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."
Simply The Best
When it comes to effusive praise, two-time Olympic gold medalist Kobe Bryant doesn’t exactly chuck it around like so many practice jumpers. So, from his perspective as a now-retired basketball legend, one of the all-time greats can still make a lasting impression with the use of a goat hashtag.
Bryant himself was in the Los Angeles crowd when Diana Taurasi, a four-time Olympic gold medalist and SoCal native, became the WNBA’s leading career scorer when a layup brought her to 7,489 points — a remarkable feat surpassing two-time Olympic gold medalist Tina Thompson’s previous record of 7,488.
The 🐐— Nike Basketball (@nikebasketball) June 18, 2017
Congrats Diana Taurasi on making history as the women's scoring champ. pic.twitter.com/sdjzqavBZg
Getting Her Kicks
On the track, Allyson Felix, the Olympic sprinting champion and the first female track and field athlete to win nine Olympic medals, will remain among the most impressive track stars of her generation. And her shoe game? Also legendary.
There’s a new logo in town, and it covers the heart of skiing and snowboarding athletes from what is now U.S. Ski & Snowboard. Accompanying the announcement, which also included a sharp new logo, was this star-studded video …
If at first you don’t succeed — even if you have bobsledders trying their hand at pairs skating drylands — try, try again …
’Tis The Season
While you may not know it from scenes such as Olympic alpine skier Travis Ganong floating in an icy outdoor bath at Squaw Valley, California, summer has officially arrived. And, with it, some summer fun during the longest day of the year.
Make no mistake. When a big-tent Internet holiday dawns, Team USA is at the ready. This past week’s calendar included the likes of #nationalselfieday and #nationalyogaday.
Happy #internationalyogaday ! @fidelcoguidedogs Woodstock and I got our stretch on this morning before a hard bike workout together. He's a fan of "downward facing dog" and "cat/cow" and the Savasana, where we get to take a nap afterwards! I love these cute mesh tights (they are a little sexy too!) and LIVE in my #fastesttrack tank for every single workout. This tank rocks thanks to flattering ruching and silicone grips at the hem to keep it from riding up during those pesky upside down poses! #athletagwch #athletaambassador #guidedog #blindchick #nosightnolimits #sponsored @athleta @cafoundation
On Wednesday night in Las Vegas, the NHL celebrated the best of the best of 2016-17 by way of its annual awards show. For a window into the impact players born in the United States are making on the top hockey league in the world, take a look at Team USA’s haul on the night …
While we can’t exactly predict the weather when Olympic figure skating champion Tara Lipinski weds fiancé Todd Kapostasy, we can predict a heavy chance of flowers in the forecast.
One of the great baby rides we’ve taken through social with an athlete has been that of two-time Paralympian and Purple Heart recipient Melissa Stockwell. Stockwell has taken to the employ of the #momstrong hashtag as her baby bump has grown and the training has become just that much more difficult. Still, Stockwell is hitting the home stretch.
Side note: Stockwell did get out for a night last week, however …
Thanks to Mike & Kerri for getting married so I can see my hot husband in his suit. ❤️#toohottohandle pic.twitter.com/I1Ge3qGi05— Melissa Stockwell (@MStockwell01) June 17, 2017
Olympic silver medalist gymnast Chellsie Memmel made an announcement back in May that her family would be growing in November, and she offered an update.
Still fairly new to the ranks of Team USA mom-to-be is two-time fencing gold medalist Mariel Zagunis, who has made the excellent call to hit the road on a pre-baby vacation.
Zagunis is not alone in her baby-mooning, either …
Perhaps Team USA’s most famous mom-to-be, however, is Olympic tennis champion Serena Williams, who last week posted a video that earned more than 750,000 views. It’s merely a practice rally, but there’s also something so significantly empowering about one of history’s biggest hitters hammering away on her groundstrokes as a party of two.
With a bit of prep, it was an entirely different look for Williams a few days later …
In Other Baby News …
Congratulations are in order for 2000 Olympian and one of this country's best-ever soccer players, Landon Donovan, whose “Preparations for the 2038 World Cup” paid off this past week in the form of Slate Bartell Donovan …
Father’s Day Appreciation
With Mother’s Day already in the social media books, Team USA came out strong when it came to social media support of Father’s Day, which brought out the heartfelt appreciation of fathers, husbands and sons. And a surprise piñata for the husband of "Magnificent Seven" Olympic gymnastics champion Shannon Miller (who doesn’t get cheated on her pretty good cut), plus a backyard luge run, some priceless flashbacks and much more …
Happy Father's Day, @petergreubel!! Thank you for your unconditional love and support in this crazy adventure that is my life. I wouldn't be the person I am today without you. To many more trips around the world, lots of laughter and of course all of your proud but embarrassing conversations that you will have with just about anyone about me. I love you! #jamiegreubelsdad #cowboypete #thankyoudad
Here's to the person who taught me what working hard towards something means, to putting others first and not minding the cold. Regardless of my mistakes (there were/are many) he always showed me a positive lesson and helped guide me forward. I know you won't read this and unfortunately I will be in the air for about 15 hours today so I hope to call and tell you this on one of my layovers. #happyfathersday #themazdzer #mentor #love #honestlove #travellife
Happy Father's Day to my real life hero! Thank you for showing me the world. pic.twitter.com/cxs6FDlw4A— Mary Kate Callahan (@mkcallahan13) June 19, 2017