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Red, White & Trending: Nov. 3-9

By Jamie MacDonald | Nov. 10, 2017, 7:17 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."


The City Will Inspire You

Goodness. Simply, goodness. When one of the most popular and successful distance runners in the history of this country accomplishes something she recently told a reporter she has “thought of forever,” it’s a pretty good deal. When it’s an accomplishment 40 years in the making, it’s a pretty big deal. And that’s where the world found three-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan this past weekend when she won the New York City Marathon to become the first U.S. woman to win the event since before the 36-year-old was born. Relive the slice of Team USA marathon history through the eyes of Flanagan herself …



It’s almost time to ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผ‍โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ

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And how about these for postscripts?




Even days later, still …

And, of course, in the aftermath and afterglow of Flanagan’s feat, congratulations from Team USA poured in.







Marathon Mania

Flanagan wasn’t the only Team USA athlete to shine in the Big Apple this past week, either. Paralympic star Tatyana McFadden, only a few weeks removed from adding yet another Chicago Marathon title to her resume, finished, yet again, on the podium in New York. McFadden’s story, too, is worth following through her own timeline -- even if she didn’t get the finish she wanted …


McFadden also caught up with Flanagan for a post-race photo op.

PyeongChang Views

If the second hand seems to be moving a little more quickly on the body clocks of Team USA’s OIympic hopefuls, it’s no wonder. For athletes who peg their lives against the long play of a four-year cycle of training and competing, being inside 100 days means the pressure is starting to rise. That pressure is all the more real for the winter athletes who are road-tripping to the Olympic venue for a close-up look of where their dreams may take them — including Olympic lugers Chris Mazdzer, who reveals the wild schedule he and his teammates are following, Matt Mortensen and Tucker West.





For West, a similar photo op also offered an opportunity to put into perspective just what makes the Olympic journey so compelling …


Recovery from a nasty spill in New Zealand finds Olympic snowboard star Shaun White with some time on his hands. If you need him, he’ll be keeping an eye on the neighborhood.


Neighborhood watch๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿป

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Sled Head

Bobsled’s world cup season is officially underway, and Team USA can be proud of its opening weekend in Lake Placid, where Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs earned silver while Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans finished fourth at 0.01 seconds outside of a medal. Heading into the racing, Meyers Taylor and Gibbs were clearly ready to go.

On the men’s side, Team USA finished with a silver (Nick Cunningham and Ryan Bailey), a bronze (Codie Bascue and Carlo Valdes) and a sixth place (Justin Olsen and Steve Langton) in two-man racing. Afterward, the mood was … hungry.

Toe Business

Talk about seeing a silver lining …

Big Red

If anything, two-time Olympic skeleton athlete and PyeongChang hopeful John Daly is comfortable with his ‘do (note the #perfecthair hashtag). Thanks to the magic of the Internet holiday, Daly had reason to show off an appearance with another famous redhead …

Going Nuts For …

While we’re on the topic of internet holidays, two-time Olympic champion decathlete Ashton Eaton happily encourages observance of this …

Training Daze

It’s snowing in Colorado, and Copper Mountain, about 80 miles west of Denver, is hosting Team USA this week. Among the luminaries is three-time Olympian Steven Nyman, who was knocked out of last season with a torn MCL but has returned to show off not only a little of his training regimen but also a great deal of speed as he rounds back into form.

Let It Snow

Yes, winter has come to California, too, which makes Olympic alpine skier Travis Ganong very, very happy.


On Your Mark …

The Dutch love their speedskating, and, this week, Team USA’s speedskaters are enjoying their time competing in the hotbed.

So, Gwen, Any Plans?

What’s on Rio triathlon champion Gwen Jorgensen’s mind these days? Just one of the loftiest goals in U.S. Olympic history.

Once a competitive runner at the University of Wisconsin (after switching from swimming in Madison) before turning her attention to triathlon, the new mom also has this on her mind …

Kid Stuff

Yes, they’re cute. Yes, they can be charming. Yes, they can even grow up to be helpful around the house. But into every parent’s life a little buyer’s remorse must fall.

Though, for Olympic champion tennis player Serena Williams, it appears daughter Alexis has her mom in a pretty good spot.


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