By Jamie MacDonald | March 31, 2017, 4:39 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."

Wedding Bells

Congratulations are in order for a pair of absurdly athletic team sports stars in NFL tight end Zach Ertz and U.S. national team soccer player Julie Johnston — who since the Women’s World Cup has become a world champion, a fiancee (Ertz's engagement candid and Johnston’s follow-up post were solid media gold), an Olympian and a bride. The pair, who met during their college days in Northern California, married this past week in Santa Barbara, California, where the social media photo ops were plentiful.



I don't know if I've seen a happier bride. Congratulations @juliejohnston2 + @zachertz #soinloveitertz

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Agony Of Her Feet

As fans of the show know, "Dancing with the Stars" isn’t easy on contestants. Two-time Olympic figure skating medalist Nancy Kerrigan, after practicing for Week 2, required a bath … for her feet.

In the eyes of her husband, it all paid off wonderfully …


Vonn Moonlights

Has anyone seen this lift attendant at Vail?

Or this member of the ski patrol?


Heads up! Here we come! @vailmtn

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The Olympic alpine skiing legend gave a little play-by-play of her moonlighting and also mentioned her day job: training for PyeongChang.

Prep School

Hunter Woodhall may be a world-class Paralympic sprinting high schooler, but he’s still not quite there yet when it comes to packing preparation.

Seems as though his race prep routine, on the other hand, is dialed in …

Mom Genes

Olympic gymnastics medalist Alicia Quinn’s mom stumbled across a day dedicated to the vertically challenged. The 5-foot-1 Quinn is dubious.


Considering her dad is 6-foot-3 former Notre Dame and NFL quarterback Brady Quinn, perhaps there is height in young Sloan’s future. For the present, though, the next generation will have to settle for extremely cute workout videos with her mom.

Go Figure

The figure skating world has converged on the seaside Finnish capital city of Helsinki for the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships, which means it’s a work trip for Team USA. But that doesn’t mean it was all work and no play for … Jason Brown, Ashley Wagner and the Shib Sibs.



When you let it just be skating, the rest of the world becomes so much more ❤

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Ready to start competing tomorrow! 📸: @isufigureskating

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Car Part

For context, the current U.S. women's national champion in figure skating is all of 17 years old. A few years before Karen Chen, who is competing in Helsinki this week, was born, another California-born figure skating star, the 1992 Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi, bought herself a new ride. This past week, after more than two decades together, the white coupe pulled out of her driveway for the last time.

Seven-Year Glitch

Shalane Flanagan had been without a vacation for seven years. That puts her last vacation back to not long after winning the bronze medal in the 10,000-meter at the 2008 Beijing Games. Since, there have trips to all sorts of corners of the world, including London to compete in the 2012 Games and Rio to compete in the 2016 Games as a marathoner. But a vacation? Negative. Until this week. And she won’t soon forget it. After taking a look at the pics, we may not, either.







Smoke Show

For yet another reminder that the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games will be here before we know it, NBC is shooting promo video for the Games. In this corner, it’s Team USA’s elite sliding sport athletes, from skeleton to luge to bobsled, and starring Matt Antoine John Daly, Steven Holcomb, Elana Meyers Taylor, Kehri Jones, Savannah Graybill and Carlo Valdes.



A little photo shoot with @nbcolympics #athlete #athletelife #teamusa #train #focused #photoshoot

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Gen Next

With Paralympic multi-sport star and medalist Alana Nichols, athletes ranging in age from this “little shredder” to 75 had quite a role model this past week in Colorado.


Coolest Camp

Whether you’re a hockey fan or not, there’s no denying the lasting impact of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team’s victory over the Soviet Union at the Lake Placid Games. To this day, the gold medalists remain a source not only of pride but also inspiration for so many Americans. This week, some of those fans are skating alongside members of the team that made history.