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.
Mikaela Shiffrin Goes For Her Final Crystal Globe In World Cup FinalMikaela Shiffrin competes at the FIS World Ski Championships on Feb. 14, 2019 in Are, Sweden.
The world cup alpine skiing season will come to a dramatic finish on Sunday for two-time Olympian Mikaela Shiffrin.
Shiffrin enters the final giant slalom race with a 97-point lead over Petra Vlhova of Slovakia. A strong finish at the Soldeu-El Tarter ski area in the Pyrenees Mountains in Andorra will clinch another crystal globe for Shiffrin.
Saturday’s women’s slalom race will serve as a victory lap for Shiffrin, who entered the world cup final having already clinched the overall and slalom titles.
“I’m still feeling good, I’m feeling motivated,” Shiffrin said earlier this week. “There’s a little bit of energy left in the tank, and I’m enjoying these last races.”
Shiffrin captured her first super-G season title on Thursday when she tied for fourth. With 15 total world cup victories this season, she’s already set the record for wins in one season.
Tommy Ford, a two-time Olympian, is ranked eighth in the men’s giant slalom entering Saturday’s season finale. He’ll be joined by two-time Olympic champion Ted Ligety and three-time Youth Olympic champion River Radamus.
TV: 7 a.m. ET Friday, 7 and 8 a.m. ET Saturday, 7 and 8 a.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel
Webcast: 7 a.m. ET Friday, 4, 5:30, 7 and 8 a.m. ET Saturday, 4:30, 5:30, 7 and 8 a.m. ET Sunday, olympicchannel.com
Race Imboden Leads Stacked U.S. Foil Squad At Anaheim Grand Prix
Race Imboden celebrates after winning silver at the Tokyo World Cup on Jan. 26, 2019 in Tokyo.
Race Imboden, a two-time Olympian who is ranked No. 1 in the world in men’s foil, leads a stacked U.S. foil contingent in the men’s and women’s grand prix tournament that will be held Friday through Sunday at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.
Five U.S. fencers are ranked among the top 13 in the world, including Imboden, No. 8 Gerek Meinhardt and No. 13 Alexander Massialas. All have been No. 1 in the world at one point. The three fencers combined with Miles Chamley-Watson to win the bronze medal in the team competition at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Chamley-Watson is ranked 22nd.
Imboden won the men’s gold medal in last year’s tournament in Anaheim.
Lee Kiefer, a two-time Olympian who is ranked No. 3 and won the bronze medal last year in Anaheim, and Nicole Ross, a 2012 Olympian who is ranked No. 11, lead the American fencers in the women’s tournament.
The individual finals are set for Sunday.
Four 2018 U.S. Olympians will compete in the mass start races on Sunday, which are the final events of the IBU Biathlon World Championships in Ostersund, Sweden.
Two-time Olympians Sean Doherty and Leif Nordgren posted career-best world championships finishes in the men’s 20-kilometer individual race on Wednesday, helping them qualify for the 15K mass start race. Nordgren finished 16th in the 20K and Doherty was 17th.
Making the lineup for the women’s 12.5K mass start race are 2018 Olympians Clare Egan and Joanne Reid.
The U.S. will also have entries in the women’s 4x6K and men’s 4x7.5K on Saturday.
TV: 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday, 10 and 11 a.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel; 1 a.m. ET Sunday, NBCSN
Webcast: 8:15 and 11:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 8:15 and 11 a.m. ET Sunday, NBC Sports Gold
Follow along with: US Biathlon on Twitter, IBU World Cup on Twitter and Leif Nordgren on Instagram.
Simone Biles Makes Her 2019 Season Debut In GermanySimone Biles smiles at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships on Aug. 19, 2018 in Boston.
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles returns to competition in this week’s DTB Pokal World Cup in Stuttgart, Germany.
Biles, who won five medals in the Olympic Games Rio 2016, is coming off a 2018 season in which she won the all-around title and five other medals at the world championships. The women’s all-around is scheduled for Sunday.
Joining Biles in Stuttgart is Akash Modi, who was an alternate for the U.S. Olympic Team in 2016.
Jade Carey, Colin Van Wicklen and Trevor Howard are competing in an individual event world cup event in Baku, Azerbaijan.
TV: 4:30 p.m. ET Sunday, NBCSN
Follow along on social: International Gymnastics Federation on Twitter, USA Gymnastics on Twitter and Simone Biles on Instagram.
Curling – World Women’s Championship
Jamie Sinclair has her curling team back in the world championships to chase down a podium finish that eluded them last year. The U.S. women placed fourth at worlds last year, losing to Russia in the bronze-medal match. The march toward the playoffs begins Saturday in Silkeborg, Denmark, when Team Sinclair faces host Denmark. The team faces Japan and Korea on Sunday. The preliminary round goes through March 22. The playoff round is March 23, followed by the medal round on March 24. Joining Sinclair are twin sisters and Youth Olympians Sarah and Taylor Anderson, Vicky Persinger and Monica Walker, who made her worlds debut in 2015.
