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Red, White & Trending: August 18-24

By Jamie MacDonald | Aug. 25, 2017, 11:22 a.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."


Sun-Daze, Fun Day

For a few hours this past week, much of country stood still — with wonder, with curiosity, with glasses, welding masks and homemade viewing boxes made out of cereal boxes — to watch an eclipse that gave many of us a show we won’t soon forget. Team USA was on it, too, caught up in the event and ready to share their perspective. Even the less-prepared seemed to enjoy sharing their takes on an event that captured millions of imaginations. Of course, there were some who clearly prepped, too. Scroll to the bottom of this section to have a look at an unofficial “best in show” collection of two from Olympic alpine skier Laurenne Ross, who set up shop, armed with time-lapse and a nice lens, in the path of totality at Camp Sherman in Oregon.




#solareclipse #vibes

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Yup that's me!!!!! #solareclipse πŸ˜¬πŸŒžπŸŒšπŸ‘“

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We're ready for the eclipse!!! #solareclipse

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What an awesome thing to experience in this lifetime!

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Obligatory eclipse-watching photo.

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"I should've bought the glasses." (Everyone with their face in a cereal box right now.) 😐 #eclipse #solareclipse2017

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😍 #solareclipse #oregon #pathoftotality @gopro

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Magic is real /// Miracles happen

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Living Large At The LLWS

Mo'ne Davis, who in 2014 took the Little League World Series by storm with an effort that landed her on the cover of Sports Illustrated, doesn’t often travel to Williamsport these days, but, when she does, she reps Team USA.

Hall Pass

Congratulations are in order for the USA Gymnastics 2017 Hall of Fame class: the Final Five, coaches Miles Avery and Mihai Brestyan, Sean Townsend, Gabby Douglas, Shawn Johnson East and Chellsie Memmel, a few of whom shared priceless pics among family and friends …




love making memories w/ these girls πŸ’—

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Very honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame with these girlsπŸ’œ

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Absentee Vote

Johnson East, of course, has long been a Hall of Famer in the eyes of husband Andrew East, but, unfortunately, he wasn’t able to make the festivities, so he sent along one touching tribute and something a little lighter …


The pair has since reunited …

Closing Time Again

With the passing of Aug. 21, so, too, does the anniversary of the close of the Rio Games. Which also gave Team USA one last chance to look back at a special anniversary.


1 year ago. A GOLDEN moment. πŸ’› this team. #RIOlympics #anniversary

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… Also one a bittersweet anniversary.



Moving On Up

Shalane Flanagan had already experienced standing on an Olympic podium when she earned a bronze medal in the 10,000-meter at the Beijing Games, but a ruling led to an upgrade to silver, which arrived with little fanfare this past week to her how in Oregon. Flanagan, who declined a more formal ceremony, made the most of receiving the new hardware. As did pal Emily Infeld.



Young Ones

In the span of a few weeks, Team USA added a trio of babies to the roster, adding significantly to the adorable quotient of timelines …


#MOOD #DeuceyDoo πŸ’™πŸ’™

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Cold Front

The closer we come to watching summer’s last few rays shine down, the closer we are to turning our attention to fall and even more reminders that the 2018 PeyongChang Games aren’t all that far away. For Team USA’s skiers, winter has already arrived in the form of their very own snow farm in New Zealand and in Chile.




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We're real live skiing! #newzealand #happyplace

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Speed date fail @simihamilton #doh • • • @usskiteam @fischersports_nordic @snowfarm_nz #newzealand

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Meanwhile, in Chile …


πŸ“Ά #AmericanDownhiller πŸ“·: @neillande #usalpine

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Team USA, which needed an historic comeback at the previous edition of the Solheim Cup to win, held its penultimate day lead in 2017 and retained the cup in convincing fashion. In the case of Rio Olympian Lexi Thompson, the win meant posting one of the more compelling notes of gratitude to her coach


What an amazing week it was. To be part of such an amazing team and to play for my country and for Juli Inkster was such a huge honor! There is nothing like representing your country, both teams played some amazing golf and put on a great show for the world. Thank you to all the crazy amount of fans that came out to cheer us all on this week!!!! Never seen crowds like that πŸ™ˆ thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers, staff at Des Moines country club for making this special week possible:))) also thanks so much to all the people in this picture the guys and women (missy) 😜for always being there for us, and being by our side no matter what our there, we love you! big thanks to Des Moines CC for hosting us this week the course was tough and incredible shape for us! To all the assistant captains as well for all their help this week was an honor to play for all of you. Very special week for Team USA and a memory we'll never forget β€πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ@solheimcupusa

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Curling Days Before Curling Night

This is what the Road to PyeongChang looks like in August 2017. For curling hopefuls, it’s a stop at Baxter Arena in Omaha for Curling Night in America. Trials loom in November. But first, a few visits and a media event …




Before the trip, Jamie Sinclair spent some time inspiring the next generation …


I love to play curling and to teach curling! Hope one day they don't beat me πŸ˜‚ #coaching #growthesport #furtureolympians

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Simply The Best

When it comes to the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year Awards, there is plenty of Team USA representation …












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