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Red, White & Trending: Nov. 17-24

By Jamie MacDonald | Nov. 24, 2017, 12:28 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."


Giving Thanks, And More Thanks

Not only is Thanksgiving one of the highlights of the calendar year for so many, but it’s also one of the great internet holidays. And when it comes to giving thanks, Team USA is among the most thankful of thankful bunches around. Consider how much effort goes into Olympic and Paralympic dreams — the families who support and encourage loved ones to live and train and compete for a chance to be recognized as the very best in the world every four years — and it’s no wonder. So, for a tribute to giving thanks, Team USA isn’t shy at all.

Even if that means checking in while (way) away from home …





Turkey schnitzel time !! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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We could not get turkey for thanksgiving so we had pork wrapped with bacon. Why not @teamusa @usabs

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From our family to yours …













Happy Thanksgiving! #addielee

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The Turkey Trots …




The training days …


We pause now for … a parade dance.

The meals …




Happy Thanksgiving! Thankful for my family and a great turkey cutter โฌ†๏ธ Hope everyone has the best day! #Thanksgiving

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No caption needed! #ShotDiva #SheCooks #YouThrowGirl #Thanksgiving #Deserts #BananaPuddin

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#HappyThanksgiving! ๐Ÿฆƒ Commence the food coma!

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The food comas …


And a special note of thanks from Simone Biles …

Princess And Superwoman

When one of the most successful athletes ever and a gold medalist superstar with the kind of fame that allows for recognition on a one-name basis — Serena — gets married, the festivities are bound to draw some attention. With more than 7 million Instagram followers, Serena is also likely to put on a good show in her timeline. This past week did not disappoint when she married Alexis Ohanian in New York City. A look back …


Official. ๐Ÿ“ธ @melbarlowandco @allanzepedaphotography

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๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ“ธ @melbarlowandco @allanzepedaphotography

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That feeling when you're first introduced as husband & wife.

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Dance with new edition? Check โœ…. ๐Ÿ“ธ: Bob Metelus and Erica Rodriguez

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Oh, and about those shoes …

… and the dress. The dress …

Yes, the bride, per usual, was the undisputed star of the evening. Second? Perhaps their daughter …


Yes grandma carried me

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Grandma and I get best picture

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And the bride in a quiet moment …


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He’s Back

After a pair of injuries in early September and late October, Olympic medalist and iconic snowboarder Shaun White is back on his board and sharing from picturesque Austria.


Happy to be back in the mountains!

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White also appears to be enjoying himself on the slopes, too …


First day of the new season and found a little powder โ„๏ธ

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Swim, Meet

Olympic swimming champion Katie Ledecky set yet another record this past week in earning her fifth consecutive Female Athlete of the Year award at Golden Goggles. So, why not celebrate with a couple of her fellow Olympic legends?


Thank you @usaswimming for a great Golden Goggles! Congrats to all of my teammates on a fast year of swimming!

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All in all, the event brought out a constellation of stars …


Always great to catch up with fam...thanks for coming and supporting us! Had a blast sharing the stage with ya!

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And a self-professed fangirl, who also just happens to be a four-time Olympic swimming medalist, in Maya DiRado.

Happy Anniversary

Here’s something worth celebrating every single year, Melissa Stockwell’s completing an Ironman and celebrating with a U.S. flag …

Tough Crowd

When it comes to athletic achievement, NCAA and Olympic champion Rebecca Lobo has earned the right to sass just about anyone. As a mom, well, she’s probably earned that right, too, even if she did have some remorse for joking about his kidney stones.




Changes In Latitude

You think Helsinki is high-latitude country? Well, drive about 600 miles north, and you’ll find Pyhä Ski Resort in northern Finland, where Team USA’s Paralympic snowboarding hopefuls are training. This time of year, there isn’t much sunshine up there, so it sure does help when it’s spectacular. This past week, it did not disappoint for Keith Gabel and teammate Mike Shea.


Good morning from Finland. Grateful for today's sunrise which lasted from around 7am till about noon. It's mornings like these that clear my mind fill my soul and help me focus on the day ahead. I must say this place is one of the coolest places I've ever been . . . #Gratitude #TeamUSA #Nike #finland #ToBlessedToBeStressed #versafoot #RoadToPyeongChang #training #pyhä #thehartford #EmitYourOwnFrequency #strong #mentalstrength #usparalympics #sherrybdesertstudio #NoBadDays #ThankYouMotherEarth #Lovethelifeyoulive #sherrybdessert #OptOutside #GetOutside #StarveYourEgo #FeedYourSoul #KeepTheirHeartsWild #KeepItContagious #adventuretime #biodapt #usparalympics #dayattheoffice #biodapt @teamusa @usparalympics @thehartford @sherrybdessert @biodapt @nike

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Nighttime? Also spectacular.

Honoring Holcy

This bobsled season opened on a bittersweet note. Yes, this is an Olympic season with so much promise heading into PyeongChang, but it is also the first season in nearly 20 that does not include three-time Olympian Steven Holcomb, the most decorated U.S. bobsledder in history who died this past May. In addition to his teammates and friends on the tour, his legacy continues to be honored at the tracks he once raced.


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