Feb 22 Team USA Weekend Preview: Feb. 22, 2013

By Paul D. Bowker | Feb. 22, 2013, 1:50 p.m. (ET)
 
Sarah Hendrickson in action during the women's ski jumping HS106 at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships on Feb. 22, 2013, in Val di Fiemme, Italy.

It’s another busy weekend in winter sports for U.S. athletes, with Nordic skiing championships in Italy and a luge World Cup event in Sochi. Plus Olympic silver medalist Sarah Hammer already won a world title and is seeking more gold in the track cycling world championships in Belarus. Check out the Team USA Weekend Preview for all of the details.

SKIING

FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Feb. 20-March 2, Val di Fiemme, Italy

Sarah Hendrickson started the weekend off right for Team USA by winning the women’s ski jumping world title Friday in Val di Fiemme, Italy. The 18-year-old is the youngest women’s ski jumping world champion. A strong contender for the U.S. Olympic Team at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Hendrickson earned the inaugural World Cup champion title last season, winning nine of 13 events.

Jessica Jerome was sixth and 2009 world champion Lindsey Van finished 16th.

The men’s jump will be held Saturday, followed by a mixed team event Sunday.

Read more about women’s ski jumping here.

A 10-kilometer men’s Nordic combined race will be held Friday, followed by a team 4x5k event Sunday. Brothers Bryan and Taylor Fletcher lead the U.S. Nordic Combined Team, along with seven-time World team member Billy Demong.

Cross country events include a women’s 7.5k and men’s 10k skiathlon Saturday, followed by men’s and women’s sprint races Sunday. Kikkan Randall, Jessie Diggins and Noah Hoffman are among the U.S. skiers. The United States qualified three skiers into the quarterfinals of the classic sprints qualifying Thursday, including Randall, but none advanced past that stage.

“I wanted more out of today, for sure,” Randall said. “We’ve been at altitude for a long time now and maybe just haven’t done quite enough of this really hard stuff, but I think today (Thursday) will be really good for Sunday.”

Also in skiing:

FIS World Cup Alpine Skiing, women’s downhill and super combined, Feb. 21-24, Meribel, France

TV: 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. ET Saturday, Universal Sports

Webcast: 4:30 a.m. ET Saturday and 5 a.m. Sunday, universalsports.com

FIS World Cup Alpine Skiing, men’s downhill and giant slalom, Feb. 20-24, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

TV: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET Saturday, Universal Sports

Webcast: 5:45 a.m. ET Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday, universalsports.com

FIS World Cup Freestyle, men’s and women’s moguls and double moguls, Feb. 23-24, Inawashiro, Japan

FIS World Cup Freestyle, men’s and women’s ski cross, Feb. 23-24, Harrachov, Czech Republic

Webcast: 8 a.m. ET Sunday, universalsports.com

FIS World Cup Freestyle, men’s and women’s aerials, Feb. 23, Bukovel, Ukraine

Webcast: Noon ET Saturday, universalsports.com

FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships, Feb. 19-28, Quebec, Canada

SNOWBOARDING

FIS World Cup Snowboarding, men’s and women’s parallel slalom, Feb. 23, Moscow

Less than a week after warm weather forced the cancellation of the parallel slalom Olympic test event in Sochi, Russia, a World Cup parallel slalom event will be held Saturday in Moscow. Justin Reiter of the United States is ranked sixth in the World Cup standings in parallel slalom.

LUGE

World Cup, Feb. 23-24, Sochi, Russia

The United States, which claimed two silver medals two weeks ago at the Lake Placid World Cup, has high expectations entering the season’s final World Cup event Saturday and Sunday. The competition is also the test event for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

The U.S. luge team won silver in the team relay in Lake Placid, trailing only world power Germany. Julia Clukey, who has climbed to No. 6 in the World Cup points standings, also scored a silver in Lake Placid. The team has been training this week in Sochi following a week of training in Lake Placid.

“It’s going to be huge for us going to Sochi,” Clukey said. “We’re going to keep the momentum rolling and keep attacking. We’ve been right there all season, progressively moving forward. I think we’re taking some big leaps now and I think we’ll continue to do so.”

