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."
Halloween Hit Parade
When social media meets de facto national holidays, the result is always a joy. We pack in more than 30 of Team USA’s best Halloween efforts, including attempts at winning the internet and impressing Miracle on Ice goaltender Jim Craig. But we begin with a mighty frightening LeBron James, three-time Olympian and avowed fan of Halloween, who broke the 1,000,000 likes mark with this …
Happy Sunday, people. pic.twitter.com/jBxH1AHcEa— Brooklyn Decker (@BrooklynDecker) October 30, 2017
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! 🎃👻 In honor of leaving 4 🇯🇵 next week, I decided 2 dress as my fav Japanese snack! ハッピーハロウィン! 私はジェイソンマヨおにぎりです！ 日本、また来週！❤️🍙😂 pic.twitter.com/xvWPtrAbYr— Jason Brown (@jasonbskates) November 1, 2017
Graham man was pretty excited for his first Halloween☺️💀 pic.twitter.com/1MiyWduWrv— Carly Patterson (@CarlyPatterson) November 1, 2017
Happy Halloween!! 🎃👻☠️🍬🍫 pic.twitter.com/pvWTuEHXX1— Kara Goucher (@karagoucher) November 1, 2017
Pretty sure the ghost of David Bowie won Halloween this year. pic.twitter.com/BBHjxwsnTo— Lilly King (@_king_lil) October 29, 2017
Duke says happy Halloween! 🎃 pic.twitter.com/67s01c3Igu— Jess Hardy Meichtry (@swimhardy) October 29, 2017
Fire Marshal on the case. Paw Patrol is on a roll pic.twitter.com/eZieslF47H— BIANCA KNIGHT (@MsBiancaAK) October 28, 2017
Winston wanted to wish everyone a Happy Halloween!!! pic.twitter.com/Hh5ZG3OBDB— Hilary Knight (@HilaryKnight) October 31, 2017
Happy Halloween 🎃 from us to you. pic.twitter.com/EHMVbXRVri— US Speedskating (@USSpeedskating) October 31, 2017
Annnnnd ... When you want to take a crack at winning the internet on Halloween, there are stranger ways to go about it than this …
pǝuɹɐʍ uǝǝq ǝʌ,noʎ pic.twitter.com/HKBVdjpbuQ— U.S. S🎃ccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) October 31, 2017
Or if you want to go and impress Jim Craig, here’s a miraculous idea …
Four-time Olympic triathlete Hunter Kemper retired this past May, ending his bid to compete at a fifth Games before Rio and keeping his number of Olympic appearances even with his number of kids. Until …
We're excited to announce that we will be adding another little pumpkin to this patch...March, 2018! pic.twitter.com/BCF6pGNoGM— Hunter Kemper (@hunterkemper) October 31, 2017
So many of the images we see pass through social timelines of Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls are freighted with incredible histories. Take, for example, John Daly, who had retired after Sochi before making a comeback this past November in hopes of going to PyeongChang. Just last month, his longtime friend and teammate Kyle Tress retired for good. So, when Daly, while training with Team USA in PyeongChang on the very track he hopes to see again, appears to have something on his mind, it’s no wonder.
Sliding Into PyeongChang
As a contingent of Team USA’s sliders were peace’ing out of PyeongChang, a new crew was on its way in with all the hopes and wonder of a team taking another step toward realizing the dreams that fuel them on a regular, sometimes minute-by-minute, basis.
100 days out from the Men’s Luge competition here in #pyeongchang #southkorea. This sport is about perfection and knowing every inch of the ice... Time to go to work!!!! #teamusa #roadtopyeongchang #ittakesavillage #lakeplacid #ongoenergyspray #filuge #100days #letsdothis #classroomchampions #itsforamerica
Winter. Is. Coming. And, with it, PyeongChang draws that much more sharply into focus — both in the minds of so many fans who love the Games, and the hearts and souls of the Team USA athletes driven to make the most of their Olympic stage. This week marked perhaps the most significant of all the mile markers along the way, as Team USA celebrated the occasion of a mere #100DaysOut — complete with Today show appearances, sartorial reveals, hockey players, curlers, para skiers, sliders just back from training in PyeongChang, the New York Stock Exchange, a Jimmy Fallon appearance and so much more.
