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Red, White & Trending: April 20-26

By Jamie MacDonald | April 27, 2018, 5:14 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."


The Return

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.




@teamusa awards tonight in DC. #TeamUSA #ParaSnowboard #Paralympics #RedCarpet

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#Twinning with @kendallcoyne26 #teamusaawards

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Fancy seeing these incredible athletes here. #teamusa๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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Where In The World Is …

… Laurie Hernandez? The Olympic champion gymnast is soaking up the sun in Greece.



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#WheresLaurie #YesItsObviousIKnow #ButIAmStillHiding

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big sis & i went for a lil boat rideโ˜€๏ธโ›ต๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ

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hello the sign points to me bc i have many snack in my bag!!

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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.


Thankful to have seen some of the great things this world has to offer! #earthday

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It was a GREAT day and I appreciated every moment of it! #earthday #earthday2018

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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.




Congratulations are also in order for two-time Paralympian Susannah Scaroni, who finished third in London.

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.


Lady Liberty

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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. ๐Ÿ‘‰ LINK IN BIO

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Generation Next

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.

Field Trip

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 …

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.

Happy Anniversary

When so much effort is put into a journey, the destination is not easily forgotten.

Quote Machine

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:

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.

Related Athletes

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Simone Biles

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Tatyana McFadden

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Susannah Scaroni

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