Red, White & Trending: May 27-June 2

By Jamie MacDonald | June 03, 2016, 3:01 p.m. (ET)

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."


'See You In Rio'

Imagine what it must feel like to use that phrase: See you in Rio. After the toils. The workouts. The work. The very literal blood, sweat and tears. To have qualified for the Olympics and to be able to share that salutation with someone who knows roughly what you've achieved before even arriving in Rio. There's so much freighted with those four words. Yes, see you in Rio.

When Kayla Harrison does arrive, the defending Olympic champion at 78 kg. will arrive in pretty good shape (courtesy an image posted by one of the nation's top young judokas, A.J. Pedro, whose father Jimmy Pedro was an Olympic bronze medalist in judo and coaches Harrison) ...

Harrision, incidentally, is coming off a gold medal at the 2016 World Judo Masters in Guadalajara, Mexico. And she has the headwear to prove it.


Second Career?

Hunter Kemper first started training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, back in 1999, and the triathlete's Team USA career has been consistently impressive since, including seven national championship titles and a remarkable four Olympic Games. Earlier this month, he announced his decision not to pursue a fifth. And while training for a world-class triathlon field may sound like a challenge, how about a road trip that looks like this?

And, yes, if you've spent any significant time road-tripping with your family, there is a lot of ... this:


On Target

As a silver medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Brady Ellison, we know, is an elite archer. How elite? Here's a pretty good look at the accuracy required to qualify for a third Olympic Games:

It's official. On my way to 3rd games. Rio here we come #getseriousgethoyt

A photo posted by Brady Ellison (@bradyellison) on


Remember The Name

This past week at the Prefontaine Classic, Kendra 'Keni' Harrison went out and ran the second-fastest 100-meter hurdles time in history, 12.24 seconds, closing in on a record that's older than she is. Afterward, not only was her reaction priceless, but so, too, were the reactions of her friends, including Trayvon Bromell.


Remember This Name, Too

This past Saturday evening against Bolivia in Kansas City, Kansas, Christian Pulisic, at the ripe old age of 17 and 212 days, became the youngest player to score for Team USA. Soccer fans in the United States, with some reason to believe this to be the case, hope this is the first of very many for Pulisic.

As of Friday, Team USA is underway in the Copa América, but not before a field trip to a social media mecca for Team USA veteran midfielder Jermaine Jones, Pulisic, Matt Besler, Ethan Horvath and Alejandro Bedoya.

Jones and company also had a chance to take in one of the week's most anticipated sporting events: Game 7, Western Conference Finals, Thunder vs. Warriors, at Golden State.

Game 7 . Good luck @stephencurry30 #underarmor #fam #USMNT

A photo posted by Jermaine Junior Jones (@jermainejunior) on


NBA, Finally

Speaking of the National Basketball Association ... The NBA Finals are underway, which for many means virtually gathering 'round social media and taking their best shots at providing commentary. Considering their own vocational proximity to winning and losing and all that goes into aiming to become the very best in the world, Team USA athletes are particularly tuned in to what's going on in the mind of the athletes on the biggest stage. During a lopsided Game 1, much of the armchair analyzing stemmed from the bench play of the Golden State Warriors.


Memorial Day Salute

When it comes to Team USA, Memorial Day offers an opportunity to honor the holiday. Dozens posted respectful messages, including a small sampling below from skeleton athlete Stephen Garbett, bobsledders Sam Michener and Dakarai Kongela, swimmers Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt, soccer players Maurice Edu and Charlie Davies, Paralympic swimmer Michelle Konkoly, soccer players Sydney Leroux Dwyer and Mia Hamm, decathlete Trey Hardee, water polo player Maggie Steffens and figure skater Ashley Wagner.


By All Means, Dab

Perhaps dabbing really has worn out its welcome in sports, but, as Paralympic sprinting hopeful Scout Bassett points out, there's a time and place for everything.


Start Your Engines

The love story that is Olympic champion gymnast Shawn Johnson and Andrew East has been well chronicled (and, considering the pair's penchant for posting entertaining videos and adorable pics, that is likely to continue), so it seems only appropriate to catch up with them in Indy.

Olympic gold medalist diver David Boudia also enjoyed the 100th running of the iconic Indy 500, and he did so from an impressive vantage point.

Amazing time at the 500 festival parade! #indy500

A photo posted by David Boudia (@davidboudia) on


Trip Of A Lifetime

While the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team has enjoyed quite a week, it would be hard to top the week of Ariana Kukors. The 2012 Olympian and one-time 200-meter IM world-record holder jetted off to Europe during the last week of May, saying bon jour to a sweeping view of Paris, visiting the "breathtaking" Eiffel Tower and going to the French Open:

Oh, and there was this ...

... Followed by trips through Venice and Florence.


Hobby Town

Sometimes, Olympic gold medalist and slalom skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin is going to dance. And, when she does, she just might wind up with more than 100,000 views of the aforementioned dancing.

Shiffrin is also getting more and more comfortable with the piano.


Carrying On

Olympic champion decathlete Bryan Clay not only won gold in 2008 (by a wide margin, no less), but he also earned silver at the Athens Games in 2004, as well as gold at the 2005 world championships. Add to that four appearances in the heptathalon at the indoor worlds, along with a number of other events for which he trained, and you might understand how this happens ...


Hidden Talents

Considering that she qualified for Rio only this past week, Olympic BMX racer Alise Post has the next few months of her life pretty well scheduled out through the Games. Perhaps afterward, though, she can look to a second career as a DIY'er. Her hidden talents were recently revealed in a TV feature shot by a station from her native Minnesota.