Also chasing podium finishes will be two-time Olympian Erin Hamlin, who placed fifth in Lake Placid, and 2010 Olympian Chris Mazdzer, who placed fifth in the men’s competition.

CURLING

World Wheelchair Curling Championship, Feb. 16-23, Sochi, Russia

The United States won seven of nine round-robin matches and is the No. 3 seed heading into Friday’s playoff round at the World Wheelchair Curling Championship in Sochi, Russia. The competition is a test event for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

The U.S. squad members are Patrick McDonald, David Palmer, Jimmy Joseph, Penny Greely and Meghan Lino. If the United States wins its Page 3-4 playoff match, it would face Sweden or Canada for the gold medal. The United States last medaled at the worlds in 2008, when it won bronze. The tournament is a points qualifier for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. The United States currently stands in sixth place in the qualification standings; the top 10 nations will qualify for the Paralympic Winter Games.

Read more about wheelchair curling here. [link sentence to: http://www.teamusa.org/Road-to-Sochi-2014/Features/2013/February/15/Wheelchair-Curling-Gets-Sneak-Peek-At-Sochi.aspx]

CYCLING

UCI Track World Championships, Feb. 20-24, Minsk, Belarus

Sarah Hammer, a two-time silver medalist at the London 2012 Olympic Games, began the 2013 UCI Track World Championships with another medal Wednesday. She won gold in the women’s 3-kilometer individual pursuit. It was Hammer’s fifth world championship in that event.

Hammer will compete Friday in the scratch race and then the women’s omnium through the rest of the weekend. She earned the Olympic silver in the omnium. She defeated Australia’s Amy Cure by more than eight seconds in the individual pursuit, winning with a time of 3:32.050. Hammer is the only U.S. cyclist competing at the worlds.

“Winning the pursuit world title is the best possible way to start the week of competition,” said Benjamin Sharp, USA Cycling High Performance Director of Endurance Programs.

TV: 6 p.m.-7 p.m. ET Friday and 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Universal Sports

Webcast: 11 a.m. ET Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday, universalsports.com

WRESTLING

Freestyle World Cup, Feb. 21-22, Tehran, Iran

Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs won his first three matches Thursday, helping the United States to wins over Georgia and Japan on the first day of the Freestyle World Cup in Tehran, Iran. Burroughs, competing at 74 kilograms, defeated Jakob Makarashvili of Georgia, Sohsuki Takatani of Japan and Ezzatollah Akbarizarinkolaei of Iran.

Also winning twice were 2009 world bronze medalist Tervel Dlagnev at 120 kg and Brent Metcalf at 66kg.

The United States dropped out of contention for the gold medal with a 6-1 loss to Iran on Thursday night. A match against Bulgaria on Friday was to determine which placement match the United States would be in. Russia will face Iran in the championship dual.

Also in wrestling:

Hungarian Golden Grand Prix, Feb. 23-24, Szombathely, Hungary

NWCA/Cliff Keen National Dual Meet Championship Finals, Feb. 22-23, Minneapolis

TRACK AND FIELD

IAAF XL Galan Indoor Meeting, Feb. 21, Stockholm, Sweden

Galen Rupp broke an American indoor record in the 3,000-meter race Thursday at the IAAF XL Galan Indoor Meeting, winning the race in 7 minutes, 30.18 seconds. A silver medalist at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Rupp is the U.S. outdoors record-holder in the 10,000.

FIGURE SKATING

Challenge Cup, Feb. 21-24, Hague, Netherlands

Seven U.S. skaters, including Alexander Johnson in the men’s competition, are participating this week in the 2013 Challenge Cup in Hague, Netherlands. Three U.S. pairs teams are making their international debuts: Tarah Kayne and Daniel O’Shea, Kiri Baga and Taylor Toth, and DeeDee Leng and Timothy LeDuc. Those three pairs finished seventh, eighth and ninth respectfully, at the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

MODERN PENTATHLON

World Cup, Feb. 19-24, Palm Springs, Calif.

