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Olympians Katie Zaferes, Caeleb Dressel In Action & More From Team USA This Weekend

By Paul D. Bowker | March 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.

World Championship Silver Medalist Susan Dunklee Leads The Charge At Biathlon World Championships
Susan Dunklee competes at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 10, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. 


Two-time Olympians Susan Dunklee, Sean Doherty and Leif Nordgren lead a nine-member U.S. team into the start of the IBU Biathlon World Championships in Ostersund, Sweden.

The U.S. has three women’s spots and four men’s spots in each race, including the women’s 7.5-kilometer race on Saturday and the men’s 10K race on Sunday.

The men’s team features a balance of the two Olympians and three newcomers making their world championship debuts: Jake Brown, Max Durtschi and Alex Howe.

In addition to Dunklee, who won a silver medal in the mass start at the 2017 world championships, the women’s squad consists of 2018 Olympic teammates Clare Egan, Joanne Reid and Emily Dreissigacker.

The world championships, which began with a mixed relay event Thursday, go through March 17.

Doherty is coming off a career-best 10th-place finish in the men’s 12.5K pursuit from the world cup held in February at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center in Utah.

TV: 10:30 a.m. ET Friday, 10:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel; 1 p.m. ET Friday, NBCSN

Webcast: 10:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. ET  Sunday, NBC Sports Gold

Follow along with: US Biathlon on Twitter, IBU World Cup on Twitter and Leif Nordgren on Instagram. 

Caeleb Dressel, Kathleen Baker, Allison Schmitt And More Represent Team USA At The TYR Pro Swim Series In Des Moines
Caeleb Dressel competes at the FINA World Swimming Championships on Dec. 13, 2018 in Hangzhou, China.


Kathleen Baker and Caeleb Dressel, who each won two medals in their first Olympic Games in 2016, are each the top seed in four events for this week’s TYR Pro Swim Series meet in Des Moines, Iowa.

The four-day meet is the second stop on the TYR Pro Swim Series tour.

Baker, who won a silver medal in the 100-meter backstroke in Rio and a gold medal in 4x100 medley relay, is the top seed in the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke events, as well as the 200 individual medley. Baker also set a world record 100-meter backstroke this summer at the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships.

The women’s field also includes Allison Schmitt, an eight-time Olympic medalist who is the top seed in the 200 freestyle. Leah Smith, a two-time Olympic medalist in 2016, is No. 2 in the 200 free, and also the top seed in the women’s 400 and 800 free.

Dressel, who is entered in seven events, leads the men's field. He'll go head-to-head with burgeoning rival Michael Andrew in five events, including the 50 free. Dressel, who won two gold medals in Rio before claiming seven world championships in 2017, is the top seed in that event, as well as the 100 free and 50 and 100 fly.

TV: 8 p.m. ET Friday, NBCSN

Webcast: 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Friday, 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Saturday, usaswimming.org

Follow along on social: USA Swimming on Twitter, Caeleb Dressel on Instagram and Kathleen Baker on Instagram.

Coming Off Six World Triathlon Series Medals Last Season, Katie Zaferes Prepares For The 2019 WTS Opener
Katie Zafares celebrates after competing at the ITU World Triathlon Series on Sept. 10, 2018 in Montreal.


Katie Zaferes, a 2016 Olympian who won medals in six World Triathlon Series events last year and finished second overall, will battle against 2018 champion Vicky Holland of Great Britain in the opening race Friday in Abu Dhabi.

Zaferes won a bronze medal in the 2018 grand final as Holland won the world title.

Zaferes, who has won 17 medals in the WTS, will be joined by eight other Americans in the series opener. Also racing in the elite women’s race are 2020 Olympic hopefuls Taylor Spivey, Chelsea Burns, Summer Rappaport and Taylor Knibb.

Eli Hemming, who finished 16th in the grand final, leads the U.S. men, and is joined by Matt McElroy, Morgan Pearson and 2016 Olympian Ben Kanute.

The events in Abu Dhabi also includes the season-opening world mixed relay on Saturday. The U.S. is seeded No. 2 behind 2018 world champion Australia. The event will make its Olympic debut in 2020 in Tokyo.

