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."
Salute To Service
When it comes to salutes to service, Team USA is there. Training and competing for the United States means so much to so many athletes — not only despite, but often because of, the lonely workouts and months on the road — that the sacrifices of service members is so naturally appreciated by those who wear the red, white and blue. On Veterans Day, Team USA, including its veterans, were proud to honor the occasion.
Forever proud to have worn this uniform, doing my part to defend the best country in the world. As we celebrate Veterans day today & tomorrow, thank ALL who have served & never forget their sacrafices.— Melissa Stockwell (@MStockwell01) November 10, 2017
Freedom is not free. Let's never forget that.
Love, a proud American pic.twitter.com/sPMMWN4Z8p
Honor to hear @BradSnyderUSA speak today. I'm officially his biggest fan.— Erin Peters (@RodenFieldsECP) November 11, 2017
happy veterans day dad ❤️ I love you so much! thanks for serving & protecting our country🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/2fiHfGoK6G— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) November 11, 2017
Thanks to all who wear and wore the uniform. pic.twitter.com/zAnQk3mmTT— Greta Neimanas (@gretaneimanas) November 11, 2017
Thanks to our veterans for your service.— Meg ⭐️⭐️ Klingenberg (@meghankling) November 11, 2017
Thanks Dad pic.twitter.com/9Akh54WVqX
We salute the brave men and women who serve our great nation 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/8bmsMsdogZ— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) November 11, 2017
Happy Veterans Day. Thank you for your service! 🇺🇸— Elana Meyers Taylor (@eamslider24) November 11, 2017
Zoom With A View
Team USA’s lugers hoping to compete at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang in a few months know how to kick off a season. The scenery helps, too …
Ladies and gentleman welcome to the beautiful Igls, Austria! Site of luge World Cup #1 ! . . . . #TeamUSA @USALuge @USArmyWcap #TeamAmerica #USA #athletelife #livelife #lovelife #usaluge #theroadtopyeongchang #olympics2018 #Innsbruck #Austria #WorldCup #Compete #motivated #excited #race #racing #bacon #photography #beautiful #picture #sonya600 #forest #nature #instanature #instasnow #snow #winterishere
It always amazes me how gorgeous it is here! . . After a successful week of training in Pyeongchang we continued our trek across the globe to the first stop on the World Cup tour: Igls, Austria. The track looks great. Our sleds are ready to go. The team is excited. Let the World Cup season begin!! . . #TeamUSA #USALuge #pyeongchang2018 #WinterOlympics #igls #austria #worldcup
A Tribute …
In the words of Olympic skiing legend Lindsey Vonn, who has been through and come back from so much as an athlete, this was the hardest thing she has ever done.
Speaking at my grandfathers funeral today will be the hardest thing I️ have ever done, but I’m very thankful that my entire family is together to celebrate his life. 🙏🏻— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) November 11, 2017
Vonn’s Instagram tribute is one that comes with a 2018 dedication to the man who taught her to go fast.
Dear Grandpa, I still can’t believe you’re gone. No words can describe how much you mean to me and how much i love you. I wish i had more time with you but i will cherish the memories we had. You taught me to be tough, to be kind, and above all, to ski fast. Now, every time i ski down the mountain I know you’ll be there with me. I’m proud to be your granddaughter and I will think of you always. I will race for you in Korea and I will try as hard as I can to win for you. Please look out for me. I love you Grandpa. Lindsey
Copper Is Golden
Soon, Vonn was back on the hill with her teammates at Copper Mountain in Colorado, where Team USA could finally work on carving training turns on home turf.
Just how quickly to the turns come for elite skiers? Buckle up as Olympic giant slalom champion Ted Ligety shows the way … on a slalom course.
Catching air from a few different angles are Tommy Biesemeyer and two-time Olympic medalist Andrew Weibrecht …
Andrew Kurka, a Sochi Paralympian, surveys the landscape …
Olympic snowboardcross medalist Alex Deibold had some fun, too …
The bobsled season is underway, and it is the first for these Team USA athletes since the tragic loss of Olympic champion pilot and longtime friend Steven Holcomb. So, when the sleds perform well out of the gate in Lake Placid, New York, in and of itself an emotional center of the sport in this country, the feelings are bound to verge on the overwhelming.
Lake Placid World Cup Gold. Won this race with my late friend and pilot Steven Holcomb a short 11 months ago. Glad @codiebascue13 and I could share this emotional victory together. #ripholcomb #holcy #holcyshuffle #forholcy #bobsled @bmw #raindropdroptop @outlawlaboratory #freakbeast @underarmour #iwill #roadtopyeongchang @teamusa @usabs @nbcolympics #usa #teamusa #sendit #senditsunday #fortheboys #meninuniform #4manisfortheboys #sports #doyouevenlift #cricket #holetrain
What a start to the season for @codiebascue13. @sam_mcguffie and myself pushed him to 1st and 3rd finishes, which were his first World Cup medals ever. Had all 3 USA sleds in the top 6 for both races. Trying to carry this momentum into our races next week in Park City for 4-man! @nateweberactual . . . #teamusa #usabs #underarmour #bmwusa #koa #roadtopyeongchang #slide2pc18 #bobsled #bobsleigh #virusintl #theragun #feral #mirin #hype #dopepic #picoftheday
And as the men head to Utah for four-man, a mesmerizing slow-mo of the poetry in motion that’s often a little too quick in real time …
Also mesmerizing, the power of the women’s start from two-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor and Olympic hopeful Lauren Gibbs …
ᴍᴏᴛɪᴠᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴍᴏɴᴅᴀʏ: Last week was one for the record books! Literally, I’ve been waiting a long time to break a start record with @elanameyerstaylor! Take a peek at our 5.34 push! 🔥 . . 🤳🏽: @beejaysee . . #girlswithmuscle #love #sport #winter #athlete #waglete #teamwag #teamusa #girlswholift #bobsled #olympics #olympicyear @teamusa @nbcolympics @usabs @whoop @kelloggsus
Leg Day, Every Day
Congratulations are in order for Sochi Olympian Joey Mantia, who this week in the speedskating hotbed of Holland, took silver in the ISU World Cup mass start in Heerenveen. Note the hashtag below, followed by a throwback pic that shows off the fruits of his labor.
