In this edition highlights: October 11, 2010
PAL National Championships move to finals
Johnson wins three at Pan Ams
Tostado, Kirkland win singles titles
More gold at World Equestrian Games
Dombush golden in Dresden
Luge Shannon Brinkman/ USEF
Walden gets career No. 9
U.S. VaUlting team rideS
Women compete against China in friendly
to gold at World gameS
Swimming As the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian flected the high stakes and were hard-hitting
U.S. Men sweep medals at FINA World Cup
Games concluded, the U.S. added another and furious.
Taekwondo gold medal to their total medal count, finish- ***
Two medals come home from Uzbekistan ing with eight for the event. This time the U.S. Two taekwondo medals return to America as
Volleyball Vaulting Team took top honors as they rode
away from the competition.
well this week as Akikio Reyes and Barbara
Brand finished strong at the 5th WTF World
Men end worlds in sixth place
*** Taekwondo Poomsae Championships held in
One of the first chances to earn a berth in the Uzbekistan.
U.S. Olympic Team Trials was the Police Athlet- ***
ic League (PAL) Boxing Championships. Over All of these sports and many more are covered
750 of the nation’s top boxers competed in the here as we look back at the week that was in
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BOXING: Boxers Earn In men’s action, Ryan Dolan (Kai-
U.S. Olympic Trial Berths ‘You could feel the spirit’ lua, Hawaii) won the bronze medal
by Alan Abrahamson in the men’s K1 500m final and then
at the 2010 National PAL teamed up with Tim Hornsby (At-
Championships in San How many of you, asked Jim Beitia, know what this is? He lanta, Ga.) to place second in the
Antonio held a metallic purple-colored softball bat. Better yet, he men’s K2 200m semifinal on their
said a moment later, what are all way to the final.
the things could this be?
The final four 2010 PAL Nation-
al Championships bouts took Angela Wang (Salt Lake
place on Oct. 10 as four men’s A bat, someone said. Right, said City, Utah) led the U.S.
open division boxers earned Beitia, a longtime major-college junior paddlers in the
berths in the 2012 U.S. Olym- softball coach back in the United medal count with five
pic Team Trials. Lightweight States, a long way away from this at the 2010 Sprint Pan
Kenneth Simms (Chicago, Ill.), part of the world, where softball is American Champion-
light welterweight Pedro Sosa not well known. He asked, what ships. Wang took third in
(Brooklyn, N.Y.), welterweight else could it be? It could be a club, the women’s Jr. C1 500m
Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas) someone else said, a weapon. and C1 200m and then
and middleweight D’Mitrius Right again. What else? teamed up with Sarah
Ballard (Temple Hills, Md.) all Rucci (Gig Harbor Ca-
scored victories to advance Silence. Well, Beitia said, it could noe and Kayak Racing
to the upcoming U.S. Olympic be a tool — an instrument for Team) to claim bronze in
Team Trials. building peace. So, he said, let’s the Jr. C2 500m and Jr.
go play. C2 1000m. To end the
Simms, Sosa, Spence and Bal- event, she added another bronze in
lard join light flyweight Louie The problem with world peace is not just that it’s not re- women’s Jr. C1 200m.
Byrd (Denver, Colo.), flyweight alistic. The real problem is that if it’s not realistic, no one
Rau’shee Warren (Cincin- tries. CYCLING: Tostado and
nati, Ohio), bantamweight Kirkland Win Solo Titles at
O’Shanique Foster (Orange, Of course it’s idealistic to try. But the entire thrust of the 24-Hour Mountain Bike Na-
Texas), light heavyweight Mar- Olympic movement is to try, and the fundamental prem-
cus Browne (Staten Island, tionals
ise of an Amman, Jordan-based outreach project called
N.Y.), heavyweight Steve Gef- Generations For Peace — which on Sunday wrapped up
frard (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Thirteen national titles were award-
its seventh wide-ranging workshop, its first not only in Eu-
super heavyweight Lenroy ed on Oct. 10 in Moab, Utah as the
rope but outside the Middle East — is that sport genuinely
Thompson (Lenexa, Kansas) nation’s top ultra-endurance moun-
can help, can promote one-on-one change.
in earning the first berths to the tain bikers wrapped up 24 grueling
U.S. Olympic Team Trials. hours of racing at the USA Cycling
To read the rest of this story, click here. 24-Hour Mountain Bike National
Nine open division women won Championships.
national titles on Oct. 10 as well,
beginning with a walkover win by In the solo competition, Josh To-
light flyweight Jessica Ponce (Napa, Calif.). Joining Ponce as na- stado (Breckenridge, Colo.) suc-
tional champions were flyweight Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.), cessfully defended his title as he successfully completed 18 laps,
lightweight Stephanie Han (El Paso, Texas), middleweight Kalita while rival Kelly Magelky (Golden, Colo.) took second with 17 laps.
