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."
When moms are there for us, moms are there. So it's no surprise when they're celebrated by Team USA on Mother's Day. And it can be inspiring to see just how grateful the best athletes in the world are to have had their moms along for the ride.
So intertwined are moms and mother figures and grandmothers in the Olympic dream that even talking about the bond can bring someone to tears ... including one of the WNBA's top guards Skylar Diggins.
Any Team USA story about Mother's Day has to include Olympic 800-meter specialist Alysia Montano, who at the 2014 USA Track & Field outdoor championships competed at nearly eight months pregnant. A year later, with her 10-month-old, Montano returned to win her sixth title in the 800.
You know who can shred? Olympic downhill medalist Julia Mancuso's mom, who carved some turns to celebrate a most exotic Mother's Day gift.
dear Mom, you are the best😘😘😘 pic.twitter.com/qmpyezWw69— Julia Mancuso (@JuliaMancuso) May 8, 2016
Julia also posted some moving pictures ...
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there:) https://t.co/IO8nPQjo6J— Julia Mancuso (@JuliaMancuso) May 8, 2016
Melissa Stockwell, the 2008 Paralympian and 2016 Paralympic hopeful, who also happens to be the owner of a Purple Heart, a bronze star and one of the more powerful header photos on Twitter, still counts her lucky stars.
Olympic medalist Dexter Fowler, hitting leader for the team with the most wins in Major League Baseball, offered a pretty good view from the Friendly Confines.
Who's bringing their mom to Wrigley today? I am! ☝🏿— Dexter Fowler (@DexterFowler) May 8, 2016
Kudos to three-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Nathan Adrian for the sash. And hashtag.
We love this for the self-portrait from distance runner and 2012 Olympian Molly Huddle, but also the fantastic reply to her shout-out: "Thanks Molly. I appreciate it. Peace out, Mom."
Olympian and one of the best U.S.-born ice hockey players in history, Mike Modano is now a dad. And a busy one, at that. Though he credits his wife for keeping things on track.
Takes a great mom to put up with all this. Thanks for everything you do for us. pic.twitter.com/LTgm28RHzZ— Mike Modano (@9modano) May 8, 2016
Currently one of the best basketball players in the world, and among the very best long-distance shooters in history, unanimous NBA Most Valuable Player Steph Curry, like Modano, pointed out another MVP in the family.
Olympic sprinting star Allyson Felix decided to dig into the way-back machine for her thanks. Brought to you by the color yellow.
I hope one day I'm half the woman she is! Happy Mother's Day! xx pic.twitter.com/FA4sNWZt2E— Allyson Felix (@allysonfelix) May 8, 2016
Team USA's women of water polo went the video tribute route.
Hard to sum this one up any better than three-time Olympic gold medalist beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings did herself ...
Linda Lamoureux can claim a pair of Olympians in twin daughters Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux, a mere two of her six hockey-playing children.
And welcome to the world, Boomer Robert Phelps, who arrived just in time for Nicole Johnson's first Mother's Day as a parent with swimming legend Michael Phelps.
A New Dad, Too
Three days after posting the captivating baby announcement, which hit the 100,000 likes mark on Instagram, Phelps posted a picture of himself ... captivated.
Not There Yet ...
Sydney Leroux Dwyer is expecting, and her son will one day have the letter she penned to him for Mother's Day.
A letter to my son. https://t.co/g92b4u4KcS— Sydney Leroux Dwyer (@sydneyleroux) May 8, 2016
The mom-to-be also checked in with a shout-out to her own mom.
If I can be half the mother this woman was to me, I think I'll be alright. pic.twitter.com/ewpxfcvDQ5— Sydney Leroux Dwyer (@sydneyleroux) May 8, 2016
What Did You Expect?
So, you have one of the most accomplished downhill racers in history, someone who is routinely caught going nearly 80 mph protected by little more than a racing suit and her own talents, and you expected what when Lindsey Vonn was taken for a spin around New York Harbor on one of the slickest sailboats ever put to sea? To sit in a corner and watch? Of course not.
Fear not, Vonn cleaned up in time for a big-hat derby:
Golfer Bubba Watson is in great position to qualify for one of four Team USA spots in Rio (if the season ended today, he, along with Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson would be in for Team USA), but his family foursome warmed up for this week's prestigious THE PLAYERS Championship with a side trip. On Thursday, he kicked off the tournament with an opening round 69, while "DJ" shot 70 and Fowler shot 72.
This has been quite a year for Olympic medalist fencer Tim Morehouse, who has made his next act spreading the virtues of the sport for kids. Morehouse has not only made a personal push for #fencingintheschools, but he's also opened his own academy in New York City (check out a quick peek into the space on a bright and sunny spring Sunday), and he's been working with Tim Gunn for nearly six months to make a fencer out of the TV personality and fashion expert.
And, now ...
Paralympic rower Blake Haxton's "Row" to Rio (he qualified in late April) now includes a law degree from the Ohio State University.
They say a camel is a horse designed by committee, but it doesn't seem to be bothering 2012 Olympic 100-meter hurdles champion Aries Merritt while riding "Feris" in Qatar.
What A Difference A Year Makes
A year after meeting at the same event, Tara Lipinski and now-fiancé Todd Kapostasy returned to the scene for more sports Emmy hardware in New York City.
On the occasion of their anniversary, Kapostasy put his talents to work on a video short featuring the Olympic figure skater.
Lipinski's weekend also featured another trip to the Kentucky Derby with pal Johnny Weir, with the duo covering the event on television. And squeezing in a little fun.
The adventures of the Stars on Ice crew, which began their six-stop United States tour after April's world championships in Boston, drew to a close this past week in San Jose, California. The 2016 cast included Olympic gold medalists, worlds medalists and U.S. champions, and the hard-earned curtain call also came with a twist.
Olympian Polina Edmunds was missing her prom for the occasion. But fear not ...
What Could Go Wrong?
Nothing to see here. Just one of the world's best visually-impaired paratriathletes. With a wrench.
What Could Go Wrong, Part II
Nothing to see here, either. Just a world-class shooter. Throwing an axe.
Dateline: New York City. Olympic gold medalist gymnast Nastia Liukin has closed one significant chapter of her life and can now say she's done with undergraduate work at NYU.
She also returned home to this scene:
Olympic swimming star Missy Franklin, who recently took the opportunity to thank her parents in a video that, caution, might make you cry, broke on to the scene as a teenager in the run-up to London. Now, she's ...
Cannot thank everyone enough for all the wonderful birthday wishes I've received today... You've made this day so special for me!! Can't believe I'm 21!🙈🎉🍷 And I know you're all wondering, and the answer is yes, I had a raging day of partying with swimming, weights, bible studies, and dinner with my parents. Doing 21 right😉
Deep thoughts with Team USA. Buns ... discuss.
Summer knows spring ...