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
Happy #MLKDAY "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear" #Believe #LoveNotHate pic.twitter.com/ItinTQsHPT— Jim Craig (@JimCraigUSA) January 16, 2017
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope #MLK pic.twitter.com/tm41byrMjQ— Ibtihaj Muhammad (@IbtihajMuhammad) January 17, 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
In honor of #MartinLutherKing today,— Meghan Duggan (@mduggan10) January 16, 2017
"If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live." #MLKDAY
#LA2024 joined thousands to celebrate the life & legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the 32nd Annual #KingdomDayParade in #DTLA! pic.twitter.com/nnycajl7BG— LA 2024 (@LA2024) January 17, 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 ...
What's a next natural step after a bronze medal in Rio? A bronze medal baby of course! Baby T #2, coming this Aug!— Melissa Stockwell (@MStockwell01) January 19, 2017
Sorry Jake. @BrianTolsma pic.twitter.com/XD6bqCamXs
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.
I think 2017 will be my "BIGGEST" year yet.— gwen jorgensen (@gwenjorgensen) January 19, 2017
Patrick and I are so excited for this new adventure.😍🎉🍼🐣
Baby due date: 8/3/17
📸 @PhotoPav pic.twitter.com/cyVVnCbmqg
And why not look at the next "tri" date on the calendar …
Hey, @gwenjorgensen, CONGRATS! I'm due 8/10/17. How about our babies 1st triathlon in Dec 2017. Eat, sleep, poop? 🍼😴💩 @usatriathlon— Melissa Stockwell (@MStockwell01) January 20, 2017
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
This view though... 😍❄️🇨🇭🌄❤️— Jamie Greubel Poser (@JamieGreubel) January 16, 2017
Worth the 8 hour drive today to St. Moritz, Switzerland! #bobsled #WorldCup #nextstop #winterparadise pic.twitter.com/OP5acSoWtZ
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 AM BECOMING NEAT. @Simone_Biles @gabrielledoug @lzhernandez02 @MadisonKocian THE DAY HAS COME GUYS.— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) January 14, 2017
@Aly_Raisman pic.twitter.com/rYVXmnviJq— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) January 14, 2017
@Aly_Raisman @Simone_Biles @gabrielledoug @MadisonKocian pic.twitter.com/atIfQlr7jf— Laurie Hernandez ➶ (@lzhernandez02) 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 …
Only with @Simone_Biles .... pic.twitter.com/9SWyLAOovF— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) January 15, 2017
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 …
To each other, they're "Harry." But why?— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) January 18, 2017
We decided to find out (sort of) & get some insight into the @TobinHeath & @ALLIE_LONG friendship. pic.twitter.com/2KXbBgpLRT
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 …”
It's a long road to 2019, but for the #USWNT it all begins here in California.— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) January 16, 2017
A behind-the-scenes from the first days of #JanuaryCamp ⛺️🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/noU5Ou4paQ
Oh, yes, and for fellow Olympians Morgan Brian and Lindsey Horan there was also this …
How do @moeebrian & @Lindseyhoran11 wrap up a recovery day? Big legs and face masks. ✌️— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) January 18, 2017
Back at it tomorrow, #JanuaryCamp: Day 5. pic.twitter.com/sPqOwfVjQK
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.
#JanuaryCamp got a surprise visit from @TimHowardGK.— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) January 16, 2017
👀 how the #USMNT goalkeeper is doing on the road to recovery: https://t.co/pzm99NCJAe pic.twitter.com/v16nJ9ZSQg
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 …
Packed and ready for take off ✈️ Marco Island, get ready for Birdie and Becca! 😎🌞🌴🌊 #vacation #letsgonow #beachdog pic.twitter.com/kU6xvOlFBC— Rebecca Meyers (@becca_meyers) January 15, 2017
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.