Marsh (Smithfield, N.C.), bantam Nephateria Miller (New Haven,
Conn.), featherweight LaTonya King (Detroit, Mich.), 141lbs. Brit- Jari Kirkland (Crested Butte, Colo.) put forth a dominating per-
tany Inkrote (Red Lion, Pa.), welterweight Tiffanie Ward (Hacien- formance to win the women’s solo category as she completed 14
da Heights, Calif.) and heavyweight Tameka Stephens (Houston, laps to edge silver medalist Kris Cannon (Steamboat, Colo.) and
bronze medalist Laureen Coffelt (Memphis, Tenn.) who completed
13 and 12 laps, respectively.
CANOE/KAYAK: Johnson Wins Three Medals at In the solo singlespeed competition, Cameron Chambers (Colora-
Pan American Games do Springs, Colo.) completed 16 laps and climbed onto the top step
of the podium. The women’s solo singlespeed saw Cat Morrison
(Grand Junction, Colo.) earn the national title over silver medalist
Team USA fared well this weekend at 2010 Sprint Pan American
Karen Rishel (Las Cruces, N.M.).
games in Mexico City, Mexico where two-time Olympian Carrie
Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) dominated the racing on Oct. 10, win-
For complete results, click here.
ning three medals. Johnson controlled the women’s K1 500m final
and won the gold medal by open water, won a bronze in the K1
200m and teamed up with Maggie Hogan (San Diego, Calif.) to EQUESTRIAN: U.S. Team Takes Gold in Team Vault-
win the silver medal in the K2 500m. Hogan also went on to win the ing on the Final Day of the 2010 Alltech FEI World
gold in the women’s K1 1000m. Equestrian Games
Canoe tandem Itzel Reza Flores (Glenn Dale, Md.) and Pam
The 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games ended this weekend
Boteler (Arlington, Va.) added to the Team USA medal haul, win-
in Lexington, Ky., with the U.S. team finishing strong. Team USA
ning the bronze medal in women’s C2 1000m.
won the team gold medal in the vaulting event on Oct. 10 as Devon
Maitozo (Woodside, Calif.), Blake Dahlgren (Santa Clarita, Calif.), the two countries on July 11, 2004 – which was also played at Sol-
Mary Garrett (Seal Beach, Calif.), Emily Hogye (Ben Lomond, dier Field – ended in a 1-1 draw.
Calif.), Mari Inouye (Redwood City, Calif.), Rosalind Ross (Aptos,
Calif.) and Annalise VanVranken (Mays Landing, N.J.) earned a The U.S. traveled to Philadelphia on Sunday to prepare for their
combined freestyle score of 8.779 and a final composite of 8.029 to match against Colombia on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at PPL Park in Ches-
edge second place Germany and third place Austria. ter, Pa.. The match kicks off at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live
on ESPN2 and Galavision.
FIGURE SKATING: Dornbush Wins Gold in Dresden
SWIMMING: U.S. Men Sweep Medals at FINA World
Richard Dornbush (Corona, Calif.) earned the gold medal at the Cup Stop in Cancun
2010 Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Dresden, Germany on
Oct. 10. Dornbush scored 195.23 points - nearly 10 points ahead of Fran Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa.) took first place and his U.S.
second-place Gordei Gorshkov of Russia. teammates Chip Peterson (Pine Knoll Shores, N.C.) and Mark
Warkentin (Santa Barbara, Calif.) claimed silver and bronze, respec-
In the junior ladies competition, Christina Gao (Cincinnati, Ohio) tively, at the penultimate stop on the FINA 10K World Cup Series.
won the silver medal with 155.67 points while teammate Felicia
Zhang (Plainsboro, N.J.) came in seventh with 123.16 points. Crippen finished more than 10 seconds ahead of the field, post-
ing a time of 2:07:53 in his gold medal quest. Meanwhile, just four
tenths of a second separated silver-medalist Peterson (2:08:04.2)
LUGE: Walden Wins
and bronze-medalist Warkentin (2:08:04.6).
Ninth Career USA
Luge Start Champi- In the women’s race, Christine Jennings (Longmont, Colo.)
onship earned the silver medal, finishing just one second behind gold
medalist and Series leader Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil. Jennings
2002 U.S. Olympic Team crossed the finish with a time of 2:17:31.
member and current na-
tional team athlete Ashley TAEKWONDO: Reyes and Brand medal at World
Mass.) won her ninth Start
Championship held at the
USA Luge Start Training The United States captured two medals at the 5th WTF World Tae-
Complex in Lake Placid, kwondo Poomsae Championships which concluded on Sunday in
N.Y. Chris Mazdzer (Sa- Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
ranac Lake, N.Y.) took
the men’s title, while the In the women’s individual second senior category, Akiko Reyes
doubles team of Matt (Aiea, Hawaii) took the silver medal, repeating her performance
Mortensen (Huntington from last year’s world championships. Reyes also owns a bronze
Station, N.Y. ) and Pres- medal in the second team competition from the 2007 world champi-
Clint Dempsey heads the ball against Michal
Zewlakow (Poland) during the first half of ton Griffall (Salt Lake onships. Korea’s Suk-Kyung Lee captured the gold and the bronze
their match at Soldier Field in Chicago, Il- City, Utah) won the dou- went to Chinese Taipei’s Chi-Lin Wu and Colombia’s O. Agudelo.
linois. (Photo by Jim Prisching/Getty Images) bles crown.
