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."
This had to be a pretty good week for "Dancing with the Stars" pro Sasha Farber. Farber’s partner for next season? None other than Simone Biles, yet another in a distinguished line of Team USA gymnasts competing for the mirror ball trophy — including Rio teammate and Season 23 champion Laurie Hernandez.
Hernandez also passed along a little something to her teammate and friend …
Also in this next season’s cast will be two-time Olympic medalist figure skater Nancy Kerrigan.
Speaking Of Hernandez …
Prior to surprising the new DWTS cast, Hernandez was coming off a weekend she capped off watching the Great American Race with her brother.
Now underway, the #SheBelievesCup gave the U.S. Women’s National Team a return to the sporting spotlight, opening with a 1-0 win over Germany. In the run-up to the tournament opener, it also gave teenager Mallory Pugh and Lindsey Horan a chance to run. Because they may or may not have been late to practice.
Horan maintained their innocence.
We had 8 minutes to spare, I swear https://t.co/WCoV00LPxD— Lindsey Horan (@Lindseyhoran11) February 25, 2017
Heading into the Oscars, LA 2024 compiled a few of Team USA’s favorite films ...
Two-time Olympic swimming medalist Cody Miller, a few days before Indy’s Arena Pro Swim Series event, already had the Oscars on his mind.
#OSCARS TOMORROW!!🎉🎉— Cody Miller (@swimiller) February 26, 2017
Miller also had the gumption to post his Oscars pics (16 of 24, he later pointed out).
Back On Track
Olympic bronze medalist short track speedskater Aly Dudek is back. Her training is fully underway after some time away from competition, and she still, quite clearly, knows her way around the track.
You know who else is back? Olympic diving champion Laura Wilkinson, who won gold in 2000 and whose news of the announcement was accompanied by an inspiring video.
It appears the mountains of PyeongChang have the initial approval of Olympic alpine skiing legend Lindsey Vonn.
For a ride-along look at the downhill course …
Kids, Don’t Try This At Home
Two-time Olympic gymnast Jonathan Horton has a hobby. And perhaps you have already been made aware of it. Horton has appeared on "American Ninja Warrior," making a bit of history in the process when he became the shortest man to scale the Warped Wall. Unfortunately, training as a ninja has its disadvantages.
Signs Of Progress
Paralympic swimming star Becca Meyers has a hobby, too. Though far less dangerous than Horton’s, it is by no means easy.
Let It Slide
Among the great gifts of following Team USA athletes through social media is the occasionally reflective look back and taking stock of an event, season or even a career. Pair it with a pretty epic competition slo-mo and, in the case of three-time luge Olympian, bronze medalist and 2018 hopeful Erin Hamlin, you really have something special.
Fat Tuesday Floating
You know what’s hard to miss? A couple guys standing 6-foot-11 on a Mardi Gras float. That’s where we found the towering duo of New Orleans Pelicans and Olympic hoopsters Anthony Davis, a London Olympian, and, after a trade to the Big Easy prior to the NBA’s trade deadline, Rio Olympian DeMarcus Cousins.
Davis, who was drafted in 2012 by New Orleans, had a bit more time to prepare for the holiday.
Ain’t No Party Like A Rio Party
Paralympic snowboarding bronze medalist Amy Purdy will see your Mardi Gras and raise you a Carnival in Rio de Janeiro …
This is crazy! Here is a sneak peak of my Carnival Costume from today's fitting! It's so wild and unbelievable! Get ready for the Madmax/rocker Amy! I can't wait to show you the entire outfit tomorrow night when I samba in the world famous Rio Carnival Parade! Tomorrow I will be posting a link where you can watch! Thank you to the Samba school Unidos da Tijuca and the US Consulate for this experience!! Life is an adventure! #samba #unidosdatijuca #carnival #riodejaneiro thank you for the photo @julianneoneill
Nothing like getting up and sambaing your way into a stadium packed with 85,000 people.
