Sarah Robles (San Jacinto, Calif.) and Holley Mangold Weightlifting, held March 4 in Columbus, Ohio. Competing in the superheavyweight division, Robles totaled 258kg with her snatch and clean and jerk lifts. She just edged Mangold's combined effort of 255kg.
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS
Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, Utah) clinched the inaugural women's world cup ski jumping title on March 3 and followed it up with an impressive victory the next day in Zao, Japan. The 17-year-old standout scored her eighth victory in the first 12 competitions of the season. In the win, Hendrickson bested the field with two jumps totaling 249.1 points.
Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) led Team USA at the 2012 IBU World Championships with a 10th-place finish in the men's 10km sprint on March 3 in Ruhpolding, Germany. Burke also teamed up with Sara Studebaker (Boise, Idaho), Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) and Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) to take 12th in the mixed relay event on March 1.
BOBSLED & SKELETON
Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wis.) and Megan Henry (Roxbury, Conn.) picked up the respective men's and women's 2012 U.S. National Skeleton Championship titles on March 4 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Twenty boxers won national titles at the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships on March 3 in Fort Carson, Colo. Fourteen of the fighters also earned the right to compete for the U.S. in two important international competitions.
The U.S. team at the 2012 World Junior Curling Championships holds a 3-1 record midway through the Oestersund, Sweden tournament. The quartet of Stephen Dropkin (Southborough, Mass.), Korey Dropkin (Southborough, Mass.), Thomas Howell (Brick, N.J.) and Derek Corbett (Rochester, N.Y.) most recently posted an impressive 10-3 victory over the Czech Republic on March 5.
The U.S. team - comprised of Lauren Hough (Wellington, Fla.), Mario Deslauriers (New York, N.Y.), Margie Engle (Wellington, Fla.) and Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.) - tied for fourth place at the FEI Nations Cup on March 2 in Wellington, Fla.
Team USA earned four medals at the 2012 World Junior Championships that concluded March 3 in Minsk, Belarus. Gracie Gold (Springfield, Ill.) and Joshua Farris (Colorado Springs, Colo.) each won silver medals in the free skate events. Jason Brown (Highland Park, Ill.) also picked up a bronze medal in the free skate, while duo Alexandra Aldridge (Birmingham, Mich.) and Daniel Eaton (Bloomfield, Mich.) won the bronze medal in pairs competition.
Danell Leyva (Homestead, Fla.) and Jordyn Wieber (DeWitt, Mich.) captured the all-around titles at the 2012 AT&T American Cup on March 3 in New York. Leyva overcame a deficit to post a final score of 90.664, while Wieber totaled 61.032 to earn her third American Cup gold medal.
The U.S. men's sitting volleyball team earned a guaranteed playoff spot in the Intercontinental Cup with a 3-1 victory over Kazakhstan on March 4 in Cairo, Egypt. The playoff teams will vie for the last bid to the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
SKI & SNOWBOARD
Louie Vito (Sandy, Utah) and Kaitlyn Farrington (Bellevue, Idaho) captured the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix series titles with impressive showings on March 3 in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. U.S. men and women swept the podium during the halfpipe competition. Later in the weekend, David Wise (Reno, Nev.) scored his third consecutive freeskiing victory, while Brita Sigourney (Carmel, Calif.) picked up the win in the women's competition.
Cross-country skier Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, Alaska) posted a top-five finish and moved closer to the world cup sprint title with a strong performance on March 4 in Lahti, Finland.
Resi Stiegler scored her first podium finish of her career with a runner-up performance on March 4 at the alpine world cup in Ofterschwang, Germany.
Kelly Clark (West Dover, Vt.) captured her 16th consecutive win with an impressive performance at the Burton European Open on March 3 in Laax, Switzerland. Teammate Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen, Colo.) placed second.
The U.S. Women's National Team suffered a 1-0 loss to Japan on March 5 in Faro, Portugal, to fall to second in the Algarve Cup Group B standings. The team holds a 2-1 record after earlier wins against Denmark and Norway. Team USA will compete in the third-place match on March 7.
The U.S U-23 Women's National Team secured the Four Nations Tournament title with a 5-0 win over Norway on March 4 in La Manga, Spain. The team also posted a 2-0 win against Sweden but fell 2-1 to England.
Team USA skated to seven medals - five golds and two bronzes - at World Cup No. 6, which concluded on March 4 in Heerenveen, Netherlands. Shani Davis (Chicago, Ill.) captured a pair of gold medals in the 1000 and 1500m races. Heather Richardson (High Point, N.C.) led the U.S. medal total with gold in the 1000m and a pair of 500m bronze medals. Jonathan Kuck (Champaign, Ill.) and Tucker Fredricks (Janesville, Wis.) also earned gold medals during the weekend.
Team USA competed at the 2012 Long Track Junior World Championships that opened March 2 in Obihiro, Japan. Emery Lehman (Oak Park, Ill.) posted the best finish for the U.S. with a pair of fifth-place efforts in the men's 3000 and 5000m races.
TRACK & FIELD
Eric Broadbent (Cary, N.C.) won the men's heptathlon and Sharon Day (Costa Mesa, Calif.) earned the women's pentathlon title at the Indoor Combined Events Championship held March 3-4 in Bloomington, Ind. Broadbent racked up 5908 total points while Day won with 4567 points.
Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) captured a hometown victory at the Clermont ITU Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup on March 3. Shoemaker posted a winning time of 56:04. Kelly Whitley (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Sarah Haskins (Colorado Springs, Colo.) placed second and third in the women's competition.
Eight weightlifters claimed national championships from March 2 to 4 in Columbus, Ohio. Caleb Williams (Atlanta, Ga.), Chad Vaughn (Florence, Texas) and Kendrick Farris (Shreveport, La.) repeated as national champions after the first day of competition. Twin brothers Darren and Darrel Barnes each won titles in the respective 56 and 62kg weight divisions. Rounding out the weekend, Ian Wilson (Berkeley, Calif.), Donald Shanklee (New Orleans, La.) and Pat Mendes (Hubbardston, Mass.) won championships as well.
UPCOMING CALENDAR - March
Fe 23-Mar 7 - Soccer Algarve Cup Algarve, Portugal
Feb 24-Mar 11 - Archery Mass., N.M., Calif., Wash., Ga. National Indoor Championships and JOAD Indoor Championships
3-10 - Curling Mankato, Minn. 2012 U.S. Club National Championships
6-9 - Skiing Winter Park, Colo. Alpine IPC World Cup
10 - Taekwondo Colorado Springs, Colo. 2012 Olympic Trials Finals for Taekwondo
10-11 - Canoe/Kayak Foz do Iguassu, Brazil Pan American Championships
7-11 - Equestrian San Diego, Calif. CPEDI3* Team Qualifier for the Paralympics
8-11 - Equestrian Del Mar, Calif. Dressage Affaire - Dressage World Cup Qualifier
8-11 - Equestrian Tallahassee, Fla. Red Hills CIC3* (Eventing)
8-11 - Modern Pentathlon Charlotte, N.C. World Cup #1
9-11 - Speedskating Berlin Essent ISU Long Track World Cup Final
9-11 - Speedskating Shanghi, China 2012 Short Track World Championships