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."
One Year Out
Tick … tock. One year from today and we’ll already have enjoyed the Opening Ceremony at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. And, to mark the occasion, with so many winter athletes who are now inside 12 months of debuting in or returning to the most significant days of their athletic careers, there was a clear theme to their social media imprints this week. We picked out some highlights, including from some New York City adventures during the #1YearOut celebration …
.@TeamUSA #WinterOlympics rings the @Nasdaq Closing Bell! 🔔🎉❄️❄️ #1YearToGo pic.twitter.com/hU6eUc0EPr— Nasdaq (@NASDAQ) February 8, 2017
W H O ' S E X C I T E D ??!! See you soon PyeongChang. The #WinterOlympics begin one year from today! #1YearToGo #TeamUSA #bobsled pic.twitter.com/9ZGTXVC9ck— Jamie Greubel Poser (@JamieGreubel) February 8, 2017
One year out... and baby, I can taste it. 🙌🏿😈🤘🏿 #1yeartogo #PyeongChang2018 pic.twitter.com/QweWZeLSjZ— Aja Evans (@AjaLEvans) February 8, 2017
It's #oneyear out from #korea2018 #olympics determined to make my 4th games and working hard to get there pic.twitter.com/VDRDvobzjB— Katie Uhlaender (@KatieU11) February 7, 2017
Didn't win anything, just excited to be at the @pyeongchang2018 Olympic Oval! #1yeartogo #winterolympics #HopeToBeBack @NBCOlympics pic.twitter.com/gve9SfEDXF— Brian Hansen (@BrianTHansen) February 9, 2017
We celebrated 1 Year to PyeongChang by taking our first runs down the new Olympic track! #TeamUSA #1YearToGo #PyeongChang2018 pic.twitter.com/yiqnIMuVuH— Tucker West (@TuckerWest1) February 8, 2017
Curling & karaoke? Now that's a party! Had a blast celebrating #1YearToGo until the 2018 #WinterGames with @LA2024 & @TeamUSA tonight 🎉❄️ pic.twitter.com/KKLUzVAjk3— Janet Evans (@janetevans) February 10, 2017
Korean BBQ for dinner because #1YearToGo 😋 pic.twitter.com/SnytqniECN— Maia Shibutani (@MaiaShibutani) February 9, 2017
One athlete in particular has added reason to celebrate the 365-day countdown: Two-time Olympic bobsled medalist Steve Langton is coming back to make another dream come true.
Three years ago in Sochi, I accomplished the first dream I can ever remember having. Over the past few weeks I've realized that I still have one more Olympics left in me. Now, with exactly #1YearToGo, I know it’s time for me to step up and help my @USABS teammates stand on top of the podium in #PyeongChang2018. The passion is there, the fire is still burning, and I’m coming back to do exactly that. Let’s go, @TeamUSA. #roadtopyeongchang
For sheer inspiration, there will always be this kind of goodness in the world, thanks in this case to alpine ski racer and Paralympic hopeful Mark Urich …
Few Olympic or Paralympic stories are free of sacrifice and perseverance, but these two Olympians, one married to a fellow BMX racer in Team USA’s Alise Post, are in the midst of working their way back from severe injuries. But, if you watch the videos, you’ll see so many signs for optimism — beginning with two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto’s.
Meanwhile, two-time Olympian Post (she won silver in Rio) has become an inspiration for her fiancé, Aussie Sam Willoughby, who won silver in London but was partially paralyzed while training in California this past September.
February 5, 2017
We should all be so lucky to be ripping it up with our kids …
Well, now, that was some kind of Super Bowl finish. And Team USA athletes, many without any particular rooting interest, were glued to a tale-of-two-halves NFL finale that featured a historic late comeback that turned the game into one for the ages. It also, in the eyes of so many of the world’s best athletes, made Tom Brady the Greatest Of All Time, and certainly had them recording the twists and turns through social media. We present a most entertaining and condensed version of the game seen through the eyes of Team USA.PREGAME
#RiseUp #SuperBowl51 Not at the game tonight but cheering on @AtlantaFalcons from Germany during world Champs prep! @USBSF @TeamUSA pic.twitter.com/yMEI6yWRK4— Elana Meyers Taylor (@eamslider24) February 5, 2017
Good luck to my Olympic teammate @NateEbner in the Super Bowl. Go Pats! One more! pic.twitter.com/8zkqiIaViJ— Madison Hughes (@MadisonHughes15) February 5, 2017
My view for the game... life is good. #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/SXWNfVlfIC— trey hardee (@treyhardee) February 5, 2017
Let's go @Patriots! #OneMore #SB51 pic.twitter.com/Z8LdfpXW7p— Steven Langton (@StevenLangton) February 5, 2017
Listening to the national anthem always gets my emotions going! Nice work @LukeBryanOnline! #SuperBowlSunday 🇺🇸— Kaleigh Gilchrist (@KGilchrist15) February 5, 2017
Julio heating up !!!— Brittney Reese (@DaLJBeast) February 6, 2017
