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U.S. Men’s Rugby Team Chases Down Olympic Berth Again & More From Team USA This Weekend

By Paul D. Bowker | May 24, 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 Rugby Sevens Squad So Close To Olympic Spot
Maceo Brown charges forward at HSBC Hong Kong Sevens on April 07, 2019 in Hong Kong.


The USA Men’s Eagles Sevens are chasing down an Olympic berth and an HSBC Rugby World Sevens Series title at the same time.

A strong performance in the London Sevens could lock down both.

The U.S. arrives in London with a first-place position in the series standings, leading Fiji by three points after finishing on the podium in six of the previous eight stops. There are two tournaments left, the London Sevens this weekend and the Paris Sevens next week.

The top four countries in the series standings at the end of the season clinch spots at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and the U.S. is close to securing one of those spots. The Eagles are 38 points ahead of England, the fifth-place team. If they are at least 23 points ahead of the fifth-place team after the London Sevens are finished Sunday, then the Eagles are in.

The U.S. will face No. 11 Spain, No. 14 Wales and No. 7 Australia in Saturday’s preliminary round. The playoff round is Sunday.

Follow along on social: USA Rugby on Instagram, World Rugby 7s on Twitter and Carlin Isles on Instagram

Champions Series Continues With Diving Nationals
David Boudia looks on at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 on Aug. 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Three-time Olympian David Boudia chases after another national title Saturday. No surprise there. But this time, it’ll be at 3 meters, an event in which he’ll try to make a fourth U.S. Olympic Team after dominating the competition at 10 meters for the last decade.

The men’s 3-meter final at the USA Diving Senior National Championships, part of the Team USA Champions Series, presented by Xfinity, is Saturday in Indianapolis, one of four final events taking place the last two days of nationals. In addition to national titles, spots on the 2019 world championship team and Pan American Games team are at stake.

The men’s 3-meter final could turn into a battle between Boudia, a four-time Olympic medalist at 10 meters, and Michael Hixon, a 2016 Olympic silver medalist who teamed up with Andrew Capobianco earlier this week to win the synchronized 3-meter title. Hixon also finished second in the individual 1-meter.

Steele Johnson, who combined with Boudia to win a silver medal in the synchronized 10-meter at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, clinched his spot on the world team with a second-place finish in the 10-meter synchro on Tuesday. He is one of the medal contenders in the men’s individual 10-meter on Sunday.

Among the leaders on the women’s side are 2016 Olympian Katrina Young and seven-time national champion Samantha Bromberg, who won the 10-meter synchro competition together earlier this week. Bromberg also finished third in the 3-meter synchro, teaming up with Brooke Schultz.

TV: 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday, NBCSN; 2 p.m. ET Saturday, NBC; midnight ET Sunday and Monday, Olympic Channel

Follow along on social: USA Diving on Twitter, Steele Johnson on Instagram, and Team USA on Twitter

Women’s Soccer Ends World Cup Send-Off Series In New Jersey
(R) Dunn dribbles at the Sendoff Series on May 16, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri.


The U.S. women’s soccer team has just one thing left to do before heading to France for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The women face Mexico on Sunday in their final Send-Off Series match at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

It has been a perfect send-off thus far. Three-time Olympian Carli Lloyd scored two goals in a 5-0 win over New Zealand last week in St. Louis, pushing her career total to 110 goals. Samantha Mewis, a 6-foot forward who was an alternate for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, has scored three goals in two games. The U.S. has not given up a goal, and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher posted her 24th career shutout in the win over New Zealand.

The U.S. is unbeaten in its last eight games, unscored upon in its last three and hasn’t lost since a 3-1 setback to France in January.

The World Cup opener is less than three weeks away. The U.S. begins group play on June 11 against Thailand in Reims, France.

Sunday’s game kicks off at noon ET.

Follow along on social: USWNT on Instagram, Emily Sonnett on Twitter and Alex Morgan on Twitter


Beach Volleyball – FIVB Jinjiang 4-star World Tour
Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings and 2016 Olympian Brooke Sweat continue their Olympic-qualifying journey this week in Jinjiang, China. After finishing tied for fifth last week in an FIVB 4-star tournament in Brazil, the duo is in China to secure more Olympic ranking points. With 3,100 qualifying points, they trail only Alix Klineman and April Ross among U.S. women’s teams. Walsh Jennings and Sweat are third overall and among five U.S. teams in the top 12. The maximum number of teams for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is two per country per gender.

Joining Walsh Jennings and Sweat in the women’s main draw are the teams of Sara Hughes and Summer Ross, Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil, and Betsi Flint and Emily Day. Competing in the men’s draw are the teams of three-time Olympian Phil Dalhausser and 2016 Olympian Nick Lucena, John Hyden and Ryan Doherty, Tri Bourne and Trevor Crabb, and 2016 Olympian Casey Patterson and former NBA player Chase Budinger.


