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Olympic Preview How to get to Rio: The Olympics wrestling preview

There are less than five months left until the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Rio on August 5th. While the participation of U.S. teams and athletes in many events are still far from certain, they will be starting to take more shape over the next two months. We’re currently unveiling a different women’s Olympic sport each day, along with details on how U.S. athletes and teams can qualify for Rio as well as people to watch as we get closer to the Games. We’ll also be updating each sport’s capsule as athletes qualify, so be sure to check back from now until August. Today, we focus on the qualifying procedure for Olympic wrestling. https://www.instagram.com/p/BCje_aukMiq/?taken-by=usawrestling Wrestling Freestyle Olympic Event Time: August 17-18 U.S. Qualifying Events: There are six Olympic weightclasses for women and the U.S. can earn a max of one spot in each one. The U.S. qualified for a 75kg+ class spot thanks to a first place finish by Adeline Gray at the 2015 World Championships in Las Vegas last September. The U.S. was eligible to qualify for a representative in the remaining five weight classes by having an athlete place in the top two at the Pan American Qualification Tournament in Frisco, Texas between March 4-6. Only one U.S. wrestler managed to do so, as Erin Clodgo of Colorado Springs won the 63 kg class at the tournament.  On April 9th and 10th, the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials will be held in Iowa City, Iowa, where the winner of the tournament in each of the six weight classes will be designated as the U.S. Olympic representative in that weight class. However, the winner from the four weight classes that haven’t earned a spot for Rio in the World Championships or Pan American Tournament will have to place in the top two at one of the following tournaments in order to go to the Olympics. The 1st World Qualification Tournament takes place from April 22-24 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. If after that tournament, there is still no U.S. quota spot in that specific weight class, there is a 2nd World Qualification Tournament from May 6-8 in Istanbul, Turkey. For reference’s sake, the 2012 U.S. team qualified wrestlers in four of six possible weight classes. People to Watch: 25-year-old Gray has come on strong in the past two years, winning world championship medals in both 2014 and 2015. While her performance at Worlds snagged the U.S. their first confirmed spot, she’ll need to improve on her second-place performance at the 2012 Trials in Iowa to guarantee her personal spot in Rio.

How to get to Rio: The Olympics wrestling preview

By Chris Strauss Mar 29, 2016

We'll show the path to the 2016 Games in a different sport each weekday.

Olympic Preview How to get to Rio: The Olympics water polo preview

There are less than five months left until the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Rio on August 5th. While the participation of U.S. teams and athletes in many events are still far from certain, they will be starting to take more shape over the next two months. We’re currently unveiling a different women’s Olympic sport each day, along with details on how U.S. athletes and teams can qualify for Rio as well as people to watch as we get closer to the Games. We’ll also be updating each sport’s capsule as athletes qualify, so be sure to check back from now until August. Today, we focus on the qualifying procedure for Olympic water polo. https://www.instagram.com/p/BCvnyPnquKo/?taken-by=usawp Water Polo Olympic Event Time: August 9-19 U.S. Qualifying Events: To make it to Rio, the defending gold medalists will need to finish among the top three teams at the 12 team Olympic Games Qualification Tournament, which concludes this weekend in the Netherlands. Today the team left no doubts in their group play performance as they capped their five game undefeated run with a 25-1 romp over South Africa. Next on the agenda is the quarterfinal round on Saturday where Team USA can punch their ticket to the 2016 Olympic Games. People to Watch: Maggie Steffens was named the 2012 female water polo player of the year by Swimming World Magazine as an 18-year-old. While Steffens’ sister Jessica is no longer on the team, there are two other sets of siblings on the roster in Kodi and Sami Hill and Aria and Makenzie Fischer. 

How to get to Rio: The Olympics water polo preview

By Chris Strauss Mar 25, 2016

We'll show the path to the 2016 Games in a different sport each weekday.

Olympic Preview How to get to Rio: The Olympics volleyball preview

There are less than five months left until the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Rio on August 5th. While the participation of U.S. teams and athletes in many events are still far from certain, they will be starting to take more shape over the next two months. We’re currently unveiling a different women’s Olympic sport each day, along with details on how U.S. athletes and teams can qualify for Rio as well as people to watch as we get closer to the Games. We’ll also be updating each sport’s capsule as athletes qualify, so be sure to check back from now until August. Today, we focus on the qualifying procedure for the Olympic volleyball tournament. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd9oKtYYSGQ Volleyball Olympic Event Time: August 6-20 U.S. Qualifying Events: Team USA qualified for Rio by winning the NORCECA Olympic Qualifier in Nebraska in early January. They’ll be one of twelve teams in the Olympic tournament and will need to cut two players from their current travel roster of 14 to get down to the Olympic roster of 12. People to Watch: Nicole Fawcett was the MVP of the 2013 Pan Am Cup and won the “Best Opposite Individual” award at the 2015 Pan Am Games. Foluke Akinradewo returns from the 2012 silver medal squad after spending the past four years starring on various European teams.

