By Jamie MacDonald | April 28, 2017, 4:39 p.m. (ET)

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 and having children. They're taking hard-earned vacations. Or retiring. Or 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."


Picture Daze

How close are the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games? Close enough that the pre-Games promotional shoot extravaganza was in full swing this past week. Team USA kept the social media funnel full throughout a handful of daylong shoots, and we set aside a collection of sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes beauties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look who stopped by our set today! 😉🙌🏻 #winterolympics

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Who let @justinbolsen on the winter throne?!? @nbcolympics #winterolympics #bigmistake

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Having a lot of fun with @nbcolympics and @teamusa at the #WinterOlympics promo shoot in West Hollywood! 😜🤘🏼

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Time flies ---> Media Day for NBC, getting ready for #WINTEROLYMPICS 😱

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That's a wrap on day 2 of the #WinterOlympics & #WinterParalympics promo shoot! 👏👏👏

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Day three starts off strong with @mikaelashiffrin, @jamiegreubel & @justinbolsen! 💪

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When it's ⏰ for that serious shot. #WinterOlympics @mikaelashiffrin

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In The Dog House

After all those adorable puppies, lest we forget this behavior from man’s best friend (in this case, Olympic relay swimming champion Breeja Larson’s):


Baby Makes Four

When it comes to baby announcements on social media, the bar has been set pretty high by Team USA’s athletes (most recently, Sanya Richards-Ross’ comes to mind). Olympic 800-meter specialist Alysia Montano, who at the 2014 U.S. track and field championships competed at nearly eight months pregnant then returned to win her sixth title a year later, may have raised that bar.


Go Figure

Meryl Davis and Charlie White may not have plans to be in PyeongChang to defend their ice dance gold medal from Sochi, but they’re still dancing together through the wonders of social media. Thanks to Davis’ mom, the pair had good reason to share a laugh this past week.

 


B1G Deal

Yes, Illinois is a Big Ten school. And, yes, Tatyana McFadden is a proud Illini alum. But, on Thursday, she had the honor of speaking at the graduation of a rival institution and wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity.


MP Gets Rowdy

Though it was at an event he later noted on Instagram was not taped, three-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Rowdy Gaines, in addition to adding another lasting swimming-related memory, also came away with some fantastic pics from during his sit-down with Olympic legend Michael Phelps.


On Track, On Point

Team USA’s top sprinters had more than a little on-track fun on their Bahamian vocation this past week, running off with all kinds of hardware, including six gold medals. And, when you win in the Bahamas, you dance …

Led by a good many of Olympians, including LaShawn Merritt and Natasha Hastings, Team USA earned its third consecutive Golden Baton, too.


Kobe, Steve, Steve, Kobe

While NBA fans are now deprived of his feats on the basketball court, if this is what retirement looks like for basketball legend Kobe Bryant, we’re ready to see what’s next. In this case, the two-time Olympic gold medalist shows off his chops as a serious actor — flawlessly delivering on what may be the most tactical and beautiful poetry slam tribute to another legend, Steve Urkel. Extra credit for the scene-stealing turtleneck and dramatic lighting. It’s all So. Darn. Good.

Helping charge the more than 90,000 YouTube views were Twitter posts from, among so many others, Rolling Stone, Slam, Time, Bleacher Report, Sporting News and TMZ.


#Awkward

The fictional Steve Urkel certainly had his awkward moments for the TV show "Family Matters," but he has nothing on this real-life exchange involving Olympic champion gymnast Aly Raisman.

😂🙈😳

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Happy Earth Day

When one spends most of his or her life training or competing, the earth’s elements become a way of life for Team USA’s elite athletes. For so many Olympians and Paralympians, Earth Day is every day, but they certainly had something to say about observing the holiday this past weekend.

The gallery approach …

Nature invigorates, inspires and creates memories! Happy Earth Day! #earthday

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The Hercules …

The sweeping view …

The variety pack …

The sunset view …

On the rocks …

Dog daze …

The muddy post …

The good timing edition …

The creative approach …


'Home Is Where Team USA Is'

From the “You know you’re an elite athlete when …” files, we present …

Where do you live? Over the past three years, this has become one of the more difficult questions to answer. My answer is usually "nowhere!" which only leads to more questions! That being said, when I arrived back at the training center in Colorado this week the "welcome back" I received from other athletes and staff makes this place feel like a home away from home. When you travel as much as I do, that's important! I'm honored to be able to spend some time here this summer as I prepare for Olympic Year... home is where the heart is, or in this case home is where @teamusa is!🇺🇸 . . . #itsforamerica #pathtopyeongchang #pyeongchang2018 #bobsled #ohsheila #offseason #training #i #love #travel #worldtraveler #athlete @usabs @virusintl @nfsports_ @sopivot @kelloggsus @k_fuel @oakley

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PyeongChang bobsled hopeful Lauren Gibbs seems to be making the most of her return to Colorado, however.

 

 


Dessert Fun

Paralympic star Nicole Roundy visited Las Vegas for a little getaway in advance of a friend's big day. Hard to argue with the results posted on Instagram …

Because we can! #LasVegas

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#instagramoverload but we're super excited and stuff. 😂#weekend

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Adios #Vegas

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Transforming LA

If you’re not following along with LA 2024 on social media, now is as good a time as any. In addition to guest takeovers and original content, venue tour videos have heated up. Take a look at six posted this past week.

 

 

 

 

 


Flip Ya For It

Olympic gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg, winner of the first-ever Olympic gold medal in men's snowboard slopestyle, can still go huge.

All in all, this is a pretty good week for Kotsenburg, who opened his Utah Jazz playoff fandom on a good note.