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Track Worlds Wrap Up, Gymnastics Worlds Begin & More From Team USA This Weekend

By Paul D. Bowker | Oct. 04, 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.

 

The Journey Begins At Gymnastics World Championships

 

Leading the U.S. is Simone Biles, a five-time Olympic medalist whose 14 gold medals at the world championships are the most in gymnastics history, women or men. She is going after her fifth world all-around title, fifth floor exercise title and third balance beam title. Her U.S. all-around title this year was her sixth.

Joining Biles in Stuttgart are 2017 two-time world silver medalist Jade Carey, 2018 world team gold medalists Grace McCallum and Kara Eaker, and Sunisa Lee, who finished second to Biles in the all-around at this year’s U.S. championships. MyKayla Skinner, a 2014 world team gold medalist and 2016 Olympic alternate, is the alternate in Stuttgart.

The top eight teams in qualifications make the women’s team finals, which are scheduled for Tuesday. The women’s all-around finals are next Thursday.

The U.S. men, who begin competition in the qualifying round Monday, are attempting to lock down an Olympic team berth. A finish among the top nine in qualifying would do so.

Sam Mikulak, a two-time Olympian and six-time U.S. all-around champion, is among five on the men’s team. Joining him are three-time world team member Yul Moldauer, 2016 Olympic alternate Akash Modi, 2019 U.S. vault gold medalist Shane Wiskus and 2019 U.S. still rings silver medalist Trevor Howard. Allan Bower is the alternate.

TV: 3 p.m. ET Saturday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 3 p.m. Saturday, olympicchannel.com

Follow along on social: USA Gymnastics on Twitter, FIG Gymnastics on Twitter and Simone Biles on Instagram.

 

U.S. Stars Are Ready To Shine On Final Weekend Of Track And Field Worlds

 

A trio of American runners may be headed for a memorable moment Friday at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

The women’s 400-meter hurdles final is stacked. Dalilah Muhammad, the 2016 Olympic champion, won the U.S. outdoors championship in July in world-record time. Sydney McLaughlin, a 20-year-old who made her Olympic debut in 2016, finished second. Ashley Spencer, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, finished third.

All three are in the eight-woman final Friday, and they are the only three to have run under 54 seconds this year. Muhammad and McLaughlin have each run under 53.

And that is just the beginning of an action-packed final weekend in Doha.

Fred Kerley, a 2018 Diamond League champion, is in the men’s 400-meter final Friday. Defending Olympic champion and three-time U.S. champion Ryan Crouser goes after his first world title in shot put on Saturday.

Sunday’s final in the women’s 100-meter hurdles could feature 2016 Olympic champion and 2013 world champion Brianna McNeal, three-time national champion and 14-time Diamond League winner Keni Harrison, and 2016 Olympic silver medalist Nia Ali.

Brittney Reese, a three-time Olympian and two-time medalist, goes after her fifth world title in the women’s long jump on Sunday as well.

TV: 1 p.m. ET Friday, 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 5 p.m. Saturday, Olympic Channel; 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Noon Sunday, NBC; 8 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, NBCSN

Webcast: 12:20, 12:50, 1:35, 4:05 p.m. Friday, 9:05 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 1:10 p.m., 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 12:30 p.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App

Follow along on social: USA Track and Field on Twitter, IAAF Doha 2019 on Twitter and Dalilah Muhammad on Instagram.

 

Men’s Volleyball World Cup Defense Continues

 

The U.S. men’s national team, which is the defending FIVB World Cup champion, takes on Poland, Japan and Tunisia as the quadrennial, round-robin tournament continues this weekend in Fukuoka, Japan.

Those matches finish up the first portion of play in the World Cup, which goes through Oct. 14. Team USA plays its final six matches in Hiroshima, Japan.

After facing Poland early Friday morning, ET, the U.S. faces host Japan on Saturday (6:20 a.m. ET) and Tunisia on Sunday (2 a.m. ET).

Matt Anderson, a two-time Olympian, and Aaron Russell, a 2016 Olympian, each had 16 points in a 19-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-19 victory against Italy on Wednesday. That win evened the U.S. record at 1-1 after a tournament-opening loss to Argentina on Monday.

The team is coached by John Speraw and includes seven members of the 2016 Olympic squad, which won a bronze medal.

Follow along on social: USA Volleyball on Twitter, FIVB Volleyball on Twitter and Matt Anderson on Instagram.

