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."
During a week that included International Women's Day, it seemed appropriate to see the U.S. Women's National Team win the 2016 SheBelieves Cup in Boca Raton, Florida. Team USA, which moved to 9-0-0 in this calendar year and beat England, France and Germany in the tournament, also cleaned up in the awards category with Hope Solo earning the Golden Glove and Alex Morgan earning both the Golden Ball and Golden Boot. The hardware haul looked a little something like this:
Morgan's strike on Wednesday evening, which opened the scoring in the 2-1 win over Germany, was especially impressive, and it earned more than 8,500 retweets.
Soon after converting, Morgan received an ultimate compliment from a now-retired star.
Solo, on the other hand, earned her trophy with more than a few absurd saves, including these two against France.
If you follow even a handful of Olympic and Paralympic athletes, you know what some of the future stars of Rio were up to this past week. In advance of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, headliners converged in Los Angeles for Team USA Media Summit, a days-long gauntlet of appearances, appearances and more appearances with some of the most influential media outlets in the country.
Here's a sampling of our favorites, beginning with Olympic gymnast Jake Dalton's biceps taking care of some packing for the trip.
For so many athletes, the summit meant meeting other Team USA greats. Lexi Thompson, who ranks as the No. 1 American on the LPGA money list after a handful of tournaments in 2016, posted pics with a king of the pool and two queens of the gym.
Four-time Olympic water polo star Tony Azevedo, who notes on Twitter that he is "training to be the best WP player in the world," made sure his figure was in good shape for a magazine shoot.
Some, like two-time Olympic canoeist Casey Eichfeld, found some time to themselves, if only a little.
Others, like six-time Olympic medalist Matt Grevers, hammed it up.
Olympic gymnast Sam Mikulak also left some kind of impression:
A few athletes also caught images of their own likeness upon their arrival to the event that may wind up leading to still more fame.
sick seeing this picture on the side of the hotel here in LA pic.twitter.com/nJEn6XhaMY— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) March 7, 2016
Next Stop, Headquarters
For 11-time Paralympic medalist and marathon star Tatyana McFadden, who was fresh off a second-place finish in Tokyo, her travel itinerary included a dream trip to Oregon. It included a visit to one of the more serene track settings you'll find in the country.
McFadden also made the most of her trip to California, training, sightseeing and catching up with gold medalist and world-record holder in the decathlon Ashton Eaton and three-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Nathan Adrian. Pretty impressive trio bound for Rio:
Olympic alpine skiing star Bode Miller has an issue on his hands when it comes to his son, Nash: mobility.
Ready For Her Close-Ups
Almost four years after starring in the reality show that is the Olympic Games on her way to Olympic all-around gold, gymnast Gabby Douglas will soon star in her own reality show.
Always Sunny In Chula Vista
… Or not. But the U.S. Paralympic Soccer National Team certainly didn't mind.
Galloway Handles Her Business
To the likes of Olympic champion wrestler Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold) and discuss and shot put athlete Russ Winger (@russthrowsstuff), we have a new submission for best Team USA athlete Twitter handle.
Please welcome taekwondo athlete Jackie Galloway, also known on Twitter as @ikick_urface. Galloway, all of 20 years old, qualified for Rio back in December, and she was put through the wringer at the Media Summit.
Ups And Downs
Burroughs, incidentally, started the event off with an interesting issue.
Once in LA, though, he made the most of his time.
This is how we take family photos. pic.twitter.com/4NBFmEqDd2— Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold) March 10, 2016
Holden Makes It Official
Officially retired for only a matter of weeks, former U.S. Soccer men's midfielder Stuart Holden is ticking items off his bucket list. Extending the retirement metaphor, it included a round of golf in San Diego at one of the country's most beautiful courses.
One bucket list course off the list! Torrey Pines 🌲✅ pic.twitter.com/YWfBucS6in— Stuart Holden (@stuholden) March 6, 2016
Yes, Paralympic cycling gold medalist and Army veteran Jennifer Schuble's dogs are tanks.
He Makes A Point
Olympian Cyrus Hostetler has proven himself to be a more than capable javelin thrower, obviously, as well as a graphic designer and creative video artist, too. While working out at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, 28 weeks ago, strapped a camera on his javelin to a mesmerizing result. This past week, he took a page from three-time Olympic basketball gold medalist LeBron James' book.
Courtesy of Olympic rifle shooter Amanda Furrer ...
I smell like gun cleaner half the time 😩— Amanda Furrer (@Amanda_Furrer) March 8, 2016