moment will arrive Sunday for the most decorated women’s alpine skier of all time.

Lindsey Vonn, the 2010 Olympic gold medalist in downhill, will ski in her final international race Sunday in Are, Sweden, when she goes after a world championship in the downhill. She has won seven world championship medals, including downhill gold in 2009, and has won 82 world cup competitions, more than any other woman.

Vonn’s race highlights a championship weekend that also includes the men’s downhill on Saturday and the women’s alpine combined on Friday. Vonn crashed in the super-G on Tuesday, as did Olympic teammate Laurenne Ross, but both are expected to race Sunday.

“Glad they both skied down after their crashes! So hard to watch your teammates fall. Both are TOUGH fighters and will be back!” two-time Olympian Alice McKennis tweeted.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin, who won Tuesday’s super-G, announced she will not ski in either event this weekend, instead focusing on the upcoming world championship races in slalom and giant slalom.

Steven Nyman, a three-time Olympian who finished a career-best eighth in Wednesday’s super-G, is among the U.S. skiers in Saturday’s men’s downhill. Nyman has come back strongly after recovering from a concussion in a training crash in January.

“It would be an absolute dream come true to win a medal and win the world championships,” Nyman said of the downhill. “It is something I have dreamt of as a kid — my entire life.”

Among those expected to join him in the downhill are 2018 Olympian Bryce Bennett and 2015 world silver medalist Travis Ganong.

TV: 5 a.m. ET Friday, 6:30 a.m. Saturday, 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel; 9 a.m. Friday, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, NBCSN; 3:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, NBC

Webcast: 5 a.m. ET Friday, 6:30 a.m. Saturday, 6:30 a.m. Sunday, olympicchannel.com

Follow along on social: Lindsey Vonn on Instagram, FIS Alpine on Twitter and the U.S. Ski Team on Instagram.


Freestyle Skiing/Snowboarding World Championship Action Concludes In UtahChloe Kim trains at the FIS Snowboard World Championships on Feb. 6, 2019 in Park City, Utah.

 

Snowboarder Chloe Kim is ready to begin an action-packed final weekend for U.S. athletes at the FIS Snowboard, Freestyle Ski and Freeski World Championships in Park City, Utah.

Kim, who has already won an Olympic gold medal, two Youth Olympic Games gold medals and seven Winter X Games medals, leads a field of eight in Friday’s final in women’s halfpipe snowboarding. She finished first in qualifying with a score of 90.50 and was one of three Americans to make the final. Joining her are Olympic bronze medalist Arielle Gold and 2018 Olympian Maddie Mastro.

Toby Miller is in the men’s final, which is also Friday.

The weekend also features finals in slopestyle snowboarding, halfpipe skiing, moguls and dual moguls.

Jaelin Kauf, a 2018 Olympian, is a contender for the podium in moguls and dual moguls. She won world cups in both disciplines earlier this season in China. Other U.S. skiers include 2018 Olympians Tess Johnson, Bradley Wilson and Casey Andringa.

The stacked halfpipe skiing lineup on Saturday includes two-time Olympic men’s champion David Wise and 2017 world champion Aaron Blunck. The women’s lineup includes 2014 Olympic champion Maddie Bowman, 2018 Olympic bronze medalist Brita Sigourney and two-time Olympian Annalisa Drew.

After this week’s big air snowboarding competition was canceled due to weather, the U.S. athletes will be more than ready for the slopestyle snowboarding event on Saturday and Sunday. Among the U.S. entrants are 2018 Olympic champions Red Gerard and Jamie Anderson, as well as fellow Olympians Chris Corning, Julia Marino and Hailey Langland. Corning is a two-time world medalist who has a pair of world cup podiums this season and a second-place finish at the Dew Tour.

TV: 1 and 9 p.m. ET Friday, NBCSN; 1 p.m. Saturday, 4;30 p.m. Sunday, NBC; 9 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

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

Follow along on social: Chloe Kim on Instagram, Team USA's on the ground coverage on Twitter and U.S. Snowboard Team on Instagram.



Figure Skaters Face (Much Of) The World In Anaheim
Madison Chock and Evan Bates compete at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Jan. 25, 2019 in Detroit.

