On March 18, Tim Morehouse (New York, N.Y.), James Williams (New York, N.Y.), Daryl Homer (New York, N.Y.) and Jeff Spear (Wyantskill, N.Y.) became the first U.S. men's sabre team to earn a world cup medal since 2005. The team captured bronze at the world cup in Moscow, which qualified the U.S. for a team spot at the 2012 Olympic Games.
ENDING ON A HIGH NOTE
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.) closed the world cup season with alpine, downhill, super-G and combined titles in Schladming, Austria. With the wins, Vonn recorded the all-time highest women's point total of 1,980. Meanwhile, Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, Calif.) battled to a fifth-place giant slalom finish, capping her best season in four years.
Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) added another top-10 finish to her rookie world cup season after placing ninth in the 10k pursuit in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, on March 17. Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) posted the best finish for Team USA's men, placing 21st in the 12.5k pursuit and 22nd in the 15k mass start.
Team USA continued play at the 2012 Ford World Women's Championships in Lethbridge, Alta., losing to China, 8-4, on March 18. The team - comprised of Allison Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Nicole Joraanstad (Verona, Wis.), Natalie Nocholson (Bemidji, Minn.) and Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) - lost to Switzerland, 11-7, and Canada, 8-7, earlier in the week.
Carmen Small (Durango, Colo.) powered through to win the 2012 Classica Citta de Pavoda on March 17 in Padova, Italy, pacing the field by three seconds.
Christina Loukas (Riverwoods, Ill.) and Kassidy Cook (The Woodlands, Texas) won silver in the synchronized 3-meter event during the first leg of the 2012 FINA Diving World Series in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind.) also medaled, earning a bronze in the 10-meter event.
Tina Konyot (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) claimed the FEI Olympic Grand Prix on March 18 in Wellington, Fla. Meanwhile, Heather Blitz (Wellington, Fla.) won the freestyle division, while Caroline Roffman (Wellington, Fla.) rode to victory in the Intermediare 1 level.
Epee fencers Seth Kelsey (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and teammate Soren Thompson (New York City, N.Y.) qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games on March 17 after placing 12th and 32nd at the world cup in Paris.
Women's saber athletes Mariel Zagunis (Beaverton, Ore.) and Dagmara Wozniak (Avenal, N.J.) posted third- and 12th-place finishes at the Moscow Grand Prix on March 17, earning bids to represent the U.S. in London.
Team USA wrapped up the Kellogg's Pacific Rim Championships with a total of 63 medals among the men's and women's gymnastics (36), rhythmic gymnastics (18) and men's and women's trampoline (9) teams. Jorydn Wieber (DeWitt, Mich.) won the all-around women's competition, while trampolinist Steven Gluckstein (Atlantic Heights, N.J.) took home one silver and two bronze medals.
Two-time Olympian Erin Hamlin (Remsen, N.Y.) won her fifth straight Norton National Luge Championship on March 13 at the Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid, N.Y. Chris Mazder (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) grabbed the men's title, while Christian Niccum (Woodinville, Wash.) and Jayson Terdiman (Berwick, Pa.) took gold in doubles.
Sam Sacksen (Somerset, Pa.) moved from 22nd place to finish 14th in his qualifying group at the world cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 16. Although he was two places shy of advancing to the finals, Sacksen posted the second-fastest time in the combined shoot/run.
Charlie Cole (New Canaan, Conn.) and Glen Ochal (Philadelphia, Pa.) and duo Erin Cafaro (Modesto, Calif) and Eleanor Logan (Boothbay Harbor, Maine) captured the men's and women's pairs titles at the inaugural 2012 National Selection Regatta I on March 16 in Chula Vista, Calif. Nick LaCava (Weston, Conn.) and Will Newell (Weston, Mass.) earned the men's lightweight pair win, while Ken Jurkowski (New Fairfield, Conn.) won the men's single competition.
SKI & SNOWBOARD
Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, Alaska) ended a 30-year U.S. title drought by capturing the cross country world cup sprint championship on March 18 in Falun, Sweden.
Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, Wash.) won his third consecutive dual moguls world cup title after his freestyle victory at the world cup finals on March 18 in Megeve, France. Hannah Kearney (Norwich, Vt.) received two crystal globes for the freestyle world cup overall and mogul titles.
Jacqueline Hernandez (Londonderry, Vt.) scored the first world cup podium of her career with a victory in the women's snowboardcross on March 16 in Valmelenco, Italy. On the men's side, Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, Mich.) and Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, Calif.) placed seventh and ninth.
Shaun White (Carlsbad, Calif.) added to his X Games medal total, capturing gold medals in the slopestyle and halfpipe events at the European X Games on March 16 in Tignes, France. Kelly Clark (West Dover, Vt.) led U.S. snowboarders to a halfpipe podium sweep on March 14, while freeskiiers Bobby Brown (Breckinridge, Colo.) and Tom Wallisch (Pittsburgh, Pa.) captured a one- two U.S. finish with strong slopestyle performances on March 15. Sixteen-year- old Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, Colo.) also picked up a win, as U.S. freeskiiers took home five of the 12 medals.
Rookie snowboarder Kelly Berger (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) recorded her first U.S. Revolution Tour victory on the halfpipe on March 14 in Mount Snow, Vt. Kent Callister (Bend, Ore.) placed second in the men's halfpipe event and also won the overall men's title, while Hallie Soderholdm (Prior Lake, Minn.) won the women's title. Seventeen-year-old Karly Shorr also earned a victory at Mount Snow, picking up the slopestyle title for women, while Brandon Davis (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) earned the men's title.
Junior speedskater Emery Lehman (Oak Park, Ill.) skated to a bronze-medal victory in the men's 3,000-meter event at the ISU Junior Long Track World Cup in Obihiro, Japan.
The U.S. Junior Women's National Team recorded losses in its three opening games at the Junior Pan American Championships, which ran from March 16-18 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The U.S. crew fell to the Dominican Republic and Argentina during the first two days of competition, and also recorded a 19-17 loss to Canada.
John Isner (Greensboro, N.C.) fired 20 aces to beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic, 7-6 (7), 3-6, 7-6 (5), in the BNP Paribas Open semifinals on March 17. Isner fell to Roger Federer, 7-6 (7), 6-3, in the finals.
UPCOMING CALENDAR - MARCH
17-24 - Curling Portage, Wis. U.S. Mixed National Championship
17-25 - Curling Lethbridge, Alberta World Women's Championship
20- 1 - Nordic Skiing Vuokatti, Finland IPC World Cup
21-24 - Equestrian Wellington, Fla. USEF Show Jumping Selection Trials
22-25 - Speedskating Heerenveen, Netherlands Single Distance World Championships
22-29 - Freestyle Skiing Stratton, Vt. U.S. Freestyle Championships
22-25 - Archery Phoenix AAE Arizona Cup World Ranking Event
23-24 - Diving Beijing FINA Diving World Series
23-31 - Shooting Tucson, Ariz. ISSF Shotgun World Cup
23-25 - Water Polo Thousand Oaks, Calif. Men's Four Nations Tournament
24 - Triathlon Mooloolaba, Australia ITU World Cup
24 - Triathlon Jamijarvi, Finland ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships
24 - Triathlon Pelham, Ala. USA Triathlon Elite Duathlon National Championship