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20 Things We Learned About Team USA Last Week

By Allie Dosmann | Aug. 27, 2018, 4 p.m. (ET)

Olympic swimmer Conor Dwyer poses for a photo following his first pitch at the Chicago Cubs games on Aug. 25, 2018 in Chicago.

 

This week Team USA looked back on the Olympic Games from Beijing and PyeongChang, we saw the Team USA Summer Champions Series, presented by Xfinity, come to a close, and Katie Zaferes swam, biked and ran one step closer to a triathlon world title. Gold medalist Conor Dwyer also proved he is multi-talented on the baseball diamond with the Chicago Cubs, and gymnast Jordan Chiles got a very exciting celebrity shoutout. Did you miss anything? It's OK, we've got you covered. 

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1. What goes into picking the dates surfing will take place at the Olympic Games? Well, we bet more than you think. Trained forecasters, historical records, on-site cameras and more play a huge role in the process.

2. In July, 89 athletes came to the U.S. Olympic Training Center to pursue an Olympic career and film the second season of "Milk Life presents, Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful." The New York Times followed the athletes during this journey and detailed what goes into the production that is helping athletes follow their dreams.

3. Beach volleyball and diving and gymnastics, oh my! This year’s Team USA Summer Champions Series, presented by Xfinity, was one to remember. Get caught up with our 10 takeaways from this year’s events.

4. Jordan Chiles' killer outfit from the U.S. Gymnastics Championships is getting some notice, and she’s pretty excited about it.

5. Casey Kaufhold could potentially compete at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 before she’s even able to drive a car. Yep, you read that right. Learn about archery’s newest star.

6. Can you believe that the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang were six months ago? Team USA fans and athletes remembered the U.S. women’s ice hockey team’s gold-medal victory on its six-month anniversary.

7. That also means that this was six months ago, which gives us the feels.

8. It has been 10 years since the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, but that’s nothing for members of USA Baseball. Seven players that played at those Games are still going strong in the MLB.

9. It has also been 10 years ago since Kerri Walsh Jennings won gold in Beijing as well, but she isn’t slowing down.

10. At this year’s Team USA Summer Champions Series, we had a new world record set by Kathleen Baker, a new milestone reached by Simone Biles and some awesome dance moves (not to mention the fastest time in the world this year) by Noah Lyles. Watch and relive all of our favorite moments.

11. What do you do after you win gold in one sport? Try another, of course. Kendall Gretsch made history when she won the gold in biathlon at the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 and thus became the first American to win biathlon gold at the Olympic or Paralympic Games. Now, she’s taking on triathlon.

12. Congrats again to Jessica Long!

13. The US Open begins this week, and it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t celebrate Serena Williams in its honor. Look through our favorite photos from the last 20 years of her pure domination.

14. Para track and field athlete Noah Malone runs on the 4x100-meter team while being completely blind. He has a system set up with his coach that cues him on when it’s his turn to take over. Check out this interesting feature on how Malone has progressed.

15. Gold medalist Conor Dwyer is a man of many talents.

16. The Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 are only two years away, and we don’t know about you, but we’re ready. These are the 20 athletes to watch leading up to the Games.

17. Last year, Sloane Stephens surprised many when she made a run to the US Open title. This year, Stephens has been rolling, and a strong performance would come as no shock; she’s ready to make an impact.

18. Chris Mazdzer is taking on new challenges, and they have him between a rock and a hard place. Literally.

19. One step closer to victory! Triathlete Katie Zaferes won silver at this weekend’s World Triathlon Series stop in Montreal, which allows her to maintain her series lead. There’s only one week left, and Zaferes has a 34-point lead, which makes this a bit closer than you might think. Stay tuned.

20. The next month is going to be pretty important for tennis player John Isner. His wife is expecting a baby in the coming weeks, and Isner is set to appear in the US Open. He’s playing some of the best tennis of his career right now so don't sleep on his chances.