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The latest news from the USOC - February 5

Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) became the first U.S. biathlete to win three individual medals at a single world championships when he captured silver in the 12.5-kilometer pursuit, gold in the 10K pursuit and silver in the 7.5K sprint at the IBU Youth and Junior World Championships, held Jan. 23-Feb. 1 in Obertilliach, Austria. Casey Smith (Methow Valley, Wash.) was the top U.S. finisher in the men's 15K, taking 37th place. Jordan McElroy (Truckee, Calif.), Jacob Ellingson (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Doherty finished ninth in the men's relay, while the women's team - featuring Anna Kubek (Duluth, Minn.), Mikaela Paluszek (Farmington, N.H.) and Aleksandra Zakrzewska (Burlington, Vt.) - placed 13th in the 6K relay.

WIRE-TO-WIRE

Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, Alaska) led every stride of three heats to win the freestyle Olympic test event on Feb. 1 at the Laura Cross-Country Ski & Biathlon Center located just outside of Sochi, Russia. Teammate Ida Sargent (Orleans, Vt.) placed a career-best sixth. On Feb. 3, the U.S. capped a successful weekend with seventh and fifth-place finishes in the men's and women's team sprint.

BOBSLED & SKELETON

Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah) continued her comeback from retirement with a silver in the women's skeleton at the 2013 World Championships, held Jan. 21- Feb. 3, in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) claimed a bronze medal with teammates Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.), Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas) and Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.) after breaking the track record in the four-man bobsled race.

CURLING

Team Dropkin claimed the men's title at the 2013 USA Curling Junior National Championship on Feb. 2 in Wayland, Mass., while Team Solem captured the women's crown.

FENCING

Mariel Zagunis (Beaverton, Ore.) returned to the podium on Feb. 2 with a bronze medal at the women's saber grand prix event in Orleans, France. Zagunis battled back from an 8-3 deficit in the semifinals, but eventually lost the bout to Dina Galiakbarova of Russia, 15-13.

Adrienne Jarocki (Middle Village, N.Y.) captured her first junior world cup title on Feb. 2 in Chandler, Ariz. Jarocki was joined on the podium by Emma Keehan (Chandler, Ariz.) and Sophie Keehan (Chandler, Ariz.).

Jackie Dubrovich (Riverdale, N.J.) struck bronze at the junior foil world cup on Feb. 3 in Lyon, France. Dubrovich lost her semifinal bout to silver medalist Martina Sinigalia of Italy.

LUGE

Team USA posted its best finish of the FIL World Championships in the team relay on Feb. 2 in Whistler, British Columbia. Erin Hamlin (Remsen, N.Y.), Chris Mazdzer (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) and the doubles team of Matt Mortensen (Huntington Station, N.Y.) and Preston Griffall (Salt Lake City, Utah) combined to finish fifth in a time of 2:04.86. Hamlin and Mazdzer recorded the top U.S. finishes in the individual races, each finishing sixth. Mortensen and Griffall finished 14th in the doubles competition.

RUGBY

The U.S. women's sevens team defeated Russia and Australia to advance to the final of the Houston Sevens Cup on Feb. 3 in Houston. In the final, England overcame the U.S. by a 29-12 score.

The U.S. men's sevens team tied England and lost to both Spain and New Zealand on Feb. 1, before dropping matches to Fiji and Wales on Feb. 2 in Wellington, New Zealand.

SAILING

Team USA won five golds, three silvers and three bronzes on the final day of racing at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami. Fred Strammer (Nokomis, Fla.) and Zach Brown (San Diego, Calif.) won the 49er, Stuart McNay (Providence, R.I.) and Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) won the 470, Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) won the finn, Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) won the laser radial, and Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) and John Casey (Longwood, Fla.) won the NACRA 17.

SKI & SNOWBOARD

Hannah Kearney (Norwich, Vt.) finished on top as Team USA swept the podium in the moguls event at the Visa Freestyle International on Jan. 31 in Deer Valley, Utah. Heather McPhie (Bozeman, Mont.) finished second, while Eliza Outtrim (Hamden, Conn.) finished third. In men's moguls, Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, Wash.) finished in third place. Kearney won the dual moguls on Feb. 2, while Deneen took second to Canadian Alex Bilodeau. Meanwhile, Mike Rossi (Long Valley, N.J.) earned his first career podium, finishing third in the aerials competition on Feb. 1.

Taylor Fletcher (Colorado Springs, Colo.) posted the second-fastest cross- country time to finish fifth in the first Olympic test event on Feb. 2 at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games Nordic combined venue in Sochi, Russia. Fletcher jumped through blizzard conditions to sit in 15th after the jumping portion. In the 4x5-kilometer team event, Fletcher posted the fastest cross-country time to help Team USA finish seventh.

Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, Utah) soared onto the podium with a third-place finish at the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup on Feb. 3 in Sapporo, Japan. Lindsey Van (Park City, Utah) finished eighth and Jessica Jerome (Park City, Utah) placed 15th.

David Wise (Reno, Nev.) and Maddie Bowman (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) won the men's and women's superpipe titles at the U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix on Feb. 2 in Park City, Utah. Torin Yater-Wallace (Aspen, Colo.) finished second in the men's event.

Shaun White (Carlsbad, Calif.) used a second run of 97.3 to earn a come-from- behind win at the U.S. Grand Prix on Feb. 1 in Park City, Utah. Scotty Lago (Seabrook, N.H.) and Luke Mitrani (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) finished second and third. Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) finished second in the women's halfpipe to clinch the U.S. Grand Prix season title. Kaitlyn Farrington (Sun Valley, Idaho) finished third.

Snowboardcross athlete Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, Mich.) raced into third place at the FIS Snowboard World Cup on Feb. 2 in Blue Mountain, Ontario. Jackie Hernandez (Londonderry, Vt.) was the top U.S. women's finisher in eighth.

Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) finished third in the Moscow City Event to extend her FIS Alpine World Cup slalom lead over Slovenia's Tina Maze to 33 points.

SPEEDSKATING

J.R. Celski (Federal Way, Wash.) skated to a bronze medal in the men's 1,000- meter on Feb. 3 at the Short Track World Cup in Sochi, Russia. The women of Team USA had a successful final day of competition at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games venue as Lana Gehring (Glenview, Ill.), Jessica Smith (Melvindale, Mich.), Emily Scott (Springfield, Mo.) and Alyson Dudek (Hales Corners, Wis.) skated to victory in the 3,000 relay.

Allison Baver (Sinking Spring, Penn.) dominated the Short Track American Cup on Feb. 3 in Midland, Mich. Baver won the ladies 1,500-meter, both 500 finals and the 1,000. On the men's side, Cole Krueger (Pittsburgh, Pa.) won the 1,500 and the 1,000, while Keith Carroll Jr. (Honeybrook, Pa.) and Kyle Uyehara (Lakewood, Calif.) each won a 500 final.

TENNIS

U.S. No. 1 John Isner (Greensboro, N.C.) lost to Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil, 2-6, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-3, in the early match at the Davis Cup on Feb. 3. In the deciding match, Sam Querrey (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) stepped up to defeat Thiago Alves, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3), to clinch the 3-2 victory for the U.S. in Jacksonville, Fla.

TRACK & FIELD

Sixteen-year-old Mary Cain (Bronxville, N.Y.) shattered a 12-year-old record for a high school student in the 2-mile at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston. Cain finished third in a time of 9:38.68, breaking the previous record by more than 17 seconds. Jenn Suhr (Rochester, N.Y.) captured gold in the women's pole vault, just missing her own American record. In the men's 3,200- meter race, Galen Rupp (Portland, Ore.) crossed the finish line in 7:33.67 for second place.

Shalane Flanagan (Portland, Ore.) and Chris Derrick (Naperville, Ill.) topped loaded fields at the 2013 USA Cross Country Championships on Feb. 2 in St. Louis. Flanagan pulled away from the field, finishing in a time of 25:49, while Derrick battled through a tight lead pack to win in 35:36.6.

WATER POLO

Team USA defeated Brazil, 14-2, Argentina, 13-3, and Argentina again in the semifinals, 15-8, to qualify for the 2013 UANA World Aquatic Championship during the qualifying event, which ran from Jan. 30-Feb. 3 in Calgary, Alberta. The U.S. fell to Canada, 6-5, in the gold-medal match to claim silver.

WRESTLING

Jordan Holm (Orem, Utah) was the first American to win gold at the Dave Schultz Memorial International on Jan. 31 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Holm captured gold at -84 kg., by injury default over Danyal Gajiyev of Kazakhstan. Devin Carter (Hackettstown, N.J.; -60 kg.), John Reader (Davison, Mich.; -84 kg.), Wynn Michalak (Caro, Mich.; -96 kg.) and Zach Rey (Hopatcong, N.J.; -120 kg.) all won titles on Feb. 1, while Elena Pirozhkova (Colorado Springs, Colo.; -63 kg.) and Helen Maroulis (Rockville, Md.; -55 kg.) claimed gold on Feb. 2.