By Paul D. Bowker | Jan. 24, 2020, 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.

 

Chen Goes For Fourth Consecutive Title At U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Unbeaten since 2018, Nathan Chen is clearly the best in the world in men’s figure skating.

Beginning with the short program on Saturday, the 2018 Olympian goes after his fourth consecutive national championship at this weekend’s U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina. The free program in the men’s competition wraps up the national championships on Sunday.

The championships will determine the U.S. roster for the 2020 World Figure Skating Championships in Montreal in March.

National champions will be named in women’s skating on Friday, followed by pairs and ice dance on Saturday.

In addition to Chen, who won a Best of December Team USA Award after becoming the first American man to win three ISU Grand Prix Final, skaters in the men’s competition include 2018 Olympian Vincent Zhou and 2014 Olympian Jason Brown.

The ice dancing competition features two-time Olympians Madison Chock and Evan Bates, who won the silver medal at the 2019 Grand Prix Final, and 2018 Olympians Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, who won bronze medals at the Grand Prix Final.

Among the 18 skaters in the women’s competition are 2019 champion Alysa Liu, 2018 Olympians Karen Chen and Bradie Tennell, and 2014 Olympian Gracie Gold.

Pairs skaters include 2019 U.S. champions Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc, and 2018 Olympians Alexa and Chris Knierim.

TV: 8 p.m. ET Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, NBC; 5 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, NBCSN

Webcast: 4:30 and 7:25 p.m. Friday, 1:30, 6, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App

Follow along on social: Nathan Chen on Instagram, U.S. Figure Skating on Twitter and Team USA on Twitter


Race For Olympic Sailing Berths Heats Up Miami World Cup


U.S. sailors in the women’s 470 class began the week of competition in the Hempel World Cup Series Miami by locking down a quota spot for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Now, it comes down to the racing, which concludes Saturday with the medal races. The competition is one of the U.S. Olympic Team selection events for crews in the men’s and women’s 470, men’s and women’s RS:X, and Finn classes.

Fleet races are being held through Friday, which featured competition in unusually cool conditions for Miami.

“I’ve been training in these conditions for a bit now, so I’m feeling big,” said Erika Reineke, a Laser Radial sailor who was the fleet leader after two second-place finishes Wednesday.

Caleb Paine, a 2016 Olympian, held the lead in the Finn class after a pair of second-place finishes Wednesday. Trying to catch him is Luke Muller, who had third- and sixth-place finishes.

“It would mean the world to me to qualify to the Olympic Games,” Muller said. “It’s obviously been a long-term goal in my life. … Caleb certainly has a few years experience in the Finn. He’s been to the Olympics and he’s been under a lot of high-pressure scenarios. He’s a great sailor and a formidable competitor. I look forward to racing him every day.”

Pedro Pascual held the lead in men’s RS:X after Wednesday’s racing. Farrah Hall, who held a 34-point lead after one segment of the Olympic Trials (2019 World Championships), was in second place in the women’s RS:X, trailing Mexico’s Demita Vega de Lille.

Also entering the world cup regatta with a large lead in the Olympic Trials was Stu McNay, a three-time Olympian who was 33 points ahead in the men’s 470 class.

Follow along on social: U.S. Sailing Team on Instagram, Pedro Pascual on Instagram and U.S. Sailing on Twitter


Serena Williams And Co. Keep Rolling In The Australian Open


Four-time Olympic gold medalist Serena Williams began her march toward a 24th grand slam title this week with wins over Anastasia Potapova of Russia and Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia.

On Friday, the eighth-seeded Williams faces China’s 27th-seeded Wang Qiang in the third round of the Australian Open women’s singles.

Williams, who has won the Australian Open eight times and is attempting to tie Margaret Court’s grand slam record, is one of several Americans rising up as title contenders in Melbourne.

Madison Keys, a 2016 Olympian and seeded No. 10, advanced to the third round of the women’s tournament, as did No. 14 Sofia Kenin, No. 18 Alison Riske and unseeded Coco Gauff, a teenager who reached the fourth round of Wimbledon last year and the third round of the US Open.

In the men’s tournament, 19th-seeded John Isner, a 2012 Olympian, reached the third round with a victory over Alejandro Tabilo of Chile on Thursday. Also reaching the third round are Tennys Sandgren and Sam Querrey, who face each other Friday. Tommy Paul was set to go against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary.

