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."
One of the world’s most successful international teams — USA Swimming — has hit the road and its elite athletes are spending the next bit of their dedicated swimming lives to winning some hardware in Japan for the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. But, first, Team USA enjoyed more than a little bit of sightseeing along with the views … and even the training.
As slices of life go, these aren’t too bad from Paralympic star and three-time snowboarding medalist Amy Purdy …
Happy feet! I wanted to jump in but.... buurr! PS. I have to go back here as soon as possible! This glacier water was so unreal, have you ever seen it before? 🌊 @gopro @travelalberta @banff_lakelouise @curiositybanff @banffcanoeclub #experiencedifferent #goprocreatorsummit #beautiful #adventure #bionic #weekend #alberta #nocoldtoes #glacier #earth #paddle #bionic #river #natureisawesome #banff #mybanff
We had quite the adventure yesterday when we went off-roading and got a flat tire! I was on bear watch while @dang_ale was changing it! Check my instastory to watch. ✨ PS do all the ladies out there know how to change a flat??? I totally forgot when the time came!! I’m glad I got a refresher! 🤙🏻 @toyotausa @gopro @bridgestonetires #toyota #4runner #toyotanation #trdpro #colorado #overland #offroad #tires #overlanding #toyotanation #trdtrdpro #4runner #rockcrawler #goprohero6 #goprofusion #goprogirl
The almost ceaselessly positive and enthusiastic Elana Meyers Taylor drove home some of that positive enthusiasm to her local professional soccer team this past week, serving a starring role in what has become a popular tradition in Atlanta. Appropriately, the three-time Olympic medalist nailed it.
Olympian T.J. Oshie certainly has enjoyed his time with the Stanley Cup, which he helped the Washington Capitals win earlier this summer, but … so has his daughter. And (presumably) one of her stuffy friends.
Back in April, two-sport Olympian Lolo Jones posted an update letting her more than 400,000 Instagram followers know that she’d been shut down. Still working her way back through injury, Jones, who has been candid about the difficulties she’s faced in aiming to compete against the very best in the world, takes a few mesmerizing steps toward keeping her heart rate, if not her spirits, elevated.
Road To Recovery
Surgery in November. In a sling to end the year. Out of the sling in January. Posting video of himself on the high bar by April. Now … Olympic alternate gymnast Donnell Whittenburg makes another giant leap.
Yesterday I was finally able to put a ring routine together a little less than 10 months after my shoulder surgery. Still not 100% yet but determined to push my limits. Still more work to be done. pic.twitter.com/rjNpLNYBMi— Donnell Whittenburg (@D_whittenburg) August 4, 2018
Countdown Is On …
Before two-time Olympic silver medalist ice hockey player Kelli Stack walks down the aisle this fall, a bridal shower weekend was in order. And there were more than a few Olympians among this crowd.
What a wicked fun weekend celebrating @kstack16 . Great way to end the trip today showering the bride to be and her stud of a future husband ❤️ So many laughs and too many pictures to share from the weekend. Memories and friends for a lifetime. Cleveland, OH - you were too good to us! ✌🏻🎉 😎 See you in September. #SallysGotBach #ClevelandIndians #fwdcleveland #ClevelandCycleTour
A star-studded cast — and, in the case of Olympic curling champion Matt Hamilton, that meant his sartorial selection, as well — turned out in Wisconsin this past week for a golf event. No shortage of Olympic appearances, including legendary Michael Phelps, in this crew, either.
Four More Years
Along for the above ride of a lifetime was Chris Mazdzer, who, in addition to golfing and working out in Wisconsin, has Beijing on his mind a mere four years away from the hope of competing there.
The travel this summer has been absolutely out of control. I feel like I am lifting right after I get off of a plane or right before I am about to board. The good news is that I have always felt a ton of love wherever I go in this country. As I prepare for this next World Cup season and the Beijing Olympics that are 4 years away, I am proud of how sports have united this country and all of the people that have helped me along the way. This week it’s @tntmenasha in Appleton, WI that have opened their doors for me after hours to make sure that I am ready to represent the good ole red, white and blue. #teamusa #usa #wisconsin #usventure #teamwork
Winter Is Coming
OK, so while the past week has seen temperatures soaring over so much of the United States, a few of Team USA’s most recognizable skiers are back to carving turns. Though Olympic alpine skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin seems to have missed one of those turns, for anyone who has followed the past years of Travis Ganong and Steven Nyman, these are gratifying scenes …
Its such a good feeling, being back to railing turns after 7 months of rehab! Thanks to everyone who helped me get back on snow! Stoked. #feedyouradventure #giroavance @clifbar @atomicski @girosnow @squawvalleyacademy @squawalpine @sierranevadacollege @lululemonmen @americandownhiller @olympicbootworks @pacificcrestcoffee @usskiteam
Shiffrin, on the other hand, found trouble …
Can’t decide on a caption- you choose- 1)2)3)4)5)? 1) 79 days till Sölden, coming in hot!🔥 2) When a dragonfly tries to ski...🙄🦅 3) Doing well, how bout you?💁♀️ 4) Shout out to the genius who decided that ski racing *doesn’t count* as an extreme sport..☝️☝️☝️ 5) No humans or mountains were harmed in the making of this video.. my skis however...RIP 😥😓💔
And then there is fellow Olympic winter sport champion Jamie Anderson, the two-time gold medalist snowboarder, who has taken her air show into summer.