By Jamie MacDonald | Dec. 15, 2017, 1:48 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."

 

Waiting, The Hardest Part

Leading the world cup overall standings after a few weeks, 22-year-old alpine skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin would like to get back on the hill. Snow, however, was keeping her and her teammates from their appointed rounds this past week. So, earlier this week, she decided to wait it out.


Cross-Training

Trivia question: Who is the first ever honorary member of the Houston Texans Cheerleaders? Here’s a hit: She’s a four-time Olympic champion gymnast from Houston. Introducing …

 

I had such an amazing experience cheering at the Texans Game โค๏ธ Definitely a memory to last forever!

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Pipe Dreams

Thanks to a pair of Stateside tour stops over the past few weeks, first at Copper Mountain in Colorado, then at nearby Breckenridge, fans of Team USA’s remarkably deep and talented snowboarders have been treated to video o’ plenty. And it’s captivating, thanks to, fresh off her part of a Team USA sweep at Copper Mountain with Olympic champion Kelly Clark and teen sensation Maddie Mastro, Chloe Kim’s first-place finish (see her winning run below). For her part, Kim may be about two months from making an indelible impression in her Olympic debut.

Just … wow …

 

Run from Copper! Dew Tour qualies goin down tomorrow ๐Ÿ’–

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After his own podium finish at Copper, two-time Olympic halfpipe champion Shaun White looks pretty solid during practice at Breck.

 

@dewtour practice is a wrap. Qualies on Thursday! ๐ŸŽฅ:@jjthomas_ #Snowboarding

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Olympic champion Jamie Anderson going big on the course …


Those Views, Tho …

Traveling the way Team USA does comes with its many downsides — time away from friends and family, grueling workouts, disappointment — but there are some perks for winter athletes who like an office with a view.

Italy …

France …

Austria …

 

“Oh the places you’ll go...”

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St. Moritz, Switzerland …

 

#StMoritz #Switzerland๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ #Europe #Alps #Mountains

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China …

 

Got the best views in China.

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The San Jose Way

As of Thursday, Team USA’s women’s hockey squad was prepping for a pre-Olympic exhibition game against rival Canada a day later in San Jose, California, but not before meeting with a couple of legends.

 

BRANDI CHASTAIN ๐Ÿ˜ฎ #legend

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We found Santa in San Jose. #merrychristmas

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Improv Group

Melissa Stockwell, a two-time Paralympian and paratriathlon world champion, is putting her young daughter to work.


Slip(up) And Slide

Whoops. Despite being left scrambling when their sleds didn’t arrive in time, two-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor and Olympic hopeful Lauren Gibbs proved why they’re among the best in the world even without their own sleds. Through their story, we also learn that the bobsled community was willing to help them out in their time of need.


Patience Is A Virtue

In February of 2015, the U.S. Ski Team spun up an unforgettable dance video to the Bruno Mars hit “Uptown Funk,” and it earned Olympic cross-country skier Simi Hamilton, who uploaded the video to YouTube, nearly 100,000 views for the effort. Now, they’re back at it … maybe. We’ll just have to wait and see. For now, we have only this hint:


Giving Back

’Tis the season of giving. And in the case of Paralympic snowboarder Keith Gabel, that means giving back — to a 10-year-old bilateral amputee who just took a snowboarding lesson from one of the world’s best.

 

This is my 7th year coming to @thehartford #skispectacular and I can honestly say that every year has been better than the last. I am beyond grateful I got to meet my new friend Lilly and teach her to make her first turns on a snowboard. At only 10 years old she's a bilateral above knee amputee but I've never met a person with so much spirit and positive energy. Words cannot express how proud I am of her for all of her accomplishments this week and also to call her my friend. Keep killing it girl! . . . #shesmyhero #optoutside #stoked #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #thehartford #skispec #prevail #teamusa #usparalympics #hero #volunteer #snowboarding #iwill #nike #versafoot #sherrybdessert #sheshreds #lovethelifeyoulive @biodapt @sherrybdessert @nike @thehartford @teamusa @usparalympics @jesslilly07

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Sweater Season, Too

’Tis also the season for … sweaters.

 

#TisTheSeason with our children! #MomMeatloaf #uglysweater

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Feliz Navidog ๐Ÿถ๐ŸŽ„โญ๏ธ #bestfriends #santacon

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Sweet Deal

Sugar Mountain Resort in western North Carolina hosted not one, but two Olympians this past week — four-time Olympic alpine skier Marco Sullivan and Olympic figure skating medalist Paul Wylie. For Wylie, a little snow wasn’t going to get in the way of obliging with a performance.


That Was Fast

Really fast. The college debut of young Olympic track star Sydney McLaughlin turned out to be an impressive success. As a 16-year-old at the Olympic Games in Rio, she managed to advance to the semifinals of the 400-meter hurdles. And, now, her debut includes all sorts of hints of becoming a future star.


Parade, Root

Compton, California, celebrated its 64th annual Christmas Parade this past week, where Team USA sprinter Carmelita Jeter, who was born and raised there, served as a speaker.


Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be

Vacations should be more relaxing than this …


Getting It Right

On the other hand, Olympic swimming champion Cody Miller does seem to have lucked out on his honeymoon.


One. More. Year

Not long after winning the New York City Marathon, Massachusetts native Shalane Flanagan had a decision in front of her when it came to running the Boston Marathon.

 

My heart ♥๏ธ said......give it one more chance, try again. See everyone in Boston on Patriots Day 2018.

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