The third and fourth rounds are on tap this weekend. The Australian Open concludes with the women’s singles final Feb. 1 and the men’s singles and doubles finals on Feb. 2. The tournament will affect the Olympic rankings for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020; the rankings period ends after the French Open in June.

Follow along on social: Serena Williams on Instagram, Team USA on Twitter and Coco Gauff on Instagram


Race Walk Olympic Trials On Tap Saturday

Nick Christie and Matthew Forgues, both two-time world championships team members, will be among the contenders going after a U.S. Olympic Team berth in race walking on Saturday. Up to three men may qualify for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for men’s 50-kilometer race walking at Santee, California.

Three-time Olympian John Nunn was the only American competing in the event at the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

Both Christie and Forgues competed in the 2018 world championships. Christie finished 34th.

The 50K race covers just over 31 miles — about five miles longer than a marathon. The winner is expected to cover the distance in less than four hours.

If no one hits the qualifying standard this weekend, the next Olympic qualifier for both men and women is the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships, which are scheduled for May 2 and 3 in Minsk, Belarus.

Follow along on social: Nick Christie on Instagram, USATF on Twitter and USATF on Instagram


X Games Aspen
Two-time Olympian Jamie Anderson has already marked her place in snowboarding history with three Olympic medals and 16 X Games medals. She is the most decorated women’s snowboarder in X Games history, but with a pair of medals in this week’s X Games Aspen she could tie three-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White for the most snowboarding medals in X Games history (White also has five X Games medals in skateboarding). Anderson, who competes in slopestyle and big air, won the Olympic slopestyle gold medals in 2014 and 2018.

The U.S. lineup for Aspen is stacked with Olympians, including 2018 Olympic slopestyle skier Alex Hall, who has clinched the big air crystal globe with a pair of victories and won a gold medal at X Games Oslo. Other skiers in the competition include two-time Olympian Maggie Voisin, two-time Olympic medalist Nick Goepper, 2018 Olympic silver medalist and 2019 X Games Aspen halfpipe gold medalist Alex Ferreira, two-time world champion Aaron Blunck and two-time Olympic halfpipe gold medalist David Wise. Joining Anderson in snowboarding are 2018 Olympic slopestyle gold medalist Red Gerard, 2018 Olympian and seven-time X Games slopestyle and big air medalist Julia Marino, two-time Olympic halfpiper Arielle Gold, 2018 Olympian Maddie Mastro, 2014 Olympian Taylor Gold and 2018 Olympian Chase Josey.

The competition, which began Wednesday, includes big air skiing finals on Friday, women’s superpipe skiing and superpipe snowboarding, and men’s and women’s slopestyle snowboarding finals on Saturday, and women’s slopestyle skiing finals, men’s superpipe skiing finals, and snowboarding knucklehuck on Sunday.


Women’s Alpine Skiing -- Bansko World Cup
World cup points leader and defending champion Mikaela Shiffrin is on the start list this week as the world cup tour goes to Bansko, Bulgaria, for a pair of downhill races and a super-G. Despite finishing in ninth place in the world cup debut of parallel giant slalom last week, Shiffrin leads Petra Vlhova of Slovakia by 249 points in the world cup title race. She is the highest-ranked American in the downhill standings, in seventh place, and has 11 podium finishes this season, including a second-place finish in the Lake Louise downhill in December. Shiffrin is seeking her 65th career world cup win. Among those joining her in Bansko are two-time Olympians Alice McKennis and Jackie Wiles, and 2018 Olympians Alice Merryweather and Breezy Johnson. The downhill races are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, followed by the super-G on Sunday.

TV: 3:30 a.m. ET Friday, 3:30 a.m. Saturday, 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 3:45 a.m. Friday, 3:45 a.m. Saturday, 3:15 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App


Men’s Alpine Skiing -- Kitzbuehel World Cup
The men’s world cup tour hits Kitzbuehel, Austria, this weekend for one of the season’s most challenging and iconic events on the Hahnenkamm mountain in the Austrian Alps. The weekend features a super-G race Friday and a slalom on Sunday, sandwiched around Saturday’s centerpiece downhill race on a twisting, steep course that will have skiers going more than 80 miles an hour. Four U.S. skiers finished among the 14 in Wednesday’s training session, led by two-time Olympian Jared Goldberg in second place. Others on the U.S. start list include Ryan Cochran-Siegle, a 2018 Olympian who was eighth in the training run and is ranked 10th in the season standings; Steven Nyman, a four-time Olympian, who was 13th in the training run; 2014 Olympian Travis Ganong, who was 14th; and 2018 Olympian Bryce Bennett, who was 19th. Starters in Sunday’s slalom include Luke Winters.

