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Red, White & Trending: Sept. 22-28

By Jamie MacDonald | Sept. 29, 2017, 8:13 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."

Superb View From The Summit

Every two years, a few very lucky Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls wind up getting the star treatment that might be the next best thing to the Games themselves. In some ways, the Team USA Media Summit may have an edge over the Games — so much of the great gear, the well-deserved attention from national media and good meals, but without the attendant and constant pressure of competing.

So, when Team USA runs through the car wash whirlwind of Media Summit in Park City, Utah, it’s no wonder timelines explode with the inside scoops from the athletes themselves.

Headed west …

We have arrived …

For a sense of just what a whirlwind Media Summit can be (30 photo shoots!)…

When it comes to covering a Team USA event on social, the Shib Sibs are a sure-fire follow for finding out what’s what …


Goodnight from Park City! Busy, but fun first day at the #TeamUSAMediaSummit!

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Yes, winter is most definitely coming …

Surround sound with Chloe Kim …


Pretty surreal being at the #teamusamediasummit

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Teamwork, go figure …

Women’s hockey Olympians and hopefuls rocked their red, white and blue …


First pit stop of the #usocmediasummit #USweekly @mduggan10 @amandakessel28 @bdecker1814 @hilaryknight @arigs33

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While Troy Terry rocked some Blue Steel …


Blue steel @gettysport @penningtonphoto #teamusamediasummit

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Even guide dogs were having some fun …

Fun with torches, too …

And dancing …

But no one was party to more dancing than Jason Brown …

Curler Jamie Sinclair set the outdoor scene …


Having a blast at the #teamusamediasummit #teamusa #winterolympics @teamjsinclair ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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There was some cooking, too …


@jessiediggins' highlight of the day so far? Cooking with celebrity chef @catcora! #teamusamediasummit

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And leave it to a tactician to pull off a best-in-class boomerang …


WERK it @mikaelashiffrin!#TeamUSAMediaSummit

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Best-in-class boomerang, duo style …

Hello, green screen, with some of Team USA’s biggest, strongest athletes …

With a side of singing …

Alpine skiers were going green, too …

And keep an eye out for this move from Laurenne Ross …


๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿปfor @lalalaurenne. #TeamUSAMediaSummit

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Lastly, we learned that Ted Ligety is much better on the snow …

Speed Thrills

Before he traveled to Park City, Ligety, a two-time Olympic alpine skiing champion, was training in South America. And, indeed, he proves he’s a whole lot more comfortable on top of this natural element.

Clever, Lindsey Vonn. Leave it to one of the world’s speediest skiers to speed up the sun in Chile.


๐ŸŒ… #nofilterneeded ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

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Of Course

Hockey players are somewhat notoriously comfortable on the golf course, and some PyeongChang hopefuls made the commute from their training residence in Florida, up the East Coast to New Jersey’s Liberty National Golf Course for some Presidents Cup fun.


#USWNT visits the U.S. @presidentscup team. ๐Ÿ’โ›ณ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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One Giant Leap

A highly recruited football prospect, Sam McGuffie made a bit of a name for himself when clips of his hurdling prowess with the football went viral. He’d begin his career with one of the most prestigious NCAA programs in the country, the University of Michigan, before transferring to Rice in his native Texas, and he’d go on to play on a handful of NFL practice squads. McGuffie was also a very good track athlete, and that combination of speed and strength makes him an ideal bobsled candidate. Now with his eyes on PyeongChang, McGuffie set a U.S. Olympic Training Center record this past week when he jump an almost cartoonish 42.5 inches from a standing position.

Make That 280 Characters

We’d mentioned the Shib Sibs earlier, and it stands to reason that Alex Shibutani, social media pro, would get the keys early to a new Twitter feature. And kudos for the cheeky, sawed-off post.

Helping Hands

Not long after earning Female Athlete of the Month honors from Team USA Awards presented by Dow for her performance at the World Wrestling Championships (winning the women’s 58 kg. gold medal, going undefeated in five matches to earn her second consecutive world title), Helen Maroulis took a well-earned vacation. And, on her vacation, she still found a way to give back, and she shared images this past week from her visit to a refugee camp in Greece.

On The Road

Why is this road trip so much more important for world traveler and Paralympic silver medalist snowboarder Mike Shea? Take a look at his heartfelt Instagram post …


On our very first date Jaimie told me that she has always wanted to travel the world. Over the years she has supported me fully while watching me come and go from country to country. With no real extra time or money to take her on an international vacation I began to save all of my United Airline Miles. Two years and 100,000 miles later I had enough to take her on her very first international trip. Well my Dad helped with a few thousand miles so thanks Pop's. It's been a long time coming and I'm so excited to share this part of my life with her. Traveling the globe is the best gift I've ever been given and it changed my life forever. Welcome to ๐ŸŒŽ travel my darling. Can't wait for our many adventures. #GermanyBound #Amsterdam then #Brussels #Paris and #Luxembourg Here we go ๐Ÿ›ซ

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Quick stop in Cologne Germany last night on our way to Amsterdam. Snapped this shot with my @gopro #Hero5

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Slide Rule

Three-time Olympic luger and bronze medalist Erin Hamlin has her eyes on a fourth Games, and her year on the ice begins, this time around the track, in Lillehammer, Norway.

Look Out

How much longer before we see this new mom competing on a tennis court? In her first solo selfie Instagram post since giving birth to her daughter, Olympic tennis champion Serena Williams looks close to game-ready.


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