By Paul D. Bowker | May 10, 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 the biggest events and how to follow them on Team USA This Weekend.


U.S. Men’s Ice Hockey Vies For Second Straight World Championship Medal
Patrick Kane competes at the the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship on May 17, 2018 in Herning, Denmark.

 

Led by Chicago Blackhawks star and two-time Olympian Patrick Kane, the U.S. men’s national team begins its quest for a world championship medal Friday when it faces host Slovakia.

The U.S. has won bronze medals in three of its last six appearances in the world championship, its best stretch at the tournament since the 1950s. Kane, who is team captain for the second consecutive year, helped lead the U.S. to a bronze medal in 2018.

After facing Slovakia on Friday at Steel Arena in Kosice, the U.S. plays France on Sunday at the same venue.

The U.S. will play seven games in the preliminary round, with the final game on May 21 against Canada. The semifinals and medal round will be played May 25 and 26 at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava.

After the preliminary round is completed, the top eight teams from a 16-team field advance to the quarterfinal round that will be played May 23.

The U.S. defeated Germany 5-2 in its only pre-tournament exhibition as Johnny Gaudreau, Alex DeBrincat and James van Riemsdyk each scored goals.

Follow along on social: USA Hockey on Instagram, #MensWorlds on Twitter and IIHF Hockey on Twitter.


Three U.S. Teams Prepare For Curling’s World Cup Grand Final
John Shuster celebrates at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 24, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. 

 

Three U.S. teams are competing in the World Cup Grand Final in Beijing, including 2018 Olympic champion John Shuster as the skip of the men’s team.

Also serving as a skip is Nina Roth on the women’s team. The mixed doubles team is made up of 2012 Youth Olympians Sarah Anderson and Korey Dropkin.

Double round-robin play will be held through Saturday. The top team in each of the two groups in each discipline will play for gold medals on Sunday local time (late Saturday night ET). A victory in eight ends earns three points; a shootout victory is worth two points.

Shuster’s team, which consists of Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner and Chris Plys, defeated Canada in a shootout on the first day of competition Wednesday. They face Canada again on Friday, and then China and Sweden on Saturday. Hamilton and Landsteiner were also part of the U.S. team that won a gold medal in PyeongChang, and Plys was on the 2010 Olympic team.

Anderson and Dropkin, who won their first match against Switzerland on Wednesday, face Switzerland again on Friday, and Canada and China on Saturday.

The women’s team of Roth, Becca Hamilton, and Tabitha and Tara Peterson face Canada and China on Friday, and Japan and Canada on Saturday.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET Friday, 9 p.m. ET Saturday, NBCSN; 11:55 p.m. ET Friday, 12:30 and 11:55 p.m. ET Saturday, 4 and 6 p.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel

Follow along on social: USA Curling on Instagram, John Shuster on Twitter and World Curling on Twitter 


Team USA Champions Series Goes To USAV Collegiate Championships
LSU's Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss celebrate wining the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championships on May 11, 2018 in Hermosa Beach, Calif.

 

The Team USA Champions Series, presented by Xfinity, heads to the beach this week.

LSU’s Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss, who won last year’s women’s title in the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships, return as the top seeds in this year’s competition, which began Wednesday and goes through Saturday at Hermosa Beach, California.

The 46-team women’s field also includes Lindsey Sparks, a 2018 Youth Olympian who is teaming up with UCLA teammate Abby Van Winkle. UCLA, which won the NCAA beach volleyball championship, is also represented by Piper Monk-Heidrich and Hannah Phair. Southern California, the runner-up, has three teams entered: Sammy Slater and Haley Hallgren, Joy Dennis and Maja Kaiser, and Hannah Martin and Laurel Kujan.

The event is a part of the 2019 Team USA Champions Series, which also includes the upcoming USA Diving Senior National Championships, Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships, USA Swimming’s Phillips 66 National Championships and the U.S. Gymnastics Championships.

Among those competing on the 16 teams in the men’s tournament at Hermosa Beach are UCLA’s Tim Brewster, a Youth Olympian, and Florida Atlantic’s Adam Wienckowski. They are the top seeds. Wienckowski is looking for a repeat title after winning last year’s championship with Jonathan Justice, who is teaming up this year with Bryce Edwards of Nicholls State.

