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Katie Ledecky, Chase Kalisz Kick Off 2019 Swim Season In Knoxville & More From Team USA This Weekend

By Paul D. Bowker | Jan. 11, 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.

Swimmers Kick Off TYR Pro Swim Series In KnoxvilleKatie Ledecky competes at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships on Aug. 9, 2018 in Tokyo.


Five-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky and four-time world medalist Chase Kalisz are helping the TYR Pro Swim Series get off to a bang this week in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Both are reigning 2018 series champions.

Ledecky, a two-time Olympian and six-time medalist, is the top seed in two freestyle events and three-time Olympic medalist Ryan Murphy is the No. 1 seed in three men’s backstroke events. Kathleen Baker, a two-time medalist at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, is the top seed in the women’s 50-meter backstroke, 100 back, 200 back and 200 individual medley.

The meet, which goes through Saturday at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center at the University of Tennessee, is the first of five stops in the 2019 Pro Swim Series. The second stop will be in March in Des Moines, Iowa.

Other Olympians in the field include Leah Smith, the top seed in the women’s 800-meter freestyle and 400 IM; Kelsi Dahlia, the top seed in the 50 and 100 butterfly; Simone Manuel, the top seed in the 50 and 100 freestyle; and Kevin Cordes, the top seed in the men’s 50 and 100 breaststroke.

Rising star Michael Andrew is the top seed in the 50 free, 50 fly and 100 fly.

Seven-time Olympic medalist Dana Vollmer continues her comeback and will seek a spot on the 100-meter butterfly podium after having her second child in 2017.

For the second year in a row, the TYR Pro Swim Series will feature USA Swim Squads in which USA Swimming National Team members will compete for team points in six event categories. The team captains are Olympians Cammile Adams, Elizabeth Beisel, Maya DiRado and Connor Jaeger.

TV: 6 p.m. ET Friday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, usaswimming.org

Follow along on social: USA Swimming on Twitter, TYR Sports on Instagram and Chase Kalisz on Instagram.

Dozens Of American Fencers Compete Abroad At 4 World CupsRace Imboden competes in the men’s team foil at the FIE World Championships on July 27, 2018 in Wuxi, China.


Nearly 50 U.S. fencers are in action this weekend at four different venues as the 2019 calendar swings into place with world cup tournaments in foil and epee.

Among them are two-time Olympians Lee Kiefer in women’s foil, and Race Imboden and Alexander Massialas in men’s foil. Kiefer is seeded No. 3 for the women’s individual tournament in Katowice, Poland, as is Imboden in the men’s tournament in Paris. Massialas, a two-time Olympic medalist, is ranked eighth.

The U.S. is ranked No. 1 in the men’s foil team tournament, scheduled for Sunday, and is riding an impressive run of six consecutive world cup golds. Joining Imboden and Massialas in the team tourney are 2016 Olympic bronze medalist teammates Gerek Meinhardt and Miles Chamley-Watson. They won all five world cup tournaments during the 2017-18 season and opened the 2018-19 world cup season with a championship in Germany in November.

Kiefer is joined on the third-seeded women’s foil team by two-time Olympian Nzingha Prescod, 2012 Olympian Nicole Ross and Jackie Dubrovich.

Three-time Olympian Kelley Hurley, two-time Olympian Courtney Hurley and Kat Holmes, who won Team USA’s first world title in women’s epee in 2018, are among 12 U.S. fencers competing in a women’s epee world cup Friday through Sunday in Havana, Cuba. Curtis McDowald is seeded No. 10 in the men’s epee world cup tournament in Heidenheim, Germany.

Follow along on social: USA Fencing on Instagram, Race Imboden on Instagram and the International Fencing Federation on Twitter.

Alpine Skiing – Men’s Adelboden World Cup
Olympians Ted Ligety, Ryan Cochran-Siegle and Tommy Ford are among the U.S. skiers in Adelboden, Switzerland, this weekend for world cup races in giant slalom and slalom. Ford, a two-time Olympian, is ranked 10th in giant slalom and Ligety, a two-time Olympic champion, is ranked 20th. Giant slalom is Saturday, followed by slalom on Sunday.

Bad weather forced the cancellation of this week’s downhill and super-G women’s world cup events in St. Anton, Austria, delaying the season debut of the winningest women’s alpine skier, Lindsey Vonn. Her attention will now focus on Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, where downhill and super-G events are scheduled next week.

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

Webcast: 4:15 and 7:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, olympicchannel.com

Cross-Country Skiing – Dresden World Cup
U.S. classic sprint champion Ida Sargent, a two-time Olympian, is back in Europe this week for world cup individual and team races in Dresden, Germany. Among those joining her in the women’s freestyle competition is two-time Olympian Sophie Caldwell, who had a second-place finish in a freestyle sprint at the Tour de Ski. Women’s and men’s sprint freestyle races are Saturday, followed by team sprints on Sunday. Other U.S. skiers include Julia Kern, Youth Olympian Hannah Halvorsen and Hailey Swirbul on the women’s side, and two-time Olympian Erik Bjornsen, four-time Olympian Andy Newell, three-time Olympian Simi Hamilton and Kevin Bolger on the men’s side.

