Red, White & Trending: May 25-31

By Jamie MacDonald | June 01, 2018, 2:59 p.m. (ET)

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."

 

Memorial Day Salutes

Team USA understands Memorial Day. Of course, there are often cookouts and parties and the glad tidings that come from a long weekend greeting the summer. But Memorial Day is also so much more. This past weekend, Team USA paid its respects to the holiday of remembrance with a great deal of reverence and humble appreciation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


No Big Deal

Some of Team USA brightest stars enjoyed a fairly impressive musical collaboration that dropped this week …

 

 


In Good Hands

When your mom is among the greatest athletes ever, the helping hands at tournaments might just be something special, too …

 

That time I met @djokernole you know my ole pal

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The aforementioned mom — and ohbytheway Olympic tennis legend — Serena Williams has a shoutout for all the moms out there, too …


Conor Being Conor

Welcome to another installment of, “Yes, Conor Dwyer Knows A Good Vacation Spot.” The three-time Olympic swimming medalist and sometimes surfer made his way this past week to Costa Rica, where some of the waves really do have to be seen to be believed. Thankfully, he’s provided video.

 

Unforgettable surf in Costa Rica #PuraVida

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Until next time Costa ✌🏼🌴

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Rarified Air

Jenn Suhr isn’t just about posting pics of her awesome dog and the attendant mischievousness of her fluffy, white canine. The 2012 Olympic pole vault champion remains one of the world’s best in her sport. This past weekend, after clearing 4.85 meters to set a record at the Prefontaine Classic, the 36-year-old landed on Cloud 9. But, first, there was a flight upgrade (sort of) and juuuuuuust a little enthusiasm for the day.

 

 

 

After the event, Suhr also made some fairly significant thoughts on her future more clear.


Team USA Hits The Road

Where in the world is Team USA? In the case of women’s volleyball and men’s soccer, the answer is Thailand and Ireland, respectively. The #USMNT arrived in style …

 

… while the #USAVwnt had already been climbing up the charts in the Volleyball Nations League while winding through Nebraska (2-1 record) and Japan (3-0) before arriving in Thailand.

 

 

Next up for Team USA, a three-day stretch in China with matches against Russia (June 5), Brazil (June 6) and the host country.


Skiers Here And There

Off-the-clock alpine skiers, on the other hand, have chimed in from the Swiss Alps to Hawaii …

 

 


Meanwhile, In Bend, Oregon …

It’s back to work for some of Team USA’s notable Nordic skiers


So True

When it comes to reigning Olympic men's curling champion Matt Hamilton, we couldn’t have put it better than the Palmetto Curling Club did here …

Chalk up another pretty good week for the owner of curling’s most famous mustache and his family, including fellow Olympic curler Becca Hamilton.

 

 

 


Fame Game

Congratulations are in order for two-time Olympic soccer medalist Tiffeny Milbrett, who learned this week, somewhat by surprise thanks to teammate and soccer star Brandi Chastain.

And for three-time Olympian Kate Markgraf, it’s induction into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.


High (School) Honors

Congratulations are also in order for PyeongChang women’s bobsled silver medalist Lauren Gibbs. Gibbs, who starred as an athlete at Westridge School, will have not only a reminder of her own success, but also an inspiration hanging at her Pasadena, California, alma mater.

All the way across the country, in Massachusetts, women's ice hockey champion Kacey Bellamy spoke at the graduation of her alma mater’s Class of 2018

 


Road Trip!

A week ago, Olympic bobsledder Nick Cunningham set sail from Lake Placid, New York, bound for Northern California, by way of a road trip that would begin in Charlotte, North Carolina. And all appears to be going well, but for the tears leaving the Adirondacks and running afoul of two-sport Olympian Lolo Jones.

 

 

 

 

 


It Begins With One

Olympic champion soccer player Sydney Leroux Dwyer, who scored six goals in 23 appearances a year ago in Kansas City, now has her first with Orlando, courtesy a perfect assists from fellow Olympian Ali Krieger and this diving header ...


Tokyo On His Mind

What are you doing 26 months from now? Two-time Olympic judoka Nick Delpopolo is already thinking every day about where he’d like to be …