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.
Win, Place And A Show
The Run for the Roses, as it's dubbed, also has managed to spawn countless hat-themed parties and a nationwide excuse to dress up and imbibe for a few hours on a spring Saturday afternoon. In this, the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, American Pharoah won a close race, but the real winners, as has become custom, were the stylish.
Few Team USA alums had a larger impact on the fashion proceedings than figure skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, who appeared on NBC Sports' coverage of the event.
Here's a look back a some of the dynamic duo's looks, beginning with Lipinski's packing:
Lipinski and Weir, together again:
Sharply dressed at the close of Day 2:
And, for the big day:
… Which ended in exhaustion:
Let's Go Racing
A few days of training for slalom star and 2014 Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin gave way to a trip to Churchill Downs in time for the weekend. Shiffrin, who earlier in the week posted on Facebook that she was "learning to turn less" and offered a #learningtotuck hashtag in another post, was caught in mid-flight at Loveland Ski Area in Colorado looking a whole lot less like a slalom specialist.
By May 1, Shiffrin had traded her skis, boots and poles for something significantly more refined.
For Derby Day, Shiffrin chose yellow and her mom.
Hair Today …
Two weeks ago, it was Shiffrin who made the choice to cut her long hair short, so perhaps it was easy enough to picture Lindsey Vonn going the same route.
Well, it wouldn't last long. A day later, Vonn reaffirmed her commitment to her long hair:
How Old Does This App Make Me Look?
How old do I look to you? Be careful what you wish for when you upload your photo through How-Old.net. As the ability to upholding one's photo and presenting it to the cold, impolite, data-driven judge of algorithm went viral this past week, bobsled star and three-time Olympian Steven Holcomb became one among hundreds of thousands to take the plunge.
Then he took umbrage.
For the record, Holcomb, who won gold with his four-man team in 2010, turned 35 in April. Also for the record, part of the application's charm seems to be its casual relationship with accuracy.
Earlier this year, 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Kyla Ross announced that she was committing to UCLA, and the Fierce Fiver officially signed in April. But she also has the national team on her mind these days, as she's off to train with Team USA. But not before cooling off, quite literally, well below zero.
For The Man Who Has It All
Former No. 1-ranked tennis player Andre Agassi turned 45 this past week. Agassi has a gold medal (1996), eight Grand Slam titles, more than 800 career wins, tens of millions in prize money, much more in endorsements, he lives in Las Vegas and he is married to a legendary tennis player. But you know what he wants for his birthday? Gum.
My birthday wish for Stef...a tub of bubblegum. It's the simple things in life!!! THANK YOU all for the bday love!!! pic.twitter.com/SpeyTMX6If— Andre Agassi (@AndreAgassi) April 29, 2015
Soon enough, the tennis world will turn its attention to the next Grand Slam on the docket, the French Open. First, though, the Madrid Open is underway in Spain, where Olympic gold medalist Serena Williams ranks as the No. 1 seed in the women's draw. And before she went to work, Williams took in some of the sights and sounds of Madrid.
As is often the case, Serena managed to take the win.
Meanwhile, Back At The Ranch
Three-time skeleton Olympian Katie Uhlaender makes no secret about her appreciation for and connection to life on her ranch in western Kansas. She's back. And that probably makes her happy.