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."
Thanks to their busy schedules, they don’t get to see much of each other these days, but Rio gymnastics champions Laurie Hernandez and Aly Raisman have reunited on the West Coast for … some giggles.
Relaxation :) pic.twitter.com/LiS63vC11d— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) May 16, 2017
Quite literally, Keni Harrison had some hurdles to overcome this past week. When last we checked in on her, the 100-meter hurdles world-record holder was headed to surgery to repair a broken hand she suffered during a warmup run in Doha (she raced, and won, later in the day). The early returns are looking good …
Surgery was a success time to recover now 🙌🏾.— Keni Harrison (@Ken_AYE_) May 11, 2017
’Tis The Season
Four-time Olympic gold medalist basketball player Tamika Catchings is a University of Tennessee legend, but she set her allegiances aside for the very best of reasons this past week. The 10-time WNBA All-Star donned the red and gold of the Jaguars for the rewarding purpose of delivering a commencement address.
American track legend Allyson Felix got into the act, too, this one for her alma mater’s Rossier School of Education …
For fans of a certain age, knowing that Olympic gymnast champion Mary Lou Retton’s eldest daughter has graduated from college, well, that might just sting a bit. Seeing Shayla and her proud mom’s smiles should help.
Famous gymnastics star, meet famous TV star enjoying a mutual admiration party …
To A Degree
Even closer to the commencement action was two-time Paralympian Amanda Everlove, who certainly earned her self-professed status as a “perpetual student.”
Nearly there 🎓 pic.twitter.com/7UixMkcLaj— Amanda Everlove (@A_Elove) May 11, 2017
Pharmacy Brick part 2 now featuring Mortarboard pic.twitter.com/PuEqXwhOG2— Amanda Everlove (@A_Elove) May 13, 2017
Next Up …
For Olympian and World Cup champion soccer midfielder Morgan Brian, this is the big weekend. Congratulations are in order for the Virginia star, who not only picks up her degree in 2017, but was also engaged this past Valentine’s Day, too.
The U.S. Olympic Training Center facilities are behives of activity all year long, so hosting Olympians is just another day at the office for those who call “The OTC” home, but those who show up to train for shorter stretches often afford us the chance to see the facilities through new sets of eyes. In this case, team camp for USA Luge is underway, giving us a closer look at some of the on- and off-campus highlights — including from Olympians Chris Mazdzer, Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman.
Team camp is all about working on your weaknesses and team building. How did they know that the kitchen is my weakness!?!? Well at least I had @mmorty14 @jonnygustafson and @jahnfennell to make sure that I didn't poison anyone... I guess we will find out in a few hours 😬 #insidetheotc #usaluge #teamcamp #coloradosprings #fire #undercontrol
Earlier this week, USA Luge announced that the men’s pool from which the PyeongChang team would be selected consists of Jonny Gustafson, John Fennell, Mazdzer, Taylor Morris and Tucker West.
The women’s pool includes Brittney Arndt, 2014 Olympian Summer Britcher, 2016 Youth Olympian Ashley Farquharson, 2012 Youth Olympian Raychel Germaine, Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin and Emily Sweeney.
The doubles teams are Mortensen and Terdiman, Jake Hyrns and Anthony Espinoza, and Justin Krewson and Andrew Sherk.
Easts Meet West
Adventurous couple Andrew and Shawn Johnson East are on the road again, and, at last check, they’d made it to Las Vegas, but not before conquering the Grand Canyon. OK, maybe not conquering.
We made it. Barely. Crossed the finish line 16.5 miles later and were greeted by a sign that says "WARNING! Do NOT attempt to descend and ascend Canyon in one day!" Awesome. Never working out again. Can't walk. Need sleep. Need water. I'm just going to lay down now. #grandcanyon #wearedumb #neverattemptinoneday #madeit #lookinROUGH @andrewdeast
Change Of Seasons
Goodbye, snow. Hello, beach. In the span of a plane flight, Olympic downhiller Travis Ganong severely changed his view. And his wardrobe.