Follow along on social: USA Triathlon on Twitter, World Triathlon Abu Dhabi on Instagram and Katie Zaferes on Instagram.

Two-time Olympian Brittany Bowe Finishes Her Impressive Season On Home Ice
Brittany Bowe competes at the ISU Speedskating World Cup on Feb. 2, 2019 in Hamar, Norway.


Brittany Bowe, who won the world title this year in the women’s 1,000-meter and won a bronze medal in the ISU World Sprint Championships, is back at the Utah Olympic Oval to lead the U.S. in the world cup final.

Bowe enters the competition with the world cup lead in both the 1,000-meter and 1,500-meter distances. She has won 12 world cup medals this season.

Among those joining her in Utah are Kimi Goetz and Carlijn Schoutens on the women’s side, and two-time Olympian Joey Mantia on the men’s side. Mantia, who won the mass start at the world championships, has been battling back issues in recent weeks. 

Bowe’s marquee event, the 1,000, is set for Saturday. The women’s and men’s 1,500 finals are Sunday. Other events include the women’s and men’s 500 finals, and women’s 3,000 and men’s 5000 on Saturday, and a second round of 500-meter races on Sunday, along with the women’s and men’s mass starts.

TV: 11 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 2:20 p.m. ET Saturday and 4:15 p.m. ET Sunday, NBC Sports Gold

Follow along on social: US Speedskating on Twitter, ISU Speedskating on Twitter and Brittany Bowe on Instagram.

Short Track World Championships

Three 2018 Olympians are among the four U.S. skaters competing in this week’s world championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Olympic teammates Maame Biney, Thomas Hong and Aaron Tran lead the way for Team USA at worlds. Biney won a 500-meter bronze medal in the final world cup on Feb. 10 in Italy and also won a gold medal in the 500 at junior world championships in 2018.

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

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

Bobsled/Skeleton World Championships

Codie Bascue, a 2018 Olympian, begins his chase after a world championship medal in the four-man bobsled on Friday in Whistler, at the venue used in the Olympic Winter Games 2010. Bascue, who finished ninth in his four-man Olympic debut, will pilot the U.S. sled pushed by James Reed, “Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful” winner Josh Williamson and Chris Kinney. The other four-man sled will be piloted by Hunter Church. The four-man competition will have two runs Friday and another two Saturday. The men’s and women’s skeleton finishes up Friday with two runs. The U.S. has three athletes in each skeleton competition: Kyle Brown, Austin Florian and Greg West on the men’s side, and Kendall Wesenberg, Savannah Graybill and Megan Henry on the women’s side.

TV: Noon, 1:45, 3:30, 5, 8 p.m. ET Friday, 8 and 9:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Olympic Channel; 9:30 p.m. ET Friday, NBCSN

Webcast: Noon, 3:30, 8 p.m. ET Friday, 8 p.m. ET Saturday, nbcsports.com

Women’s Alpine Skiing – Spindleruv Mlyn World Cup

Mikaela Shiffrin, three-time world cup overall globe champion, is returning to the mountain where she got her world cup start in 2011 to chase after history. A win in Friday’s giant slalom would be her 15th win of the world cup season and would break the single-season record of 14 held by Vreni Schneider. Shiffrin skied in her first world cup event eight years ago at Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic. She’ll have two shots at the record as she’ll also ski in the slalom on Saturday. They are the final events prior to the world cup final, which begins March 13 in Soldeu, Andorra. Shiffrin has already clinched the overall and slalom titles.

TV: 7:30 a.m. ET Friday and Saturday, Olympic Channel; noon ET Friday, NBCSN

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

Men’s Alpine Skiing – Kranjska Gora World Cup

Four-time Olympian Ted Ligety leads a U.S. men’s team balanced by the seasoned and the youth this week in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. The seasoned U.S. skiers include Ligety and two-time Olympian Tommy Ford, and the rising youth features River Radamus, the 2019 junior world champion in giant slalom. The giant slalom event will be held Saturday, followed by the slalom on Sunday.