 

Defending Four Continents champions Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea in pairs, and Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker in ice dance, are back on home ice to go after repeat titles.

The Honda Center in Anaheim, California, hosts the 2019 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships as the event returns to the United States for the first time since 2012. Competition will be held in women’s and men’s singles, pairs and ice dance.

Eighteen U.S. skaters are taking on competitors from 11 other nations, and the U.S. is ready to shine in pairs, where U.S. skaters took the top two podium spots last year, and also in ice dance, which features 2019 national champions and 2018 Olympians Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue in addition to Hawayek and Baker. Hubbell and Donohue have won all five events they have entered this season.

Other U.S. Olympians in the competition are 2018 team bronze medalist Bradie Tennell, 2014 team bronze medalist Jason Brown, and two-time Olympian Madison Chock and three-time Olympian Evan Bates.

The start of the free programs is Friday, when Tennell, Mariah Bell and Ting Cui compete in the women’s event. The pairs and men’s free programs are Saturday, followed by the showdown in ice dance on Sunday.

TV: Midnight and 11 p.m. ET Saturday, midnight Monday, NBCSN

Webcast: 2:45, 6, 10 p.m. ET Friday, 5 and 10 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, NBC Sports Gold

Follow along on social: U.S. Figure Skating on Twitter, Team USA's on the ground coverage on Instagram and #4CC2019 on Twitter.



Brittany Bowe Takes Her Talents To The Single Distances World Champs
Brittany Bowe competes at the ISU Speedskating World Cup on Feb. 2, 2019 in Hamar, Norway.

 

Two-time Olympian Brittany Bowe takes on the best of the world in this week’s ISU Single Distances Speedskating World Championships in Inzell, Germany. She is coming off world cup wins in both the 1,000-meter and 1,500-meter distances last week in Hamar, Norway, which are the latest of her 12 world cup medals this season.

“It was a great tune-up for the world championships,” Bowe said last week after winning the 1,500. “I’m feeling strong, confident and ready to go head-to-head with the best in the world next weekend.”

Among those joining Bowe in Inzell are two-time Olympian Joey Mantia, who had top-10 finishes in the men’s 1,000 and 1,500 last week, and Kimi Goetz, a former short-tracker who is making her debut in the long track world championships.

The women’s and men’s 500-meter is Friday, along with the team pursuit races. The men’s and women’s 1,000-meter, women’s 5,000-meter and men’s 10,000-meter will be held on Saturday, followed by the men’s and women’s 1,500-meter, and mass start races on Sunday.

Webcast: 10:15 a.m. ET Friday, 7:15 a.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports Gold

Follow along on social: Brittany Bowe on Instagram, U.S. Speedskating on Twitter and ISU Speed Skating on Twitter.


Snowboardcross – Feldberg World Cup
Fresh off winning world championships last weekend in Utah, Lindsey Jacobellis and Mick Dierdorff are among the U.S. snowboarders who are in Feldberg, Germany, for individual and team snowboardcross world cup events. Dierdorff won two gold medals in the world championships, claiming the men’s title as well as the mixed team title with Jacobellis. The win was Jacobellis’ sixth in world championships competition. Another mixed team race is set for Sunday in Feldberg. Men’s and women’s individual finals are Saturday. Others in the competition include 2018 Olympians Faye Gulini, Meghan Tierney, Jonathan Cheever and Nick Baumgartner.

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


Cross-Country Skiing – Lahti World Cup
Three-time Olympian Simi Hamilton and two-time Olympian Sophie Caldwell, who recently announced their engagement, are back in world cup action this week in Lahti, Finland. They are among nine U.S. skiers ready for two days of individual freestyle sprints and team classic sprints. Joining Caldwell in the women’s competition are two-time Olympian Ida Sargent, Julia Kern, Youth Olympian Hannah Halvorsen and Kelsey Phinney. On the men’s side, Hamilton is joined by two-time Olympian Erik Bjornsen, Kevin Bolger and 2018 Olympian Logan Hanneman. The individual sprint finals are Saturday, followed by the team finals on Sunday.