 

Women’s Soccer Victory Tour Ends With Jill Ellis’ Final Game

 

One final hurrah will arrive Sunday for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions.

The U.S. women’s national team, which won the FIFA Women’s World Cup title in France, finishes up its Victory Tour on Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago. Team USA faces South Korea in what not only is a season finale for the World Cup champs but also the farewell game for head coach Jill Ellis.

Ellis, who is the first coach to win two FIFA Women’s World Cup titles and was named the Best FIFA Women’s Coach in 2019, announced in July that she would step down as head coach following the conclusion of the Victory Tour. She will continue with U.S. Soccer as an ambassador. Entering Thursday’s game against South Korea in Charlotte, North Carolina, Ellis had a record of 106-7-18.

Among the U.S. players expected to take the field Sunday are the 2019 Best FIFA Women’s Player and World Cup Golden Boot winner Megan Rapinoe, Silver Boot winner Alex Morgan, and FIFPro Women’s World11 honorees Julie Ertz, Rose Lavelle and Kelley O’Hara.

Kickoff Sunday is 2 p.m. ET.

Follow along on social: U.S. women’s national soccer team on Twitter, Megan Rapinoe on Instagram and Alex Morgan on Instagram.

 

Boxing -- Women’s World Championships
Rashida Ellis, a bronze medalist in the lightweight division at the 2019 Pan American Games, makes her world championship debut on Sunday, when she faces Elisa Williams of Panama in the Elite Women’s World Championships in Ulan Ude, Russia. The tournament, which began Thursday, goes through Oct. 13. Ravven Brown, a light welterweight, faces Paola Calderon Munoz of Colombia in her opening match Monday, and 2018 world bronze medalist Naomi Graham fights for the first time on Tuesday.

Women’s Rugby -- HSBC Sevens season opener
The U.S. women, who locked down a berth in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with a second-place finish in the 2018-19 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series earlier this year, open the 2019-20 season on home turf Saturday and Sunday. Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado, is hosting the first of eight women’s tournaments. The U.S. is grouped in pool play with France, which finished fifth in 2018-19, along with No. 8 Ireland and No. 15 Brazil. Pool play is Saturday, followed by the playoffs on Sunday. The title game is set for a 6:58 p.m. ET kickoff Sunday.

TV: 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday, 4 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 2:30 and 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Noon and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App

Table Tennis -- USA vs. Canada

Olympic berths are on the line for the US Table Tennis team in its matches Saturday against Canada at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Illinois. Olympians Kanak Jha and Yijun Feng are on the U.S. men’s team, along with Nikhil Kumar and Zhou Xin. The women’s team consists of 2016 Olympians Yue “Jennifer” Wu and Lily Zhang, along with Liu Juan and Amy Wang. The winning squads secure a team berth for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, plus the maximum two singles spots. The losing team in each gender secures one singles spot for the Olympics. The best-of-five team format features a combination of one doubles and four singles matches.

Wrestling -- Tokyo Test Event

Victoria Anthony, a two-time junior world champion, begins competition in the Tokyo 2020 Test Event for wrestling on Friday, when she faces 2017 cadet world champion Remina Yoshimoto of Japan in the 50 kg. weight class. Anthony is one of five U.S. women freestyle wrestlers competing in the tournament, which features only women’s freestyle and is the test event for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Joining Anthony at Makuhari Messe Hall in Chiba, Japan, are 2018 world bronze medalist Mallory Velte, 62 kg.; 2008 university world champion Katherine Shai, 53 kg.; 2018 U23 world bronze medalist Alex Glaude, 68 kg.; and Hannah Gladden, 76 kg. The 62, 68 and 76 kg. classes are Thursday and Friday; competition in the 50 and 53 kg. classes are Friday and Saturday.

Softball -- Olympic Trials

Cat Osterman, a two-time Olympic medalist, and Monica Abbott, a 2008 Olympic silver medalist, are among 29 softball players competing for U.S. Olympic Team spots this week in the Olympic Team Selection Trials in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Softball is back on the Olympic program in Tokyo 2020 for the first time since 2008, when the U.S. won the silver medal. Osterman and Abbott helped the U.S. to championships this year in the Pan American Games and Japan Cup. The selection camp goes through Sunday featuring positional drills and simulated games, and the team roster will be cut from 29 to 15 at the end of camp. The Olympic team will prep for the Olympic Games by participating in the “Stand Beside Her” tour, a series of games and training camps.

