Red, White & Trending: April 6-12

By Jamie MacDonald | April 14, 2018, 12:44 a.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."

 

Green Days

Congratulations and a life-changing green jacket are in order for Patrick Reed. The 2016 Olympian, who finished 11th in Rio, had run away from the field by Sunday morning at the Masters, and he held off a couple notable U.S.-born players to win his first major. The time since has set up as a bit of a whirlwind.

 

Team USA athletes chimed in with their glad tidings, including the fellow 2016 U.S. Olympian who finished second at Augusta …

 

 

 

 

 


Play Ball

It isn’t always easy holding your own performance up for the review of millions every night, but such is the life of a professional athlete. At one point, though, Dexter Fowler was a little less well-known than the St. Louis Cardinals star is today. In 1996, he played for Team USA at the Olympic Games. Since, he’s become a feared hitter and a World Series champion who helped end the Chicago Cubs drought. As such, he’s going to take a little heat, even in a sport where the very best fail well over six times out of 10 at the plate. And it begins early …

 

For his troubles, however, Fowler does get a bobblehead.


Cross-Training

This time of year, coming out of the Olympic Games and heading into a brand new baseball season, first-pitch appearances make for a sublime showcase in creativity … and, in some cases, less-than-ideal aim. Olympic gold medalist ice hockey player Kendall Coyne fit squarely in the former category.

 

 

On the other hand … duck!

 

Monday hitting you like... . Vid cred: @mlb

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Sibling Reverie

Some internet holidays being better than others, #NationalSiblingDay ranks up there among the best, particularly for Team USA.

 

 

 

Happy #NationalSiblingsDay to all of youπŸ˜‚β€οΈ this ones a gem

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partners in crime since ‘85 #nationalsiblingday

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Happy #NationalSiblingsDay and #TransformationTuesday, @mdledecky!

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Team Player

It’s a safe bet that not many households can claim a best-selling author and a four-time Olympic gold medalist, but such is the case with basketball star Lisa Leslie …


Mountain Views

When your father is Olympic alpine skier Steven Nyman, you’re going to wind up out for an adventure in the snow at some point. Might as well enjoy the view.


Fleet Afoot

Three-time Olympic soccer player Carli Lloyd added yet another milestone this past week when she scored her remarkable 100th goal and joined a very exclusive Team USA club. From the headers to the one-touches to the blasts from outside the box, here are some of the highlights:

… but it didn’t happen by accident, either …

Continued motivation helps, too …

Team USA also added three first-cap players to its ranks this past week, though it didn’t stop the veteran Lloyd from finding a path to perfection for the photo op.

 


Florida, Keys

Ocala, Florida, became a center of the Team USA speedskating universe this past week when three — yes, three — Olympic speedskaters from the area were awarded keys to the city. Congratulations, Brittany Bowe, Erin Jackson and Joey Mantia.


Lifted Spirits

For anyone who had ever wondered about the very coolest, most exclusive hand-wear for the gym, Olympic bobsleder Nate Weber has your answer.


Welcome Back

Speaking of working out, for 2016 Olympic wrestler Adeline Gray, it’s been a minute …

And for alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin, the Games and a championship season may be over, but training is not.