Good Morning! I mean.. good afternoon! We stayed at the Sambadrome until the sun came up! It was the most unbelievable experience, it's hard to explain how beautiful, intricate and colorful the floats and costumes were. It was like nothing I have ever seen before. Our Samba school alone had 3500 dancers, and there were 6 schools. I was at the very top of the float 3 stories up dancing and sweating in the humidity harder then ever! For those of you asking, I am ok! There was an unfortunate event last night , I was close by but luckily not involved in it. We are praying for those injured. More images to come! #carnaval #riodejaneiro #unidosdatijuca #unidosdatijuca2017 #sunrise
How do I describe Carnaval?! The most colorful, intricate, wild experience of my life! The passion, celebration and commitment that went into every piece of this parade was mind blowing. I mean 3500 costumes just in one school and each were as intricate as mine. Times that by 12 schools with million person block parties. We were up until 8:30 am soaking it all in! I'm still wrapping my head around this incredibly unique experience! #riodejaneiro #unidosdatijuca #carnaval2017 #carnaval photo by @julianneoneill @freedominnovations #tr
And if you’re going to Rio, and you have this shot, you really should take it and post it …
Hello Sunset! Rio is breathtaking!! Every night we have been blessed with perfect weather and the most colorful sky. I cannot recommend #riodejaneiro enough. The scenery is breathtaking, the people are so warm & welcoming and the caipirinha's are the best way to end the day! Rio holds a special place in my ❤️. If you ever stay in Rio, a visit to the Fasano hotel rooftop to watch the sunset is a must! However, you will see this Sunset nearly every place you look! Photo by me! #riodejaneiro #rio #ipanema #travel #travelblogger #travelblog #brazil #carnaval2017 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷
Once the youngest player on the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team that finished fourth in Sydney, Landon Donovan, then 18, wearing the No. 13 and sporting blonde hair, is now 34 and the father of one. Well, make that …
Preparations for World Cup 2038 continue...baby boy Donovan #2 coming in June! 👶⚽️👊 pic.twitter.com/MFiwVCI6qh— Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) February 28, 2017
Welcome To The Family
Olympic champion pole vaulter Jenn Suhr and her husband have added a new member of the family, too …
Glacier is part of the Suhr 🏡! Sunday night Rick surprised me with a trip to get a 🐶 and I cried like a baby when he said "he's yours" 🙈❤️😍 pic.twitter.com/4fYCaLdEhP— Jenn Suhr (@JennSuhr) February 28, 2017
Without Olympic teammate Marti Malloy encouraging her, there’s a chance judo star Kayla Harrison doesn’t back up her London gold medal with another gold in Rio. You see, Harrison toyed with retirement after the 2012 Games, but Malloy wasn’t having it. Today, the pair remain BFFs, and it was Harrison who passed along these beautiful sentiments on the occasion of Malloy’s wedding day …
Today, my best friend gets married. While I'm slightly jealous that @david_towers gets to be your partner in crime @martidamus, I know he will prove a worthy companion. But David- just in case here are some tips for dealing with my Martian: 1. The creature likes pineapple so if she's moody maybe just give her some of that. 2. A surprise triple h will always put her in a good mood. 3. You can't go wrong with tiffanys. Or Kate spade actually. 4. Tie dye, pink, anything lace... well you already know she's obsessed. Try and steer clear of these things for me though...I don't want her looking a hot mess. 5. At the actual wedding, please ensure there is a queso fountain. 6. Be sure to always have ice in the fridge. She has a thing for chewing it. 7.Every once in a while, I want you so sit back, take a look at her, and realize that you are with the most charismatic, joy filled, beautiful woman in the room, and that you are a lucky man. Happy beginning of the rest of your lives. I love you two. ❤
For a look at the happy couple:
Two-time Olympic basketball gold medalist Angel McCoughtry, once a No. 1 overall pic in the WNBA draft, is making the most of some R&R …
Pyramids of Giza pic.twitter.com/1ehbOspyJV— Angel McCoughtry (@angel_35) March 1, 2017
Oldest pyramid in Egypt ever pic.twitter.com/JO01yINKfg— Angel McCoughtry (@angel_35) March 2, 2017
Th great pyramids of Giza pic.twitter.com/plVMszcF1z— Angel McCoughtry (@angel_35) February 28, 2017
Between The Trees
Two-time Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White may be in Vail, Colorado, this week for the U.S. Open, but it’s awfully fun to see what he can do in the powder between the trees.
Parting Thought …
This MLB champion knows a couple of real athletes when he sees them …