What are Team USA athletes — Olympians, Paralympians and hopefuls — 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."
Paralympic swimming gold medalist Mallory Weggemann has a set a goal for herself that is years in the making. As her wedding looms, she’ll be working over these next seven weeks to walk down the aisle on her wedding day. But, first, a bridal shower for the bride-to-be …
So incredibly thankful to have so many wonderful individuals in my life! This past weekend was full of wedding festivities starting with a couples shower hosted by my sisters on Saturday followed by a bridal shower hosted by my moms lady friends on Sunday! I feel so fortunate to have this much love and support in our life as Jeremy and I prepare to become husband and wife next month! ❤️ #bridalshower #snydermann
Well, I have a long way to go these next 7 weeks but today we started my journey towards walking down the aisle on December 30th! After my paralysis in 2008 I never knew if this day would come, I never knew if I would find someone that would be able to love me for me and see past my wheelchair. I never knew if I would personally get to a point where I loved myself enough to fully love another. I also never knew if I would have that moment, where I could stand arm in arm with my father and walk down the aisle on my wedding day. But here I am, nearly 9 years later and on December 30th I WILL stand arm in arm with my father as I walk down the aisle towards a man who is everything I could have dreamed of and more! #SnydermannWedding #DreamsDoComeTrue #Wedding #SCI
Way To Go, Runners
From a Team USA perspective, the prestigious marathon in the city so nice they named it twice held particular interest as Olympians Molly Huddle, Gwen Jorgensen and Kim Conley were making their New York City Marathon debuts. Huddle ran an impressive 2:28:13 to finish third in one of the most impressive debuts ever for a U.S.-born woman (the fastest, of course, was Goucher in 2008). Jorgensen finished No. 14, while Conley finished 16th, both under 2:42:00.
Their reactions, however, ran the gamut of emotions in social media (check out the quality work on the fingernails below, too).
Olympic bobsledder and huddler Lolo Jones caught up with Huddle afterward.
Olympian Kara Goucher, one of this country’s best-ever marathoners, had some kind words, too.
Jorgensen, Rio’s women’s triathlon gold medalist, chronicled her first marathon experience — her longest run ever — thusly:
Not quite sure what I've gotten myself into ...— gwen jorgensen (@gwenjorgensen) November 5, 2016
Let's do this 26.2miles/42km 😬👊🏃♀️🏃♀️🏃♀️ pic.twitter.com/f1T38fmMaD
What a day! Can't thank the fans enough for the "Go Gwen" cheers out there. 😍 pic.twitter.com/zhFwtt5QCS— gwen jorgensen (@gwenjorgensen) November 6, 2016
Disappointed but not sure why and not sure what I would have been happy with. I am happy I ran it thou. Super tough but fun 👊👏🎉🏃♀️ https://t.co/AvL1NReDbB— gwen jorgensen (@gwenjorgensen) November 6, 2016
Kim Conley, a two-time Olympian, was carried to some degree by the inspiring Meb Keflezighi.
That was a hard & humbling race. Wanted to stop, but kept telling myself that's not what @runmeb would do. Much respect for all marathoners.— Kim Conley (@KimConley) November 6, 2016
All She Does Is Win
Here we go again, in the most delightful ways. Seven-time Paralympic gold medalist and marathon star Tatyana McFadden has won yet another New York City Marathon — No. 5 if you’re counting. Even heading into the event, she was ready to celebrate.
❤️️❤️️It's been a heck of a year!!!! This was my 16th @wmmajors win and my 5th @nycmarathon win!!! I still can't believe it!!!! I couldn't have done it with out the support of my family (especially my two moms), friends, family, coach, teammates and fans!!! Thank you @nyrr @nycmarathon staff, volunteers, and @newyorkpolicedepartment, for putting on another great marathon. Finally thank you to the fans cheering along the way!!!! ❤️️❤️️
New York Stories
Speaking of New York City, Olympic gymnastics champion Aly Raisman zipped through the city this past week, making a new friend and dropping the puck in Brooklyn.
Aly got adopted yesterday!! So happy she has a home ❤️ https://t.co/HstE5OQKEG— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) November 8, 2016
New York Stories, Part 2
Newly minted World Series champion Dexter Fowler, who played for Team USA at the 1996 Games, is making the most of his newfound national fame.
I'll be honest guys, I don't even know what to do with myself. Lol oh hey, I'm a World Champ. And...... just gonna do some laundry now— Dexter Fowler (@DexterFowler) November 9, 2016
The clever Mannequin Challenge, which blasted its way into millions of timelines, took a few athletes with Team USA ties along for the ride, including the Boston College women’s hockey team, featuring head coach and three-time Olympic medalist Katie Crowley.
Olympic gymnastics champion Laurie Hernandez joined the fun during an impressive Dancing with the Stars effort …
But, when given the chance back on marathon Sunday, no one seemed all that interested in slowing to a stop near the finish line.
On the other hand, can you spot the Olympians who visited the White House on Thursday, when the Cleveland Cavaliers were honored for winning the NBA title?
The frozen photo op worked out particularly well for three-time Olympian LeBron James.
For a hint on the Olympians …
Meet The New Miller
Congratulations are in order for Olympic alpine skiing star Bode Miller and his wife Morgan, who welcomed a daughter into the world this past week. Ready to Awwww? Three … two … one …
What does training look like for Olympic gymnast Sam Mikulak? How about eight release moves on the high bar to the delight of his teammates …
Depends On Your Perspective
If you haven’t been to Half Dome, your perception is probably what you’ve seen in images, but we have Olympic swimming gold medalist Tyler Clary, who thanks to his drone and a creative eye have often captured compelling vantage points, for this in-motion shot while driving away from the Yosemite landmark. The perspective offers a glimpse into just how powerful a sight it might be in person.
For something that moves a little faster, come along for a luge ride down Whistler’s Olympic course with two-time Olympian Chris Mazdzer.
Wintering In Austria
If you’re a fan of winter, it doesn't get a whole lot better than Austria …
Come along for a ride above the clouds with Olympic silver medalist Devin Logan …
… And, when there’s too much snow while training in the United States, there’s always a chance a choreographed, epic lip sync is going to break out for Olympic slalom star Mikaela Shiffrin.