By Allie Dosmann | July 30, 2018, 5:23 p.m. (ET)
Simone Biles competes on balance beam at the U.S. Classic on July 28, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio.

 

Every week, Team USA is making headlines with new records and podium finishes. Last week, Simone Biles returned to competitive gymnastics at the U.S. Classic, Team USA swimmers set a world record and several U.S. Open records at the Phillips 66 National Championships (part of the Team USA Summer Champions Series, presented by Xfinity), and it really seems like there is no stopping USA Fencing from pure domination. In case you missed any of it, here's a look at what we learned about Team USA last week.

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1. Figure skater Alex Shibutani knows that there are no days off for Team USA. No, seriously. What's a day off?

2. Saber fencer Eliza Stone isn’t intimidated by rankings. She went into the world championships ranked 26th in the world, and is leaving with some hardware. By the way – it’s the United States' first medal in the event in four years.

3. Tokyo 2020 is going to be here before you know it, and there’s a lot on the line for Team USA. Will we have a new most decorated diver, gymnast, wrestler? Here are the Olympians who could make history at the next Games.

4. What do you think is in a gold medal? Parts of an old cell phone? Well, in Tokyo 2020, that might be the case. The city is recycling old electronics in an effort for sustainability and as a way to let the people get involved.

5. Creating future Olympians starts now. In celebration of two years until Tokyo, Olympians hit the court to help teach kids basketball and get their Olympic dreams started.

6. USA Fencing is on FIRE. The women’s epee team just won its first ever medal, and, no big deal, but it’s a gold. A few days later, the women’s foil team followed suit.

7. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re pretty excited for Tokyo 2020. The last time Tokyo hosted the Games, there were only 346 athletes on Team USA. Let's talk to them about that experience.

8. If shotgun shooter Kim Rhode medals in Tokyo, she will be the first athlete, male or female, from any nation to have medaled in seven straight Olympic Games. As if we needed another reason to be convinced that Rhode is the GOAT.

9. The Pan American Games are in one year, and we're sure you have a lot of questions. Who, what, when, where, why? Here’s what you need to know to be ready for them.

10. Another swim meet, another showing of dominance by Katie Ledecky. At the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships, Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle with the 13th fastest time ever. Keep in mind… Ledecky has the top 19 times in the world all-time.

11. BREAKING: Ledecky also takes the best selfies.

12. Can you imagine feeling sick for three years, and still winning a national title? Hali Flickinger has been battling her share of adversity, and this year she finally was able to compete while feeling healthy. Not only did she win another national title, but she set a U.S. Open record.

13. While training is huge for any athlete, something that is equally as important is recovery. U.S. wheelchair rugby athletes Adam Scaturro and Chuck Melton talk about their recuperation process.

14. Olympic silver medalist Josh Prenot won the national title in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke and was just 11 hundredths off of an American record. It was a pretty impressive comeback for Prenot, after missing out on worlds in 2017.

15. Biles is back! Gymnast Simone Biles returned to competition this weekend for the first time since the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and, boy, was she ready.

16. Mixed team relay triathlon will make its Olympic debut in 2020, and things are looking good so far for Team USA. The mixed team had another podium finish on Saturday when they grabbed the silver in the ITU World Triathlon Series competition in Edmonton, Alberta.

17. WORLD RECORD ALERT! Kathleen Baker set a new record in the women’s 100-meter backstroke this weekend at the Phillips 66 National Championships by channeling what she referred to as “her inner shark.”

18. And her reaction is us.

19. The U.S. women’s soccer team made us sweat it out on Sunday when they tied Australia in the 90th minute of the Tournament of Nations. Team USA’s last loss came against Australia in the 2017 tournament, so this was a bit too close for comfort. Rest assured, the women’s team still remains unbeaten in its last 18 matches.

20. This week, NBC filmed "Milk Life presents Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful," which will debut in November. Rugby player Carlin Isles and boxer Claressa Shields served as mentors for the Olympic hopefuls. That's not to say that it was all work and no play...