Webcast: 5:30 a.m. ET Friday, 5:30 a.m. Saturday, 4:30 and 7:30 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App


Bobsled/Skeleton: Koenigssee World Cup
Bobsled drivers Kaillie Humphries and Hunter Church are on the fast track entering this weekend’s world cup racing in Koenigssee, Germany. Humphries, a two-time Olympic gold medalist when she raced for Canada, teamed up with Sylvia Hoffman to win a bronze medal last week in Igls, Austria. Humphries has reached the podium in three of five races this season. Church piloted his four-man sled to a third-place finish, capturing his first world cup medal. Racing with Church are push athletes Josh Williamson, Jimmy Reed and Kris Horn. Church and Williamson also combined for a 10th-place finish in men’s doubles. This week’s world cup stop begins Friday with men’s and women’s skeleton. Two-man competition follows on Saturday with the four-man on Sunday. Humphries enters Saturday’s women’s race with a 23-point lead over Germany’s Stephanie Schneider in the world cup rankings.

TV: 7 and 11:20 a.m. ET Friday, 10 a.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel


Biathlon -- Pokljuka World Cup
The U.S. biathlon team is heating up following a pair of top-10 relay finishes last week in Ruhpolding, Germany, and a season-best 10th place finish by two-time Olympian Susan Dunklee in the women’s 10-kilometer pursuit. This week’s stop in Pokljuka, Poland, includes a women’s 15K individual race Friday, a single mixed and 4x7.5K mixed relay events Saturday, and men’s and women’s mass start races Sunday. Joining Dunklee in the women’s races are 2018 Olympians Clare Egan and Emily Dreissigacker. Two-time Olympians Sean Doherty and Leif Nordgren, and Paul Schommer and Jake Brown, are competing for the men. Their 10th-place finish in a 4x7.5K relay last week was the best relay finish in the world cup for the U.S. men since March 2018.

TV: 8:15 a.m. ET Friday, 7:15 and 9 a.m. Saturday, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel


Cross-Country Skiing/Nordic Combined -- Oberstdorf World Cup
The FIS cross-country world cup tour moves to Oberstdorf, Germany, this week for men’s and women’s skiathlon races on Saturday and sprint races on Sunday. Three of the top 11 women in the world cup sprint standings are Americans, including two-time Olympian Sophie Caldwell at No. 5 and two-time Olympian Sadie Maubet Bjornsen at No. 9. Both are on the start list for Sunday’s race. Jessie Diggins, a two-time Olympian who is in fourth place in the world cup overall standings, plans to compete in both the skiathlon and the sprint race. Also competing in both races are Rosie Brennan, Julia Kern, Caitlin Patterson and Alayna Sonnesyn. Four-time Olympian Andy Newell and three-time Olympian Simi Hamilton are among four U.S. starters in the men’s sprint race. David Norris and Ian Torchia are in the men’s skiathlon.

TV: 11 a.m. ET Saturday, 5:30 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 4 and 6 a.m. Saturday, NBC Sports App

Also set for Oberstdorf are team and individual competitions in Nordic combined. Sunday’s individual event features a large hill HS140 jump and 10-kilometer race. Three-time Olympian Taylor Fletcher is coming off one of his best finishes of the season, 35th in Val di Fiemme, Italy, two weeks ago. Joining him in Oberstdorf are Jasper Good, Ben Loomis and Jared Shumate.

