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 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.
Today we remember and honor all of those who lost their lives on 911 as well The first responders we will never forget— MIKE ERUZIONE (@MERUZIONE) September 11, 2017
On the anniversary of 9/11 we remember those we lost and that ordinary people make extraordinary heroes. Live on purpose. #NeverForget— Tianna T. Bartoletta (@tibartoletta) September 11, 2017
I will never forget where I was 9/11/01. As a country,we lost so much but we still came together &put all our differences aside #NeverForget— Amy Van Dyken-Rouen (@amyvandyken) September 11, 2017
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.
Praying for safety over the next few days for those who will be affected by Irma. Strength and positivity will shine through tough times— Jocelyne Lamoureux-D (@JocelyneUSA17) September 10, 2017
Praying for the safety of our squad & everyone in Irmas path. Put some extra positive thoughts & love out into the world for all ❤️#Irma— Meghan Duggan (@mduggan10) September 10, 2017
❤️ love to everyone. #HurrcaneIrma— Hilary Knight (@HilaryKnight) September 10, 2017
#Irma was a beast but we tackled her w positivity, support, & a plan!Proud of our teams mentality & VERY thankful to every1 who kept us safe— Meghan Duggan (@mduggan10) September 11, 2017
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 …
always on the go✌🏾 pic.twitter.com/EZNZd9JVM9— Allyson Felix (@allysonfelix) September 9, 2017
The big day …
Excited to be spending my 50th birthday in Lima as part of @LA2028 at the IOC session celebrating bringing the Games back to LA!— Michael Johnson (@MJGold) September 13, 2017
Considering it’s now official, who’s setting their sights on LA in 2028?
McFadden does appear to be in decent shape …
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 …
Love these men👊🏼 pic.twitter.com/MQb7fq4URy— Cody Miller (@swimiller) September 9, 2017
SO EXCITED!!!!! pic.twitter.com/9JppbXowFR— Cody Miller (@swimiller) September 9, 2017
My Hogwarts'y wedding cake!! pic.twitter.com/cy1piKWjjy— Cody Miller (@swimiller) September 13, 2017
Often, it’s the hair of two-time Olympic skeleton athlete John Daly that steals the show. This time, in an upset …
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.
We're getting closer!!! 🔥 😄 https://t.co/sgsc2sqokJ— Elana Meyers Taylor (@eamslider24) September 10, 2017
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 …
There was some fun to be had off the course, too.
Playing In The Sun
Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin’s posts lately have taken on a sunny theme …
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.
Just a sheep #photobombing my sunset pic . . . . #pictureswillneverdoitjustice #travelingcouple #newzealand #LiveWithPassion #MemoriesBeforeThings #WildernessCulture #SmilesForMiles #sunset #YourVibeAttractsYourTribe #SoulSqueeze #photobombed #EmitYourOwnFrequency #gratitude #ThankYouMotherEarth #Lovethelifeyoulive #NoBadDays #tooblessedtobestressed #OptOutside #GetOutside #StarveYourEgo #FeedYourSoul #KeepTheirHeartsWild #KeepItContagious #dontbeasheep
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.
Five-time Olympic swimming champion Katie Ledecky also enjoyed the swim.
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 …
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.
Quarterfinals tomorrow! I'll be playing second on Ashe after 12pm 😊— Sloane Stephens (@SloaneStephens) September 4, 2017
THIS IS NOT A DRILL. THIS IS THE REAL DEAL. #USOpen 🇺🇸— Sloane Stephens (@SloaneStephens) September 5, 2017
Very excited to be playing 1st on Ashe tomorrow night at 7pm- hope to see you all out there 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸— Sloane Stephens (@SloaneStephens) September 7, 2017
So happy and privileged to be playing in my first @usopen final tomorrow. I hope to see you all there 🇺🇸— Sloane Stephens (@SloaneStephens) September 9, 2017
BEST. DAY. EVER. 🇺🇸🏆 pic.twitter.com/R8ARc09Qwb— Sloane Stephens (@SloaneStephens) September 10, 2017
Keys couldn’t have been more gracious in defeat.
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.
Picture worth a thousand words... 🐶👊 pic.twitter.com/SMVZA4QRk7— Brianne McLaughlin (@BrianneMcL) September 10, 2017
And a few more Team USA superfans …
Say it with us now, awwwww …
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