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Red, White & Trending: Feb. 24-March 2

By Jamie MacDonald | March 03, 2017, 5:11 p.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."

Dancing Machines

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.




"you said our team name is whaaaaaat" ? πŸ‘€ haha we need ideas. please help !!

A post shared by Simone Biles (@simonebiles) on



super excited to be on this season of dancing with the stars w/ my partner @sashafarber1

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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.




@nascar #Daytona500 πŸŽπŸ’¨

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Running. Late.

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.


Movie Night

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.


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.




I'm not done yet. Not even close. #dreamchaser ***Link in bio has the full video!

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Sneak Peek

It appears the mountains of PyeongChang have the initial approval of Olympic alpine skiing legend Lindsey Vonn.



Beautiful day here in #pyeongchang πŸ™ŒπŸ» #μ•„λ¦„λ‹€μš΄

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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 …


Nothing like getting up and sambaing your way into a stadium packed with 85,000 people.



And if you’re going to Rio, and you have this shot, you really should take it and post it …


Generation Next

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 …


Welcome To The Family

Olympic champion pole vaulter Jenn Suhr and her husband have added a new member of the family, too …


Wedding Bells

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. ❀

A post shared by Kayla Harrison (@judo_kayla) on

For a look at the happy couple:



Legally hitched today! The big party TBA! #Mrs.Torres #etas πŸ˜πŸ’

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Pyramid Theme

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 …




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 …


Related Athletes

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Simone Biles

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Laurie Hernandez

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Allyson Felix

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Cody Miller

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Laura Wilkinson

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Jonathan Horton

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Becca Meyers

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Amy Purdy

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Marti Malloy

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Kayla Harrison

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Angel McCoughtry