Luge – Oberhof World Cup
Emily Sweeney, a 2018 Olympian who won a bronze medal at the world championships, is hoping for better weather this week in Oberhof, Germany. Despite heavy snowfall that canceled the team relay and reduced the number of runs in the women’s competition to one, Sweeney managed a fourth-place finish last week. This weekend’s world cup consists of the men’s singles and doubles on Saturday, and women’s singles and team relay on Sunday. Two-time Olympian Summer Britcher is in the women’s races with Sweeney, and three-time Olympian Chris Mazdzer and two-time Olympian Jayson Terdiman are in doubles. They finished ninth last week.

TV: 1 p.m. ET Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel


Biathlon – Canmore World Cup
Two-time Olympians Susan Dunklee and Sean Doherty are among nine U.S. athletes competing in this week’s IBU World Cup stop in Canmore, Alberta, as the world tour goes from Europe to North America. Salt Lake City, Utah, is next on the tour. Clare Egan, who is coming off an 11th-place finish two weeks ago in the women’s pursuit, is racing on the women’s side along with Dunklee, Joanne Reid and Emily Dreissigacker. On the men’s side are Doherty, Leif Nordgren, Jake Brown, Max Durtschi and Travis Cooper. Men’s and women’s relays are set for Saturday, followed by the mass start races on Sunday.

TV: 7 p.m. ET Friday, NBCSN

Webcast: 2:30 p.m. ET Friday, 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, NBC Sports Gold


Women’s Ski Jumping – Ljubno World Cup
Nita Englund, a 2018 Olympian, is among four U.S. athletes competing in this weekend’s women’s ski jumping world cup in Ljubno, Slovenia. Joining her are Tara Geraghty-Moats, Nina Lussi and Youth Olympian Logan Sankey. Individual HS94 jumps are set for Friday and Sunday. A team competition will be held Saturday. Englund had a 28th-place finish last week in Hinzenbach, Austria.

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


Short Track Speedskating – Torino World Cup
American Kristen Santos has made the A final in two consecutive 1,000-meter events, and she’ll chase after a podium finish this week in Torino, Italy. She is among 12 U.S. skaters racing in the sixth world cup, which is the final world cup stop prior to the world championships in March. The U.S. team had six top-10 finishes last week in Dresden, Germany, including a fifth-place showing by Santos in the 1,000-meter and a sixth-place finish by the women’s relay squad. Olympic teammates Thomas Hong and Aaron Tran are among the men’s skaters.

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


Fencing – Torino Grand Prix
U.S. fencers are ranked among the top 10 in both the men’s and women’s sides of the Torino Grand Prix foil tournament this week in Italy. Race Imboden, a two-time Olympian, is ranked third in the men’s tournament and Alexander Massialas, a two-time Olympic medalist, is ranked eighth. Gerek Meinhardt, a three-time Olympian, is ranked No. 12. Three U.S. fencers are among the top 12 in the women’s tournament, led by two-time Olympian Lee Kiefer at No. 3. Two-time Olympian Nzingha Prescod is No. 10 and Nicole Ross, a 2012 Olympian, is No. 12. Both tournaments are three days long and go through the medal round on Sunday.


Fencing – Epee World Cups
The top-ranked U.S. women’s epee team is in Barcelona, Spain, for one of two epee world cup tournaments this week. The men, led by 14th-ranked Curtis McDowald, are in Vancouver. Kelley Hurley, a three-time Olympian, is seeded 18th in the women’s tournament. She’ll combine with her sister, Courtney, and Katharine Holmes and Anna van Brummen in the team tournament on Sunday. Both Hurleys and Holmes were on the team that won the 2018 world championship. McDowald and No. 15 Jake Hoyle are the top Americans in the men’s epee individual tournament. They’ll combine with James Kaull and Adam Rodney in the team tournament on Sunday.


Judo – Paris Grand Slam
Olympians Nick Delpopolo and Angelica Delgado are among 17 U.S. athletes competing in an IJF Grand Slam this week in Paris. Delpopolo is in the men’s 73 kg. weight class and Delgado is in the women’s 52 kg. class. Delgado reached the quarterfinals of the Tel Aviv Grand Prix two weeks ago. Also in the field is Youth Olympian Adonis Diaz, who placed seventh in the men’s 60 kg. class in Tel Aviv.

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.