The latest news from the USOC - February 20

Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) made U.S. biathlon team history on Feb. 14, winning silver in the 20-kilometer individual event at the 2013 IBU World Championships in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. The finish marked Burke's first-career world championships medal and the first for a U.S. athlete in 26 years. The U.S. men finished 12th in the 4x7.5K, while the women finished 11th in the relay. Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) added a 13th-place finish in the men's 12.5K pursuit.


Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah) became the first man to win three gold medals in a single world championships event in 45 years when he captured the giant slalom, super combined and super-G titles at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, held Feb. 5-17, in Schladming, Austria. Teenage teammate Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) won gold in the slalom, while Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, Calif.) won the giant slalom.


Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah) and Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) finished first and second at the women's skeleton 2014 Olympic test event on Feb. 16 in Rzhanaya Polyana, Russia. Meanwhile, Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.) and Aja Evans (Chicago, Ill.) captured silver on the Olympic track in the women's bobsled. John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.) finished fourth in the men's skeleton, and the four-man bobsled team of Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah), Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.), Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas) and Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.) placed 11th.


Team Erika Brown won the 2013 USA Curling National Championships in an extra end on Feb. 16 in Green Bay, Wis. Erika Brown (Oakville, Ontario), Debbie McCormick (Rio, Wis.), Jessica Schultz (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Ann Swisshelm (Chicago, Ill.) will now compete for the 2013 World Women's Championship. On the men's side, Team Brady Clark captured the national title. Brady Clark (Seattle, Wash.), Sean Beighton (Seattle, Wash.), Darren Lehto (Seattle, Wash.), Phillip Tilker (Seattle, Wash.) and Steve Lundeen (Seattle, Wash.) will represent the U.S. at the 2013 Ford World Men's Championship.


National team spots were on the line at the 2013 Junior Olympic Fencing Championships on Feb. 15-18 in Baltimore. Ariel Simmons (Bellaire, Texas) captured the junior men's individual epee title, Iman Blow (Brooklyn, N.Y.) won the junior women's individual foil and Lillian Chu (Saratoga, Calif.) won the cadet women's individual saber. Also victorious during the weekend were Amanda Sirico (Bowie, Md.; junior women's individual epee), Peter Pak (Roslyn, N.Y.; junior men's individual saber), Thomas Dudey (Bellaire, Texas; cadet men's individual foil), Claudia Kulmacz (Upper Saddle River, N.J.; junior women's individual saber), Quinn Crum (Providence, R.I.; cadet women's individual foil) and Clinton Rodell (Annandale, Va.; cadet men's individual epee).


Jazzy Kerber (Highland Park, Ill.) took home gold in the senior division all- around of the Rhythmic Challenge on Feb. 18 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Aliya Protto (Culver City, Calif.) captured silver while Laura Zeng (Libertyville, Ill.) was crowned champion of the junior division.


After splitting 2-0 decisions with Canada on Feb. 14-15, the U.S. National Sled Team rallied from an early 1-0 deficit to win the three-game series with a 2-1 victory over Canada on Feb. 16 at the Canadian International Hockey Academy Arena in Rockland, Ontario. Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) and Joshua Sweeney (Phoenix, Ariz.) provided the scoring for the U.S. in the deciding game.


Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, Utah) finished second and third in two FIS Ski Jumping World Cups on Feb. 17 and Feb. 18 in Ljubno, Slovenia, to make up her seventh and eighth podiums of the year.

Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, Vt.) led the way for Team USA in the classic sprint on Feb. 18 in the world cup event in Davos, Switzerland, when he skied to a fourth-place finish. In the distance events, Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) and Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, Vt.) both notched top-15 finishes, with Diggins crossing in 14th and Stephen 15th.

Hannah Kearney (Norwich, Vt.) and Eliza Outtrim (Hamden, Conn.) finished first and second in the women's moguls on Feb. 15 at the FIS Freestyle World Cup in Rosa Khutor, Russia. Competing at the 2014 Olympic venue, Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, Wash.) finished second on the men's moguls. In aerials, on Feb. 17, Dylan Ferguson (Amesbury, Mass.) and Kiley McKinnon (Madison, Conn.) each soared to a fifth-place finish.

The 2014 Olympic halfpipe was tested by U.S. skiers for the first time on Feb. 16 in Rosa Khutor, with U.S. athletes Torin Yater-Wallace (Aspen, Colo.) and Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, Colo.) finishing first and second in the FIS Freestyle World Cup. Jamie Crane-Mauzy (Park City, Utah) was the top U.S. woman, finishing ninth.

Kelly Clark (W. Dover, Vt.) dominated the competition at the FIS Snowboard World Cup halfpipe event on Feb. 14 in Rosa Khutor. Scotty Lago (Seabrook, N.H.) finished third in the men's competition.

Alex Deibold (Manchester Center, N.H.) raced to his first-career podium on Feb. 17 in the FIS Snowboard World Cup snowboardcross in Rosa Khutor. Deibold finished with silver while teammate Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, Calif.) finished fourth, and Faye Gulini (Salt Lake City, Utah) led the U.S. women in eighth.


The U.S. men opened the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship with a 2-1 victory over Haiti on Feb. 18 in Puebla, Mexico. Luis Gil (Garden Grove, Calif.) and Daniel Cuevas (Sacramento, Calif.) each notched goals for the U.S.


Battling a team-wide bout with the flu, Jonathan Kuck (Park City, Utah) and Anna Ringsred (Duluth, Minn.) notched the top-U.S. finishes in the 1,500- kilometer, with Kuck placing 12th in the men's race and Ringsred finishing 18th in the women's.


Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.) and Becca Mann (Clearwater, Fla.) each won twice on Feb. 16 at the Arena Grand Prix in Orlando, Fla. Franklin won the 200- meter backstroke and the 100 freestyle to go along with her victories in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke earlier in the meet. Olympians Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.), Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif.) and Anthony Ervin (Berkeley, Calif.) also won events at the meet.


Bernard Lagat (Tucson, Ariz.) raced cheetah-patterned spikes to a new American record in the two-mile at the 12th Millrose Games on Feb. 16 at The Armory in New York. Erik Sowinski (Waukesha, Wis.) and Alysia Montano (Canyon Country, Calif.) each broke the record in the 600-meter, while Edward Cheserek (Newark, N.J.) broke a 49-year-old record in the high school boys' two-mile, and Mary Cain (Bronxville, N.Y.) improved her own record in the high school girls' mile.


Jon Reader (Ames, Iowa; -84 kg.), Nick Marable (Columbia, Mo.; -74 kg.) and Wynn Michalak (Champaign, Ill.; -96 kg.) all won gold medals at the Dan Kolov International, Feb. 16-17, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Jake Varner (State College, Pa.; -96 kg.) earned silver.