Ever wonder what your favorite Team USA athletes — Olympians, Paralympians, hopefuls and more — are up to when they're not competing? They're training. They're practicing. They're traveling to competitions and meets and games and tournaments. They're relaxing. They're getting engaged and married. They're taking hard-earned vacations. They're coping with the raw emotions that come from losing and celebration of winning. And they're sharing. Through the reach of social media, we're able to follow along on their often extraordinary journeys. We'll catch you up each week on what's "Red, White & Trending."
Alpine ski racer and two-time Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety doesn't have to wait for the snow to fall before he bombs down a mountain. In this case, the Utah native also passed along a travel tip: hop off a plane and hop on a bike.
At a somewhat more familiar direction and velocity, Ligety captured a unique view of another sort of downhill, offering this caption: "No snow does not mean no thrills." Indeed.
A 'Dre Of Rest
Not only overshadowed by the likes of teammate Stephen Curry and Cleveland's three-time Olympian LeBron James, but also entering the NBA Finals as a bench player, 2012 Olympian Andre Iguodala wound up taking over a vital role for the Golden State Warriors and earning NBA Finals MVP honors. In the series clincher, the 6-foot-6, 207-pound Iguodala contributed 25 points, five rebounds and five assists to lock up the trophy. Afterward, he was understandably tired, taking a well-earned snooze with the hardware.
Further kudos to Iguodala for landing the one-name Twitter and Instagram handles of @andre.
Silver Linings On A Gray Day
Melissa Stockwell lost her left leg to a roadside bomb in Iraq, but, nearly since that day in 2004, has dedicated herself to living a positive life. With a Purple Heart and bronze star to her credit, as well as a Paralymic appearance in Beijing in 2008, she now has her sights set on Rio, which means something like a little rain isn't going to get in her way.
I Believe …
More than 50,000 watched in person and more than five million watched Team USA vs. Nigeria on television, with the U.S. women advancing as the top seed in Group D by way of a 1-0 win earlier this week. Heading in to the game, one of the sport's greats, three-time Olympian Mia Hamm, joined the U.S. supporters in Vancouver and kicked off the chant that has become Team USA's rally cry. If it gives you chills, you're not alone.
The Warriors weren't the only franchise to win a title this past week, as the NHL's Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup on home ice in Chicago. Of course, we would have expected hockey players to congratulate the Blackhawks on their Stanley Cup win, but a few basketball players chimed in, too, including Chicago native and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Davis.
Hailing from Oak Lawn, Illinois, Olympic silver medalist Kendall Coyne took things even further.
Later this month at Wimbledon, the All England Club will again host The Championships, and it would come as no surprise to find five-time champion and three-time Olympian Venus Williams perform well at the only major she won more than twice. Clearly, Williams, who turned 35 on this week, likes the grass surface.
Where In The World ...
Where in the world is Ryan Lochte? Two weeks ago, he was in Daytona. Last week, he was swimming in the Mediterranean Sea and training in Marseille, France. This week, you could find him leaning on a luxury car in Monaco.
Team USA At Work
When it comes to leaping ability, one would expect divers to rank among the most likely to succeed when it comes to box-jumping. Gold medalist David Boudia doesn't disappoint, even if he references previous failure, this time exploding from a sitting position and blasting his 5-foot-9 frame to the top.
Holley Mangold offers her own feat of strength, ripping off a 200-kilogram deadlift (that's 440 pounds), followed by an inspired smile.
Short track speedskater and 2014 Olympian Chris Creveling masters the stairs.
You know who has a high ceiling? Steven Gluckstein.
She Still Has It
When you're a world-class gymnast and with an Olympic balance beam gold medal, perhaps hopping back up there is a little like riding a bike. Even after more than a decade, Shannon Miller doesn't show much in the way of rust.