Webcast: 3 and 7:55 a.m. Saturday, 4:45 and 8:10 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App


Luge -- Sigulda World Cup
Two-time Olympian Summer Britcher is in fourth place in the world cup women’s standings after a second-place finish last week in Lillehammer, Norway. The world cup tour moves this week to Sigulda, Latvia, for competitions in women’s singles and men’s doubles on Saturday, and men’s singles and sprints on Sunday. While Britcher has vaulted into the top five, the U.S. squad is battling injuries. Emily Sweeney, a 2018 Olympian who won a silver medal earlier this season in Lake Placid, New York, was out last week with a neck issue. She is still sixth in the world cup rankings. Chris Mazdzer, a three-time Olympian, is also recovering from a neck injury and did not race in singles or doubles last week. Mazdzer and doubles partner Jayson Terdiman have already qualified for the upcoming world championships. Tucker West, a two-time Olympian, is sixth in the world cup men’s rankings.

TV: 5 a.m. ET Saturday, 12:30 a.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel


Snowboardcross -- Big White World Cup
Four-time Olympian Lindsey Jacobellis and three-time Olympian Faye Gulini lead a group of 14 Americans to Big White Ski Resort near Kelowna, British Columbia, this week for a snowboardcross world cup. The U.S. team is seeking its first podium finish of the world cup season although Gulini finished fifth in her last world cup race in December and is sixth, one spot ahead of Jacobellis, in the world cup women’s rankings. Qualifying is Friday, followed by men’s and women’s individual races Saturday, and a team event Sunday. Joining Gulini and Jacobellis are Rosie Mancari, Stacy Gaskill and Livia Molodyh. Hagen Kearney, a 2018 Olympian who is ranked No. 11 in the men’s standings, and Jake Vedder, who is ranked No. 12, are among nine Americans competing on the men’s side. Joining them are two-time world champion and 2018 Olympian Mick Dierdorff, three-time Olympian Nick Baumgartner, 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Alex Deibold, Senna Leith, Jonathan Cheever, Cole Johnson and Paul Kaminsky.

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


Moguls -- Tremblant World Cup
American moguls skiers Jaelin Kauf and Hannah Soar rose to podium finishes in the last moguls world cup competition held in China in December. Saturday in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, they’ll go after the top of the podium. Kauf, a 2018 Olympian and silver medalist in the 2019 world championships, has second- and fourth-place finishes on the world cup tour this season; Soar has third- and 11th-place finishes. France’s Perrine Laffont has won all three of her world cup competitions. Joining Kauf and Soar are 2019 world bronze medalist and 2018 Olympian Tess Johnson and Kai Owens. Among the U.S. men are Brad Wilson, a two-time Olympian, and Dylan Walczyk, who began his season with a seventh-place finish in Ruka, Finland.

TV: 1:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, NBC Sports App


Men’s Ski Jumping -- Zakopane World Cup
The ski jumping world cup tour is in Zakopane, Poland, this week for a competition that begins with Friday’s qualifying round. A team competition is set for Saturday, followed by an individual HS140 jump on Sunday. Kevin Bickner, a 2018 Olympian, and Andrew Urlaub are competing for the U.S. Bickner finished 46th in last week’s competition in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany.

TV: 11 p.m. ET Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: Noon Friday, 10:15 a.m. Saturday, NBC Sports App


Women’s Ski Jumping -- Rasnov World Cup
Anna Hoffmann and Logan Sankey are competingin this week’s world cup women’s ski jumping stop in Rasnov, Romania. Followng a qualifying round on Friday, individual HS97 jumps will be held Saturday and Sunday. Both Hoffmann and Sankey are making their world cup debuts.

TV: 8 p.m. ET Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, NBC Sports App


Skicross -- Idre Fjall World Cup
Tyler Wallasch and Brant Crossan are competing in this weekend’s skicross world cup in Idre Fjall, Sweden. Wallasch is coming off a season-best finish in last week’s world cup stop in Nakiska, Alberta. Wallasch placed 11th, which was his best finish in a world cup competition since December 2018. Races are set for Saturday and Sunday.

Webcast: 5 a.m. ET Saturday, 5 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App


Rugby -- Hamilton Sevens
The U.S. women’s national team, which has won medals in two of its first three tournaments this season, joins 11 other teams in the first-ever Women’s World Rugby Sevens Series tournament in Hamilton, New Zealand. The U.S., which has qualified for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in both men’s and women’s rugby sevens, is in third place in the 2019-20 standings after winning the season-opener in Glendale, Colorado, and winning the bronze medal in Dubai. The U.S. faces second-ranked Australia in pool play on Saturday. The women won’t be the only Americans in Hamilton. Joining them are the U.S. men, who are in ninth place after two tournaments. Ben Pinkelman and Martin Iosefo, both 2016 Olympians, are back in the starting lineup. The finals in both tournaments are Sunday.

