Happy Thanksgiving, all. What are Team USA athletes — Olympians, Paralympians, hopefuls and more — 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 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."
Turkeys don't often have the chance to show off this time of year, but a BuzzFeed video does its best to give a turkey a share of the spotlight alongside some unsuspecting Team USA athletes, including rower Katelin Snyder and track and field's Tori Bowie, Matt Centrowitz, Dawn Harper-Nelson and Jenny Simpson.
Thankful From Around The World
Thanksgiving often brings out the best in friends and families, and on this holiday Team USA's social media timelines were alive with thanks, celebrations … and food.
U.S. canoe slalom champion Casey Eichfeld, who authored a heartfelt note of thanks on Wednesday from the whitewater slalom test event in Rio ("I am awestricken when I think about how fortunate I am …"), snapped a great shot of the facility Thursday morning. On Thursday night, there was an impromptu Thanksgiving dinner:
Sanya Richards-Ross, a four-time Olympic champion on the track, meanwhile, spent the holiday in Zurich, Switzerland. And, in the spirit of the season, she was made to feel at home:
Ice dance duo Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue are in Nagano, Japan, competing at the NHK Trophy. They, too, were treated to some much-appreciated hospitality:
Downhill skiing star and Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, for whom Friday is race day, sneaked in this holiday greeting with her sister from a ski lift:
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! pic.twitter.com/2xI9ZILl4n— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) November 26, 2015
Multi-medal gymnastics threat Simone Biles, who had the selfie stick going Thursday, passed along this message of gratitude:
thankful is an understatement— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) November 26, 2015
Kudos are in order for U.S. champion figure skating Jason Brown, who found himself a prop for the occasion:
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!! pic.twitter.com/hLRvtJeChM— Jason Brown (@jasonbskates) November 27, 2015
Paralympic star Tatyana McFadden, who two days prior certainly looked as if she had earned any Thanksgiving over-eating:
Alana Nichols, a Paralympic gold medalist in wheelchair basketball and alpine skiing who is aiming for more gold in Rio as a kayaker, gathered her crew for a pic:
Olympic silver medalist gymnast Chellsie Memmel can be additionally thankful for the young son her family welcomed in 2015:
For Thanksgiving dinner, Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano, impressively, made this raw dough look like this:
And, let's be honest, Thanksgiving can come with its share of times when you just would like someone to run a little interference for you. U.S. women's soccer defender Becky Sauerbrunn celebrated just that on Thursday:
Many athletes also give back this time of year, including Olympic basketball player Anthony Davis:
While not specifically a Thanksgiving post, two-time Olympic gymnast Jonathan Horton posted with gratitude earlier this week, thanking those most responsible for helping motivate him on the Road to Rio. We, in turn, can give thanks for Horton showing off these kinds of feats of strength.
Finally! It's been 3 years since I have been able to hold one of these and it's almost competition ready. I have put a lot of time into getting my strength back on this event and it's coming around slowly. Thanks to an amazing surgeon Dr. Lowe, a great coach, great training plan, @labradanutrition, @haley_n_horton , my family, and the grace of God, I am almost where I want to be. #road2rio #ineverquit #labradanutrition
Everything was going so well for Warner Nickerson. Until it wasn't. Nickerson, a former NCAA champion trying to capture a creative perspective of two-time Olympian Resi Stiegler, has the shot set, keeps pace nicely, and … blows a tire.
Whoopsie. From the other side, it looked a little something like this:
We took a closer look at a promotional Team USA photo shoot in this space a week ago, but Olympic gold medalist swimmer and Rio hopeful Tyler Clary made this variation on the theme priceless.
Clary later hammed it up with Missy Franklin.
Jump For Your Love
Christian Taylor had one of the better years of his life on the track, and while many of his competition feats would have grabbed headlines in the Olympics, this week, the current American record-holder in the triple jump gave us a closer look at his gifts in slow motion.
All About That Bass
Way to go, Carter. The son of five-time Olympian shooter and Rio hopeful Kim Rhode looks pretty comfortable with the guitar.
My son Carter playing base! pic.twitter.com/FMkPqXkat9— Kim Rhode (@KimRhode) November 22, 2015
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