On The Books
If you see Olympic soccer medalist Julie Foudy in your travels, congratulate the first-time author …
Sooo, my book is #1 bestseller in teens/young adults I'm told. So pumped &grateful&excited for our #choosetomatter world domination (next).— Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy) May 16, 2017
So many Olympians and Paralympians, so many stories about moms and what they’ve meant to these thousands of journeys. Moms and mother figures show up in ways that are hard to quantify — so many emotional moments, proud moments, memories, rides to give, hearts to mend, bruises to heal, shoulders to cry on, words to encourage, wisdom to impart, competitions to cheer, successes to celebrate, spirits to lift and dreams to raise — but Team USA athletes tried to cover it this past week on the mother of all holidays. Our favorite posts from the sons, daughters, spouses, moms, moms-to-be …
Happy Mother's Day Mom! pic.twitter.com/7PTr2ffTRn— Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold) May 14, 2017
To all the moms in the world, thank you for everything you do behind the scenes. Thank you for picking us up when we fall, wiping away our tears, and cleaning up our messes. And to the best mom in the world, thank you for pushing me to be the best I can be, for assuring me everything will be okay, and showing unwavering love and support every single day. This is for the silent heroes; moms make the world go 'round. Happy Mother's Day!
Happy Mother's Day!💛 pic.twitter.com/SmUBYN1hk3— Allyson Felix (@allysonfelix) May 14, 2017
Happy Mother's Day to all of the beautiful moms out there. Especially this one. Your love is everything ❤️ pic.twitter.com/UbZYKtsMRI— Meryl Davis (@Meryl_Davis) May 14, 2017
Happy Mother's Day to the toughest woman I know, my Mom Lindy! pic.twitter.com/UFKdnfRogM— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) May 14, 2017
Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there especially this one. How you do it with 4 kids is amazing.. Yes I'm counting me as the 4th. 💜 pic.twitter.com/XgRtgbydN3— Mike Modano (@9modano) May 14, 2017
And Happy Mother's Day to all of the mother's who haven't slept since the 3rd trimester and wouldn't change a thing bc KIDS ARE LIFE 😍😍😍— BIANCA KNIGHT (@MsBiancaAK) May 14, 2017
Mom, I'm glad we got through this awkward phase together ❤️ you to the 🌙✨ pic.twitter.com/loKIzWH8I8— Kimberly Vandenberg (@kimswim1) May 14, 2017
JOANIE the GOAT 🌸👯 pic.twitter.com/mN73FLCqIv— Elizabeth Beisel ⚓ (@ebeisel34) May 14, 2017
Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there, especially to the best mom I could have ever asked for. Without Mare Bear I wouldn't be able to do what I do. Juggling my career and duties as a parent can get tough and when I am gone, mom and dad take care of everything. To say I am fortunate is a total understatement. To sum it up...my mom is BAD A#$ and has been taking care of me since....forever!!
On this special day I get to celebrate the woman that taught me so much, invested so much in me... the woman I cherish with all my heart!!! And my beautiful sissy who's just blown my mind with how amazing of a new mom she is! I have so many great examples around me. From this mother to be... to the best examples I could pray for. I love you both to the moon and back @madukessharon @shezzy525 #HappyMothersDay
Happy Mother's Day to the mom who has spent hours in the car driving me to practices and games. Who has traveled the world to cheer me on and support me. Who has made sure I had the right bath suits, clean towels, and plenty of sunscreen. Who has wiped my tears when things were tough, who told me I could do it when I believed I could not, and who pushed me when I could not push myself. Thank you for the countless dinners we ate in the car on the way home from practice, for the cookies you would travel around the world with just so I could have a taste of home, and the big mommy hug that always seemed to come at the right time. Thank you for alway believing in me, never giving up on me, and teaching me to never give up on myself. You believed that we should always strive to be the best version of ourselves and you supported me in doing that daily. Today I am a true reflection of my parents and I could not be more proud to call you my mom. Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's that make it possible. ❤️🇺🇸💙
To the woman who's been there through it all... happy Mother's Day to my mom & so many other selfless women out there! pic.twitter.com/d1iyTTWYa7— Jess Hardy Meichtry (@swimhardy) May 14, 2017
For Miracle on Ice teammates, the loss of Bob Suter, who died suddenly in September 2014, remains significant …
Today our teammate Bob Suter would've been 60 years old, happy birthday we miss you! #RIP— Jim Craig (@JimCraigUSA) May 16, 2017
Team USA athletes also had to come to grips with the loss of three-time Olympic bobsled medalist Steve Holcomb, for whom many of his friends held a celebration of life service in Lake Placid last week.
Got to say goodbye to Holcy the right way yesterday. We celebrated his life and shared the wonderful moments and memories we all had of him pic.twitter.com/o5QfnAixtC— Carlo Valdes (@CarloValdes_USA) May 12, 2017