TV: 3:30 and 6:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 3:30 and 6:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 4:30 and 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday, olympicchannel.com

Halfpipe and Slopestyle Snowboarding and Skiing U.S. Grand Prix

Two-time Olympic champion David Wise goes after a world cup championship on Friday in the U.S. Grand Prix and world cup final at Mammoth Mountain, California. Also chasing after a crystal globe in the halfpipe skiing event is two-time Olympian Brita Sigourney. Wise enters the competition in third place in the world cup men’s standings, and Sigourney is fifth on the women’s side. Friday’s halfpipe finals are a part of a big weekend at Mammoth Mountain. The slopestyle snowboarding finals are also Friday, followed by halfpipe snowboarding finals on Saturday, and slopestyle skiing finals on Sunday. Olympic and world champion Chloe Kim is out of the halfpipe competition with a broken ankle. Maddie Mastro, a 2018 Olympian who scored a victory last week in the Burton U.S. Open, is also likely out with an injured foot.

TV: 11:30 p.m. ET Saturday, 12:30 a.m. ET Sunday, NBCSN

Webcast: 12:30 and 4 p.m. ET Friday, 12:30 and 4 p.m. ET Saturday, NBC Sports Gold

Nordic – Oslo World Cup

Two-time Olympians Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen, who finished fifth in the women’s team sprint in the world championships, are among the U.S. skiers in Oslo, Norway, for a world cup weekend. Diggins is also coming off a fourth-place finish in the 30K freestyle race at the world championships. Competition will be held in cross-country skiing, men’s and women’s ski jumping, and Nordic Combined. Diggins and Bjornsen will line up in the women’s 30K mass start on Sunday. The men’s 50K mass start is Saturday. Among the U.S. starters in the men’s race are Ben Lustgarten and Adam Martin.

The Raw Air Tournament begins Saturday for men’s ski jumpers with a team event, and continues Sunday with an individual HS134 event. Kevin Bickner and Casey Larson, both 2018 Olympians, and Andrew Urlaub will compete. The Raw Air Tournament will be held at four venues over 10 days. Three-time Olympian Taylor Fletcher is competing in the Nordic combined event on Saturday. The competition consists of an HS134 jump and 10K race. Nita Englund, a 2018 Olympian, and Nina Lussi are entered in a women’s HS134 ski jumping event set for Sunday.

TV: 4 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET Saturday, 1, 3, 4:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast (cross country): 4 a.m. ET Saturday, 6:45 a.m. ET Sunday, olympicchannel.com

Webcast (ski jumping): 1:30 p.m. ET Friday, 8:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 5 and 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday, olympicchannel.com

Webcast (Nordic Combined): 3 and 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday, olympicchannel.com

Men’s Rugby – Vancouver Sevens

The USA Men’s Eagles Sevens took over sole possession of first place in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series with their championship win against Samoa in last week’s USA Sevens in Las Vegas. The Eagles have reached the podium in all five of their tournaments this season and are on target to lock down a berth in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with a top-four finish. Ben Pinkelman, a 2016 Olympian, scored two tries in the 27-0 win over Samoa. Next up is the Vancouver Sevens, where the U.S. faces Wales, Chile and South Africa in the preliminary round on Saturday. The playoffs are Sunday.

Fencing – Epee Grand prix and Saber World Cups

U.S. fencing teams are heading to three locations for grand prix and world tournaments this weekend. Jake Hoyle is ranked ninth in the men’s epee grand prix tournament being held Friday through Sunday in Budapest, Hungary. On the women’s side, sisters Courtney and Kelley Hurley are seeded No. 12 and No. 13, respectively, for the women’s saber world cup in Athens, Greece. Eli Dershwitz, a 2016 Olympian who is ranked No. 1 in the world in men’s saber, leads the U.S. men’s team into a world cup tournament in Padua, Italy.

Alpine Snowboarding – Scuol World Cup
Ryan Rosencranz and Dylan Udolf are competing in the final parallel giant slalom snowboarding world cup event of the season in Scuol, Switzerland. Qualifying and finals are Saturday.

Webcast: 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 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.