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The latest news from the USOC - February 22

Wed 22nd, February 2012

(Sports Network) - Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) and Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.) guided the U.S. to its first two-man bobsled world title at the FIBT Bob and Skeleton World Championships held Feb. 17-19 in Lake Placid, N.Y. The pair edged a Canadian team by a margin of .46 seconds for a total time of 3:42.88.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING

Three women made history at the first-ever U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women's Boxing by making a clean-sweep of their respective weight divisions. Held Feb. 12-19 in Spokane, Wash., Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.), Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) and Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) all claimed victory at the trials and will compete at the women's world championships in hopes of earning berths to the London Games.

BADMINTON

The men's and women's badminton teams both won the Pan American preliminary tournament held Feb. 17-19 in El Monte, Calif. The teams advance to the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals this May in China.

BOBSLED & SKELETON

Team USA captured the team world title at the FIBT Bob and Skeleton World Championships with a combined time of 3:44.98 on Feb. 19. Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah), Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas), Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wis.), Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.), Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.) and Emily Azevedo (Chico, Calif.) produced some of the top runs of the day en route to the victory.

CURLING

Team USA charged to the lead with a near-perfect 5-1 record after six rounds of competition at the 2012 World Wheelchair Championships in Chuncheon, South Korea.

A women's quartet led by Allison Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and a men's foursome chaired by Heath McCormick (Sarnia, Ontario) captured the USA Curling National Championships held Feb. 11-18 in Aston, Pa.

CYCLING

Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif.) claimed the gold medal in omnium on the final day of the track world cup event held Feb. 19 in London.

DIVING

Team USA qualified for two more events at the Olympic Games with strong performances on the first day of world cup competition in London. Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif.) and Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif.) placed sixth in the men's synchronized 3-meter final, while Haley Ishimatsu (Seal Beach, Calif.) placed 18th in the women's platform preliminary event.

FENCING

The U.S. men's foil team secured a berth in the London Games with a fourth- place finish at the world cup event on Feb. 18 in La Coruna, Spain. Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.) led the team with a seventh-place finish.

JUDO

Kayla Harrison (Middletown, Ohio) became the first U.S. woman to win the Dusseldorf grand prix with her victory on Feb. 18.

LUGE

Erin Hamlin (Remsen, N.Y.) claimed her sixth career bronze medal on Feb. 19 at the Latvia World Cup.

Emily Sweeney (Suffield, Conn.), Kate Hansen (La Canada, Calif.) and Summer Britcher (Glen Rock, Pa.) earned top-10 finishes at the junior world championships, held Feb. 18-19 in Koenigssee, Germany.

SKI & SNOWBOARD

Chas Guldemond (Reno, Nev.) captured victory at the world snowboarding championships on Feb. 19 in Oslo, Norway, with a strong run in the men's slopestyle finals. Kelly Clark earned her 15th consecutive win with a halfpipe victory.

The U.S. men's freestyle team swept the podium at the NorAm dual moguls event on Feb. 19 in Val St. Come, Que. Landon Gardner (Missoula, Mont.) led Shane Cordeau (Sun Valley, Idaho) and Nate Roberts (Park City, Utah) in the competition.

Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, Wash.) captured his first world cup win since December 2010 with a dual moguls win at the world cup in Naeba, Japan. Meanwhile, Julie Mancuso (Squaw Valley, Calif.) recorded her second world cup victory of the season on Feb. 21 in Moscow, Russia.

SPEEDSKATING

Jonathan Kuck (Champaign, Ill.) led Team USA to a sixth-place finish at the Essent ISU World All-Around Championships in Moscow, Russia.

WATER POLO

The U.S. women topped off an undefeated run with an 11-8 victory over Canada to capture the Holiday Cup title on Feb. 19 in Los Alamitos, Calif.

WRESTLING

Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb.), Dustin Kilgore (Berea, Ohio) and Tervel Dlagney (Columbus, Ohio) each captured gold medals at the Cerro Pelado International, held Feb. 14-15 in Havana, Cuba.

The U.S. women's team earned four medals - including gold for Adeline Gray (Colorado Springs, Colo.) - at the Klippan Lady Open on Feb. 19 in Klippan, Sweden.

UPCOMING CALENDAR - FEBRUARY/MARCH

18-25 - Curling Chuncheon City, South Korea 2012 World Wheelchair Championship

19-29 - Soccer Frisco, Texas U.S. Under-23 Men's National Soccer Team Training Camp

20-26 - Diving London FINA Diving World Cup

20-22 - Water Polo Southern California FINA Women's World League Prelims

20-2 - Field Hocky Terressa, Spain Four Nations Tournament

21-24 - Taekwondo Las Vegas 21st U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships

23-26 - Equestrian Burbank, Calif. Mid Winter Dressage Fair (World Cup Qualifier)

23-26 - Shooting Camp Perry, Ohio U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Airgun

24-26 - Paralympic Swimming Colorado Springs, Colo. 2012 Jimi Flowers Classic

25-26 - Synchronized Swimming Barcelona, Spain Spanish Senior Winter Open

26-28 - Paralympic Skiing Park City, Utah NorAm

26-3 - Boxing Colorado Springs, Colo. USA Boxing National Championships

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