By Paul D. Bowker | March 22, 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.


Nathan Chen Eyes History At Figure Skating World Championships
Nathan Chen competes at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships on March 21, 2019 in Saitama, Japan. 

 

Nathan Chen will be skating after a piece of U.S. history on Saturday in Saitama, Japan.

Chen, who won a team bronze medal at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, is attempting to become the first U.S. man to win consecutive men’s figure skating world titles since Scott Hamilton did so more than 30 years ago. Chen is unbeaten in his last five competitions, including winning his third straight U.S. title and the ISU Grand Prix Final.

Chen is among 13 U.S. skaters competing in this week’s ISU World Figure Skating Championships at the Saitama Super Arena.

The men’s free skate is Saturday. Joining Chen in the men’s event are 2014 Olympian Jason Brown and 2018 Olympian Vincent Zhou. Chen was first after the short program, followed by Brown in second.

Two-time Olympians Madison Chock and Evan Bates are part of a stacked U.S. squad of three ice dance teams that are looking to extend the U.S. medal streak to five years at the world championships. Chock and Bates are going after their third world medal. They’re joined by 2018 Olympians Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, who won the 2019 U.S. championship and won the silver medal at last year’s world championships, and Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker.

The free dance is also Saturday.

TV: 7-11 p.m. ET Friday, 1-3 p.m. ET Saturday, NBCSN; 8-10 p.m. ET Saturday, NBC

Webcast: 4:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. ET Friday, 4:30 a.m. ET Saturday, NBC Sports Gold

Follow along on social: US Figure Skating on Twitter, Jackie Wong on Twitter and the International Skating Union on Instagram


Jessie Diggins Goes For Her Sixth Podium Finish In The Cross-Country World Cup Final
Jessie Diggins competes at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships on Feb. 21, 2019 in Seefeld, Austria.

 

Two-time Olympian and 2018 Olympic champion Jessie Diggins leads a 27-member U.S. team into this week’s world cup final in Quebec.

Diggins is in fifth place in the women’s overall cup standings entering the final competition of the season. She reached her fifth podium of the world cup season last week, finishing third in the 10-kilometer freestyle in Falun, Sweden.

Among those joining Diggins in Quebec are two-time Olympians Sophie Caldwell and Sadie Bjornsen on the women’s side and three-time Olympian Simi Hamilton for the men. They all earned starting spots with top-20 rankings in world cup sprints.

The competition will consist of men’s and women’s sprint freestyle races Friday, women’s 10-kilometer and men’s 15K classic races Saturday, and men’s and women’s pursuit freestyle races Sunday.

In all, the U.S. has 15 women and 12 men qualified for world cup slots.

TV: 1:15 p.m. ET Friday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 1:30 p.m. ET Friday, 8:15 and 9:15 a.m. ET Saturday, 9:45 and 11 a.m. ET Sunday, olympicchannel.com

Follow along on social: FIS Cross Country on Twitter, Jessie Diggins on Instagram and U.S. Ski Team on Instagram 



The U.S. Fights For A Playoff Spot At The World Women’s Curling Championship
Team Sinclair celebrates its victory at the 2018 USA Curling National Championships on March 10, 2018 in Fargo, N.D.

 

A spot in the playoff round of the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship will be at stake for the U.S. on Friday. Team Sinclair closes out the round-robin portion of the tournament in Silkeborg, Denmark, with matches against Scotland and Switzerland. The U.S. needs to finish among the top six in order to make the playoff round.

The semifinals are Saturday, followed by the medal round on Sunday.

The team is led by Jamie Sinclair. Joining her are twin sisters and Youth Olympians Sarah and Taylor Anderson, and Vicky Persinger and Monica Walker.

Team Sinclair lost five of its first nine matches but jumped right back into contention for a playoff berth with consecutive wins over Canada and Latvia, and a near win against Olympic champion Sweden.

TV: 4 p.m. ET Friday, 7 p.m. ET Saturday, 11:30 p.m. ET Sunday, NBCSN

Webcast: 4 and 9 a.m. ET Friday, 4 and 9 a.m., 2 p.m. ET Saturday, 5 and 10 a.m. ET Sunday, olympicchannel.com

Follow along on social: USA Curling on Twitter, Team J Sinclair on Instagram and World Curling Federation on Instagram


Fencing – Saber and Epee World Cups

Eli Dershwitz, a two-time Olympian who is the top-ranked men’s saber fencer in the world, goes after a second world cup gold medal in two months this week in Budapest, Hungary. He won a world cup tournament in February in Poland. Dershwitz and the U.S. men’s saber fencers are among four U.S. squads competing in world cup tournaments at four different venues this weekend, all of them with individual and team medals on the line. The women’s saber team, led by eighth-ranked Eliza Stone, is in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. The women’s epee team is in Chengdu, China, and the men’s epee squad is in Buenos Aires, Argentina. All individual tournaments are Friday and Saturday, and the team tourneys are Sunday.