Two-time Olympic skeleton athlete John Daly simply can’t help himself …
Let’s Get This Straight
For track athletes who have to make so much as a single turn, running those corners becomes such a habit of muscle memory that they could probably close their eyes for a few steps and stay on track. So, for the most decorated woman in Olympic track and field history, running a straight 400-meter may actually have felt a little awkward — but for the fans lining the path in Osaka, Japan.
I had a blast running 400m straight on the street! Thank you Osaka for all of the love and for being an incredible host!💛 pic.twitter.com/bERmzEnLZt— Allyson Felix (@allysonfelix) November 13, 2017
Next up for Felix was a rewarding trip to Abu Dhabi for the Special Olympics.
Had a great time with your amazing students!✨ https://t.co/ghYFFOMBa1— Allyson Felix (@allysonfelix) November 15, 2017
Special Olympic athletes truly touch my heart & have a huge impact on me💛 https://t.co/QRctah0DYa— Allyson Felix (@allysonfelix) November 16, 2017
It should come as no surprise that figure skating’s Quad King and PyeongChang hopeful Nathan Chen, the defending men’s national champion who is months away from the possibility of making an indelible mark on the Olympic Winter Games, has some hops.
The first Team USA athlete ever to win an Olympic gold medal in women's wrestling when she did so in Rio, Helen Maroulis, who also won gold at the world championships this past August in Paris, has undergone surgery. But she has a message for the world, too.
Selfied so you know it’s real.. but then it wasn’t real. Surgery got rescheduled, but good news i was able to make it to evening practice. i get one extra day or training before surgery now 🤗. Thank you everyone for all the kind words and prayers 🙌🏼❤️ ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Ps thanks @mayagnelson for the sweet battle braids!! Had me feeling confident and ready to go for operation! They also helped in practice too 😝
Still Glowing After All These Days
Earlier this month, Shalane Flanagan became the first U.S. woman to win the New York City Marathon in 40 years. Over a week later, she’s still living a bit of a dream …
When I set out to break through 26.2 I wanted to inspire people to run toward a goal. And @shalaneflanagan inspired me, and the world, on Sunday. Together we answered your questions about our journey and what it takes to set a goal and break through. Check full clip on gonike.me/kevinshalane ....Here is a little teaser #RunWithHart #MoveWithHart
Just went for first run since Sunday. My runners high is still going strong!!!— Shalane Flanagan (@ShalaneFlanagan) November 11, 2017
Back in August, i wrote down my goals for the 2017 @nycmarathon I looked at it every single week hoping my positive thoughts and actions would manifest into reality. I encourage everyone to share their goals with others or write them down. #accountability #dreamsbecomereality #justdoit #hardworkpaysoff #patience
I think I have a happiness hangover— Shalane Flanagan (@ShalaneFlanagan) November 13, 2017
Oh, and if you’re near her hometown next week, there’s this …
PLEASE come RUN with me!! It’s time to celebrate 🎉 🥇🎊 I’m going to be in my hometown, Marblehead MA over Thanksgiving to participate in our 4th annual Back The Track on Saturday November 25th @ 10am Register here: http://www.marbleheadtrack.org/back-the-track-5k/ The proceeds go to the maintenance of our town track and athletic facilities. Thank you for supporting our running community 🏃🏻🏃🏼♀️
Congratulations are in order for Olympic champion and seven-time Olympic gymnastics medalist Shannon Miller. Follow along as she timelines her way through an unforgettable week in her home state of Oklahoma …
Congratulations are also in order for a handful of Team USA’s young stars, who earlier this week learned they were named to #30Under30, including a pair of PyeongChang hopefuls …
Check out number #17! ♥️ https://t.co/6gyECgyQjT— Jessica Long (@JessicaLong) November 14, 2017
Also on the Sports list: Olympians Anthony Davis, Jack Sock, Sloane Stephens and Christian Taylor.
Between NFL games in Denver and in Mexico, the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots spent most of their week training at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado — which also afforded the team a chance to see another of the Olympic City’s must-see sporting destinations.
On The Road Again
Team USA, on the road. For a long, long time. So long, in fact, that Sochi Olympian and PyeongChang hopeful cross-country skier Jessie Diggins shifted her Thanksgiving by a week or so before taking off for more than four months.
Flying to Europe for 4.5 months!! 🙌🏼 I tested a new Caesar salad made with Non-fat Plain @chobani Greek Yogurt and kale for early family Thanksgiving before I left. I know I’ll miss my kitchen on the road! This healthier version got even my Dad on board. 😉😂 What’s your favorite “Friendsgiving” dish to make? #chobani #friendsgiving #ad (link to recipe in bio if you want to cook with me! 👆🏼)
For teammate Sadie Bjornsen, the luggage job is on point.