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20 Things We Learned About Team USA Last Week

By Darci Miller | April 16, 2018, 2:32 p.m. (ET)

Laura Graves rides Verdades at the FEI World Cup Dressage Final on April 14, 2018 in Paris.


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.

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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!

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.

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!

13. Love is in the air for Team USA ice dancer Madison Hubbell, who got engaged to her longtime boyfriend (and Spanish ice dancer) Adrian Diaz in Barcelona

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?

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

20. Unstoppable.