=== The latest news from the USOC - November 20 ===
(Courtesy of United States Olympic Committee)
BACK ON TOP
(Sports Network) - Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) had a two-run total of
1:40.93 to finish first in the women's skeleton world cup race on Nov. 16 in
Park City, Utah. The two-time Olympian narrowly edged Elizabeth Yarnold of
Great Britain (1:40.94) to secure her first world cup victory since 2008.
A FAST START
Heather Richardson (Salt Lake City, Utah) paced the U.S., collecting three
medals at the first long track world cup event of the season, which ran from
Nov. 16-18 in Heerenveen, Netherlands. Richardson took second place in both
women's 500-meter races, before capping off the Essent ISU World Cup by winning
gold in the 1,000 with a time of 1:15.27.
Tim Johnson (Topsfield, Mass.) won the second and third races at the Jingle
Cross Rock, which ran from Nov. 16-18 in Iowa City, Iowa. Johnson climbed into
fifth place in the Pro CX men's standings with 437 total points.
Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo.) finished 10th in the women's omnium at the UCI
Track World Cup on Nov. 18 in Glasgow, Scotland.
In his final round, Karl Cook (Santa Cruz, Calif.) piloted Johnkeer Z to the
only double clear of the event to secure the top-two spots at the Fisker
Automotive World Cup Grand Prix, which ran from Nov. 17-18 in Las Vegas. Within
a two-day span, Cook earned four top finishes aboard four separate horses.
The U.S. had a one-two world cup finish in the two-man bobsled for the second
consecutive week. Pilot Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) and brakeman Curt
Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.) took top honors with a time of 1:37.40, while Cory
Butner (Yucaipa, Calif.) and Chuck Berkeley (Walnut Creek, Calif.) slid to
second on Nov. 17 in Park City, Utah. The U.S. four-man bobsled team earned
silver to cap off the world cup event. Pilot Holcomb and his push crew of Steve
Langton (Melrose, Mass.), Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas) and Tomasevicz had
a combined time of 1:36.38, falling just short of the Russia's two-run total of
The U.S. earned 11 medals in the second North American Cup stop, which ran from
Nov. 15-17 in Calgary, Alberta. Junior bobsled pilot Codie Bascue (Whitehall,
N.Y.) won three of the four events. He teamed up with Chris Langton (Melrose,
Mass.) to win his first gold medal in the first two-man competition. In the
second two-man event, Bascue earned gold with brakeman Sam Michener (Sioux
Falls, S.D.). His final gold came in the four-man bobsled, where he was the
pilot. Meanwhile, Katelyn Kelly (Orchard Park, N.Y.) and Ida Bernstein
(Cockeysville, Md.) led the women, teaming up for both a gold and a silver
Margaret Lu (Greenwich, Conn.) outlasted a field of 134 competitors to claim
her second junior world cup title on Nov. 18 in Bratislava, Slovakia. Lee
clinched gold against Russia's Adelina Zagidullina, 15-10, to mark her sixth
straight direct elimination victory.
Skyla Powers (Decatur, Ga.) earned a bronze medal in the Junior Saber World Cup
on Nov. 17 in Sosnowiec, Poland. Powers was one touch short of fencing for gold
after her 15-14 loss to Russia's Mariya Ridel. A day later, Eli Dershwitz
(Sherborn, Mass.) picked up a bronze medal for the U.S. in the men's
The U.S. Men's National Team outscored its opponents, 24-0, en route to a pair
of victories at the World League Round 1, which ran from Nov. 17-18 in Chula
Vista, Calif. The U.S. opened play with a convincing 16-0 victory over
Guatemala before grabbing an 8-0 victory against Mexico.
Ashley Wagner (Alexandria, Va.) spun her way to a season-best score of 127.54
in the free skate to claim her second grand prix title of the season on Nov. 17
in Paris. On the men's side, Jeremy Abbott earned his first Trophee Bompard
medal, totaling 227.63 points to finish second.
Hannah Martin finished second in the women's 63 kg./139 lbs. division at the
IJF World Cup event on Nov. 17 in Apia, Samoa.
Jordan Barth and Justus Benson won the boys' 14 doubles title at the IRF World
Junior Championships, which ran from Nov. 11-17 in Los Angeles.
The U.S. women's team secured a 34-20 victory over Italy thanks to a first-half
shutout in the first-ever meeting between the two countries on Nov. 18 in Rome.
Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) and Kenny Pierce (Hialeah, Fla.) collected 14 wins
in 14 races to win the 2012 U.S. Multihull Championship on Nov. 18 in
Pensacola, Fla. With the victory, Newberry made history by becoming the first
female skipper to claim the title.
The U.S. Men's National Team closed the 2012 season with a 2-2 draw against
Russia on Nov. 14 in Krasnodar, Russia. Mix Diskerud (Oslo, Norway) and Michael
Bradley (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) each tallied goals for Team USA in the
international friendly match. The U.S. finished its 2012 campaign with a 9-2-3
The U.S. women defeated the Czech Republic, 2-0, to finish 13th at the 2012
Women's World Team Championships, which ran from Nov. 12-17 in Nimes, France.
Team USA concluded the tournament with a 3-3 overall record.
It was a U.S. final in the women's NORECA Beach Circuit final, as Summer Ross
(San Diego, Calif.) and Emily Day (Torrance, Calif.) faced Tealle Hunkus
(Girard, Ohio) and Tracyln Weamer (Upland, Calif.) on Nov. 18 in Mission Beach,
Trinidad. Summer and Day - the favorites heading into the tournament -
outlasted their counterparts to earn a 21-17, 21-15 victory. On the men's side,
Will Montgomery (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Tony Ciarelli (Huntington Beach,
Calif.) bested Nicaragua's duo of Gerald Umana and Henry Hernandez in straight
sets, 21-10, 21-11, to capture gold.
Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) won the inaugural Chile Night Jump on Nov.
17 in San Bernardo, Chile. Kruger soared 215 feet to edge Chile's Rodrigo
Miranda's 211-foot jump.
Three U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers won gold medals at the 2012 Haparanda Cup on
Nov. 18 in Haparanda, Sweden. The U.S. individual champions were Nate Engel
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) at 55 kg./121 lbs., Joe Betterman (Colorado Springs,
Colo.) at 60 kg./132 lbs. and Andy Bisek (Colorado Springs, Colo.) at 74
11/21-24 - Roller Sports; Cup of Europe - Figure
11/23-24 - Bobsled & Skeleton; Whistler, Canada; Whistler World Cup
11/23-25 - Figure Skating; Miyagi, Japan; 2012 NHK Trophy
11/24-25 - Biathlon; Canmore, Canada; North American Cup #1
11/24-25 - Luge; Igls, Austria; World Cup #1
11/24-25 - Speedskating; Kolomna, Russia; Essent ISU Long Track World Cup #2
11/25 - Luge; Igls, Austria; Team Relay #1
11/25-12/1 - Bowling; Wroclaw, Poland; 48th Bowling World Cup
11/20 09:28:20 ET