Biathlon – World Cup Final

Two-time Olympian Susan Dunklee is among the U.S. biathletes in Oslo, Norway, this week for the world cup final. The competition began Thursday with the 7.5-kilometer women’s sprint and continues through the women’s and men’s mass starts on Sunday, which will determine the overall champions. Among those joining Dunklee in Oslo are Clare Egan and Joanne Reid, who combined with Emily Dreissigacker for a best-ever ninth-place finish in the 4x6K at the world championship. On the men’s side, two-time Olympians Sean Doherty and Leif Nordgren lead the U.S.

Webcast: 11:30 a.m. ET Friday, 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. ET Saturday, 8:45 and 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday, NBC Sports Gold


Gymnastics – Doha World Cup

Jade Carey, a world silver medalist in the women’s vault and floor exercise in 2017, will go after a podium finish on the vault and floor exercise at the Doha World Cup on Friday and Saturday. She is one of three Americans competing in Qatar. Joining her are Trevor Howard and Stephen Nedoroscik. Carey placed second in vault qualifications on Wednesday with a two-vault average of 14.8333, and won floor qualifications Thursday with a 14.000. Nedoroscik is a finalist in pommel horse Friday. Individual finals are scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

TV: 8 p.m. ET Friday, 6 p.m. ET Saturday, Olympic Channel; 1 p.m. Monday ET, NBCSN

Webcast: 9 a.m. ET Friday and Saturday, olympicchannel.com


Gymnastics – Birmingham World Cup

Riley McCusker, a 2018 world team champion with Team USA, and Allan Bower are competing in Saturday’s world cup in Birmingham, England. The competition is the third stop of the FIG all-around world cup series. The event is being held at Genting Arena in Birmingham.

TV: 8 p.m. ET Saturday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday, olympicchannel.com


Ski Jumping World Cups

Kevin Bickner, a 2018 Olympian, and Casey Larson will compete in this weekend’s ski-flying competitions at Planica, Slovenia. Individual HS240 competitions are set for Friday and Sunday. A team competition will be held Saturday. On the women’s side, Nita Englund, a 2018 Olympian, and Nina Lussi are in Chaikovsky, Russia, for HS102 events on Saturday and Sunday. Both the men’s and women’s events are the final world cup competitions of the season.

Webcast: 9:30 a.m. ET Friday, 5 and 10 a.m. ET Saturday, 5 and 7 a.m. ET Sunday, NBC Sports Gold

Bobsled/Skeleton – U.S. Championships
Spots on the 2019-20 world cup team are up for grabs in this weekend’s USA Bobsled & Skeleton National Championships in Lake Placid, New York. The winner in each event secures a spot on the team. Competition will be held in women’s and men’s skeleton, women’s bobsled, two- and four-man bobsled, and women’s monobob. Skeleton will consist of four heats. Women’s bobsled will have two heats, and the winner of the men’s competition will be decided through two- and four-man races. The monobob race is an exhibition event only; the discipline will make its Olympic debut in 2022. Three-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor and three-time Olympian Justin Olsen will not compete due to injuries sustained at the world championships.


Shooting – World Cup Shotgun Acapulco

Six-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode will be among the American skeet shooters competing in an ISSF World Cup Shotgun being held in Acapulco, Mexico. Joining her in the three-day competition, which runs Saturday through Monday, are U.S. silver medalist Sam Simonton and junior world bronze medalist Austen Smith. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Vincent Hancock and two-time Olympian Frank Thompson are in the men’s skeet competition on Sunday and Monday. No Olympic quota spots can be earned in skeet because the U.S. has already secured the maximum number of spots for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.


Tennis – Miami Open
Five-time Olympic medalist Venus Williams and 2016 Olympian John Isner are among the Americans playing in the Miami Open, an ATP Tour Masters 1000 tournament. It heads into the second round on Friday. U.S. teams in men’s doubles include Isner and Sam Querrey, and three-time Olympians Bob and Mike Bryan.

 

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.