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 …
And how about these for postscripts?
My everyday motivation and inspiration!! This woman is so incredible and words can’t express how much I️ look up to, admire, and appreciate her-not only is she an amazing role model for the sport but just an amazing women to look up to in all regards! I’m still shaking and emotional and just love her so much!!! ❤️💜👸🏼👸🏼 #queen #marathon #inspired #driven #empowered (📸 @canadianrunning )
Even days later, still …
It’s Tuesday morning and still giddy from the incredible win by @shalaneflanagan at the @nycmarathon 👸🏼👑 just rewatched her on GMA and Kelly&Ryan for some extra motivation for the workout on tap with @bowermantc crew this am ❤️ so thankful to @nyrr for having me over the weekend, I️ DEFINITELY caught the marathon bug 🏃🏽♀️🏃🏽♀️#history #marathon #thequeen (📸 @canadianrunning )
And, of course, in the aftermath and afterglow of Flanagan’s feat, congratulations from Team USA poured in.
Never doubt @ShalaneFlanagan! So happy for you! So deserving. Congratulations and thank you for being such an inspiration!!! THE CHAMP!— Kara Goucher (@karagoucher) November 5, 2017
Still thrilled by you @shalaneflanagan Remember running @bostonmarathon in 2014 asking everyone if you were the winner! I know how hard you have worked. How many precious miles and hours you have trained! Huge congrats but MORE importantly...YOU DESERVE THIS! “F*~^ YES!!! #proudrunner #gousa #nycmarathon #bostonstrong
Congratulations Shalene Flanagan on becoming the first American woman to win the #nycmarathon since 1977! So inspiring! 🇺🇸❤️— Meryl Davis (@Meryl_Davis) November 5, 2017
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 …
I’m really proud of second place today!!! Thank you @nycmarathon for having me. This year has been quite a journey with #bloodclots in February, March, and April. To come back to racing this year was hard and scary but I love to race. It’s been a tough but great journey because I have such wonderful support. Thank you everyone for the love. I loved representing @teamforkids. Congratulations Manuela Schär @alittlechipped ❣️❣️fierce race today! Thank you to all staff and volunteers for making this a great race.
McFadden also caught up with Flanagan for a post-race photo op.
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.
Schedule for the day: 5:45 Alarm 6:00 Breakfast 6:25 Get on bus for track 6:55 arrive at track and get photo of sunrise 7:20 start warming up 8:00 Have 3 amazing runs!!! 10:06 Post photo to instagram #instadaily #pyeongchang2018 #sunrise #lugelife #usaluge #teamusa #riseandgrind #alwaysgetbackup #goodmorningkorea #notadrone
First day of sliding in Pyeongchang was a success. It felt great to get back on the Olympic track! The scenery wasn’t too bad either... . . . . #TeamUSA @TeamUSA #USALuge #ArmyWCAP #TeamAmerica #ItsForAmerica #America #USA #athletelife #livelife #lovelife #fortunate #team #pyeongchang2018 #theroadtopyeongchang #olympics2018 #winterolympics #athletes #train #workhard #motivated #excited #letthegamesbegin #starsandstripes @olympicchannel @nbcolympics
A small glimpse of what luge athletes do every day to try and find those fractions of a second. Sled work is a necessary and important part of our daily lives. . . . . #TeamUSA @TeamUSA @usa_luge #TeamAmerica #ItsForAmerica #America #USA #athletelife #livelife #lovelife #work #workhard #handyman #sanding #polish #shine #pyeongchang2018 #theroadtopyeongchang #olympics2018 #winterolympics #athletes #train #workhard #motivated #excited #letthegamesbegin #starsandstripes #blackandwhite @olympicchannel @nbcolympics
Today USA Luge met the South Korean coast. Look what we found when we got there! Hoping to see these rings again in the near future ! . . . . #TeamUSA @TeamUSA @USALuge #TeamAmerica #ItsForAmerica #America #USA #athletelife #livelife #lovelife #pyeongchang2018 #usaluge #theroadtopyeongchang #olympics2018 #winterolympics #athletes #train #beach #coast #rings #olympics #motivated #excited #letthegamesbegin #starsandstripes @olympicchannel @nbcolympics
For West, a similar photo op also offered an opportunity to put into perspective just what makes the Olympic journey so compelling …
Five guys competing for a chance to wear these five rings. . . After completing our team selection races yesterday, these five men were named to the Men’s Singles World Cup Team. The Olympic Team will eventually be named from this team by taking the top three ranking men from the first five World Cups of the season. . . The Olympic season is exciting, stressful, exhausting and just about every other emotion in the book, but this is what we live for! Let’s do this!! . . . #TeamUSA #TeamUSA #pyeongchang2018 #WinterOlympics #southkorea
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.
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.
We are all smiles as we kick off the first World Cup Race of the Olympic Season tomorrow! I’m excited to blast it off the top w/ @elanameyerstaylor a H U G E thank you to @workingagainstgravity for making what seemed impossible possible! Check @usabs for live stream info. Race kicks off at 12:30PM EST Thursday, 11/9! 🇺🇸 . . 📷: @mollychoma . . #bosbled #winter #athlete #woldcup #teamusa #olympics #roadtopyeongchang #women #girlswholift #girlswithmuscle #push #love #sport @lululemon @teamusa @usabs @nbcolympics @kelloggsus @espnw @gettysport @sportsillustrated
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.
Talk about seeing a silver lining …
That moment when your big toe nail is kicked off at training, bleeds all over & instead of being mad your glad cuz you now have 1 less nail to attempt putting polish on.#judokaproblems or #judokaperks?Twitter, thx 4 the 280 characters without which this tweet wouldnt be possible.— Marti Malloy (@Martidamus) November 8, 2017
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 …
Happy National Donut Day! Everyone go out and get the most delicious donut you can find & ENJOY it! 🍩✌🏼 https://t.co/TJOJeG7P6B— Eaton (@WeAreEaton) November 5, 2017
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.
Last days at home! Always nice to catch an early season snow storm before hitting the road for the winter. Hopefully it will be another big winter so I can enjoy an amazing spring ski season after the World Cups and Olympics are done #backontheroad #coloradocanadaitalyswitzerlandaustriagermanysouthkoreanorwayswedenhome #americandownhillerworldtour
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.
☑️ World Champion in Triathlon— gwen jorgensen (@gwenjorgensen) November 7, 2017
☑️ Olympic gold in Triathlon
☑️ Become a mom
🔲 Olympic gold in Marathon pic.twitter.com/ap466BOw06
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 …
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.
Cassius pooped on the floor today and now he is for sale.— Sydney Leroux Dwyer (@sydneyleroux) November 9, 2017
Though, for Olympic champion tennis player Serena Williams, it appears daughter Alexis has her mom in a pretty good spot.