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."
Dozens of heartfelt acknowledgments of the 9/11 attacks were posted over the weekend as the anniversary took place on Sunday. But few were more poignant than that of boxer and Marine Jamel Herring, who served two tours in Iraq.
Today is part of the many reasons why I joined the United States Marine Corps, and I have no regrets.#NeverForget— Jamel Herring (@JamelHerring) September 11, 2016
Are You Ready For Some Football?
’Tis the season: The NFL is back. Dormant fantasy football teams have returned to the virtual gridiron and Team USA athletes have a way to channel their sporting allegiances all over again. In some cases, and perhaps the special asterisk of an Olympic gold medal from Rio changes the equation, they may get a little closer to the action than the rest of us. This was especially true for the 2016 kickoff of Monday Night Football.
Thank you @redskins for having us locals out to the game last night! It was great to reunite with fellow Olympic teammates. So cool to meet Darrell Green, glad neither of us wanted to trade our hardware. I also tried to get KD to take a stance with me but he said the height difference looks better for a photo 😂 #nexttime #football #mondaynightfootball #thankswashington
We’ve seen all manner of ceremonial pitches since the Games came to a conclusion, but they don’t seem to get old. This is America’s pastime opening its doors to America’s athletes who often toil in relative obscurity for years before appearing again every fourth year on the horizon. Which is why seeing two-time gold medalist boxer Claressa Shields and Rio silver medalist Connor Jaeger bringing some heat for a ceremonial pitch in Detroit is so enjoyable to see.
.@Claressashields 🔥 pic.twitter.com/4SCSmRLesL— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 12, 2016
Glad to have Flint, Mich. native @Claressashields and her gold medals from the London & Rio Olympics with us today! pic.twitter.com/TYOIac9FCu— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 12, 2016
.@conjaeg first pitch: 💯 pic.twitter.com/mkThcOX1E9— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 15, 2016
2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist and @umichswimdive alum, @conjaeg, will throw out today's first pitch! pic.twitter.com/8j3iBVtftb— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 15, 2016
Congratulations are in order for soccer standout and Olympic gold medalist Sydney Leroux Dwyer — both for her wedding anniversary and the matter of welcoming the couple’s first child. Commence cuteness ...
And let the games begin …
Former teammate and soccer legend Abby Wambach, came at things from a different perspective.
Swimmers Across The Pond
Good luck, Allison Schmitt and Elizabeth Beisel, who have set sail on the trip of a lifetime. We catch up with them a few days in …
Today, @arschmitty and I leave on a 3 week world tour with 1 backpack. Still no hashtag tho, plz send ideas our way! pic.twitter.com/18gLMlAqmy— Elizabeth Beisel ⚓ (@ebeisel34) September 12, 2016
Day 1 in Thailand pic.twitter.com/ody2PTUvUx— Elizabeth Beisel ⚓ (@ebeisel34) September 14, 2016
Thailand day 2 #schmeiselworldtour pic.twitter.com/D0Gq1Bfjy4— Elizabeth Beisel ⚓ (@ebeisel34) September 16, 2016
Being Michael Phelps
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Meanwhile, In Rio...
It is perhaps better to be Tatyana McFadden. Or any U.S. runner whose last name starts with Mc...
And two days after McFadden, Amanda McGrory and Chelsea McClammer swept the podium in the 1,500-meter at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, they repeated the feat, with McClammer and McGrory switching podium spots in the 5,000-meter...
I can't believe it!!!!! What a race. So many wonderful emotions. Tonight was my very first 5000, and the #McSweep happened again!!!! I couldn't be happier especially to have these two by my side 🙏💕I love these girls so much. We raced with our hearts and of course had fun. 🇺🇸💙🇺🇸 photo by Mauro Pimentel
For fans of winter this time of year, there’s always the southern hemisphere. And for a couple of Team USA Olympic gold medalists, this week means Portillo, Chile, and the mountains around the stunning Laguna del Inca.
While Lindsey Vonn did, in her words, “pull myself together” and glam up for dinner, she admitted she’s decidedly dress-down at ski camp. When Vonn isn’t skiing or working out or by the pool, she’s feeding her dog … and her dogs’ Instagram account.
Ted Ligety, on the other hand, gave us a unique perspective on a training run …