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."
Courting More Success
By Tuesday, Team USA was guaranteed a finalist at the French Open and that it would come at the expense of a fellow American. It may also have set up as a look into the future of women’s tennis in the United States as Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens, both of whom played for Team USA at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and also met in the 2017 US Open final, squared off in the semifinals at Roland Garros this past Thursday — when Stephens again came out on top. Both were willing to share their sides of things, including Keys’ classy post in defeat, via social …
Shiffrin Juggles Her Time
Yes, merely at the age of 23, Mikaela Shiffrin has been among the world’s best skiers for the better part of a decade now. But before all that, she was an athlete into all sorts of things — ranging from unicycle-riding to the more mainstream youth sport of soccer. This past week, Shiffrin had the chance to geek out on soccer a bit, meeting a fellow Team USA star …
… and showing off some reasonable juggling skills of her own.
The offseason has been treating Shiffrin well, too. In addition to some downtime a the beach late last month, the respite also took her to the track — specifically as grand marshal for the 2018 Thunder Valley Motocross in Colorado — this past week.
Another cool day today, this time at @thundervalleymx ! I even got the chance to meet @kenroczen94 and @elitomac !!! Gotta admit that I didn’t know a lot about motocross before today (besides riding my itty-bitty dirt bike when I was a little girl) but I learned a lot today and this sport is INSANE! I’m definitely a fan now! Thanks to everyone who made these past two days happy, it’s been so fun to experience some other sports outside of skiing like this! @redbull #givesyouwings
It’s been a minute, hasn’t it, Simone Biles?
kinda crazy to think that I compete next month— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) June 5, 2018
But you know who else is looking forward to the return of the gymnastics star of the Rio Games?
So exciting!! You’re gonna crush!! https://t.co/xEaEpZUL3f— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) June 5, 2018
Lindsey Vonn had the social media favor returned later in the week after the Olympic skiing legend — and scroll down for more of her adventures this past week at Harvard Business School — took in the CMT Awards, where she served as a presenter … and confessed her affections for the Backstreet Boys.
Team USA would also confess affections for Vonn’s dress.
@oksanamasters: This look 🔥 🔥🔥. You look amazing!!!!
@simonebiles: STUNNING 🔥
Upside Down And Sideways
Biles’ fellow Final Five member and Olympic gymnastics champion Laurie Hernandez was back in the gym again, too. Even if it wasn’t perfect …
… it just made sense to give it another shot.
Earlier in the week, Hernandez showed off flashes of her singing voice. That didn’t go as planned, either.
We all know Michael Phelps likes his golf. And if it only takes one shot to keep even an average golfer coming back for more, this shot should keep the Olympic swimming legend’s passion fueled for a while.
Back To School
And not just any school, either. One of the world’s best athletes landed at one of the world’s top business schools this past week when Vonn attended class at Harvard Business School. The Rock made it, too. Sort of.
I’ve always been self conscious about my level of education because I never went to college and instead turned to my professional skiing career...but now I’m at Harvard Business school learning from one of the greatest professors in the world @anitaelberse. Humbled and thankful for this experience and hoping to use this knowledge for amazing things down the road. Thank you @harvardhbs ... Two more days of school left 🙌🏻❤️#neverstoplearning
“There is no blueprint. I am trying to create my own opportunities.” @therock. Learn, grow, hustle and always stay humble. @harvard was even more incredible than I ever could have imagined. Thankful for the opportunity to better myself and for all of the amazing people i met. Thank you @anitaelberse for being so inspiring 🙏🏻❤️ #harvardgrad #alwayslearning 📸 @kev.wolf
All in all, it’s been a pretty good year for long track speedskater Mia Manganello. It began in January with an engagement and a successful Olympic trials. February brought with it the Olympic appearance and a bronze medal there. In March, she was still pinching herself. In April, there was a Power of Excellence award and her own day in Florida, followed by a wedding license in May, and, this past week …
I keep waking up in the mornings feeling like it was all a dream... Then I see this beauty and I’m reminded, dreams do come true! Thank you so much to the endless amount of people that have helped me get here, supporting and believing in me when no one else did. I share this moment and medal with you! @kttape @happytoothfoundation @rokasports @mleneman #olympicmedalist #teamusa
I had the incredible honor of accepting the Power of Excellence Award from Dr. and Mrs. Ben Carson from the Carson Scholars Fund this past weekend. As part of the honor we were able to attend the Carson Scholars Fund Florida Award Banquet, where some of the most extraordinary kids were not only recognized for their achievements in academics but also their powerful devotion to humanitarianism. Each and everyone of them is striving to and succeeding at making this world a better place. #honored #blessed #smartlittlecookies
There’s no place like home!April 24th will now forever be known as Mia Manganello Day. To be able to bring my success home and share it with the most special people in my life is a dream come true. I will never be able to express my love for each and everyone of you in the beautiful town of Crestview, FL. Y’all are my family and forever my home. #keytothecity #honored #homesweethome #lovewhatyoudo #whatayear
Wedding Bells, Part II
Congratulations are also in order for 2012 Olympic boxing bronze medalist Marlen Esparza …
On the baby front, Olympic gymnastics Alex Naddour and wife/two-time gymnastics world champion Hollie Vise welcomed baby No. 2 to the family.
4:55pm today, My Son was born! 7lbs 14 ounces and 19.5 inches. I couldn’t be more excited, I am very blessed and thankful for everything and everyone in my life especially my family and my amazing wife, she is my Queen and one of the strongest people I know. #fatheroftwo #dad #myson #myteam #Naddourboysarebornonthe4th
Beginning with a sneaky cheeky dig at an earlier round opponent Olympic swimming champion and Maryland native Katie Ledecky has been, in honor of the Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup run, rocking the red on the inside. In truth, her fandom dates back to the late-‘90s when the team moved away from the red, white and blue.
It’s not enough that cross-country skier Andy Newell is a four-time Olympian, most recently in PyeongChang, but he’s also pretty special off the snow, too …