Come on @tombradby reset, refocus let's do this! pic.twitter.com/weUmf6oGWJ— Steven Nyman (@Steven_Nyman) February 6, 2017
Lady Gaga for the WIN #SuperBowl #SB51 @ladygaga— Erin Storie (@ErinStorie) February 6, 2017
Yes to Gaga! She killed it. And did it alone!— Kellie Brinkley (@KellieWellz) February 6, 2017
Well, @ladygaga is forever 🔥🔥🔥— Ashley Wagner (@AshWagner2010) February 6, 2017
Gaga just killed it... #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/kcgZTTrcR5— trey hardee (@treyhardee) February 6, 2017
Guess I can go to bed early after all— Heather Mitts (@heathermitts) February 6, 2017
i see life. LETSSS GOOOOOO PATS— Gabby Douglas (@gabrielledoug) February 6, 2017
Wow @juliojones_11!!!!!— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 6, 2017
Incredible catch 🏈 @Edelman11 pic.twitter.com/VrcxhqwEF5— Joe Kovacs (@JoeKovacsUSA) February 6, 2017
CONCENTRATION!!!! That catch after the defensive tip?! Holy moly! This is why I love championships. #focus #desire— Maggie Steffens (@maggiesteffens) February 6, 2017
You seriously can't write this— KK Clark (@kkclarkusa) February 6, 2017
AHHHHHHHH I LOVE YOU PATS !!!! WAY TO COMEBACK !!!! I LOVE YOU !!!! @Patriots CONGRATS— Gabby Douglas (@gabrielledoug) February 6, 2017
I can't stop the water works!!!! What an amazing display of faith, unity, leadership, skill, execution and composure. SOOOOOO RAD!!!!!! Congrats @patriots 🎯 Congrats @tombrady ⭐️ Congrats @atlantafalcons ✨ Congrats @nfl 🙌 UNREAL display of all that is best in sports. Congrats @joebuck FANTASTIC call 👌(#NorCalPride 🙏)
That. Was. INCREDIBLE. #SuperBowl— Monica Abbott (@monicaabbott) February 6, 2017
ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!? THAT WAS UNREAL. @Patriots BEST TEAM EVER. ❤💙❤💙 #GOATS— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) February 6, 2017
Being from New England is the best thing that ever happened to me. #TB12 pic.twitter.com/5chYjeizs4— Samantha Mewis (@sammymewy) February 6, 2017
That was the kind of inspiration that is so rare these days. Congratulations @Patriots— Bode Miller (@MillerBode) February 6, 2017
5 rings can't be deflated #Brady #Muse— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) February 6, 2017
From one 🐐 to another, @KingJames salutes Tom Brady on his 5th championship with the @Patriots. #SB51 #Respect pic.twitter.com/agdJkWsVhe— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) February 6, 2017
That's why he's the GOAT! #12— Mike Modano (@9modano) February 6, 2017
'We all brought this team back' - 🐐#SB51— Steven Langton (@StevenLangton) February 6, 2017
February 6, 2017
No Super Bowl is complete without pomp and circumstance, either, and edition LI was no different in the run-up to “the big game” for 7-foot-1 Shaquille O'Neal, an Olympic basketball gold medalist also known as “The Big Aristotle,” “Big Baryshnikov,” “The Diesel” and a bunch of other nicknames that highlight his size, and the comparatively smaller Olympic gymnastics star, 4-foot-9 Simone Biles.
hey shaq 👋🏾 pic.twitter.com/YCrSufiyk7— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) February 5, 2017
And yet Biles managed to hobnob with bigger stars, too …
|supersaturdaynight| pic.twitter.com/rIZ8oE04BX— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) February 5, 2017
A Matter Of Perspective
While his U.S. teammates are scattered around the globe competing, Olympic alpine skier Steven Nyman, knocked out at Garmisch downhill with a season-ending torn MCL, was rehabbing while time stood still for one of the world’s fastest ski racers.
Laying in bed icing my limb and feeling my baby kick...Life's pretty good— Steven Nyman (@Steven_Nyman) February 4, 2017
Not long afterward, he was looking to another point on his horizon.
Attention: Internet holiday alert. Team USA can’t always celebrate with pizza, but some are willing to make exceptions.
#nationalpizzaday today? I thought that was every Friday night! Someone is lying....😂— Morghan King (@kingmorghan) February 9, 2017
What better way to celebrate #NationalPizzaDay then to have a NYC slice at Ray's Pizza 🍕 @JocelyneUSA17 pic.twitter.com/sYb3C2B2nP— Monique Lamoureux-M (@moniquelam7) February 10, 2017
Making chicken on #NationalPizzaDay is a little depressing 😂— Jake Dalton (@jake_dalton) February 10, 2017
#pizzaday apparently (thought it was every day, but whatevs) @morgangtracey & I have dinner plans...now if we could get in the same state...— Lauren Salter (@lsesalter) February 9, 2017
Rarely can something so concise in its packaging be so freighted with the weight of such devotion …
For 5 months I've been waiting for this handmade wooden case from Rio to carry my bronze beauty in. Love is an understatement. #Rio2016 🇺🇸🏅 pic.twitter.com/wqHUkMYtLv— Melissa Stockwell (@MStockwell01) February 10, 2017