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Red, White & Trending: May 26-June 1

By Jamie MacDonald | June 02, 2017, 11:26 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."


Honoring Memorial Day

Unsurprisingly, Team USA, with its deep connections to service, service men and women, and enthusiastic patriotism, comes out in strong support to mark the Memorial Day holiday. Dozens posted respectful messages this past week, including a small sampling below from gymnast Laurie Hernandez, alpine skier Daron Rahlves, swimmer Michael Phelps, short track speedskater Jessica Kooreman, figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, luger Chris Mazdzer and figure skater Jason Brown.





Thank you to all the veterans that sacrificed their lives for our freedom. 🇺🇸#usa #freedom

A post shared by Mrs. Jessica Kooreman (@thejessicakooreman) on





Great American Race

Memorial Day weekend also means the Indy 500, which enjoyed a few Team USA touches this past weekend at the Great American Race — which also meant Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy’s best day ever, some pretty good seats for Olympic gymnast Madison Kocian and some Olympic cross-over with a pair of acrobatic Olympians.



Thank you IMS for having me at the 101st Indy 500🏁 So much fun watching the race live & meeting so many amazing people!

A post shared by Madison Kocian (@madison_kocian) on


New York State Of Mind, Manhattan Style

There’s something captivating about this image, taken with a view of New York City’s Columbus Circle in the foreground and possibility stretching into infinity beyond Central Park, that hints at the wonder of what the future might hold for Hernandez, the gifted young gymnast and Olympic gold medalist …


New York, I love you. #WorldScienceFestival

A post shared by Laurie Hernandez (@lauriehernandez_) on

New York State Of Mind, Upstate Style

Olympic bobsled medalist Steve Langton, a noted outdoorsman who often hashtags his posts with “#itsforamerica,” also took some time out from this training for PyeongChang with a walk in the stunning upstate New York woods.


Walking in the woods. #getoutside #nature #memorialdayweekend #itsforamerica

A post shared by Steven Langton (@stevenlangton) on


First, love the hashtag. Moms know strength. Melissa Stockwell‏ is no different. Well, maybe a little different. She’s a two-time Paralympian (with a bronze medal to show for it), a world champion, a motivational speaker, a wounded veteran and Purple Heart recipient. At this point, though, with her August due date looming, she’s a fit mom who posted two fantastic pics this past week to show off where she stands.


Happy Birthday, Jim Craig

Once a cornerstone of an extremely young Miracle on Ice team, Jim Craig celebrated a milestone in style this past week.


So blessed to spend my 60th birthday with my family!

A post shared by Jim Craig (@jimcraigusa) on

Pool With A View

If you follow Conor Dwyer on social media, it becomes apparent that the Olympic gold medalist swimmer not only likes the pool, but he also really likes jumping into the pool — often scaling new heights to do so. A little over a year ago, there was this slow-mo dive in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In September, there was this slow-mo high jump with an LA backdrop. In October, it was a slow-mo from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. December brought a high-rise jump from Dorado. Well, he’s back in Colorado Springs and working out at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, and he’s found one stunningly set pool again. If there’s a pool with a view, Dwyer is going to jump in … again and again and again.


Dive Boom 🏊🏻🏔

A post shared by Conor Dwyer (@conorjdwyer) on

Morel Support

In the U.S Forest Service’s Mushrooms of the National Forests in Alaska, this is noted: “Gray fire morel is a choice edible; however, not everyone can tolerate morels even when well cooked.” Olympic cross-country skier Sadie Bjornsen, in Alaska after training in Oregon with Team USA, appears undaunted by the likes of any warning about questionable morels.


In retirement, two-time Olympic gold medalist Kobe Bryant has some time on his hands to keep up with and comment on the sports world around him. Considering the successes of the author, and the sheer size of his Twitter following (more than 11 million), these notes of encouragement are often high praise. This past week, he used his platform to pay “my sis,” Team USA soccer standout and Olympic gold medalist Sydney Leroux, a very public compliment.


European Vacation

When it comes to vacation spots, the resort town of Monte Carlo, Monaco, offers a slice of life in the fast lane. Even if that fast lane is in the water, Olympic alpine skiing legend Lindsey Vonn is going to look for a high gear.


I'm just a big kid that likes to go fast. 📸@thejonnyhynes

A post shared by Lindsey Vonn (@lindseyvonn) on

A Taste Of Winter

Thankfully for the diehard skiers and snowboarders (and their kids), one of the great snow seasons in memory out West is still hanging around.


Soggy mitten season 📷: @satchscratch

A post shared by Torin Yater-Wallace (@torinyw) on

Olympic halfpipe skier Torin Yater-Wallace is also catching a good deal of air this week, too.


Shooting with @girosnow at Mammoth 📷:@toddkupke

A post shared by Torin Yater-Wallace (@torinyw) on

Olympic downhiller Travis Ganong, meanwhile, is going to keep climbing while there’s snow.

Paralympic alpine skier Andrew Kurka is certainly enjoying the late season, too.

Two-time Olympic snowboarding medalist Hannah Teter isn’t going to turn down many chances to shred into June …


It's blazing out! ☀️ #springshred #flexin #lessismore

A post shared by Hannah Teter (@hannahteter) on

… And Olympic champion halfpiper David Wise is going to get his groms out on the snow as long as it’s around.

Travel Time

One of the great joys of following Olympic and Paralympic athletes on social media, in addition to tapping into their own perspectives on training and competing (or vacationing and having fun, of course), is seeing where the Team USA ride takes them. This past week, Olympic ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson attended a FIS conference in Portoroz, Slovenia. Thankfully, she chose, instead of posting many pics of the indoor meeting spaces, to post a couple of the most beautiful outdoor pics we saw from Team USA this past week.


Make that three of the most beautiful pics; the ride home doesn’t look so bad, either.

Pre. Fab.

This past week’s Diamond League event in Eugene, Oregon, brought with it many compelling storylines, both as an international event and a showcase of Team USA’s best — particularly in the women’s long jump, one among a number of events where the United States sent multiple athletes to the podium. In the women’s long jump in Rio, Tianna Bartoletta won gold, followed by Brittney Reese, and it was the same result in Eugene. What made the post-event social feed that much more compelling in this case, though, was the way Bartoletta took such an optimistic view of both of their futures.

Speaking of optimistic posts from Eugene, we also have four-time Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross, who was calling the action as part of the broadcast team …


Yup... this is just about how excited we are for the @preclassic airing on @NBC at 4pm EST!!! @atoboldon

A post shared by Sanya Richards-Ross (@sanyarichiross) on

Unplanned Vacation

One-time Katie Ledecky medal-hanger Bryce Harper, who dutifully held the young Olympic swimming legend’s medals while she threw out a ceremonial first pitch at a Washington Nationals game this past August, has some time on his hands. Thanks to a suspension following an on-field incident, the Nats phenom had some enforced downtime, and Ledecky offered a way for him to pass the time before MLB handed down its ruling.

Dose Of Inspiration

There was a time for two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto, who suffered a severe accident that left him paralyzed, when this would have seemed nearly unfathomable.

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