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."
A Matter Of Perspective
The lives of Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls are not always easy. From training sessions to travel, and from competitions to the emotional roller-coasters of winning and losing, the days and years can be long and stressful. Like so many other elite athletes, however, Paralympic track star Jarryd Wallace sees all of this not as a grind but a gift.
MLK Day Appreciation
So many Team USA athletes took to social media this past Monday to honor the work of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., and we collected some of Team USA's most poignant posts …
People tend to look up at where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. took his last breath, I preferred to stand on the balcony and look out at into the distance and imagine the hope & dreams he had for our people. A dream that WASN'T easily given but marched for, fought for, died for and preserved by people of all races who believed in equality. Without the courage of #MLK & countless others my life, my opportunities would not be the same! So I stand in my power accepting the responsibility to help change and impact the world as much as I can.. celebrate his life and purpose by standing for what's just and true #civilrights #equality #freedom Thank You @ncrmuseum for helping us all Stay Woke❤
Happy Birthday to Martin Luther King Jr. a big dreamer and a true example of how all people should be treated. pic.twitter.com/2qlZHKaV7T— Simone Manuel (@simone_manuel) January 15, 2017
"I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." -Martin Luther King Jr.— Madison Chock (@chockolate02) January 16, 2017
If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward-MLK— Rudy Garcia-Tolson (@RudyGTcaf) January 16, 2017
Road To Recovery
A week ago, Olympic alpine skiing champion Ted Ligety let us know he would be undergoing surgery, and, as of Thursday, things were progressing nicely.
One last powder day with my wife before going under the knife. Since Soelden, I have been dealing with severe nerve pain down my left leg that has not allowed me to ski at the level that I expect of myself. I have seen many doctors and therapists, undergone an array of treatments and therapies to no effect. Unfortunately surgery (microdiscectomy) means my season is over and a chance to defend my GS title again at World Champs. This has been tough to accept especially after last season, but on the plus side hopefully this surgery will alleviate the back issues I have dealt with over the last few years. I will be back strong and fast again. Thanks for your support. #illbeback
The terrible twos? Olympic diving champion David Boudia thinks not. And who can blame him here?
Poor Jake. He’s in danger of slipping another notch on the totem pole in the Stockwell house. Who’s Jake? He’s the family lab, and the family is growing. Two-time Paralympian and paratriathlon world champion Melissa Stockwell, who also happens to be a Purple Heart and bronze star recipient, is having another baby. The countdown to August is on ...
Stockwell isn’t the only swim-bike-run champion expecting in August, either. Congratulations are in order for Olympic triathlon champion Gwen Jorgensen, a noted foodie now running out of days as a party of two.
And why not look at the next "tri" date on the calendar …
As much as anything, Team USA is a travel company, and, every once in a while, its athletes have a moment to enjoy the view. Checking in from Switzerland …
Room with a view...👀🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/TSrNV2MLEr— Lauren Gibbs (@lagibbs84) January 16, 2017
When you’re looking to be inspired, feel free to play this video on a loop. Thank you, Trevon Jenifer, two-time Paralympic wheelchair basketball medalist.
A brand new year and a brand new Aly Raisman. At least for the time being, the six-time Olympic gymnastics medalist is turning over a new leaf.
Color coding my clothes in my closet for 1st time. Usually the messiest person on the planet. Guess traveling for 6 months makes u go cray;)— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) January 14, 2017
I'm not sure if this "new me" will last a few days or forever but I tweeted about it so that has to count for something— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) January 14, 2017
Later that evening …
As one of the fastest swimmers in the world, Nathan Adrian is no stranger to being in and out of the water in a splash, but the polar plunge, no matter how short, is not for him.
When Harry Met Harry
At long last, there is an answer. For years, Women’s National Soccer Team friends Tobin Heath and Allie Long had been nicknamed each other, “Harry.” And few knew why. In addition to a few fantastic variations of dabs, including at close range, along with some carpool karaoke, Heath and Long explain away the mystery. Sort of …
Getting to the bottom of the Harry story comes courtesy Team USA’s January Camp, which in many ways marks the road to the Women’s World Cup in 2019. And while that sounds like a great, welcoming trip full of reunions and laughs in California, it is also very much a stressful one, too, as athletes know they are quite clearly competing for jobs. For a behind-the-scenes closer look at January Camp, check out U.S. Soccer’s “New Cycle Officially Begins …”
Oh, yes, and for fellow Olympians Morgan Brian and Lindsey Horan there was also this …
On the men’s side, Tim Howard is back. Kind of. While headed to Los Angeles for MLS appearances, the Team USA goaltender stopped in to visit with some of his former teammates at their own January Camp.
Coming to a magazine stand near you, Paralympic track superstar Tatyana McFadden …
It’s not every day that one has the occasion to hold a musical instrument that is not only a work of art, but also a work of art that’s older than our country.
When it comes to tributes, it doesn’t come more unique than Olympic golfer and workout marvel Lexi Thompson’s post honoring The Greatest.
How did curling Olympian Chris Plys celebrate a successful Continental Cup, where Team North America topped Team World, 31-19.5, this past week in Las Vegas? By taking an epic photo that goes straight to header photo status.
Vegas and curling was pretty epic. 🇺🇸🇨🇦🤘🏻 pic.twitter.com/BrMSr4JVvk— chris plys (@chrisplys) January 17, 2017
This past week has seen feet upon feet of snow drop on Lake Tahoe ski resorts, and more snow, as much as six feet more at higher elevations is due through the weekend. And that’s going to make halfpipe snowboarding gold medalist Hannah Teter pretty happy. The images she posted this week reveal an almost surreal landscape.
Fellow halfpipe champion Kaitlyn Farrington also had more than a little fun on the hill this week.
As did Paralympic snowboard medalist Amy Purdy …
Well, my Instagram hasn't worked for 2 days, so here's a little update of where I have been! There is nothing like the feeling of hooking a good toe side carve! Having no toes, literally 😂.... makes good toe side carves even harder but luckily it's not really about the toes... it's all about the hips!! If there is a will, there is a way!!! #makeithappen #notoesnoproblem #workoutwednesday #teamtoyota #carveyourownpath @toyotausa @freedominnovations @doneksnowboards @vansrockies
On the other hand, Paralympic swimming star Becca Meyers and her dog took off for some summer …
Good Morning from Marco Island 😎 enjoy this beautiful day everyone xoxo Becca and Birdie pic.twitter.com/sLOf4LEuA5— Rebecca Meyers (@becca_meyers) January 17, 2017
we conquered the world 🌍 (ps lisa flew today for the first time in 1️⃣0️⃣ years!) pic.twitter.com/qMO2XVbgEt— Rebecca Meyers (@becca_meyers) January 16, 2017
Even while dragging this rig behind him, Olympic rugby speedster Carlin Isles may be faster than most of us.