(Courtesy of United States Olympic Committee)
(Sports Network) - For the first-time ever, the U.S. women's cross country ski team finished on the podium in a world cup relay event. After Holly Brooks (Anchorage, Alaska), Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, Alaska) and Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, Vt.) put the team into medal position in the 4x5-kilometer event in Gaellivare, Sweden, Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) outsprinted Norway II to claim bronze for the team. A day earlier, Randall scored the bronze medal in the 10K freestyle race.
Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) piloted his third consecutive victory in a two-man bobsled race on Nov. 23 in Whistler, British Columbia. Holcomb, paired with push start athlete Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.), posted a combined time of 1:45.26 to win by 0.04 seconds.
Team USA opened its season at the IBU Cup on Nov. 24 in Idre, Sweden. Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) was the top U.S. finisher in the 7.5-kilometer race, placing 25th in a time of 24:10.6. Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) crossed the finish line in 44th place as the top male U.S. finisher in the 10K in 27:15.6. Team USA finished in 17th in the 2x6K+2x7.5K mixed relay on Nov. 25.
Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah), Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.), Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas) and Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.) finished 0.06 seconds off the medal stand in the four-man bobsled races in Whistler, British Columbia, on Nov. 24. Meanwhile, Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wis.) slid to the top U.S. male finish in the skeleton races, placing 15th with a combined score of 1:49.19. Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah) raced in a world cup event for the first time since returning from retirement, finishing sixth at the skeleton event in Whistler, British Columbia, on Nov. 23. Teammate Katie Uhlaender finished seventh. Meanwhile, the U.S. women's bobsled teams finished ninth, 10th and 11th.
Competing at the European Cup in Koenigssee, Germany, held on Nov. 24 and 25, U.S. women scored four top-10 finishes in skeleton. Rachelle Rasmussen (Belmont, Calif.) led the way with ninth- and 10th-place finishes.
Katie Compton (Colorado Spring, Colo.) took home her second victory of the season at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Koksijde, Belgium, on Nov. 24. Compton came across the finish line in 44:10, nearly 90 seconds ahead of her closest competitor.
Team USA won gold at the Grenoble Cadet European Cup on Nov. 25 in Grenoble, France. The event was part of the European Cup, held Nov. 24-25 in various sites.
Anton Piskovatskov (Houston, Texas) won silver in the European Epee Cup, in Chalons, France, on Nov. 25.
Thirty national champions were crowned at the 2012 National Hockey Festival, which ran from Nov. 22-25, in Wellington, Fla.
Meryl Davis (West Bloomfield, Mich.) and Charlie White (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) captured their 11th consecutive Grand Prix Series gold medal, dating back to 2009, with their dominant, 178.48-point performance in the ice dancing competition at the 2012 NHK Trophy on Nov. 24 in Miyagi, Japan. Also in ice dancing, the team of Maia Shibutani (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Alex Shibutani (Ann Arbor, Mich.) claimed its first medal of the season, a bronze. In the men's and women's singles competitions, Ross Miner (Boston, Mass.) and Mirai Nagasu (Arcadia, Calif.) each earned bronze medals.
The U.S. judo team brought home 20 medals, including four golds, from the Infantile Pan American Championships held Nov. 24-25 in Mexico City.
Sakura Kokumai (Honolulu, Hawaii; kata) and Brian Ramrup (Queens, N.Y.; -67 kg.) both claimed bronze medals at the 21st World Seniors Championships, held Nov. 21-25 in Paris.
The U.S. relay team finished seventh at the luge world cup event in Igls, Austria, on Nov. 25. In the men's singles competition, Chris Mazdzer (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) finished 16th with a total time of 1:41.12, while teammate Taylor Morris (South Jordan, Utah) finished 25th. In the women's competition on Nov. 24, Julia Clukey (Augusta, Maine) was the top U.S. finisher in sixth place, while teammate Erin Hamlin (Remsen, N.Y.) rallied from 16th place after the first run to finish 11th.
The 2012 U.S. Men's National Team beat Romania, 34-3, on Nov. 24 in Bucharest, Romania. Chris Wyles (Stamford, Conn.) collected 19 points as the team closed out its fall tour.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) skied to two top-10 finishes at the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational, held Nov. 24-25, in Aspen, Colo. Shiffrin finished a career-best ninth in the giant slalom, before finishing seventh in the slalom.
In Lake Louise, Alberta, Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, Calif.) reached the podium for the first time since 2009, coming across just 0.64 behind the winner, to earn bronze in the downhill at the Audi FIS World Cup event on Nov. 24. Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah) was fourth, just 0.01 off the podium, in the super-G on Nov. 25.
The men's Nordic team - competing in the FIS World Cup event in Lillehammer, Norway, on Nov. 24 - was led by Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, Colo.), who finished 24th. Also in Lillehammer, Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, Utah) soared to second place in the women's K100 ski jump. On Nov. 25, Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) raced to a 22nd-place finish in the penalty-race format.
On the final day of competition (Nov. 25) at the Essent ISU World Cup in Kolomna, Russia, Brian Hansen (Glenview, Ill.) skated 1:45.91 in the men's 1,500-meter race to place third. In the women's 3,000, Jilleanne Rookard (Woodhaven, Mich.) finished with a time of 4:08.59, putting her in fourth place.
U.S. athletes Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Raimi Merritt (Orlando, Fla.) won gold medals at the IWWF Water Ski & Wakeboard World Cup in Palembang, Indonesia, on Nov. 25. Krueger claimed the men's jumping title with a distance of 209 feet, while Jaquess won the women's slalom and Merritt won the women's wakeboarding.
Adeline Gray (Colorado Spring, Colo.; -72 kg.) won a gold medal at the Henri Deglane Challenge on Nov. 23 in Nice, France. Gray won all three of her matches, while competing up from her normal weight class of -67 kg.
Robbie Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo.; -120 kg.) claimed gold at the Haavisto Cup on Nov. 24 in Ilmajoki, Finland. Meanwhile, Thrasher Porcher (Chuluota, Fla.; -66 kg.) and Andy Bisek (Colorado Springs, Colo.; -74 kg.) earned silver and bronze.
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