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Red, White & Trending: April 13-19

By Jamie MacDonald | April 20, 2018, 8:37 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."


Mom Life

This past week marked an anniversary of an indelible event in the lives of two-time Paralympian Melissa Stockwell and her loved ones. Imagine the phrase, “last day I stood on my own 2 legs.” For Melissa Stockwell, a paratriathlon world champion with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, it is a way of life.


Now as the mom of two, she has her eyes on a third Paralympic Games.

Keep Showing Up

For starters, not all that long after ending a decades-long American win drought at the New York City Marathon, three-time Olympian and Massachusetts native Shalane Flanagan was more than ready to take on the marathon in her backyard. But, in brutal weather conditions marked by wind and constant rain, it was not her day at the Boston Marathon.

There was also two-time Olympian Desiree Linden.


Where everybody knows your name... πŸ’™πŸ’›

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Something remarkable then happened for the woman whose pinned tweet reads: “Some days it just flows and I feel like I’m born to do this, other days it feels like I’m trudging through hell. Every day I make the choice to show up and see what I’ve got, and to try and be better. … My advice: keep showing up.” Indeed, Des.

For Flanagan, after her own disappointment, she was quick to celebrate the great success. And she wasn’t alone in reveling in one of the week’s great sports tales.







There was a special postscript to the second-place finisher, too. Remember the name of Sarah Sellers.

Boston also meant the writing of another chapter in an almost impossibly successful career for Paralympic star Tatyana McFadden, who merely went out to win her fifth Boston Marathon.



Fun And Games

The dream post-Olympic season continues for Team USA athletes, who could be found making their own marks on NBA and NHL playoff games.




Diggins wasn’t alone among gold medalists in Boston, either.


And guess who else enjoyed the VIP treatment in Boston?

Curling Comeback

Thought to be among the favorites to compete in PyeongChang, Team Sinclair ultimately lost in the final round of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in heartbreaking fashion. Since then, national curling champion Jamie Sinclair has enjoyed quite a run, including a fourth-place finish at worlds and a historic win this past week.

Earlier this month, however, she did actually enjoy one loss …

Pro Tip, By Mikaela Shiffrin

Take this pro tip from a world traveler, Mikaela Shiffrin:

Per usual for Shiffrin, the destination paid off …

In other Mikaela Shiffrin headlines, a new day dawned in her career this past week.


It has been 6 incredible years working with my ski technician, Kim. But now, as they say, it’s time to pass the torch. Or in this case to pass the skis! (Pause for laugher “hahaha” πŸ˜‚πŸ€·‍♀️) Kimmy Boy, thank you for all you have done for me, for my skiing, for growing with me these last 6 years, it’s been absolutely amazing. All the best for the future! See you around! Now it’s time to make some more amazing memories with my new ski technician, Johann (aka Jo-man πŸ’ͺ as deemed by me and may be the greatest nickname known to mankind.) This is one of my favorite quotes and articulates my thoughts better than I can: “Make new friends, Keep the old; One is silver, The other gold.” But in this case, it’s all gold. And I’m so excited to see what the future holds. Let’s do this! πŸ‘πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ😜☺️

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Putting Jamie Back Together Again

If you’ve ever wondered about the kind of price Team USA athletes pay when the quadrennial spotlight dims, it’s led two-time Olympic bobsledder Jamie Greubel Poser to consider surgery as “spring cleaning.”

Field Of Dreams

Back in 2015, future golf Olympian Bubba Watson announced that he became part owner of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. That explains the pretty VIP seats for recent game to watch “his” affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.

Water Works

She’s back. Three-time Olympic swimmer Allison Schmitt, racing for the first time since Rio, isn’t making any guarantees for how long she’ll be competing. But she did offer through Deck Pass Live this past week after a Pro Swim Series meet in Arizona that she considered it “a starting point.”


Hoop Dreams

Between them, Tina Thompson and Lindsay Whalen have four Olympic gold medals — two each earned in 2004 and 2008 for Thompson and in 2012 and 2016 for Whalen — and they’re both now first-time head coaches at NCAA Division I programs. And it all makes fellow women’s basketball stars Tamika Catchings and Swin Cash very happy.


Surf’s Up

Known in social media as @bobsledr, Nick Cunningham may not typically be associated with surfing, but the California native is a multi-dimensional threat. And that now includes acting.


Car Talk

When you have this kind of conversation on a commute with a stranger, by all means, go ahead and pit it, Helen Maroulis.

Speed Weeks

What makes Team USA rugby Olympian and all-around speedster Carlin Isles so fast? This workout doesn’t seem to be hurting him …

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