20 Things We Learned About Team USA Last Week

By Darci Miller | April 17, 2017, 11:26 a.m. (ET)
Sarah Hammer (C) competes in the women's scratch race at the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships at the Hong Kong Velodrome on April 12, 2017 in Hong Kong.

 

Team USA athletes do a lot in a week. In case you missed any of it, here's a glimpse at our takeaways from the last seven days.

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1. Sibling rivalry? Not so much! There are 12 sets of siblings that could be competing together on the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team. 

2. After competing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, four-time Olympic silver medalist cyclist Sarah Hammer vacationed in Nepal with her husband… and then began training again. 

3. While rehearsing her foxtrot for “Dancing with the Stars,” Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan spent the week at home with her family in Boston. Fittingly, she got to be there for her kids as she learned a dance that was her tribute to motherhood.

4. From dismantled wheelchairs to cars filled with toilet paper to rotten fish parts, the U.S. sled hockey team pulls no punches when it comes to pranks. 

5. Lauren Carlini became the first volleyball player to win the prestigious AAU Sullivan Award, but the best may be yet to come. In the works: a move to Anaheim, California to train with the U.S. women’s national team and eight months playing professionally in Italy. 

6. Visually-impaired Paralympian Jake Adicoff is attending Bowdoin College and doesn’t get much time off from school to compete in Nordic skiing world cups. So what does he do? He competes without a guide against able-bodied college athletes. 

7. Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu is not only training at an elite level, but she’s also attending college simultaneously. Now other athletes will have the same opportunity, as they will be eligible for in-state tuition in Colorado. 

8. When she was younger, judoka Kayla Harrison dealt with stress in extremely self-destructive ways. But she learned to deal with stress constructively and turned her life around, winning two consecutive Olympic gold medals.

9. When Tatyana McFadden was training for the Tokyo Marathon in February, she noticed warmth and swelling in her legs. The diagnosis: blood clots, two surgeries and lots of rest.

10. If you noticed some familiar faces at the National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships this weekend, your eyes weren’t playing tricks on you. Ten gymnasts in the field had strong Team USA ties, including two Olympic gold medalists. 

11. Diver Tarrin Gilliland was just 13 years old when she competed at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and caught the eye of then-future Olympian Jessica Parratto. Parratto returned from Rio and tabbed Gilliland as her next synchro partner, and the two won their first competition together as a team. 

12. In 2016, the U.S. women’s cycling team won its first-ever world title in the team pursuit. That must’ve given them an appetite for gold, as they came back to defend their championship this year. 

13. Katie Ledecky spent the season swimming in short-course pools as a member of the Stanford University swim team. She made her long-course debut this weekend at the Arena Pro Swim Series at Mesa and… would you be surprised to find out that she dominated? 

14. For three years, Steele Johnson dove with Olympic veteran David Boudia by his side. With Boudia taking time off, Johnson is now the veteran, showing new partner Brandon Loschiavo the ropes. 

15. Are you ready for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games? USA Hockey is! It has officially invited 42 players to the U.S. Women’s National Team Selection Camp, and get this: the Olympic team roster will be announced on May 5. 

16. Dana Vollmer’s motto is #MommaOnAMission, and boy is she living up to it. She competed in the 50-meter freestyle at the Arena Pro Swim Series at Mesa, clocking a time of 27.59 while six months pregnant. 

17. Cyclist Chloe Dygert is just 20 years old, has an Olympic silver medal to her name and won her first individual pursuit world title just days after her second team pursuit world title.

18. A year ago, gymnast Maggie Nichols was rehabbing from a knee injury that would ultimately cost her her Olympic dreams. Today she’s an NCAA champion.

19. What’s better than 14 world championship medals? 15, of course! Sarah Hammer made her world championship debut in the points race and was rewarded with a silver medal. 

20. On its way to a silver medal at the Singapore Sevens Cup, the U.S. men’s rugby sevens team won its first semifinal in four tries this season for its first Cup Final in nearly two years.