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Red, White & Trending: Sept. 8-14

By Jamie MacDonald | Sept. 15, 2017, 3:33 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."

Remembering 9/11

The end of this 2017 summer will be remembered as one of great stress and misfortune for millions of Americans who would endure, within the span of a week, Hurricane Harvey, which left almost unimaginable amounts of rain and destruction in the Houston area, and Hurricane Irma, a massive storm that brought such destructive winds and storm surges to the Caribbean and South Florida to have left many areas unrecognizable. This past week also marked the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Team USA never forgets.



Never Forget ... 9/11 πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ #neverforget #911 #alwaysremember #america #usa

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Still united. Still strong. #NeverForget #911

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Visited #9/11memorial last week and paid my respects to @davidcruikshank uncle #neverforget #robertcruikshank #rip

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Team USA Rides Out Irma

While in residence on Florida’s west coast, women’s Olympic ice hockey hopefuls, many far, far from home, made the most of a difficult situation, beginning with the nerves of the impending storm, staying in a shelter, returning “home” and ending this week with a bunch of smiles and an eye on some competition.






All sheltered and ready for the long night, prayers to everyone in the path of #irma

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Love afternoons of R&R #mems #USWNTroadtoPyeongchang

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LA Story

At long last, the city of Los Angeles has its Olympic and Paralympic year set in stone. This past week in Lima, Peru, the IOC voted on the host cities for the 2024 and 2028 Games. Team USA was well-represented in Lima, too, with some of the most successful athletes in history covering the event on their timelines.

Taking off …

The big day …

8:54 a.m.

10:26 a.m.

11:04 a.m.

11:11 a.m.

2:27 p.m.

5:18 p.m.

10:43 p.m.

Who’s In?

Considering it’s now official, who’s setting their sights on LA in 2028?

McFadden does appear to be in decent shape …


Body like a back road 🎢 #beauty #strongwomen enjoying the #summertan while it lasts πŸ˜‚

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Wedding Bells

It has been well established in this space that two-time Olympic medalist swimmer Cody Miller has, for years, been building up his nerd cred. And it all came together gloriously this past week on one of the biggest days of his life in the form of a true testament to his Harry Potter appreciation …






Whoa, Canada

Often, it’s the hair of two-time Olympic skeleton athlete John Daly that steals the show. This time, in an upset …

Torch Light

All manner of Olympic news comes across the news wires — venue updates, round-number countdown clocks, competition results — and some may mean less than others to even the most ardent Team USA fans. But every last one of them means something to Team USA’s PeyongChang hopefuls. So, when the torch designs are released, the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games’ horizon is nearing. And it’s hard not to think about anyone sweating and bleeding mental, physical and emotional energy nearly every waking second of every last day thinking about those Games.

Yes, winter is coming.

We Are Skiing

If you’re a fan of snow and skiing, and some of the most stunning mountain vistas on earth, Chile in September is for you. That’s where we find some of Team USA’s PyeongChang skiing hopefuls this week …

Olympic alpine skier Travis Ganong, under a watchful eye …

Two-time Olympic medalist Andrew Weibrecht looks fast even in slo-mo …

Sounds good, too …

Alpine skiing legend Lindsey Vonn stopped to enjoy the view …


Doesn't get much better than this πŸ™πŸ»

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There was some fun to be had off the course, too.


Some ultimate frisbee with the guys on my day off. Thx for letting me join! *and don't worry, I was taking it easyπŸ‘πŸ» @usskiteam

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Playing In The Sun

Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin’s posts lately have taken on a sunny theme …


I don't chase the sun; the sun chases me. πŸ˜ˆπŸ€™πŸ˜ #sunrise #CantStop @sentientjet

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πŸ”₯A B L A Z EπŸ”₯ (The sky, not meπŸ™Š) @oakleyskiing #CantStop PC @lyndsay.anne

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It's the little things... πŸ’›πŸŒ„πŸ˜ #smile #soon #EverySunsetIsTheBestIveEverSeen

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New Zealand R&R

Not only does New Zealand offer some excellent training options for Team USA’s winter athletes, but it also offers quite a bit to do with some downtime.


JetBoating through the Dart River! 🚀 #4inchesdeep #iwokeupinNZ #NZMustDo

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I'm still smiling after yesterday. 🚁

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Everybody, Out Of The Pool

Known mostly for sprinting across the water faster than anyone in the world, Olympic 100-meter freestyle champion Simone Manuel isn’t much for a languorous, sight-seeing swim. But, considering this meant conquering fears, this experience might just be unforgettable.


Y'all... my teammates helped me conquer my fear of open water. Probs won't do it again, but ty to them.

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Five-time Olympic swimming champion Katie Ledecky also enjoyed the swim.


Aloha 🌺

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Slip-Sliding Away

Shawn Johnson East and Andrew East can do a lot of things well. And they can do a lot of things well together. This is absolutely not one of them …


COLLISION 😳 @andrewdeast @msjeanettejenkins #rollerblading #weaskedforit #husband #wife

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Four Score

Not only was this past weekend’s US Open women’s final an all-American affair, but so, too, were both semifinals for the first time since 1981. The winner? Twenty-four-year-old Sloane Stephens, who played for Team USA at the Rio Olympics, over 22-year-old Madison Keys, who played for a bronze medal in Rio. Following Stephens’ timeline might have been as enjoyable as watching her path to her first major.





Keys couldn’t have been more gracious in defeat.


So happy for my friend @sloanestephens today. Hope we have many more of these days in the future πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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Friends forever πŸ¦‹ @madisonkeys

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Are You Ready For Some Football?

The NFL season is now well underway, which wasn’t easy for a Browns fan such as Olympic women’s ice hockey goalie Brianne McLaughlin, who watched Cleveland score eight points in the fourth quarter only to fall to the Steelers, 21-18, in the end.

Before …

After …

And a few more Team USA superfans …


ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL ⁉️ πŸ‰ 😈 @ravens #ravensnation #hometownpride

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Kid Corner

Say it with us now, awwwww …




Extra thankful for sweet #millielynn today. ❀️

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She's 3 months old and already has a game face! #itson #namaslay #nellnyman

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