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20 Things We Learned About Team USA Last Week

By Darci Miller | Jan. 22, 2018, 1:14 p.m. (ET)

Julia Mancuso competes in women’s downhill in her last race before retirement at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup on Jan. 19, 2018 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.

 

Team USA athletes do a lot in a week. In case you missed any of it, here's a glimpse at our takeaways from the last seven days.

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1. For bobsled pilot Jamie Greubel Poser, competing at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 has added significance; South Korea is where her younger sister was born

2. Being an elite athlete is no easy task, so it comes as no surprise that, from motorcycling to paddleboarding to Pilates, Team USA athletes stay active even when they’re not competing

3. Sarah Robles is an Olympic bronze medalist and newly-crowned world champion, but it took taking a step back from the sport for her to truly find success

4. "Top Chef" had some Team USA flavor as John Daly, Gus Kenworthy and Meryl Davis stopped by to guest judge.

5. From glitter and fun socks to handshakes and heat cream – and lots of lucky underwear – Team USA athletes have very particular superstitions that (they believe) help them achieve success

6. It’s no secret that U.S. athletes are some of the best in the world, and 12 of Team USA’s brightest stars are nominated for the Laureus World Sports Awards

7. When does an athlete truly feel like a part of Team USA? At the last stop before the Games: team processing

8. Chloe Kim is 17 years old. Kelly Clark is 34. Fierce rivals and good friends, the two have pushed each other to new heights

9. And, with Clark qualifying for PyeongChang, both will be heading to the Games with podium aspirations

10. After four Olympic Games, four Olympic medals, 399 world cup races and 36 world cup podiums, alpine skier Julia Mancuso called it a career

11. Nothing but love with these two!

12. Before the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, ice hockey player Amanda Kessel suffered a concussion. After almost two full years spent in recovery and off the ice, Kessel is back to her old self and ready for Games number two

13. Known for rising to the occasion at the Olympic Winter Games, Andrew Weibrecht has punched his ticket to PyeongChang with hopes to land another super-G medal

14. Kendall Gretsch, a former ESPY nominee and two-time world champion paratriathlete, is looking to make her first Paralympic team… in Nordic skiing

15. Julie Ertz and the U.S. women’s soccer team competed in an international friendly while Zach Ertz and the Philadelphia Eagles competed for a spot in the Super Bowl. When the games ended… this happened.

16. Less than three years ago, Torin Yater-Wallace was put into a medically-induced coma with a deadly liver infection. This weekend, he punched his ticket to PyeongChang in halfpipe skiing

17. A silver medalist in ski slopestyle four years ago in Sochi, Gus Kenworthy qualified for his second Olympic team, becoming the second openly gay man to earn a berth to compete for Team USA in PyeongChang

18. ‘Nuff said.

19. Nick Goepper, who earned bronze behind Kenworthy as part of Team USA’s historic slopestyle podium sweep in Sochi, also punched his ticket to PyeongChang

20. Leslie Jones, perhaps the world’s biggest Olympis fan, has some thoughts…