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."
And So It Begins …
The internal clocks set years ago are now ticking down into critical territory. These trips are years in the making — years of failure, achievement, injury, recovery, retirement, comebacks. And for every athlete going to the Olympic Winter Games, there are dozens more who didn’t make Team USA. And for every athlete going, there are dozens of friends and loved ones who shared these impossible dreams and will be watching from home. As Team USA makes its way to PyeongChang, we are days away from watching the athletes whose stories are imbued with so much emotion — and yet it’s just beginning. While we can’t all go with them, here’s a collection of our favorites from the prepping, the traveling and the arriving …
Come on girls Daddy's taking you to Korea. Flying out today to head to #pyeongchang2018 Korea. I'm so excited to get there and start this adventure and couldn't be happier that my girls will be there to watch me. I wouldn't want to do this without them. @teamusa @usabs . . . #roadtopyeongchang #winterolympics #olympics #teamusa #teamamerica #specialforces #specialops #sof #specops #greenberet #TenthSFG #thor3 #gainz #fitfam #back #wings #ducklings #letsgo #mygirls #mybabies #myloves #myworld #girldad #focused #winter2018 #savages #meninuniform #armymen
I just checked in for my flight to the #Olympics 😬— Emily Sweeney (@ecsluge) January 30, 2018
Off to South Korea 🇰🇷. I can’t even believe this day has come. To imagine I wasn’t playing hockey 2 years ago & am now off to Pyeongchang for the 2018 Olympics is honestly surreal. I could not and would not have made it here if it weren’t for so many people in my life. So from the heart of my heart, thank YOU to everyone who has helped me along the journey. Can’t wait to do something special with our amazing team. #teamusa #uswntroadtopyeongchang #gousa
Off to #PyeongChang for the #olympics with the boys! So excited. Thank you again to everyone for all of your continued support! I may not have been able to get back to everyone, but just know it all means so much! That being said, I will be shutting off all social media for the rest of the month to focus on the biggest competition of my career. I will have someone checking my accounts and I will check over everything when I get back, so I will see almost everything, I just need to focus on my competition at this point. Thank you again to everyone for everything they have done to help me get to this point! I am extremely grateful and ready to make you all proud! Go @teamusa !! #bobsled #winterolympics #lovewhatyoudo
It wasn’t long ago that Olympic figure skater-turned-broadcaster Johnny Weir checked in to set his over/under at about a dozen pieces of luggage for the Games. He’s not the only one who packed for many an occasion, either.
The final tally for the duo …
It took 21 suitcases total to get @TaraandJohnny wardrobe to Korea. Can’t wait for the Games to begin! In Seoul for a few days for a feature shoot then off to @pyeongchang2018. Obviously visiting «Maison Hermès» Dosan Park tomorrow. @taralipinski @Hermes_Paris— Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir) January 28, 2018
Trust The Process
Prior to competing in PyeongChang, Team USA had some fittings to take care of by way of “team processing,” also known as “get your priceless Team USA swag day” …
In the event you were wondering whether two-time Paralympic skier Danelle Umstead and her husband ski crazy fast …
In the spirit of collaboration, the U.S. Ski Team’s alpine skiers took a little road trip, and it paid off in the form of a win from Sochi Olympian and PyeongChang cross-country medal hopeful Jessie Diggins.
Must Love Dogs
To know Lindsey Vonn is to know that she sure does love her dogs. So, before she takes to the mountains in PyeongChang, she might as well carve a few turns with one of her pups.
And if you haven’t yet seen the sneak peek of Vonn’s goose-bumpy Super Bowl spot, give it a look …
See Spot Run
Vonn’s alpine skiing Team USA teammate and multiple medal threat in PyeongChang Mikaela Shiffrin has a spot of her own, too.
Prior to leaving for PyeongChang, a handful of members of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Hockey Team dropped in on the NHL’s All-Star Game, including Hilary Knight’s sniping exhibition at the accuracy shooting skills station.
Feats Of Strength
When it comes to strength training among bobsled pilots, Team USA is in good shape with two-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor.
… Prompting this tweet of encouragement from teammate Lauren Gibbs:
My pilot is stronger than yours 💁🏾♀️ https://t.co/kws9vVmISE— Lauren Gibbs (@lagibbs84) January 28, 2018
Hair Today, Gone A Few Seconds Later
When two-time Olympic skeleton athlete John Daly’s ‘do makes for a don’t …
Jumping For Joy, Parent Edition
When you’re Olympic champion and tennis legend Serena Williams, showing off a little of your joie de vivre on a trampoline is the kind of thing that might just earn about 1,500,000 views on Instagram …
Also a new mom, Olympic gymnast Chellsie Memmel is getting back in the swing of things, too …
And then’s there’s three-time Olympian and Olympic champion diver David Boudia, who can quite clearly flip with the best of them. And he’s thinking about Tokyo. Already.
Progress has been slow the past couple of weeks with the flu taking out my family and fatigue but we are making strides. So far training for my fourth Olympics in Tokyo 2020 has had some of the best moments in my career but also has brought a lot more challenges then the previous three Olympics with trying to balance daily life now with my 2 awesome little girls and gorgeous wife. I wouldn’t change it for anything and thankful I have a supportive family and support system around me. @brandso @usa_diving @teamusa #tokyo2020 #diving
Olympic gymnast Jonathan Horton may not have the typical build of a successful NBA player, but his ability to perform under pressure is beyond discussion after nailing both a backflip and a pre-game basketball shot for charity in front of thousands at a recent Houston Rockets game.
The home video version offers another perspective …
In the run-up, however, Horton did not come off as the picture of confidence.
I’m more nervous for this than a high bar routine! https://t.co/QXN24ikJhz— Jonathan Horton (@J_Horton11) January 30, 2018
For Her Next Act …
Recently posting a very honest admission of her disappointment in not returning to her second Olympic Winter Games as a bobsledder, Lolo Jones, who is also an Olympic hurdler, is back on track … and working with some very lucky youngsters.
Out in New York for my first Track race in over a year. Fourth graders just rolled me up 😏 (They false started) pic.twitter.com/VeVPs8Pe6a— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) February 1, 2018