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."
In the years leading to the Olympic Games Rio 2016, Simone Biles became one of the most promising and eventually successful young gymnasts ever to compete. Fans watched as Biles continued to build excellence upon excellence, landing nearly flawless performances in every discipline. By the time Rio arrived, Team USA had its star and multi-medal favorite. Biles did not disappoint. Now, we have the chance to watch an entirely new sort of evolution of the Olympic champion’s career. Welcome back.
Team USA Goes To Washington
For all the highlights on the Team USA calendar, few are as distilled in their celebration of the work of the athletes who have shined throughout the year than Team USA Awards, which were held this past week in Washington, D.C. Prior to the awards, though, the stars had some of their own shining to do.
HEY YOU! Tune in to the Team USA fb page shortly to see yours truly hosting the facebook live in my “HOUSE” 🤣🤣 Going to be interviewing a lot of gnarler athletes so get ready for the best 20 min of fb live you’ve ever seen! 5:40p ET. #hoststachewiththemostache #teamusaawards #olympics #fblive #curling #myhouse #bow tie
I pity the fool that thinks this isn’t a group of handsome men! So cool to meet Mr. T! ! . . . . @TeamUSA #TeamUSA @USALuge #USALuge #ArmyWCAP #WCAP #athlete #athletelife #award #awards #redcarpet #handsome #men #suit #suits #dressup #lookinggood #hot #instagood #mylife #amazing #olympian #springishere #spring #sun #funinthesun #ATeam
Where In The World Is …
… Laurie Hernandez? The Olympic champion gymnast is soaking up the sun in Greece.
Saluting Mother Earth
For so many Team USA athletes, outside is the office. For them, natural resources are their landscape. Traveling around the world often gives one a renewed appreciation for it, and training in the great outdoors, competing in the elements for one’s country, is often a transcendental experience that comes with indellible memories of Mother Earth. So, when it comes to Earth Day, Team USA is thankful.
Happy Earth Day 🌎 plus some cool pools. pic.twitter.com/ZEQfZswteD— Maddie Musselman (@maddiemusselman) April 22, 2018
Merry Ol' England
How’s this for a week? A trip to London, a birthday, a second-place marathon finish (not long after winning in Boston), a VIP meeting and a celeb sighting — her own. That was a week in the remarkable life of Paralympic star Tatyana McFadden, who was able to catch up to herself at Heathrow.
2nd today!! Thank you @londonmarathon for having me back!! Today was tough, fun, and super exciting. I’m so happy especially after a tough @bostonmarathon #6days ago! What a great way to celebrate my birthday especially seeing @kensingtonroyal #princeharry . Thank you again for the photo!!! The Nicest person, and huge congratulations to you and #MeghanMarkle ❣️#london #londonmarathon
Congratulations are also in order for two-time Paralympian Susannah Scaroni, who finished third in London.
The more I’ve raced, the more I’ve learned that you sometimes have your day, and other times you don’t. I’m really thankful that this was one of those days where I felt strong and comfortable, and was surrounded with incredible women who made today extra great. I’m so happy to have come across the line in third, mostly because it secured a visit from this fellow ☺️ Huge congratulations to @madison.____ and @tatyanamcfaddenusa for the big 1-2, and to everyone who made it through. #LondonMarathon #PrinceHarry #AbbottWMM
New York State Of Mind
Speedskater Brittany Bowe didn’t travel as far this past week, but Times Square can seem like an alternate universe. Not that the two-time Olympian let it bother her.
The Right Stuff
In addition to Bowe, Team USA made quite an impact in New York.
Honored to be a part of such a great event and a part of such a great organization- @righttoplayusa. — This year, Right to Play USA’s #BigRedBall2018 highlighted the organization’s incredible work with refugee children. Being able to play sports growing up meant a lot to me, that’s why I choose to support Right To Play USA- a non-profit organization which helps children gain access to education, health, and peace building skills through sport and play. — Please join me and other amazing #Olympians in donating to Right to Play. Your donation will continue to allow the organization to deliver sustainable and impactful programs that empower children with knowledge, skills, and hope for a better future. 👉 LINK IN BIO
Thank you @righttoplayusa for having me last night. Right to play is dedicated in helping children from underprivileged countries by using play as a way to educate, empower, and protect. Last night really put my privilege into perspective. How lucky I am to live the life I have and how many people are far less fortunate. I hope you check out Right To Play as a foundation you may choose to contribute to.
