Team USA athletes do a lot in a week. In case you missed any of it, here's a glimpse at our takeaways from the last seven days.
1. Youth Olympian Arike Ogunbowale became an instant star after her back-to-back game-winning buzzer-beaters propelled Notre Dame to the NCAA Division I women’s basketball title. Since then? A Sports Illustrated cover, appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” and meeting Kobe Bryant.
2. Whether their athletes competed on skates, skis, snowboards, sleds or sneakers, the six coaching finalists for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, Best of the Games have one thing in common: gold.
3. With her first Olympic medal finally under her belt, speedskater Heather Bergsma will take a two-year break from competition.
4. Olympians: they’re just like us!
It's hot and I'm sweating, I hate sweating— Chloe Kim (@chloekimsnow) April 14, 2018
5. One might think that Leah Smith doesn’t like contending against swimming great Katie Ledecky, but Smith says she considers herself fortunate to race against one of the greatest of all time.
6. Alongside teammate Kikkan Randall, Jessie Diggins won the first-ever Olympic medal for U.S. women’s cross-country skiing in PyeongChang. Following a whirlwind media tour and her newfound fame, Diggins was excited to do one thing: get back to racing.
7. Following their double-bronze performance in PyeongChang, ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani will sit out the 2018-19 season to pursue other opportunities.
8. In the meantime, Alex Seems to be enjoying himself.
I’ve always wanted to tweet that. I’m actually in Boston right now. pic.twitter.com/i1lCViR4D1— Alex Shibutani (@AlexShibutani) April 13, 2018
9. Speedskating legend Shani Davis may not have won a medal at his fifth Olympic Winter Games, but as his career came full circle, he found other aspects of his experience equally as rewarding.
10. Ever wonder what Olympians and Paralympians listen to while they train and compete? Spoiler alert: it includes a lot of Beyonce.
11. Let’s get ready to rumba! Six U.S. Olympians and one Youth Olympian headline the field of the latest season of “Dancing with the Stars.”
12. Chris might be a bad dancer now… but we have a feeling that won’t last long!
Breaking news announcement! I will be competing on Season 26 of Dancing with the Stars Athlete Edition with @witneycarson!!! Also news, I can’t dance... Good thing my partner is one of the best in the industry and is also fluent in sarcasm. Stay tuned for more! Like me tripping over my feet a lot over the next few weeks 😂 #dancingwiththestars #dwts #gma #goodmorningamerica #tomhaswhitehair #biggestlugers
14. Eight-time Olympic medalist Allison Schmitt is back in the pool! Racing for the first time since the Olympic Games Rio 2016, she placed second in the 200-meter freestyle at the TYR Pro Swim Series.
15. Also back in competition? Two-time Olympic gymnast Sam Mikulak. After spending much of 2017 sidelined by an Achilles injury, Mikulak won bronze at the FIG Individual All-Around World Cup.
16. Last Saturday, Trinity Thomas celebrated her 17th birthday. This Saturday, she won silver at the FIG Individual All-Around World Cup to clinch the top spot on the women’s world cup circuit for the U.S. women.
17. So should we host the Summer or Winter Games?
How’s your spring looking so far? pic.twitter.com/WFnH05r5ak— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) April 15, 2018
18. Consistency is key, and Laura Graves and horse Verdades rode off with their second consecutive silver medal at the FEI World Cup Dressage Final after setting a new personal best.
19. Age ain’t nothing but a number. Just ask Beezie Madden, who became the oldest champion at the FEI World Cup Jumping Final at 54 years old.