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Red, White & Trending: Oct. 27-Nov. 2

By Jamie MacDonald | Nov. 03, 2017, 10:45 a.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."


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 …


Georgie!! Georgie!! #HappyHalloweenFolks 🎈🎈

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Happy Halloween !!!! πŸŽƒ

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When you realize you’re the hero Gotham needs.

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Our dynamic duo... #BabyMario #BabyLuigi #Halloween #kids #Brousins

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Tricks and Treats. #happyholloween #breadwinner #twinbears #sugarbowlsheriff #dontslowdown #halloweencandy

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She’s a Desiigner Panda. And I’m dead. We make a good team. #happyhalloween #corpsebride #panda

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Beauty and the Beast. 🌹#CouplesCostume #Halloween2017

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These two are ready for #halloween πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚#dinosaursrule

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Scarlett the Bear, Polar the Hula Girl and Trekker the Latte #holloween2017πŸŽƒπŸ‘»πŸ’€

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Annnnnd ... When you want to take a crack at winning the internet on Halloween, there are stranger ways to go about it than this …

Or if you want to go and impress Jim Craig, here’s a miraculous idea …

More Pumpkins

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 …

Comeback Continues

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.



Century Mark

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.




Pre @todayshow selfie with the grrls! #100DaysOut

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Can’t wait to watch this chick kick some butt in Korea. @danelleumstead. @usparalympics #TeamUSAFest

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Everyday I’m Hustlin' – Rick Ross

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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.



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 ...


















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.




This week, however, wasn’t all fun and games for Biles, who also went back to work.

Chasing Summer

Sure, snow has fallen in Truckee, Calif., but four-time Olympic skier Daron Rahlves is going to …

Swiss, Watch

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.

Crushing It

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.

Generation Next

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.





The Next Countdown

We’re now inside 100 days to PyeongChang, but …



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