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

Webcast: 7:15 a.m. Saturday, 6:40 a.m. Sunday, olympicchannel.com

Moguls – Calgary World Cup
Following a pair of first-place finishes in China, 2018 Olympian Jaelin Kauf tries to extend her winning streak this weekend in Calgary, Alberta. Women’s and men’s competitions are set for Saturday. Kauf has finished no lower than fifth in any of her world cup competitions this season. Among those joining her are Tess Johnson, who reached the podium with a third-place finish in the season opener in Ruka, Finland.

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, olympicchannel.com

Slopestyle Snowboarding – Kreischberg World Cup
The season began triumphantly back in September for 2018 Olympian Chris Corning, when he won the big air world cup in New Zealand. After adding second-place finishes in big air in the Modena World Cup and in slopestyle at the Dew Tour, Corning is back in slopestyle competition this weekend in Kreischberg, Austria. Qualifying rounds are Friday, followed by men’s and women’s finals on Saturday.

Webcast: 6:30 a.m. ET Sunday, NBC Sports Gold

Slopestyle Skiing – Font Romeu World Cup
Two-time Olympic medalist Nick Goepper and 2014 Olympic gold medalist Joss Christensen are among the U.S. skiers who are in Font Romeu, France, for the second slopestyle skiing world cup event of the season. Chasing after his second consecutive podium finish is Mac Forehand, who placed second in the season opener in Stubai, Austria. Maggie Voisin, a two-time Olympian who placed third at the Dew Tour in December, and Devin Logan, the 2014 Olympic silver medalist, are among those competing on the women’s side. The finals are Saturday.

TV: 2 p.m. ET Saturday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 4:20 a.m. Saturday, olympicchannel.com

Luge – Sigulda World Cup
Summer Britcher, a two-time Olympian who earned a podium finish on Koenigssee’s iconic track last week, hopes to keep her momentum going fast this week in Sigulda, Latvia. Britcher is in third place in the world cup women’s standings and she also helped the U.S. finish third in the team relay last week. She is looking for her fifth medal of the season this week. The doubles team of three-time Olympian Chris Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman are in fifth place in the world cup standings. Others competing include two-time Olympian Tucker West and Jonny Gustafson on the men’s side and Olympian Emily Sweeney on the women’s side. The women’s and doubles competition is Saturday, followed by the men’s and team relay Sunday. 

TV: 6:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 7:45 and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 2:55 and 6:40 a.m. Sunday, olympicchannel.com

Bobsled – Koenigssee World Cup
Three-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor has won bronze medals in the last two world cups with Lake Kwaza in the women’s bobsled competition. They’ll go after another podium finish in the fourth world cup stop of the season this weekend in Koenigssee, Germany. The competition includes women’s and two-man bobsled on Saturday, and four-man bobsled on Sunday. Among the other U.S. athletes are three-time Olympian Justin Olsen and 2018 Olympian Codie Bascue in two- and four-man bobsled; and Brittany Reinbolt and Olympic silver medalist Lauren Gibbs in women’s bobsled.

TV: 9 a.m. ET Friday, 9 a.m. and noon Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 4 and 7:30 a.m. Friday, 7:30 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, 7:30 a.m. Sunday, olympicchannel.com

Biathlon – Oberhof World Cup
Two-time Olympians Susan Dunklee, Sean Doherty and Leif Nordgren lead eight U.S. athletes into this week’s world cup stop in Oberhof, Germany. Among the others is Clare Egan, whose 14th-place finish in the women’s mass start two weeks ago in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, marked her second career-best performance in two weeks. Travis Cooper will join Doherty and Nordgren on the men’s side, along with a member of the IBU Cup team for the relay. The competition includes the men’s 10-kilometer sprint on Friday, women’s 10-kilometer and men’s 12.5-kilometer pursuit races Saturday, and women’s and men’s relay events Sunday.

TV: 1 p.m. ET Friday, 10 p.m. Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 8:30 a.m. Friday, 6:45 and 9 a.m. Saturday, 5:45 and 8:30 a.m. Sunday, olympicchannel.com

Women’s Ski Jumping – Sapporo World Cup
Tara Geraghty-Moats, who is the leader in women’s Nordic combined on the Continental Cup tour and has won five of six events, is among three Americans competing Saturday and Sunday in a pair of HS137 world cup jumping competitions in Sapporo, Japan. Joining her are Nita Englund, a 2018 Olympian, and Nina Lussi, who is competing for the first time after injuring her knee during the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. 

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

Webcast: 2:20 a.m. and 7:50 p.m. Friday, olympicchannel.com

Men’s Ski Jumping – Val di Fiemme World Cup
Kevin Bickner, a 2018 Olympian who competed in the 67th Four Hills Tournament last week, has moved on to Val di Fiemme, Italy, where a pair of HS135 competitions will be held Saturday and Sunday. Qualifying is Friday. Bickner stands at 43rd place in the world cup standings.

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

Webcast: 11:55 a.m. Friday, 9:55 a.m. Saturday, 10:55 a.m. Sunday, olympicchannel.com

Nordic Combined – Val di Fiemme World Cup
Olympic teammates Taylor Fletcher, Ben Loomis and Jasper Good are in Val di Fiemme, Italy, for three days of world cup competition. The lineup includes Gunderson large hill HS135 jumps and 10-kilometer races on Friday and Sunday, and also a team sprint Saturday. Fletcher, a three-time Olympian, had a 19th-place finish last week in Otepaa, Estonia.

Webcast: 3:55 and 7:25 a.m. ET Friday, 3:55 and 8:05 a.m. Saturday, 3:55 and 8:25 a.m. Sunday, olympicchannel.com


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.