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Kerri Walsh Jennings makes FIVB World Tour history

Kerri Walsh Jennings became the most successful female athlete in FIVB World Tour history after teaming with April Ross to secure her 47th world tour gold medal at the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball Open in Fuzhou, China. Elsewhere, U.S. beach volleyball teams swept the gold medals, while adding one silver and one bronze medal at the NORCECA Continental Tour event in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.


The U.S. led all nations with five medals (three golds, one silver, one bronze) at the world cup event in Shanghai. Bridger Deaton paced Team USA with three medals in his world cup debut. continue

Led by Neko Mulally’s third-place finish in men’s downhill, Team USA garnered four top-10 finishes at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Cairns, Australia. continue

Team USA posted five top-10 finishes at the FINA Diving World Series in London. David Boudia led all American divers with a fourth-place finish in the men’s 10-meter event.

The U.S. claimed the team challenge title at the 2014 USEF National CCI4* Championships in Lexington, Kentucky. Lauren Kieffer finished second while Buck Davidson finished third.

Alexander Massialas and Race Imboden went 1-2 at the men’s foil world cup event in Seoul, South Korea, while Nzingha Prescod finished 10th at the women’s foil grand prix. Elsewhere, Daryl Homer finished seventh at the sabre world cup event in Athens, Greece, where Team USA finished sixth. continue

After announcing his retirement in 2012, Michael Phelps returned to competition at the Arena Grand Prix event in Mesa, Arizona, where Katie Ledecky led all swimmers with three event wins. Tyler Clary, Ryan Lochte and Nathan Adrian also recorded multiple victories with two apiece. continue

Track & Field
The U.S. won four out of six events in the USA vs. The World portion of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. continue

Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah Groff finished third and fourth at the ITU World Triathlon event in Cape Town, South Africa. continue

Tommy Zaferes won the men’s event at the PATCO Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup in Bridgetown, Barbados, where American athletes posted five top-10 finishes. Elsewhere, William Huffman finished second at the PATCO Triathlon Pan American Cup event in Lima, Peru. continue

Spotlight On

U.S. Paralympics announced plans to award US Sailing with a grant supporting Paralympic sport programs for disabled veterans and military service members. US Sailing is one of 70 USOC partner organizations and community programs to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Also this week

Auston Matthews scored two goals as the U.S. defeated the Czech Republic, 5-2, to claim the gold medal at the 2014 IIHF Men’s Under-18 World Championship...The U.S. women’s field hockey team is 1-1 at the Champions Challenge in Glasgow, Scotland, where competition continues Thursday...Michal Smolen won the men’s K1 event to lead the U.S. to five top-10 finishes at the 2014 ICF Junior & U23 Slalom World Championships.

Around the USOC

The International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program – a coaching education program developed by the USOC, the University of Delaware and the International Olympic Committee – welcomed 24 coaches to its class of 2014 on April 28. The graduates represent five continents, 24 countries and 12 sports.

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