Fencing – Saber Grand Prix
Eli Dershwitz, a 2016 Olympian who is ranked first in the world in men’s saber, is among 24 U.S. fencers competing this weekend in the final grand prix tournament of the season in Moscow. The individual tournament goes from Friday until Sunday, with the men’s final Saturday and women’s Sunday. Among those joining Dershwitz in the men’s tournament is No. 11-ranked Daryl Homer, a two-time Olympian. On the women’s side, No. 7 Eliza Stone and No. 12 Dagmara Wozniak lead the U.S. entries.


Archery – Antalya World Cup
Three-time Olympian Brady Ellison and Jack Williams finished among the top 10 in qualifying in this week’s world cup tournament in Antalya, Turkey, and advanced to the third round of the individual recurve tournament. Ellison, who has already qualified for the World Cup Final, was third in qualifying with a score of 686. Finals in individual and team recurve is Sunday. Paige Pearce placed third in women’s compound qualifying and Braden Gellenthien was fourth in men’s compound. All finals in compound are Saturday.

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


Shooting – Munich Rifle/Pistol World Cup
A world cup in rifle and pistol begins with the women’s 10-meter air rifle competition on Sunday in Munich. Among the medal contenders for the U.S. is Ginny Thrasher, who won a gold medal in that event when she made her Olympic debut in 2016 in Rio. The world cup, which goes through Thursday and has Olympic quota spots at stake, also includes competition in men’s and women’s three-position rifle, women’s sport pistol, men’s rapid fire pistol, men’s and women’s 10-meter air pistol, and mixed team air rifle.


Tennis – French Open
Four-time Olympic gold medalists Serena and Venus Williams, along with 2016 Olympians Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, are among the U.S. tennis players who are set to begin play in the French Open, one of four major tournaments in professional tennis. The first round of the main draw begins Sunday in both the women’s and men’s tournaments. Serena Williams, who is ranked No. 10 in the world, has won the French Open three times, but withdrew from the Italian Open in her match against sister Venus because of a knee injury. Stephens, who is ranked No. 7, reached the French Open final last year. On the men’s side, U.S. entries include 2016 Olympic doubles bronze medalist Steve Johnson. Three-time Olympians Bob and Mike Bryan, who are ranked No. 1 in the world in men’s doubles, go after their third French Open title in Paris.


Surfing – Corona Bali Protected
Courtney Conlogue and Carissa Moore, who are third and fourth in the Women’s Championship Tour women’s standings, are among the final eight in the final stages of the Corona Bali Protected event in Indonesia. Two Americans also reached the final eight on the men’s side: 11-time world champion Kelly Slater and Kolohe Andino, who is ranked sixth and began the season with a second-place finish in the Quicksilver Pro Gold Coast stop in Australia.


Canoe/Kayak – Poznan World Cup
Lia Gaetano and Ann Marie Armstrong will compete in three events in this week’s season-opening ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Poznan, Poland, including together in the women’s 500-meter C2 event. They’ll also compete individually in the 200- and 500-meter races. Stanton Collins is competing in men’s kayak and Ian Ross is in men’s canoe. The world cup stop also includes U.S. paracanoe entrants Nikiha Miller, Jamey Parks, Jillian Elwart and Kaitlyn Verfuerth.


Cycling – Mountain Bike World Cup
One week after Olympic hopeful Kate Courtney of the U.S. outbattled European champion Jolanda Neff of Switzerland for her first mountain bike cross-country world cup win in Germany, the two could meet up again Sunday in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. Neff and Courtney are one-two in the UCI mountain bike cross-country elite women’s rankings. Chloe Woodruff, a 2016 Olympian who finished sixth last week, is 24th.


Synchronized Swimming – American Synchro Open
USA Synchro’s national team will make its 2019 debut in home waters this weekend in the America Synchro Open in Greensboro, North Carolina. The event is the sixth stop on the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series tour. The team’s new routines will be featured in the technical program on Friday and freestyle program on Saturday. Duet performers are expected to include 2016 Olympian Anita Alvarez, Ruby Remati, Lindi Schroeder and Abby Remmers. Freestyle programs in duet and mixed duet are set for Friday, followed by solo and team on Saturday at the Greensboro Aquatics Center.


Modern Pentathlon – Prague World Cup
Samantha Achterberg and Amro Elgeziry lead a group of eight U.S. athletes competing in this week’s world cup stop in Prague, Czech Republic. It is the final world cup stop prior to the world cup final and serves as a U.S. ranking event for the 2019 Pan American Games. Achterberg and Elgeziry, a three-time Olympian when he resided in Egypt, are No. 1 in the U.S. women’s and men’s rankings for the Pan Am team, respectively. The top two men and top three women qualify for the Pan Am Games, which are a qualifying event for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Also competing in Prague were 2016 Olympian Isabella Isaksen – Elgeziry’s wife, Jessica Davis and Anna Olesinski on the women’s side, and Tyler Evans, Youth Olympian Brendan Anderson and Sam Ruddock on the men’s side. The women’s final is Saturday, followed by the men’s final on Sunday and the mixed team relay on Monday Achterberg finished 22nd in Thursday's semifinals to reach the final.

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.