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By Jamie MacDonald | April 06, 2015, 12:08 a.m. (ET)

If we've learned anything with increased coverage, we've learned that Team USA's athletes and teams are rarely leading dull lives. Whether it's training hard or goofing around, eating right or oh-so-wrong (for a treat, of course), supporting friends or celebrating victory, they've allowed us a window to their sporting souls. Each week we'll catch you up on some of the lighter moments or lighter takes on the news — often from their very own perspective — that make Team USA so compelling.

April Fools

With the widespread adoption of social media, a new outlet for April Fools' Day fun has arrived. Timelines filled up early on the morning of April 1, with stunts ranging from the benign to the elaborate. But the two best with Team USA ties may have come from Tom Brady and Dara Torres.

In Brady's world, a Bahamian pickup basketball run-in with Olympic Dream Teamer Michael Jordan left him in a full body case. At least, in the gag, MJ was kind enough to sign the Super Bowl MVP's cast:

Jordan's crossover is no joke!

Posted by Tom Brady on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Considering Brady is also jumping off cliffs, longtime Patriots fans such as Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman may prefer Brady stick to the fooling around.

Torres, meanwhile, splashed up a frenzy with this early morning tweet:

Of course, because if anyone were able to come back to swim competitively at the age of 47 it might be Torres, this one went viral in a hurry. Torres only fanned the flames not long after:

The Washington Post even retweeted Torres, though they did wonder about the April Fools' Day connection. Later in the day, Torres put the speculation to rest:

Wisconsin On Their Minds

Sure, the U.S. Women's National Ice Hockey Team had just won a 7-5 thriller over rival Canada to capture its fifth IIHF Women's World Championship title in six years on Saturday, but lest anyone think that the team's Wisconsin alums were thinking only of themselves while in Malmo, Sweden. No, the former and current Badgers had Bucky on their minds in advance of Wisconsin's Final Four showdown with undefeated Kentucky later in the evening:

Of course, if you're still alive in an office pool, you know that the Badgers handed the Kentucky Wildcats their first loss of the season to advance to Monday night's NCAA Tournament finale.

From Our Ice To Yours

Coming out of Team USA's win in Malmo, ice dancing gold medalist Meryl Davis added this shout-out:

Fellow two-time Olympic ice dancer Evan Bates added his own as well...

Foot Fault

Down the stretch they come in the NBA, and while the Golden State Warriors are in no danger of losing the best record in the league, there remains some discussion about who will win this season's Most Valuable Player award. In Oakland, there's no doubt. As the Warriors phrased it on Vine, Stephen Curry has been doing his campaigning on the court. This past week, it was against one of the best guards in the league, Chris Paul. Curry turned the two-time Olympic champion to jelly on a hard-stopping, behind-the-back dribble, a move that left CP3 falling to the floor, before canning a mid-range jumper.

There were angles o' plenty of the move, but slow motion may have captured the folly best:

Curry, who was named a finalist for the 2014 USA Basketball Men's National Team and has two FIBA World Championship gold medals, has earned more than 2,000,000 loops for his effort. As for Paul, of course he wound up fending off a good bit of ribbing, including a shot from comedian Kevin Hart that led to Paul's employ of this hashtag: #GotMe.

A King In His Castle

Three-time Olympian LeBron James worked hard for his leisure time on Sunday, posting a triple double in Cleveland against the visiting Bulls. He offered this look at what downtime looks like at the King James residence:

My Easter evening consist of this. Vino and relaxation!!

A photo posted by LeBron James (@kingjames) on

New Cool-Down Routine

Congratulations are in order for the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team — not only for its 4-0 win over New Zealand in St. Louis, but also for drawing such a crowd to the Gateway City. According to U.S. Soccer, the crowd of 35,817 was the largest to watch a stand-alone women’s national team home friendly. This was an awfully nice day for soccer, with Saturday temps near 60 degrees under sunny skies.

And what could have been more friendly than this, the crowd-pleasing selfie that sparked its own hashtag?:

Few could have enjoyed the match more than St. Louis-born Lori Chalupny, who scored in the 76th minute and later cooled off with some Ted Drewes:

Wish You Were Here

Generally, when we see Julia Mancuso, it's either on the ski hill or in the island paradise of Hawaii. This time around, though, we see her checking in from the Last Frontier and with an inspiring message:

Happy Easter from majestic Alaska!! Never stop chasing your dreams.

Posted by Julia Mancuso on Sunday, April 5, 2015

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