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."
Paralympic Stars Underway In Doha
Welcome to Doha. Through Oct. 31, Qatar's capital is also the center of the Paralympic Movement's world. More than 1,200 of the top Paralympic track and field athletes in the world are representing nearly 100 countries, including Team USA's best, at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships.
For anyone curious about where, exactly, Team USA is, thank track and field Paralympian Markeith Price, who competed in the long jump and the 400-meter in London, for zooming out on the setting. Way out.
Three-time Paralympic medalist and world record holder in the long jump Lex Gillette has even more reason to enjoy the week.
Prior to going to work in Doha, Team USA did have some downtime. Notice a theme?
Two-time Paralympic medalist sprinter April Holmes:
Paralympic marathoner Susannah Scaroni:
National champion in the 100-meter, 200-meter and long jump Regas Woods:
Seven-time Paralympic medalist wheelchair sprinter Cheri Madsen:
Wheelchair racer Kelsey LeFevour:
Long jumper Scout Bassett:
Simone & Co. In Scotland
Team USA gymnasts, meanwhile, arrived in Glasgow earlier this week in advance of the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships, which open Friday. The top eight teams at worlds will advance to the 2016 Rio Games.
Rio sets up as Simone Biles' own personal podium party, so she might as well practice posing with her crew.
Speaking of Biles, legendary Olympic gymnast Tim Daggett caught a glimpse of what might be in store for her in Glasgow.
In front of more than 23,000 fans in Washington, three-time Olympian and gold medalist Shannon Boxx officially hung up her cleats. A bit of a late-bloomer by today's standards, "Boxxy," who wore her No. 7 jersey bearing her married name for the friendly against Brazil, made a lot of fans along the way. They lined up shortly after Boxx played 41 minutes in her final Team USA game.
Shannon Boxx class act!! @ussoccer_wnt— Briana Scurry (@BriScurry) October 22, 2015
I may shed some tears tonight celebrating your career @ShannonBoxx7 best teammate, but better friend! I love you and only gonna b 4m away:)— Abby Wambach (@AbbyWambach) October 22, 2015
Clearly, the messages were struck well.
Wow I thought I was handling this game w/ my emotions in check until I started reading all of ur messages. I can't thx u 4 all your support— Shannon Boxx (@ShannonBoxx7) October 20, 2015
Training Season On A Roll
The trip from Provo, Utah, to American Fork almost 14 miles away would take about 20 minutes in a car, but considerably longer on roller skis. But why take the easy way out? This is how Team USA, ahem, rolls when it comes to training.
In about a week, 2014 Olympic cross-country skier Jessie Diggins will return to her native Minnesota for a few weeks before taking off for the world cup season. Until then, though, she'll be training in and around Park City for a team camp.
"First Day Of The Rest Of My Life"
So much of what elite athletes encounter has to do with what lies ahead of them. The next workout. The next competition. The next challenge. The next workout, competition and challenge. Work, work, work. But getting to "the next" often comes with burden. Every athlete faces a different set of burdens, whether those are financial, physical, mental or emotional, it simply is not easy to become the very best without something getting in the way.
On Thursday, world champion and Olympic medalist freeskier Gus Kenworthy decided to take what he referred to in USA Today as a weight off his shoulders. "Today is the first day of the rest of my life," he wrote on Twitter a few hours before adding some context to the post.
I am gay. pic.twitter.com/086ayvChq2— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) October 22, 2015
Along with more than 12,000 favorites and thousands of retweets later, plus supportive messages from so many corners of the world, including entertainers (such as Miley Cyrus), politicians (such as Gavin Newsom) and fellow athletes (such as Jason Collins and Sage Kotsenburg), Kenworthy also received hundreds of online proposals … and this, from his mom:
Bad News, Good News
Three-time Olympian and 2014 bronze medalist luger Erin Hamlin had an interesting few days, going from car trouble in Syracuse, New York, to Queens for a party with tens of thousands of her closest friends — in the form of a celebration for the Mets winning the NLCS and heading to the World Series.
When Lindsey Vonn announces to start the week that she'll be headed to Europe and back on snow soon, look out baggage-handlers.
Of course, the real news here is that all of her hard work in rehab (even while on vacation) is paying off. Her first tracks of the season are being made in Austria.
When In Seoul
One of the world's most famous women's golfers, Rio hopeful Michelle Wie, has enjoyed the LPGA's road swing to the east — the Far East — even if the results weren't there for the No. 50-ranked player on the 2015 money list. A week after posting a video of eating chicken feet, the LPGA star met the challenge of some live squid.
It's early yet, right?