Webcast: Pool play beginning at 4:14 p.m. ET Friday, 2:33 a.m., 3:41 p.m., 7:19 p.m., 10:20 p.m. playoff round Saturday, 2:26 and 2:56 a.m. finals Sunday, NBC Sports App


Track Cycling -- Milton World Cup
Jennifer Valente, a 2016 Olympic silver medalist, has been nearly perfect in the women’s omnium event on the track cycling world cup tour this season. She has reached the podium in all three world cup stops she has entered, winning the omnium twice and finishing second once. She’ll go after a fourth omnium medal, and fifth medal overall, on Sunday in the season-ending world cup in Milton, Ontario. Valente will also race in the Madison on Saturday, and join two-time Olympian Chloe Dygert, Emma White and Megan Jastrab in the team pursuit on Friday. They won the gold medal in team pursuit in the season-opening world cup stop in Minsk, Belarus, in November. On the men’s side, Gavin Hoover is scheduled to race in the omnium and Madison.


Fencing -- Epee Grand Prix
Three-time Olympian Kelley Hurley and two-time Olympian Courtney Hurley, Kelley’s younger sister, are among 24 U.S. fencers competing in an FIE grand prix epee tournament this week in Doha, Qatar. Kelley Hurley is ranked 11th in the world and Courtney Hurley is 18th. Also in the women’s tournament is Kat Holmes, a 2016 Olympian who is ranked 32nd. Jacob Hoyle, who is ranked 16th, leads the U.S. men, along with 26th-ranked Curtis McDowald. The medal rounds in both individual tournaments are Sunday.


Boxing -- Strandja Tournament
Twelve U.S. boxers reached the quarterfinal round of the Strandja Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria, which is the final selection event in boxing for the U.S. Olympic Team. The semifinals are Friday, followed by the finals in each men’s and women’s weight class on Saturday. The quarterfinalists included Virginia Fuchs, who has won the last two U.S. Olympic Team Trials tournaments. Other quarterfinalists included men’s lightweight Rashida Ellis, heavyweight Darius Fulghum and light heavyweight Rahim Gonzales.


Field Hockey -- FIH Season Opener
The U.S. women’s national team begins the 2020 FIH Pro League season with a huge assignment: back-to-back games against top-ranked the Netherlands. They’ll play Friday and Sunday afternoons at Karen Shelton Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Game times both days are 2 p.m. ET. Returning players on the U.S. squad include Lauren Moyer, Casey Umstead and Danielle Grega. The Netherlands opened its season with a pair of wins against China.


Judo -- Tel Aviv Grand Prix
Olympians Nick Delpopolo and Colton Brown are among 12 U.S. athletes competing in this weekend’s IJF grand prix tournament in Tel Aviv, Israel. Delpopolo, a two-time Olympian, is competing in the men’s 81 kg. class on Friday. Brown is in the 90 kg. class on Saturday. Also in the men’s tournament are Adonis Diaz, 60 kg.; Alexander Turner, 73 kg.; Alex Jacobson, 81 kg.; John Jayne, 90 kg.; and Nathaniel Keeve and LA Smith III, 100 kg. Nina Cutro-Kelly, one of the team’s most experienced judoka, is competing in the women’s 78+ kg. class. Joining her in the women’s tournament are Amelia Fulgentes, 57 kg.; Hannah Martin, 63 kg.; and Nefeli Papadakis, 78 kg.


Karate -- Premier League
Tom Scott, a Pan American Games gold medalist who is fifth in the Olympic karate rankings, is among the Americans competing in this week’s Karate1 Premier League tournament in Paris. Scott competes in the men’s 75 kg. class, and has posted third- and fifth-place finishes in his most recent Series A tournaments. Among those joining him in Paris are Brian Irr, men’s 84+ kg.; Brian Ramrup, men’s 67 kg.; Brandi Robinson, women’s 55 kg.; Cheryl Murphy and Skylar Lingl, women’s 68 kg.; and Cirrus Lingl and Maya Wasowicz, 68+ kg. Lingl is coming off a third-place finish in the U21 world championships.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic and Paralympic 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.