Barbara Brand (Sacramento, Calif.) won the third world champi-
onship medal of her career by taking a bronze in the women’s in-
SOCCER: National Teams Draw China and Poland dividual second master division. Korean Chung-Hee Chang took
home the gold medal, Italy’s Clara Cecchetti captured the silver
The U.S. Women’s National Team came from behind to tie China and Patricia C. Martinez de Rodriguez of Mexico won the other
1-1 on Oct. 6 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., as 21-year-old forward bronze. Brand had previously won bronze in the female second
Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar, Calif.) scored her first international team event in both 2007 and 2008.
Morgan, a senior at California, is the only player on the U.S. roster
VOLLEYBALL: U.S. Men Record Sixth-Place Finish
still in college and was a star on the U.S. team that won the 2008 at Worlds
U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She scored the winning goal in
the U-20 World Cup Final, but this was her first for the senior side. The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team ended the 2010 FIVB
World Championship in sixth place after falling to Russia, 25-19,
* * * * * 25-21, 25-19 on Oct. 9 in Modena, Italy. It was the best World
Championship finish for the U.S. Men (6-3 overall) since they fin-
In the first of their final three matches in 2010, the U.S. Men’s Na- ished third in 1994.
tional Team drew with Poland 2-2 behind goals from Jozy Altidore
(Boca Raton, Fla.) and Oguchi Onyewu (Olney, Md.) in front of Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) was named the best server of the
31,696 fans at Soldier Field in Chicago on Oct. 9. FIVB Men’s World Championship on Oct. 10 in Rome, Italy. Stan-
ley, who plays opposite, was also the Most Valuable Player at the
The U.S. twice took the lead, on Altidore’s goal in the 13th minute 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He finished the tournament with
and again on Onyewu’s in the 52nd, but Poland was able to re- 23 aces and 36 faults on 155 attempts and averaged 0.70 aces per
spond both times to earn the draw. The tie was the second straight set. Stanley started all 33 sets for the U.S. at Worlds.
for the U.S. against Poland on home soil as the last match between
NGB Schedule for Oct. 12-18
BOBSLED: U.S. bobsled and skeleton athletes will begin sliding on the combined track in Lake Placid,
N.Y. on Friday, Oct. 15. The U.S. team will compete in a series of selection races to determine the na-
tional team before the international sliding season begins.
FIGURE SKATING: The 2010 Junior Grand Prix will take place in Ostrava, Czech Republic Oct. 13–17
GYMNASTICS: The 2010 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships are set to take place Oct. 16-24 in
SOCCER: The U.S. men will face Colombia on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
SWIMMING: The 2010 FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup takes place Oct. 12-13 in Beijing, China
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Team USA athletes react to Body Issue
An athlete’s body is a work of art. “I haven’t seen it yet and I don’t want to,” said Lysacek of
issue, which hit newsstands this week. “It was one of the
That is never more emphasized than for Team USA most scary things I’ve ever done.”
Olympians and athletes.
When Lysacek decided to participate, he thought, “Oh,
They spend their entire life honing their craft and perfect- I’m sure the photographers will make it comfortable.”
ing their bodies.
But on the day of the photo shoot, Sept. 8, he found
That’s why it’s no surprise that more than half of the himself stark naked on one of the coldest days in Malibu,
athletes photographed in the nude for ESPN The Maga- Calif.
zine’s annual “The Body Issue,” were members of Team
USA. “It was freezing,” he said in a telephone interview with
www.teamusa.org. “Everyone else at the shoot was
But just because their wearing parkas and here I am.”
bodies are some of the
best in the world, it didn’t Despite the cold, Lysacek said he did enjoy working with
mean the athletes were the photographer, Matthias Vriens-McGrath. Lysacek
completely comfortable said Vriens-McGrath had a dance background and did
with the endeavor. research on Lysacek’s skating routines.
Olympic gold medal- “He really wanted the skating angle to come across,” he
ist figure skater Evan said.
Lysacek wasn’t quite
sure what he had gotten The magazine may have only hit newsstands this week,
himself into, but he defi- but Lysacek has already received his share of voicemails
nitely was having second and text messages from family and friends.
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