TV: 6 p.m. ET Saturday, NBCSN

Follow along on social: Team USA on Twitter, #BeachChamps19 on Twitter and USA Beach Volleyball on Instagram.


Women’s Rugby Eyes Olympic Qualification At Canada Sevens

The U.S. women's rugby sevens team celebrates its bronze medals at the HSBC Women's Rugby Sevens Kitakyushu on April 21, 2019 in Kitakyushu, Japan.

The U.S. Women’s Eagles Sevens squad has already achieved the best season in program history. They won their third medal of the season in Kitakyushu, Japan, capturing the bronze medal, and are looking for more this weekend.

The Eagles enter this week’s Canada Sevens with an 18-point edge over fifth-place France in the race to clinch a spot at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The top four teams in the World Series standings lock down Olympic spots, and the U.S. is in third place with 64 points, trailing second-place Canada by just two points.

The Eagles have won medals in three of four tournaments, including bronze medals in their last two tournaments.

The U.S. will play Spain, Fiji and France on Saturday in the pool-play portion of Canada Sevens in Langford, British Columbia. The playoff round is Sunday.

“Our biggest challenge in Langford will be to continue to remain focused on the task at hand and not get taken away by the distraction of possibilities,” Eagles coach Chris Brown said. “Whether it be anything regarding Olympic qualification, what could be achieved that weekend or the fear of losing either of those two things, we take it one step at a time.”

Co-captain Lauren Doyle, Alev Kelter and Naya Tapper are among the team’s leaders. They combined for 14 of the Eagles’ 27 tries in Kitakyushu.

Follow along on social: USA Rugby on Twitter, World Rugby 7s on Twitter and Lauren Doyle on Instagram.


Women’s Soccer – USA vs. South Africa
Now that the final U.S. roster has been named for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the U.S. women’s national team begins its final preparations with the three-game Send-Off Series. First up is a friendly against South Africa on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The U.S. will also play New Zealand on May 16 in St. Louis and Mexico on May 26 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. Among those named to the World Cup team were three-time Olympian Carli Lloyd, and two-time Olympians Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe.


Track – IAAF World Relays
Five-time Olympic medalist Justin Gatlin, along with 2016 Olympians Mike Rodgers and Devon Allen, and 2008 Olympian Queen Harrison are among more than 40 U.S. track athletes who are in Yokohama, Japan, for the IAAF World Relays. The competition consists of nine events: 4x100-meter, 4x200 and 4x400 for both men and women, and mixed team relays in 4x400, 2x2x400 and shuttle hurdles. The action takes place Saturday and Sunday at Yokohama International Stadium.

TV: 5:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel; 4 p.m. ET Sunday, NBCSN

Webcast: 6:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 5 a.m. ET Sunday, NBC Sports Gold


Fencing – Saber World Cup
Eli Dershwitz, a 2016 Olympian who is ranked No. 1 in the world, and Mariel Zagunis, a four-time Olympic medalist, lead the U.S. men’s and women’s teams, respectively, into the final saber world cup tournaments of the season this weekend. Dershwitz and 10th-ranked Daryl Homer, a two-time Olympian, are among 12 Americans competing in men’s individual and team tournaments in Madrid. Zagunis is among three U.S. fencers ranked among the top 30 in the world in women’s saber. Among those joining her in Tunisia are No. 8-ranked Eliza Stone and No. 13 Dagmara Wozniak. Zagunis, Stone, Wozniak and Aleksandra Shelton are ranked fourth entering Sunday’s team tournament.


Swimming – FINA Champions Swim Series
Six-time Olympic medalist Matt Grevers is competing in the 100-meter backstroke in the second stop of the FINA Champions Swim Series in Budapest, Hungary. The inaugural series features only four swimmers in each event, and the invited list includes reigning Olympic and world champions, current world-record holders and the No. 1-ranked swimmer in each event. Other U.S. swimmers this weekend in Budapest include five-time Olympic champion Dana Vollmer in the women’s 100 butterfly, 2016 Olympian Jacob Pebley in the men’s 200 backstroke, Olympic silver medalist Chase Kalisz in the men’s 200 individual medley, Michael Andrew in the men’s 50 breaststroke, Kevin Cordes in the 100 breast, Justin Ress in the men’s 50 backstroke, and 2016 Olympians Katie Meili and Molly Hannis in the women’s 50, 100 and 200 breaststrokes.

