By Paul D. Bowker | Jan. 04, 2019, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

 

As you settle into your holiday 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.

Beach Volleyball Stars Head To The Hague For 4-star TourneyKerri Walsh Jennings serves the ball during a match on Dec. 2, 2018 in Huntington Beach, Calif.

 

The path toward the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 cranks up this week in The Hague, Netherlands.

Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings and 2016 Olympian Brooke Sweat are among 10 U.S. teams competing in this week’s FIVB 4-star tournament in The Hague, an event in which athletes can earn Olympic ranking points.

Walsh Jennings, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, and Sweat first began playing together in the fall and won a bronze medal in just their second tournament in a 3-star event in Chetumal, Mexico, in October. Among those joining Walsh Jennings and Sweat are Alix Klineman and two-time Olympic medalist April Ross, who won an FIVB World Tour event in 2018 in The Hague and also won the 2018 NORCECA Beach Tour championship.

Casey Patterson, a 2016 Olympian, and former NBA player Chase Budinger are among five U.S. teams in the men’s tournament.

The medal round is scheduled for Sunday. The women’s semifinals are Friday while the men’s semifinals are Saturday.

Follow along on social: USA Beach Volleyball on Twitter, Kerri Walsh Jennings on Instagram and Chase Budinger on Instagram.


Diggins Seeks Podium Finish As Tour de Ski ConcludesJessie Diggins competes at the Tour de Ski on Jan. 3, 2019 in Oberstdorf, Germany.

 

Two-time Olympian Jessie Diggins is seeking to add to her already-historic legacy as Tour de Ski heads to Val di Fiemme, Italy, for the final two stages this weekend.

Diggins became the first American to reach the overall podium in Tour de Ski last season with a third-place finish, and she is chasing after another podium finish this year. She was in first place in the overall standings after placing third in Stage 3 of the event on Jan. 1, then dropped to fourth place on Wednesday following an icy and challenging 10-kilometer classic race.

She bounced back on Thursday with a third-place finish in the 10-kilometer freestyle pursuit in Oberstdorf, Germany, moving her back into third overall, 1:22.6 back of leader Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg of Norway.

The final two stages of Tour de Ski consist of women’s 10-kilometer and men’s 15-kilometer mass start races on Saturday. Climb races are set for Sunday.

Diggins is the only U.S. woman finishing out the Tour this weekend. Two-time Olympian Sadie Bjornsen, who was in 11th place following Thursday’s race, is not participating in the final two stages. Sophie Caldwell, a two-time Olympian, placed second in the freestyle sprint on Tuesday.

Competing on the men’s side this weekend is Benjamin Lustgarten.

TV: 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET Saturday, 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 8 and 9:10 a.m. ET Saturday, 7 and 8:45 a.m. Sunday, olympicchannel.com

Follow along on social: U.S. Ski Team on Instagram, Faster Skier on Twitter and Jessie Diggins on Instagram.


Will Shiffrin Be Crowned Snow Queen Once Again?Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup on Dec. 22,, 2018 in Courcheval, France.

Two-time Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin is looking to become a four-time Snow Queen.

Shiffrin, who already has a lead of more than 300 points in the overall world cup standings and is ranked No. 1 in women’s slalom, leads the U.S. Ski Team to Zagreb, Croatia, for two slalom events. She won and was crowned Snow Queen last year for the third time. She first won the event at age 17 in 2013, becoming the youngest Snow Queen in history.

Shiffrin has won a women’s record 36 world cup slalom races in her career.

Shiffrin had a rare loss in the Oslo city event on Tuesday, finishing second to Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, who trails Shiffrin in both the overall and slalom world cup standings.

Expected to join Shiffrin in women’s slalom are Paula Moltzan and Nina O’Brien, among others.

The men’s race is Sunday. Among the expected U.S. skiers are Youth Olympic champion River Radamus, Mark Engel, Luke Winters and Hig Roberts.