Wearing It Well
As part of the #100DaysOut celebration, USA Hockey also unveiled the jerseys its athletes will wear in PyeongChang for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Even on Day 1, the jerseys looked pretty good.
This may be my favorite part of a Paralympic year, you know, besides the actual Paralympics https://t.co/NuDPQSIKvI— Josh Pauls (@spudsusa27) November 1, 2017
World Series, Team USA Style
If a national competition is involved, count this country’s elite athletes and inveterate competitors in. Over the course of the past few weeks, many have been caught up in the Fall Classic, Major League Baseball’s grand finale, between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers. On Thursday in Los Angeles, the teams, which had traded leads often enough to have made the series a dramatic one to begin with, played a decisive Game 7 to bring to a close a season that began in April. We take you back to watch the drama unfold through the eyes of Team USA ...
What a start to game 7. I hope they both score 20+!!— chris plys (@chrisplys) November 2, 2017
The beard game on the Astros is so on point. #WorldSeriesGame7— Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir) November 2, 2017
WORLD CHAMPS!!!! HOUSTON ASTROS!!! #earnhistory— Patrick Reed (@PReedGolf) November 2, 2017
I love my city!— Simone Manuel (@simone_manuel) November 2, 2017
Congrats @astros! Heroes healing Houston after Harvey! We ❤️ ya!— Simone Manuel (@simone_manuel) November 2, 2017
2017 WS Champs!!
THE HOUSTON ASTRO’S ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS BABY!!!!!!! #EarnHistory— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) November 2, 2017
World Series VIP
In addition to cheering on the Astros throughout Game 7, Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles enjoyed some VIP treatment — save for, perhaps, the eagle in the pics below — during a World Series game back in Houston.
GO ASTRO'S ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/1Z449ZgFvl— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) October 28, 2017
wish y'all could see the live photo of this 🦅😂 this would happen to me haha classic pic.twitter.com/0vZLWS3C9M— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) October 28, 2017
This week, however, wasn’t all fun and games for Biles, who also went back to work.
can't believe I start gym this week— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) October 30, 2017
Sure, snow has fallen in Truckee, Calif., but four-time Olympic skier Daron Rahlves is going to …
Winter is out there, too, and Team USA’s Paralympic skiing hopefuls are out there chasing it in Switzerland. Right, Andrew Kurka?
And, with a side of strength training for the Paralympic skiing duo of Kevin Burton and Chris Tatsuno …
Start Your Engines
In the case of Mikaela Shiffrin, ski season is underway after a season-opening stop in Solden. Shiffrin led Team USA with a 5th-place finish at the first World Cup of the Olympic season, though her impact had been felt a full day before the gates opened.
Shiffrin, the defending overall champion, remained classy in defeat.
At U.S. Skiing’s New York Gold Medal Ball on Thursday night in Manhattan, Olympic champion alpine skier Lindsey Vonn sprung a surprise on 2002 Olympic teammate, freestyle skier Jeremy Bloom: She once had a “super big” crush on the two-sport star. Bloom’s reply, which you can see below, is priceless.
Speaking of skiers, this is pretty good form for a young downhiller …
Sightseeing Game On Target
In India for the World Cup, some of USA Shooting’s biggest stars were out, including two-time Olympian Frank Thompson, legendary six-time Olympian Kim Rhode and phenom Ginny Thrasher, the 20-year-old gold medalist in the 10-meter air rifle at the Rio Games this past summer. In addition to the competition, the trio also enjoyed some sightseeing.
Shoutout to my mom for hemming these pants an hour before my plane took off pic.twitter.com/8W3EsWLIBa— Ginny Thrasher (@GinnyThrasher) October 27, 2017
The Next Countdown
We’re now inside 100 days to PyeongChang, but …