So great spending the evening with my @teamusa family supporting an incredible organization. Please consider donating to give kids around the world a #righttoplay ... Being able to play sports growing up meant a lot to me. That’s why I choose to support @righttoplayusa – a non-profit organization which helps over 1 million children every week gain access to education, health, and peace-building skills through sport and play! Join me at the #BigRedBall2018 to celebrate this meaningful cause! Learn more at: (LINK•IN• BIO) #donate #charity #olympian #righttoplay #play #children @usabs @nbcolympics @essence
Yes, his mom is USWNT member and Olympic champion soccer player Sydney Leroux Dwyer. And his father is Dom Dwyer, who was born in the UK but scored a goal this past July while playing for the U.S. Men’s National Team. But young Cassius is famous in his own right.
Of course, when you roll like this, you’re going to turn some heads:
Sense Of Humor Intact
It may be alpine skiing’s offseason, but Mikaela Shiffrin’s sense of social media humor is in midseason form.
Alpine skiing legend Lindsey Vonn, meanwhile, is in midseason hoops form.
Olympic gold medal winning skier Lindsey Vonn (@lindseyvonn) handles the slopes with ease, but how does she fair playing Pop-A-Shot while answering rapid fire questions?— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) April 20, 2018
Full video: https://t.co/TKQWwlOsqb pic.twitter.com/Uk9A4e2ZWY
Apart from her travels as a paratriathlete, Melissa Stockwell, as a Purple Heart recipient and motivational speaker, has been taken to some impressive places, too. Among the most impressive …
2 weeks ago I spoke at the @CIA & had to leave my phone in a lock box so I couldn’t take any pictures. I just got these in the mail & was reminded how dang cool it was to stand by such an iconic seal & among the stars. Speaking can sure take me some pretty cool places. #thankful pic.twitter.com/znShzssKLs— Melissa Stockwell (@MStockwell01) April 23, 2018
Happy Birthday, Chloe
Congratulations are in order for Olympic snowboarding champion Chloe Kim, who reached a milestone birthday this past week and had a clever take on on the occasion.
Very excited to not need a guardian's signature on registration forms for contests anymore. Perks— Chloe Kim (@chloekimsnow) April 25, 2018
When so much effort is put into a journey, the destination is not easily forgotten.
Two years ago today I was screaming my head off after qualifying for my first United States Olympic Team, punching my ticket to the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Still hungry, still grinding, and still making every day count, living the dream with @ellen.tomek. 💪🚣🏻♀️🔥🇺🇸 . . #cantstopwontstop #USAW2x #everydaycounts #doubletrouble #tokyrow #tokyo2020
In addition to being a pretty good runner, Des Linden, who became the first American woman in decades to win the Boston Marathon, can spin a quote. Her Twitter pinned tweet? How about this: “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.” Here’s another for her hall of fame:
“I mean, that's why they hold the race. We don't just submit résumés and physiological testing results and workouts. You show up and race because the day can throw anything at you. And that's what Boston does. Racers pick Boston.” @des_linden Preach!! 🙌🏼 https://t.co/pL0BWy0GEf— Kara Goucher (@karagoucher) April 23, 2018
Tick, Tock …
While we’re on the subject of marathons, here comes Olympic triathlon champion Gwen Jorgensen, who has set the goal to become an Olympic marathon champion. Follow her progress toward that goal as she ramps up her racing distance to include a half marathon.
I am very excited to be making my half marathon debut at the USATF Half Marathon Championships, hosted by @PGHMarathon. I look forward to testing my limits in this new distance. pic.twitter.com/RvrjuuOPf6— gwen jorgensen (@gwenjorgensen) April 24, 2018