TV: 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday, 4 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel
Snowboardcross/Skicross – Veysonnaz World Cup
Four-time Olympian Lindsey Jacobellis goes after a crystal globe in snowboardcross on Saturday in Veysonnaz, Switzerland. Jacobellis, a six-time world champion and three-time world cup champion, is tied with Eva Samkova of Czech Republic for first entering the world cup final. The final world cup features the top 16 women and top 32 men in the world cup standings. Other U.S. snowboarders include three-time Olympian Faye Gulini on the women’s side, and 2016 Youth Olympic champion Jake Vedder, two-time 2019 world champion Mick Dierdorff, Olympic bronze medalist Alex Deibold and three-time Olympian Nate Holland on the men’s side. Whitney Gardner and Tyler Wallasch are among those entered in Sunday’s skicross season finale.
Webcast: 9:15 a.m. ET Saturday, 5 a.m. ET Sunday, NBC Sports Gold
Cross-Country Skiing – Falun World Cup
Jessie Diggins, a two-time Olympian and 2018 gold medalist, is among 15 U.S. skiers competing in this weekend’s world cup stop in Falun, Sweden. Diggins is coming off a fifth-place finish, the highest among Americans, in Tuesday’s classic sprint race in Drammen, Norway. The events in Falun include men’s and women’s freestyle sprints on Saturday and 10-kilometer women’s and 15K men’s races on Sunday. Among those joining Diggins in the women’s races are two-time Olympians Sadie Bjornsen and Sophie Caldwell. Simi Hamilton, a three-time Olympian, is competing in both men’s races.
TV: 9:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 1 p.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel
Webcast: 9:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 6:30 and 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday, olympicchannel.com
Big Air Skiing and Snowboarding – Quebec City World Cup
Julia Krass, a 2014 Olympian who won a silver medal in the 2019 world championships, and two-time Olympic medalist Nick Goepper, who won bronze at worlds in slopestyle, are among six U.S. athletes who are in Quebec City this week for the final big air competition of the season. Finals will be held in big air skiing and snowboarding on Saturday. Julia Marino, a 2018 Olympian who won last year’s event in Quebec City, and Ryan Stassel are in the big air snowboarding event.
TV: 7 and 8 p.m. ET Monday, Olympic Channel
Webcast: 4 and 8 p.m. ET Saturday, NBC Sports Gold
Beach Volleyball – World Tour 4-Star Doha
Three-time Olympian Phil Dalhausser and his 2016 Olympic teammate Nick Lucena won their first two matches in this week’s FIVB World Tour 4-star tournament in Doha, Qatar. The medal rounds are scheduled for Saturday, and Dalhausser and Lucena are the top seeds. Also in the tournament are 18th-seeded Trevor Crabb and Tri Bourne, who won their second match against Gustavo Albrecht Carvalhaes and Saymon Barbosa Santos of Brazil.
Ski Jumping World Cups
The men’s ski jumping Raw Air Tournament concludes Saturday and Sunday in Vikersund, Norway, with team and individual tournaments. Kevin Bickner, a 2018 Olympian, finished 11th on Wednesday night in Trondheim, Norway. Sunday’s individual jump is on the HS240 hill. The women are in Nizhny Tagil, Russia, for HS97 jumps on Saturday and Sunday, Nita Englund, a 2018 Olympian, had a ninth-place finish in Trondheim.
Webcast: 12:30 p.m. ET Friday, 10 a.m. and noon ET Saturday, 8 a.m. and noon ET Sunday, NBC Sports Gold
Nordic Combined – Schonach World Cup
The final two Nordic combined competitions of the world cup season are Saturday and Sunday in Schonach, Germany. An HS106 jump with a 10-kilometer will be held Saturday, followed by an HS106 jump and 15K race on Sunday. Taylor Fletcher, a three-time Olympian, had a 35th-place finish last week in Oslo, Norway.
Webcast: 6 and 10 a.m. ET Saturday, 6 and 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday, NBC Sports Gold
Tennis – Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open
Venus Williams, a five-time Olympic medalist, has reached the final eight of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. Williams defeated Andrea Petkovic of Germany, third-seeded Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic, Christina McHale of the U.S. and Mona Barthel of Germany on the way to the quarterfinals. The finals are set for Sunday.
Wrestling – Men’s Freestyle World Cup
A U.S. team, led in part by 2017 world team member Zain Retherford, goes after its second consecutive world cup team championship in Yakutsk, Russia. The competition is set for Saturday and Sunday and features the top eight freestyle teams from the 2018 world championships. The U.S., which finished second in the world championships, is grouped with No. 3 Georgia, No. 6 Iran and No. 7 Mongolia. In addition to Retherford (65 kg.), the team includes Final X runners-up Jason Chamberlain (70 kg.), Isaiah Martinez (74 kg.), Hayden Zillmer (92 kg.) and Kyven Gadson (97 kg.).
TV: 10 p.m. ET Friday, 3:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Saturday, 2 and 4 a.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel
Shooting – World Cup Shotgun Acapulco
Women’s trap will be the opening event in an ISSF shotgun world cup tournament being held in Acapulco, Mexico. Women’s trap will take place Saturday and Sunday, opening up a 10-day competition that will also include men’s trap, mixed team trap, and women’s and men’s skeet.
Rhythmic Gymnastics – Kiev Grand Prix
Nastasya Generalova of the U.S. is competing in this week’s rhythmic gymnastics grand prix meet in Kiev, Ukraine. The preliminary round is Saturday, followed by finals on Sunday.
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.