Margaux Isaksen and Dennis Bowsher, both 2012 Olympians, advanced to Friday’s finals of the season-opening World Cup event in Palm Springs, Calif. Isaksen had 19 wins in fencing and topped her group in competition. The women’s finals also will include her sister, Isabella Isaksen, who placed second in Group B. The last time Margaux and Isabella competed together internationally, they brought home team gold at the world championships.

Bowsher won the fencing event in the men‘s division with 18 wins and 6 losses.

FENCING

World Cup, women‘s saber, Feb. 22-24, Gand, Belgium

Three-time Olympian Mariel Zagunis, the world’s top ranked fencer in women’s saber, will lead the U.S. Women’s Saber Team at a World Cup event beginning Friday in Gand, Belgium. The United States placed ninth in the London Saber Team World Cup in January.

Also in fencing:

World Cup, men’s foil, Feb. 22, La Coruia, Spain

VOLLEYBALL

U.S. Women’s National Team tryouts, Feb. 20-22, Colorado Springs

More than 240 athletes are at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs this week to try out for spots on the U.S. Women’s National Team, U.S. Women’s Junior National Team and U.S. Women’s National A2 Program. The camp winds up Friday. The athletes represent 90 colleges and universities. Olympic champion Karch Kiraly is coach of the national team.

SOCCER

U.S. Men’s U-20 National Team vs. Costa Rica, Feb. 22, Puebla, Mexico

The U.S. Men’s U-20 National Team will look for a second consecutive victory in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Friday, when it faces Costa Rica in Puebla, Mexico. The United States began the tournament Monday with a 2-1 win over Haiti. Luis Gil and Daniel Cuevas scored the U.S. goals.

A win over Costa Rica clinches a spot for the United States in the quarterfinals. The four quarterfinal winners qualify for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

TV: 6:30 p.m. ET Friday, Fox Soccer

BOXING

Independence Cup, Feb. 18-22, Santiago, Dominican Republic

Erickson Lubin, a 17-year-old from Kissimmee, Fla., defeated 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Yasniel Toledo Lopez of Cuba Thursday to advance to the finals of the Independence Cup in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Lubin, a junior in high school, will face Jose Rafael Lopez Rosario of Puerto Rico for gold in the 141-pound weight class.

Lubin was one of five U.S. boxers who advanced to the finals. Joining Lubin are flyweight Shawn Simpson, lightweight Kenneth Sims Jr., welterweight Rashidi Ellis and light flyweight Leroy Davila. Queen Underwood, a 2012 Olympian, and Raquel Miller earned bronze medals in the women’s tournament.

SPEEDSKATING

Junior Long Track World Championships, Feb. 22-24, Collalbo, Italy

Competition begins Friday in the Junior Long Track World Championships, which are being held in Collalbo, Italy. The event continues through Sunday.

TAEKWONDO

U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships, Feb. 20-23, Las Vegas

The U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships, featuring competition in senior, cadet and youth divisions, continue through Saturday at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. The tournament has featured appearances by 2012 Olympians Steven Lopez and Terrence Jennings.

JUDO

IJF Grand Prix, Feb. 23-24, Dusseldorf, Germany

Competition begins Saturday for senior-level judo athletes in the IJF Grand Prix event in Dusseldorf, Germany.

ARCHERY

U.S. National Indoor Championships and JOAD National Indoor Championships, Feb. 22-March 10, various locations

The 44th U.S. National Indoor Championships and JOAD National Indoor Championships begin Friday. The tournament’s opening-weekend venues are Rio Rancho, N.M.; Fiskdale, Mass.; Mountlake Terrace, Wash.; Tulare, Calif.; Snellville, Ga.

WATER SKIING

Junior Water Ski World Championships, Feb. 20-24, Mulwala, Australia

U.S. Junior Water Ski Team members Erika Lang, Taylor Garcia, Kara MacIntyre and Brooke Baldwin are among eight athletes who are competing in this week’s Junior Water Ski Championships in Australia. The United States has won the last two junior world team titles.

Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor for TeamUSA.org. Material from various news services and press releases from National Governing Bodies was used to compile this report. This story was not subject to the approval of any National Governing Bodies.

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