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."
Heart and Sole
As you might imagine, the shoe game is strong with this group. Soon to be vying for positions in Rio as the favorites to win a sixth consecutive team gold in women's basketball, some of the biggest names in the game were in Connecticut this past week for USA Basketball's national team training camp. In addition to a whole lot of very good basketball, they also broke out some new kicks for the occasion.
Three-time Olympian Diana Taurasi:
Maya Moore (a 2012 Olympian):
Three-time Olympian Tamika Catchings:
Kayla McBride (a member of USA Basketball's U18 team in 2010):
Angel McCoughtry, a 2012 Olympian, decided to go low:
Only about a week removed from being named among the FIFPro Women’s World XI for the 2015 season, two-time Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo was all dressed up for a Thursday evening gala in New York City's TriBeCa neighborhood. But not before a little pregame in Little Italy.
Not only did two NHL teams square off in the State of Hockey this past weekend, but, as part of the NHL's Stadium Series between the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks in Minneapolis, alumni from the Blackhawks and a combined team of Wild and North Stars alums faced off, too. And that meant two of the best players in United States history — Olympians Jeremy Roenick and Mike Modano — were on hand and playing in front of 38,000 fans on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Roenick, a little over 12 years removed from having his jaw broken by a slap shot, posted an excellent shot of the two longtime friends and frequent rivals taking a faceoff.
Facing off once again against one of the greatest US born players of all-time not just on the ice but also on RoenickPod .. Click on link in my Bio or go to sportsvoices.com Listen and hear how Modo really felt about me when I was constantly chipping at him during a game. #Modano #USA #nhl #alumnigame #hawks #stars
Coming out of the weekend, the pair hooked up for a RoenickLife podcast, too, on the 36th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice, no less. And, for the nostalgic, here's a look at "Mo" in a jersey he was part of making famous before the franchise moved to Dallas.
Have Wheels, Will Travel
With two tough weeks of training at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., behind her, one of the most dominant athletes in the world, 10-time Paralympic medalist and wheelchair marathon queen Tatyana McFadden, peaces out in style.
Look out, Tokyo.
A few months back, in one of the cutest wrestling videos we've seen, Olympic gold medalist and three-time world champion wrestler Jordan Burroughs' son, Beacon, was "learning how to shoot his first double leg." Earlier this month, he had moved to working on his abs. Now, he's working on his moves for the mat.
Beacon is working on his gutwrench defense! pic.twitter.com/UGlhIpdGlV— Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold) February 22, 2016
But before we get caught up with a collective "awwwww," let's not forget the intensity Burroughs brings to the gym:
Even on the tough days, remember it's all worth it. pic.twitter.com/bDZ8lNuzli— Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold) February 23, 2016
Skiing legend Lindsey Vonn has been around the world, won races all over the globe and become a star both at home and abroad. But she still has her starstruck moments.
Earlier this week, along with David Boudia, diver Steele Johnson qualified a Team USA spot for Rio — and the pair did so in Rio, no less. Which meant a celebratory side trip didn't take long for Johnson.
Enjoyed sight-seeing in Rio today! pic.twitter.com/nFIbsIEV4e— Steele Johnson (@Steele_Johnson) February 25, 2016
An Hour In The Saddle
This coming weekend, Olympic road cyclist Evelyn Stevens will attempt to set a new record for distance traveled on her bike in an hour. She'll be racing at nearly 30 miles per hour on a velodrome in Colorado Springs, Colo., in hopes of covering nearly 50 kilometers in all. Tickets to watch the Saturday event sold out in six minutes, and you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the chase below.
You can also guess how far she'll go on her journey.
Checking In With Simon
Every so often, it's worth checking in on the adventures of Simon Dumont, a Maine-born freeskier who had his Olympic dreams cut short by an ACL tear in the run-up to Sochi two years ago. For his next act, Dumont has indulged his considerable wanderlust by chasing some of the most captivating images you'll see on any Team USA timeline. Most recently, he's been spending time in Sequoia National Park and Yosemite. Enjoy …
Lost track of time amongst the redwoods today.. I ended up having a long dark hike back to my truck.. What an Adventure!! I decided to shoot a photo with myself in it so you guys get an idea of how big these trees really are.. #solomission #kingscanyonnationalpark #redwoods #hugetrees #california #adventure #blessed #beautifuldestinations #discoverearth #explore #earthpix #hiking #inmyelement #lonelyplanet #livingthedream #natgeo #nature #natgeolandscape #ontheroad #ourplanetdaily #roamtheplanet #snow #travel #thegoodlife #tree_captures #usinterior #winterwonderland
Yosemite is a zoo right now.. Horsetail Fall, is a seasonal waterfall that flows in the winter and early spring. The fall occurs on the east side of El Capitan. If Horsetail Fall is flowing in February and the weather conditions are just right, the setting sun illuminates the waterfall, making it glow orange and red. This draws hundreds of photographers to the edge of the river, at the base of the fall.. I decided to stray from the herd and find my own secluded spot to set up.. What a cool coincidence that I'm here during this event. #HorsetailFall #yosemitenationalpark #california #waterfall #firefall #elcapitan #adventure #blessed #beautifuldestinations #discoverearth #earthpix #explore #hiking #inmyelement #phenomenon #k#lonelyplanet #livingthedream #natgeo #nature #natgeolandscape #ourplanetdaily #roamtheplanet #sunset #thegoodlife #travel
Half Dome at sunset!! I went on a real gnarly adventure to get this shot.. The decent in the dark was very sketchy, but I lived.. Booyah!! Thinking about spending one more day here, then moving on.. Where to next??? #yosemiteambassador #pickyourpark #yosemitenationalpark #halfdome #sunset #adventure #blessed #beautifuldestinations #california #explore #earthpix #inmyelement #lonelyplanet #livingthedream #nature #natgeo #natgeolandscape #ontheroad #ourplanetdaily #roamtheplanet #snow #travel #thegoodlife #usinterior #winter
O Is For Oslo
Olympic Gold medalist Jamie Anderson found the perfect landmark from which to let her 350,000 followers she had arrived in Oslo:
From a gymnastics career standpoint, Jonathan Horton did not have a good week. The two-time Olympian announced that, due to a left shoulder injury that will require surgery, he will not be in the mix for Rio. On the other hand, the optimistic Horton, who welcomed a baby daughter earlier this month, managed to take time out and share a birthday greeting with a fan.
Happy birthday Emily! https://t.co/Lbo0LREYG8— Jonathan Horton (@J_Horton11) February 22, 2016
The 30-year-old Horton, incidentally, when asked on Twitter if he planned on retiring, responded with, "Nope! Just a little set back. I plan on pushing for the next world team in 2017."
Another tournament, another gold medal. Team USA's win at the FINA Women’s Intercontinental Tournament in Texas this past week, wrapped up a 6-0 tournament for the home team and clinched a berth in the FINA World League Super Final set for June 7-12 in Shanghai. Goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson offers a pretty good look at the tournament champions from a more casual perspective, and you have to love the socks:
Apparently, Dream Teamer and basketball legend Magic Johnson felt an apology was necessary for one of the best young basketball players in the world, 2012 Olympian Anthony Davis. High praise, Magic.
I have to apologize to @AntDavis23 of the Pelicans who scored 59pts & 20rebs. You are definitely the best big man in the NBA!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) February 22, 2016