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."
Music moves people. It shapes us. It sways moods. It buoys emotions. It's vital and inspirational and connecting. And it's also the soundtrack to so many athletes' workouts. On Thursday, an artist whose work left indelible streaks through the headphones and speakers of a few generations, Prince, died in his native Minnesota. Tributes ranged from purple-lit bridges and municipal buildings to the more subtle and simple playing of his music.
Four-time Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross made her statement in purple, but she wasn't alone among the thoughtful, heartbroken, stunned posts.
Today we say goodbye to a legend— Simon Shnapir (@SimonShnapir) April 21, 2016
Rest in Peace #Prince
"Dearly beloved we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life." #RIPPrince— Tina Charles (@tinacharles31) April 21, 2016
RIP Prince...— Mary Lou Retton (@marylouretton) April 21, 2016
RIP PRINCE! May God Bless you and your family❤️!!! pic.twitter.com/uP7Drw7nrA— Gail Devers (@ImGailDevers) April 21, 2016
Prince. RIP. I'll never forget the explosion in the locker room when we found out he was performing for us after game 5 last season.— Lindsay Whalen (@Lindsay_13) April 21, 2016
Prince, the perfect star.— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) April 21, 2016
I am so devastated by the passing of my good friend Prince.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 21, 2016
The day after the 120th running of the Boston Marathon, a sports radio host in Boston admitted he wasn't going to remember the winner of the traditional event. But he did know the name Tatyana McFadden. And no wonder. McFadden entered the race having won the three previous women's wheelchair races in Boston, and she defended the title again on a warm and sunny day that proved a triumphant return for McFadden.
McFadden raced wearing a yellow "MR8" jersey in honor of young Martin Richard, an 8-year-old Massachusetts native who died in the marathon bombing three years ago. After the race, McFadden talked a bit about "running for them today."
On Instagram, she explained further:
By far my favorite moment. It's about remembering the reason why. Why I love doing what I do every single day. I have gotten to know the Richards family over the years, and I now feel like they are part of my family 💙💛 #MR8 #BostonMarathon see you next year Boston....on my way to London for the London Marathon. ️Photo by Boston Herald
And she is already back to the grind, this time on an entirely different continent.
Sooooo sore today....can't beleive @LondonMarathon is only four days away!!!!!— Tatyana McFadden (@TatyanaMcFadden) April 20, 2016
Not only did Olympic gold medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson marry fiancé Andrew East this past week, but she also pretty quickly made it official on social media, where she's now "Shawn East." Congratulations are in order for Mr. and Mrs. East for both their nuptials and what appears to have been a great couple of days.
Heading into the ceremony, SJ admitted to People magazine that she would be out of her comfort zone for a couple reasons — the beautiful dress and being the center of attention — but she and her new husband, a long snapper on the Oakland Raiders roster, pulled it all off pretty well from what we can see. Beginning with the license.
For their honeymoon, Mr. and Mrs. East chose to spend it in Northern California.
Olympic swimming gold medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, who is working to regain her walking abilities after an ATV accident, has all kinds of workouts to keep her in shape.
Lochte And Jones, Together Again
This may read like the setup to a joke, but it's just Olympic swimming friends Ryan Lochte and Cullen Jones, along with Trevor Noah and Troy Gordon.
Drury's Dream Comes True
Charlotte Drury's personal road to Rio has been anything but typical. Once an artistic gymnast, Drury's Olympic dreams date back almost to the days she and Kyla Ross, the 2012 Olympic gymnast, met as 6-year-olds when they'd become best of friends. Drury, though, left artistic gymnastics at the age of 13, and she picked up trampoline. Quickly. By the time she was 15, Drury was an elite level trampoline gymnast. This past week, by way of an Olympic test event in Rio, she qualified the U.S. a quota spot in women's trampoline for the Olympic Games that she hopes to fill herself in June. Here's a quick look at the achievement through her own eyes:
Waiting now to compete at Olympic test event...dont know how I got here but this was a good reminder of the journey https://t.co/KQlMTb9lj8— Charlotte Drury (@Charlotte_Drury) April 19, 2016
I did it— Charlotte Drury (@Charlotte_Drury) April 19, 2016
Three words and such a simple statement, but with so much meaning and history to it.
Ross chipped in to offer her congratulations, too.
Words cannot describe how proud I am of my best friend @Charlotte_Drury ❤️Congrats on qualifying the U.S. an Olympic spot in trampoline🇺🇸— Kyla Ross (@kyla_ross96) April 20, 2016
Wake Up The Echoes
Of the 14 fencers recently qualified for Rio, five of them either attend or have attended Notre Dame. Along with Kelley Hurley, Courtney Hurley, Gerek Meinhardt and Lee Kiefer, there is the incomparable Mariel Zagunis. Zagunis, who is preparing for her fourth Olympic Games, won gold medals at the 2004 and 2008 Games, and she has also served as an Olympic flag bearer in 2012. Here's a sneak peek at one her go-to training exercises.