Shooting -- Smallbore Olympic Trials

Three-time Olympian Keith Sanderson and 2012 Olympian Sandra Uptagrafft are among the shooters competing Friday in the opening stage of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Smallbore in Fort Benning, Georgia. Friday’s competition in rapid fire pistol and men’s three-position rifle finishes up four days of shooting. The scores in the opening stage of competition will be combined with scores in the second stage of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials to be held in March. In addition to Sanderson and Uptagrafft, others in contention include Henry Leverett in men’s pistol, Alexis Lagan in women’s pistol, Pan Am Games gold medalist Tim Sherry and Michael McPhail in men’s rifle, and Olympic champion Ginny Thrasher and Pan Am Games gold medalist Sarah Beard in women’s rifle.

Surfing -- Pro France

The race to secure berths for surfing’s debut in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 picks up in intensity this week in France. A maximum of two U.S. surfers per gender will make the Olympic field from the 2019 World Surf League rankings, and there are just three tournaments left, beginning with the Quicksilver Pro France men’s competition and Roxy Pro France women’s competition. Three-time world champion Carissa Moore of Hawaii leads the women’s standings, but five of the top seven positions are Americans, setting up a battle for those two Olympic spots. Lakey Peterson, last year’s world runner-up, is in the No. 2 position again, followed by No. 5 Caroline Marks, No. 6 Courtney Conlogue and No. 7 Malia Manuel, who competes under the Hawaii flag. Kolohe Andino is the top American in the men’s rankings at No. 4, followed by No. 8 John John Florence, No. 10 Kelly Slater and No. 11 Seth Moniz of Hawaii. Florence is injured, meaning he is falling in the standings with each tournament. The Pro France competition was scheduled to begin Thursday and has a slotted finish date of Oct. 13, after which the tour moves to Portugal and Hawaii for the final two stops.

Cycling -- BMX Freestyle National Championships

Three days of BMX freestyle competition are being held this weekend in Cary, North Carolina. The women’s and men’s national championships are Friday, followed by the Pan American Championships on Saturday and a UCI competition Sunday. The nation’s top BMX freestyle athletes are expected to compete, including Justin Dowell, who is the top-ranked freestyler in the UCI men’s rankings, and Hannah Roberts, who is No. 1 in the women’s rankings. Roberts won gold and Dowell bronze at this summer’s Pan American Games. Up to four U.S. riders may compete in the Olympic debut of BMX freestyle next year in Tokyo. The next Olympic rankings event is a world cup beginning Oct. 31 in Chengdu, China.


Trampoline & Tumbling Gymnastics -- Valladolid World Cup

Nicole Ahsinger, a 2016 Olympian and 2019 Pan American Games silver medalist, is among 23 trampoline and tumbling athletes competing in this week’s world cup in Valladolid, Spain. Joining Ahsinger in the women’s trampoline events are Youth Olympian Alyssa Oh and 2019 U.S. champion Jessica Stevens. Jeffrey Gluckstein, a silver medalist in the Pan Am Games, and Ruben Padilla, a Pan Am Games bronze medalist, are in the men’s trampoline competition, along with Cody Gesuelli and Aliaksei Shostak. Competition in Valladolid also includes the non-Olympic events of tumbling and double mini-trampoline.

Judo -- Brasilia Grand Prix

Angelica Delgado, a 2016 Olympian, is among 16 U.S. judoka competing in the IJF Brasilia Grand Slam, which runs Sunday through Tuesday in Brazil’s first major judo event since the Olympic Games Rio 2016. The competition comes after the recent death of Jack Hatton, a two-time U.S. world team member and two-time grand prix medalist. “All I can say is that no one was like Jack Hatton; kind, humble, strong and resilient,” Delgado told ijf.org. “As a judoka and most importantly as a friend, he will never be forgotten.”

Squash -- U.S. Open

Amanda Sobhy, who won women’s singles, doubles and team gold medals this year at the Pan American Games, and her younger sister, Sabrina, who teamed up with Amanda to win a Pan Am Games gold medal in doubles, are among the U.S. squash stars playing in the U.S. Open Squash Championships in Philadelphia. The competition begins Saturday at Drexel University and goes through Oct. 12. Among the Americans on the men’s side are Todd Harrity, who won two Pan Am Games gold medals, and his Pan Am teammate, Andrew Douglas. The U.S. Open is the first of eight platinum events on the 2019-20 PSA World Tour. The world’s top-ranked squash players, Egypt’s Ali Farag and Raneem El Welily, are the top seeds. Faraq is a Harvard graduate.

 

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.