How to get to Rio: The Olympics volleyball preview

By Chris Strauss Mar 24, 2016

We'll show the path to the 2016 Games in a different sport each weekday.

Olympic Preview How to get to Rio: The Olympics triathlon preview

There are less than five months left until the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Rio on August 5th. While the participation of U.S. teams and athletes in many events are still far from certain, they will be starting to take more shape over the next two months. We’re currently unveiling a different women’s Olympic sport each day, along with details on how U.S. athletes and teams can qualify for Rio as well as people to watch as we get closer to the Games. We’ll also be updating each sport’s capsule as athletes qualify, so be sure to check back from now until August. Today, we focus on the qualifying procedure for the Olympic triathon. https://www.instagram.com/p/BCEEbtGnX57/?taken-by=gwenjorgensen&hl=en Triathlon Olympic Event Time: August 20 U.S. Qualifying Events: Team USA qualified two athletes for Rio last August at the 2015 Rio de Janeiro ITU World Olympic Qualification Race. Gwen Jorgensen won the event while Sarah True also qualified with a fourth place finish. There’s still one potential U.S. spot up for grabs, which will automatically go to the top American finisher among the top three at the ITU World Triathlon Yokohama on May 15. If that doesn’t happen, the third spot will be nominated based on standings on the USA Objective Rankings System. People to Watch: After a flat tire derailed her 2012 Olympic race, Jorgensen has been the most dominant athlete in the sport since that disappointment, winning 14 World Triathlon Series events. That’s nearly three times as many as any other woman in history.

How to get to Rio: The Olympics triathlon preview

By Chris Strauss Mar 23, 2016

We'll show the path to the 2016 Games in a different sport each weekday.

Olympic Preview How to get to Rio: The Olympics trampoline preview

There are less than five months left until the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Rio on August 5th. While the participation of U.S. teams and athletes in many events are still far from certain, they will be starting to take more shape over the next two months. We’re currently unveiling a different women’s Olympic sport each day, along with details on how U.S. athletes and teams can qualify for Rio as well as people to watch as we get closer to the Games. We’ll also be updating each sport’s capsule as athletes qualify, so be sure to check back from now until August. Today, we focus on the qualifying procedure for the Olympic trampoline. [caption id="attachment_2277" align="alignnone" width="640"]Charlotte Drury (shown in motion capture at the 2015 Pan Am Games) is a top trampoline gymnast for the U.S. (Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Sport) Charlotte Drury (shown in motion capture at the 2015 Pan Am Games) is a top trampoline gymnast for the U.S.
(Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Sport)[/caption] Trampoline Olympic Event Time: August 12 U.S. Qualifying Events: The United States hasn’t qualified an athlete for trampoline yet, but will have an opportunity by having someone place in the top six at the Olympic Test Event in Rio on April 19. If the U.S. gets a spot following that, the athlete representing it will be determined at the Olympic Trials in San Jose in July. People to Watch: 19-year-old Charlotte Drury is the top-ranked American trampoline gymnast and probably the best chance to grab one of the last quota spots for the U.S. in April.

How to get to Rio: The Olympics trampoline preview

By Chris Strauss Mar 22, 2016

We'll show the path to the 2016 Games in a different sport each weekday.

Olympic Preview How to get to Rio: The Olympics race walking preview

There are less than five months left until the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Rio on August 5th. While the participation of U.S. teams and athletes in many events are still far from certain, they will be starting to take more shape over the next two months. We’re currently unveiling a different women’s Olympic sport each day, along with details on how U.S. athletes and teams can qualify for Rio as well as people to watch as we get closer to the Games. We’ll also be updating each sport’s capsule as athletes qualify, so be sure to check back from now until August. Today, we focus on the qualifying procedure for the Olympic race walking. Track & Field - Race Walking Olympic Event Time: August 19 U.S. Qualifying Event: The women’s 20km race walking Olympic trial will be held on June 30th in Salem, Oregon. The top three finishers who also meet the Olympic qualifying time of  will walk in Rio as part of Team USA.  People to Watch: Erin Taylor-Talcott set the American and world record in the 50km race walk in November.

How to get to Rio: The Olympics race walking preview

By Chris Strauss Mar 21, 2016

We'll show the path to the 2016 Games in a different sport each weekday.

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