By Jamie MacDonald | July 03, 2015, 1:46 p.m. (ET)

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."

So Worth The Weight

By the time many of us were introduced to Jeremy Campbell during the run-up to the London 2012 Paralympic Games, he was already a star among his peers. The 6-foot-3 Oklahoma native won a pair of gold medals — in discus and pentathlon — at the Beijing Games, then wound up defending his gold in discus at the London Games. Campbell is still training, and, as you can see in fairly dramatic fashion, he's still training hard.


No Pain, No Gain

Training isn't all fun or games. Training isn't glamorous. Training is hard, and it can be painful. In a years-long showdown between pain and a Team USA athlete, pain wins more than it loses. And, when the bright lights aren't on and there's the long days and brutal hours, this is what training looks like:



Get Well Soon, Skylar

From the department of no good deed going unpunished, we bring you Skylar Diggins. The WNBA season ended this week for Diggins, a guard who will likely be in the conversation for Rio after being a late cut before London, when it was announced she had a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Before that news broke, the Notre Dame alum made a life-long impression on young fans.





Oscar winner Tom Hanks proved himself once again to be an award-winning fan of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team a day before it advanced with a 2-0 win over Germany earlier this week, but that outfit isn't the only soccer team making headlines. In fact, this past weekend, the U.S. Paralympic National Team qualified for Rio.


In true #1N1T fashion, the virtual cheers came flowing in, including this pretty fantastic video message:


There were many, many more from soccer insiders, too …




Hockey Hall Passes

Congratulations are in order for four-time Olympic medalist Angela Ruggiero and 2002 silver medalist Phil Housley, each of whom found out this week they had been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2015.

Housley, already a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame and the IIHF Hall of Fame after scoring more than 1,200 points as a National Hockey League defenseman, one who famously made the jump from his high school team to the NHL, was caught by surprise.


Ruggiero, who won a gold, two silvers and a bronze medal during her Olympic career, became the first female non-goaltender to play in a men's professional hockey league and announced her retirement from hockey in 2011. As a member of the first-ever U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, Ruggiero also blazed a trail.


Second Act

Not only is Simon Dumont one of the most accomplished freeskiers in the world, but he's also pretty capable with a camera. Dumont's Olympic dreams were dashed by injury when he tore his ACL in his left knee in an Olympic qualifying series event, but he continues to entertain with some of the more stunning images on any athlete Instagram feed. To wit:


For Moms Everywhere

Dozens of compelling storylines unfolded at the 2015 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships, but few could match that of Alysia Montaño, the self-described "Olympian with the flower in her hair." Montaño made headlines a year ago when she ran her specialty, the 800-meter, while 34 weeks pregnant. This time around, Montaño finished first to claim her sixth 800-meter outdoor title.


From Ninja To Beaut

Another Team USA athlete, following 2008 Olympic silver medalist gymnast Jonathan Horton, has gone up against the crucible that is "American Ninja Warrior": goaltender Brianne McLaughlin. The two-time Olympic ice hockey silver medalist appeared on a Pittsburgh edition of the show that aired earlier this week.


Though McLaughlin was done in by Snake Crossing, her husband, of course, remained her biggest fan.


McLaughlin also finished strong on the week, signing a contract with the WNHL's Buffalo Beauts. And repping Team USA in the process.