TV: 2 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, NBCSN


Shooting – Shotgun World Cup
Six-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode is going after history on Friday when she competes in women’s skeet in an ISSF world cup for shotgun in Changwon, South Korea. Rhode has won three consecutive world cup events. No woman shooter has ever won four straight, and no shotgun competitor, male or female, has achieved the feat. Rhode is among 12 U.S. shooters in the Changwon world cup, joining Olympic gold medalists Glenn Eller and Vincent Hancock. The men’s skeet finals are Saturday. Trap competition begins next week, in which the U.S. will attempt to secure more quota spots for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Both quota spots in women’s and men’s skeet are already secured.


Tennis – Madrid Open
Sloane Stephens, a 2016 Olympian and US Open women’s champion in 2017, has reached the semifinals of the Madrid Open. Stephens defeated Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the round of 32 and Zheng Saisai of China in the round of 16. The last American still alive in the men’s tournament was Frances Tiafoe, who faced second-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain in the round of 16 on Thursday. The finals are Sunday.


Archery – Shanghai World Cup
Three-time Olympian Brady Ellison will shoot for a bronze medal on Sunday in the men’s recurve medal round against Netherland’s Sjef van den Berg. Ellison has already qualified for the World Cup Final after winning the season’s first world cup competition. He is also competing this week with Erin Mickelberry in the mixed team tournament.

TV: 3 p.m. ET Saturday, 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel


Field Hockey – FIH Pro League
The U.S. women’s team returns home to take on Australia on Friday night and Argentina on Sunday night at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The U.S. is seeking its first win in regulation in the inaugural season of the FIH Pro League. The Americans lost in heartbreakers their last two games on the road, 2-1 to Germany in regulation time and 2-1 to Great Britain in a shootout. Argentina has seven victories in 11 games and is atop the standings by six points over the Netherlands.


Open Water Swimming – FINA World Series
The second stop of the FINA Marathon Swimming World Series is Sunday in the Seychelles, located off the coast of East Africa. Jordan Wilimovsky, a 2016 Olympian, finished third in the season-opening event in February in Doha. Two-time Olympian Haley Anderson was fourth in the season opener.


Cycling – BMX World Cup
The third and fourth rounds of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup takes place Saturday and Sunday in Papendal, Netherlands. Two-time Olympian Alise (Post) Willoughby is coming off a fourth-place finish in the second round of the world cup in Great Britain, a day in which she won every race until a crash in the final competition. Felicia Stancil of the U.S. finished sixth in Round 2.


Judo – Baku Grand Slam
Hannah Martin and Chantal Wright are among five U.S. athletes competing in this weekend’s IJF Grand Slam tournament being held in Baku, Azerbaijan. More than 430 athletes from 57 nations are competing in what is the last major international stop prior to the 2019 world championships in Tokyo. Martin is competing at 63 kg. and Wright at 70 kg. On the men’s side, Jack Hatton is at 81 kg., Matthew Koch at 90 kg. and Ajax Tadehara at +100 kg. Competition is Friday through Sunday.


Rowing –  World Cup I
Two-time Olympian Meghan Musnicki and Emily Regan, who were teammates on the gold medal-winning women’s eight at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, are among the U.S. rowers competing in the first World Rowing world cup regatta of the season this week in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. This time, Musnicki and Regan are rowing in women’s pair. Musnicki, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, is paired with Brooke Mooney in one of four U.S. boats in women’s pair. Regan is teaming up with Felice Mueller, a 2016 Olympian. Musnicki, Mooney, Regan and Mueller are also combining to race in one of three U.S. boats in the women’s four.

TV: 3:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel


Weightlifting – National Championships
Two-time Olympian Sarah Robles is among hundreds of weightlifters going after national titles this weekend in the USA Weightlifting National Championships. The competition goes through Sunday in Memphis, Tennessee. Robles made history in the Olympic Games Rio 2016 when she won a bronze medal to become the first U.S. weightlifter in 16 years to medal at an Olympic Games. She also won a world title in 2017. Robles is competing in the super heavyweight division in Memphis.

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.