By Jamie MacDonald | Aug. 24, 2018, 8:23 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."


Her Best Feet Yet

Dancing two weeks ago. Hopping into her own sweatpants last week. One-upping Simone Biles, of all athletes, this week. Kudos, Lolo Jones.

New York Dreams

Last September in New York City, Sloane Stephens became the first American player other than one of the Williams sisters to win a singles major in more than a decade. Now the Rio Olympian is back for more — on and off the court.



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✨ bright lights, big city ✨

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Water Works

Considering the movie has topped the box office, it’s no wonder Team USA is responding to the film, but few have been so candid as to admit — as Olympic gymnastics champion Laurie Hernandez did — they responded with full-on tears.





This really calls for zero introduction …

Still Halfway Around The World

Even if he were to leave from Cal, three-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ryan Murphy would need just about a full day to get himself to Bali. But, considering he was already in Tokyo, Murphy could make the trip in about a third of that time, thereby leaving himself some time to catch some waves.


Surfing in Bali βœ…

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Board Room

Also catching some waves this past week? Three-time Olympic swimming medalist Conor Dwyer. Though he did amp up the dress code a bit.


Board Meeting 2 Board Meeting @thombrowneny

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Trip Of A Lifetime

It was wheels up a week ago for the family of Olympic gold medalist swimmer Summer Sanders, and the crew has arrived on a family adventure overseas. Sanders is the first to admit it hasn’t always been ideal.


Everyone needs a teddy bear every now and then! #family #travel #summerinspain #wemadeit

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Dominant Return

Oh, yes. The young legend is back — even if she’s taking heat from Lolo Jones. And, in some ways, Biles appears that she can be better than ever. This past week at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, part of the Team USA Summer Champions Series, presented by Xfinity, Biles took a lead on Friday night — recording the evening’s highest scores on balance beam, floor exercise, vault, and, yes, uneven bars, too — and never looked back. By Sunday, she had accumulated countless ooooohs and aaahhhs, her fifth national title and …

Still, the experience was well worth the wait.

Sam’s The Man

On the men’s side, Olympian Sam Mikulak won his fifth national title, too. The SoCal native who starred at Michigan now has a reason to remember Boston so fondly.

Getting The Gang Back

Boston also played host to a star-studded special reunion …



What a crew! Men’s and women’s 2008 Olympic team! #Olympians #Gymnastics

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Anniversary Parade

This time of year comes freighted with milestones for so many Team USA athletes. For this time of year means memories — memories that took nearly a lifetime to achieve that will also last a lifetime. For Michael Phelps, those memories are also shared by millions who can remember where they were when this happened …


Since then, of course, Phelps has only added to his legendary status in the pool. Away from the pool and retired, he is now a father and an advocate for causes, something he began with a significant investment … also a decade ago.

Phelps isn’t the only Team USA star who looks back fondly on a few magical days in Beijing, either.


For Olympic wrestling champion Helen Maroulis, the memories are more recent, and they, too, will last a lifetime.

Kick Out Of You

Olympic soccer player Stu Holden

Dog Days

Paralympic swimming star Becca Meyers had no joke of a stay at the Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships, which wrapped up this past week, in Australia — to the tune of, well, let her tell you …

Her travels that followed weren’t too shabby, either.



Home, sweet, home …

Rio, Rio

During an exhibition tour in Brazil this past week, the U.S. women’s volleyball team went undefeated in four matches against its host, which will soon be followed by the world championships at the end of September … but not before having some fun before getting out of paradise.


@madi_kingdon steals the show πŸ™„πŸ™„

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Açaí and Jesus... I think I’m in heaven

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Rock And A Hard Place

Look out, Olympic silver medalist luger Chris Mazdzer!

Feats Of Strength

Getting the most out of your gym membership? Core strength strong to very strong? Give this one a whirl. Thank you, Olympic diver Steele Johnson for, in making the impossible look so easy, easily reminding the rest of us what it means to be in elite athlete shape.

Taking The Plunge

Leave it to the young daughter of Johnson’s Olympic diving silver medal synchro partner, David Boudia, who has also won three other Olympic medals, to take this flying leap.

Taking The Plunge II

Colorado native and Olympic swimming star Missy Franklin gave some young swimmers outside of Denver the priceless gift of learning from being joined in the pool by one of Team USA’s best. … And at least one of them gave her … a cannonball.

Winter Wonderland

Welcome to unforgettable New Zealand. Think Olympic alpine skiing champion Ted Ligety is happy to be back and carving turns this August? We counted more than 20 blissful bonus turns — on, perhaps, more nimble skis than for which he’s known.


Post training freestyle carving. #slalomskisturneasy @gopro #headwhatsyourlimit

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Of course, he can still bomb down a hill, and this remains a joy to watch as he carries more and more speed down the hill.

Sidebar: Yes, this trip becomes even more memorable for the Ligety family.


Jax’s first time skiing! #roundhillnz #14monthsoldandcrushingit

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Snowboarders can enjoy, too. Enjoy two of Team USA’s best snowboarders, including two-time gold medalist Jamie Anderson.

And we don’t get to see Olympic snowboarding champion Chloe Kim just out carving turns often enough, either.


from the other dayyy! go check out @burtonsnowboards story for more shenanigans

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We catch Laurenne Ross still here. But that view, though.



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New Zealand has also rolled out the white carpet for Team USA’s cross-country skiers, including Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins.