Awards, announcements and all-star performances. That pretty much sums up last week. Shaun White and the U.S. men's curling team took hope trophies at the ANOC awards, Lindsey Vonn shared news about her retirement plans and, while the weather outside was frightful, inside it was so delightful at USA Swimming's Winter National Championships. Let's begin.
1. Surfer Carissa Moore ended the 2018 season in the perfect way – with a perfect score. It was the first 10 of the season and gives her some good momentum ahead of next season, when qualifying for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is on the mind. Surfing is making its Olympic debut in 2020, so we recommend you start practicing your best "hang loose" now.
2. Congratulations to David Boudia! Boudia and his wife, Sonnie Brand, are expecting their third child in 2019. Boudia already has two daughters, Dakoda and Mila, and posted his announcement on social with the hashtag #HopingForABoy.
3. Shaun White and the U.S. Olympic men’s curling team took home gold medals at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 AND both raked in some more hardware last week at the ANOC Awards. White won Best Male Athlete of PyeongChang 2018 and Team Shuster Best Male Team of PyeongChang 2018. Frankly, we’re just excited about another excuse to celebrate a few of our favorite people, so we’re all in on this.
4. We would also like to give Shaun White an award for looking very dapper on Instagram. Can someone get us a podium?
Winter National Championships update
The stars swam like stars, and we were very happy there are not only summer but also winter national championships.
5. Olympians Katie Ledecky and Jordan Wilimovsky reigned supreme in the 800-meter freestyle. With Ledecky’s dominant win, by nearly 14 seconds, she was the first athlete to qualify for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
6. Wash, rinse, repeat. Ledecky and Wilimovsky took home the golds in the women’s and men’s 400-meter freestyle. Olympians Simone Manuel and Nathan Adrian scored victories in the 50-meter freestyle, and Hali Flickinger dominated across the board with a number of podium finishes.
7. Thank you to our Paralympic athletes for your continued inspiration and domination.
8. New coach, who’s this? U.S. Biathlon has new coaches for the men’s and women’s programs and is ready to start fresh. The new coaches have also come with program changes, alongside the retirement of four-time Olympians Tim Burke and Lowell Bailey.
The future is bright for U.S. Soccer
9. The U.S. men’s under-20 soccer team just dominated at Concacaf Under-20 Championships for the second year in a row. This is exciting specifically for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, which is comprised of players under 23, plus up to three overage players.
10. The U.S. men’s senior team announced this week that it has concluded its lengthy hiring process, and former Columbus Crew S.C. head coach and sporting director Gregg Berhalter will be the new face behind the helm. Berhalter played 44 games with the U.S. team in his playing days and spent most of his career playing in Europe. First stop, qualify for the Olympic Games; next stop, qualify for the World Cup.
11. “It just felt like every step of the way, I had really mentally already prepared for this moment. I got to go through and just be me, and execute my techniques and my moves. So far no one’s been able to stop my single or my leg lace, so I’m going to keep doing those until someone does.”
After being completely sidelined from wrestling for nine months due to an injury, Adeline Gray came back with a vengeance that led her to be Team USA’s Female Athlete of the Month for October.
12. It will be here before we know it.... but can it just come faster, please?
13. Lindsey Vonn has won 18 world cup wins at Lake Louise, so when she realized an injury was going to sideline her from the competition in what she intended to be her final season, she knew she had to make a change. In a YouTube video last week, she announced that she plans to compete next year at Lake Louise, pushing back her retirement.
14. Amazing. Mikaela Shiffrin is taking her abilities to new heights this season.
IS THERE ANYTHING @MikaelaShiffrin CAN'T DO?!?#WorldCupLakeLouise results:— Team USA (@TeamUSA) December 2, 2018
First-ever Super-G win ✔️
First-ever Super-G podium ✔️
Just the seventh female to win world cup races in ALL five disciplines ✔️ pic.twitter.com/WvXOFNcUIC