Sandra Uptagrafft (Phoenix City, Ala.) earned an Olympic nomination in the women's 25-meter pistol after her stellar performance at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Smallbore on June 5 in Ft. Benning, Ga. Also earning nominations to London were Army Staff Sgt. Michael McPhail (Darlington, Wis.), who will represent Team USA in the men's 50-meter rifle prone, three- position rifle shooter Amanda Furrer (Spokane, Wash.), and pistol shooters Keith Sanderson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Emil Milev (Temple Terrace, Fla.).
U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM CONTINUES TO GROW
Sprint kayaker Scott Parsons (Bethesda, Md.) and single canoe athlete Casey Eichfeld (Drums, Pa.) punched their tickets to London after 11th- and sixth- place finishes at the Slalom World Cup No. 1 in Cardiff, Wales, on June 9. Later that day, sprint kayaker Caroline Queen (Darnestown, Md.) also earned an Olympic nomination after a penalty-free 35th -place finish. On the final day of competition, Eric Hurd (Woodstock, Ga.) and Jeff Larimer (Marietta, Ga.) rounded out nominations to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team with their ninth-place finish in the men's double canoe (C-2) competition.
Jonathan Holling (Ocala, Fla.) won the 2012 Volvo Bromont CCI3* three-day event on June 10 in Bromont, Que. Meanwhile, teammate Karen O'Connor (The Plains, Va.) won the CIC3* and CCI2* divisions and Buck Davidson (Unionville, Pa.) won the CCI1* division.
The women's saber team of Mariel Zagunis (Beaverton, Ore.), Dagmara Wozniak (Avenel, N.J.), Daria Schneider (New York City, N.Y.) and Francesca Russo (Wayne, N.J.) earned its first world cup victory since 2010 at the Gent Saber World Cup in Belgium on June 10.
Jordyn Wieber (DeWitt, Mich.) won her second consecutive U.S. all-around title on June 10 at the 2012 Visa Championships in St. Louis, Mo. Gabrielle Douglas (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Alexandra Raisman (Needham, Mass) finished second and third. On the men's side, John Orozco (Bronx, N.Y.) claimed the all-around title, while Danell Leyva (Miami, Fla.) and Sam Mikulak brought home silver and bronze medals.
Savannah Vinsant (Newton, Texas) became the first U.S. woman to medal at a world cup in trampoline since 1996 with a bronze-medal performance at the 2012 Taiyuan World Cup in China on June 5.
Kayla Harrison (Wakefield, Mass.) and Travis Stevens (Tacoma, Wash.) fought their way to gold- and silver-medal performances at the 2012 Grand Slam Rio de Janeiro on June 11.
Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.) and Sarah Lihan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) won silver in the women's 470 division at the world cup in Weymouth and Portland, U.K., on June 9. Also earning a spot on the podium was the women's match racing team of Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.), which took home bronze.
Carlos Bocanegra (Upland, Calif.) tied the all-time scoring mark for U.S. defenders after scoring his 13th career goal in Team USA's 3-1 victory over Antigua & Barbuda on June 8 in Tampa, Fla.
The Under-20 men's team lost a pair of games to Uruguay, 0-2 and 2-4, on June 6 and June 8 in Uruguay.
Ashley Wanland (Long Grove, Ill.) edged out four-time Olympian Amanda Beard (Irvine, Calif.) to win the women's 100-meter breaststroke gold medal at the Mutual of Omaha Swimvitational on June 10 in Omaha, Neb. David Plummer (Oklahoma City, Okla.) beat national team teammate Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill.) by .03 to win the 100-meter backstroke title.
Haley Anderson (East Brunswick, N.J.) won the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier on June 9 in Setubal, Portugal, qualifying for an Olympic berth.
Bob Bryan (Camarillo, Calif.) and Mike Bryan (Camarillo, Calif.) came up one win short, losing to the No. 1-seeded Canadian duo, 6-4, 6-4, in the men's doubles final of the French Open on June 9. The brothers recorded a 6-3, 7-6 win on June 7 to advance to the gold-medal match.
TRACK & FIELD
Six Americans posted top finishes at the Adidas Grand Prix on June 9 in New York City. Tyson Gay (Lexington, Ky.) made an impressive return to the track after a near year-long absence, winning the 100-meter race in an even 10 seconds.
Chaunte Lowe (Templeton, Calif.) cleared a height of 1.97 meters on her first attempt in the women's high jump to claim first-place honors on June 7 at the Bislett Games in Oslo, Norway. The win was her second Diamond League victory this year.
Beach volleyball duo Misty May-Treanor (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Kerri Walsh (San Jose, Calif.) defeated fellow Americans Jen Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.), 21-19, 21-19, on June 10 to advance to the semifinals of the Moscow Grand Slam.
The U.S. Women's National Team scored a win over the Dominican Republic to soar to the top of the leaderboard at the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix on June 10 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The U.S. defeated the host team in three sets, 25-18, 25-19 and 25-15.
Coleman Scott (Stillwater, Okla.) won the Grapple in the Big Apple competition on June 7 to receive a nomination to the U.S. Olympic Team in the men's 60kg freestyle spot. Scott won two of three matches against Shawn Bunch (Columbus, Ohio) to secure the nomination. He also defeated Reece Humphrey in a preliminary match for the right to challenge Bunch.
Team USA defeated Russia, 4-3, to win the Beat the Streets Gala on June 7 in New York City. Superheavyweight Tervel Dlagnev (Columbus, Ohio) recorded a pin in just 25 seconds to secure the U.S. victory.
UPCOMING CALENDER - JUNE
12 - Soccer, Santiago, Chile, U-20 Men vs. Chile
12 - Soccer, Guatemala City, Men's National Team vs. Guatemala
12-17 - Water Polo, Kazakhstan, FINA Men's World League Super Final
14-16 - Swimming, Bismarck, ND, U.S. Paralympic Team Trials
15 - Soccer, Stjordalen, Norway, U-23 Women vs. Sweden
15-17 - Volleyball, Lyon, France, 2012 FIVB World League
15 - Canoe/Kayak, Pau, France, 2012 Canoe Slalom World Cup Race 1
15 - Rowing, Munich, Germany, Rowing World Cup
16-17 - Judo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, IJF World Cup Buenos Aires
17-24 - Team Handball, Argentina, 2012 Pan American Championships