Red, White & Trending: June 1-7

By Jamie MacDonald | June 08, 2018, 6:30 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."

 

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 …

 

 

Until next year Paris ❣️

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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.


Tick, Tock

It’s been a minute, hasn’t it, Simone Biles?

But you know who else is looking forward to the return of the gymnastics star of the Rio Games?

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.

 

#cmtawards πŸ’ƒπŸΌβ€οΈ

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Team USA would also confess affections for Vonn’s dress.

@oksanamasters: This look πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯πŸ”₯. You look amazing!!!!

@simonebiles: STUNNING πŸ”₯

@meryledavis: Beautiful


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.


All Aces

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.

 

 

Caption this 🀣

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Wedding Bells

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 …

 

We’re ENGAGED!!! ♥️♥️♥️

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One step closer! #love #letsdothisthing @ckbigcountry

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I have found the one whom my soul loves ♥️ #foreverandalways

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Wedding Bells, Part II

Congratulations are also in order for 2012 Olympic boxing bronze medalist Marlen Esparza …

 

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πŸ₯‚πŸŽ‚πŸ°πŸ°πŸ° @fitlifefrank

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Plus One

On the baby front, Olympic gymnastics Alex Naddour and wife/two-time gymnastics world champion Hollie Vise welcomed baby No. 2 to the family.

 


Cup Runneth

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.


Showtime …

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 …