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

Webcast: 7 and 10 a.m. ET Saturday, 6:15 and 9:30 a.m. Sunday, olympicchannel.com

Follow along on social: FIS Alpine on Twitter, U.S. Ski Team on Instagram and Mikaela Shiffrin on Instagram.

Luge – Koenigssee World Cup
Two-time Olympian Summer Britcher, and the doubles team of three-time Olympian Chris Mazdzer and two-time Olympian Jayson Terdiman lead the U.S. team into its first world cup competition of the new year in Koenigssee, Germany. Britcher is in third place in the women’s points standings, and Mazdzer and Terdiman are up to fifth place in the doubles standings after a second-place sprint finish in Lake Placid. Mazdzer was fourth in men’s singles in Lake Placid. Women’s and doubles competition is set for Saturday, followed by the men’s singles and third team relay event of the season. The Viessmann World Cup’s stop in Koenigssee comes on the 50th birthday of the track, which is the oldest in international luge. 

TV: 6 p.m. ET Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 4:10 a.m. ET Saturday, 4 a.m. Sunday, olympicchannel.com



Bobsled/Skeleton – Altenberg World Cup
Coming off a bronze medal performance in the final world cup stop before the holiday break, three-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor will team up with Lake Kwaza again in the women’s bobsled competition on Saturday in Altenberg, Germany. The third world cup stop of the season includes women’s and men’s skeleton on Friday, women’s and men’s bobsled on Saturday, and four-person bobsled on Sunday. Three-time Olympian Justin Olsen and 2018 Olympian Codie Bascue are pilots for two- and four-man sleds. Kendall Wesenberg, a 2018 Olympian, is among five U.S. skeleton racers.

TV: 5:30 and 10 a.m. ET Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel; 8 p.m. Saturday, NBCSN


Men’s Ski Jumping – 4-Hills Tournament

Kevin Bickner and Casey Larson, both 2018 Olympians, will compete in the final two stops of the 67th 4-Hills Tournament this week in Austria. An HS130 jump is set for Friday in Innsbruck, followed by an HS142 jump Sunday in Bischofshofen. Bickner was in 54th place entering the final two stops.

Webcast: 8 a.m. ET Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, NBC Sports Gold


Nordic Combined – Otepää World Cup

Three-time Olympian Taylor Fletcher is among four U.S. athletes competing in this weekend’s Nordic combined world cup stop in Otepää, Estonia. Double HS97 and 10-kilometer events will be held Saturday and Sunday. Joining Fletcher are Olympian Ben Loomis, Jasper Good and Jared Shumate. Tara Geraghty-Moats, who won the inaugural women’s Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix in Germany and is unbeaten in women’s Nordic combined events this season, is competing in a Continental Cup women’s event also being held Saturday and Sunday in Otepää.

Webcast: 4 and 6:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 5 and 7:45 a.m. Sunday, olympicchannel.com


Short Track Speedskating – US Short Track Championships

Olympians and 2018 fall world cup team members Maame Biney, Aaron Tran and Thomas Hong are among those competing in the US Short Track Championships on Saturday and Sunday at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns. The two days of short track skating will determine roster spots for the world cup team and ISU World Short Track Championships. The competition includes 500-meter and 1,500-meter women’s and men’s races Saturday, and women’s and men’s 1,000-meter, women’s 3,000-meter relay, men’s 5,000-meter relay and mixed 2,000-meter relay Sunday.


Cross-Country Skiing – National Championships

Back on home soil, four-time Olympian Andy Newell and two-time Olympian Ida Sargent are among those competing in the L.L. Bean U.S. Cross Country Championships at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Common, Vermont. Other national team entrants include Rosie Brennan and Scott Patterson.

The competition will determine a number of spots on the world cup and world championship teams. Events include classic-style sprint races Friday, and women’s 20-kilometer and men’s 30-kilometer freestyle mass starts on Sunday. The final races are freestyle sprint on Tuesday.

Webcast: 9:15 a.m. ET Friday and Sunday, usskiandsnowboard.org

 

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.