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Red, White & Trending: June 8-14

By Jamie MacDonald | June 15, 2018, 5:19 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."


Off The Market

No matter the U.S. Open tournament results coming out of the weekend, 2016 Olympic golfer Rickie Fowler, who ranked tied for 20th after Thursday’s first round at famed Shinnecock Hills, can always look back fondly on this week in Southhampton, Long Island. It may be the home of one of the toughest tests of golf in the country, but it is also now where he proposed — to the tune of more than 350,000 likes on Instagram, along with more than 10,000 comments, including from the likes of Justin Timberlake and Tom Brady. And on National Best Friend Day, no less.


Today is National Best Friend Day so I wanted to lock mine down...I WON!!

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The photog? Fellow American golfer Justin Thomas.


Head Over Heels For Friends

Fowler & Co. weren’t the only best friends showing up on social. In a hail of #NationalBestFriendDay posts, two-time Olympian and Beijing’s 100-meter hurdles champion Dawn Harper-Nelson stood out for her variation on the theme.

And a few hard-not-to-post entries from Team USA’s “siblings” and “mother-daughter” categories …



Happy #NationalBestFriendsDay @maiashibutani! 😂

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Play On

This has been a pretty good run for two-time Olympic gymnastics medalist and Final Five member Laurie Hernandez — who celebrated turning 18 with a dream week that included the Tony Awards and an unforgettable Broadway cameo.



#TonyAwards 🎭

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And it seems the singing she’s been doing lately has mostly paid dividends for a fun cameo event at the Broadway musical "Waitress" …


The Next Generation

We’ve seen the exploits of four-time Olympic skier Daron Rahlves’ kids on the ski slopes, but the motorcycle enthusiast also has a capable riding partner here, too.

Make that two riding partners …


Morning ride before school with Miley on the #atomicrocket #fxr #old40

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Speedskating, anyone? When your mother is U.S. speedskater Heather Bergsma and your father is Dutch speedskater Jorrit Bergsma, who have four Olympic medals and seven world titles between them, let’s say there’s some potential there. The speedskating duo is due this fall.


Halfway to Baby Bergsma 💕🤰🏻

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And how’s this for a sweet set of reveals?


💙👶🏼 #genderreveal

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High Gear

One of the more difficult spin class videos you’ll see this week, courtesy Mr. #EveryDayIsLegDay aka world champion speedskater Joey Mantia.

The former inline skater, who finished fourth in the 1,000-meter in PyeongChang, also offered some inspiring words that might offer perspective on what it means to land just off the podium.


'Win Or Learn’

Another inspiring message, this one in defeat from Olympic tennis player Sloane Stephens, who was up a set in the championship final at the French Open before falling in three.


Here We Go Again

Last week, she was showing off her soccer juggling skills. This week, the multitalented alpine skiing champion Mikaela Shiffrin displays her gifts on the tennis court, too.


Balance, Beaming

Generally, we’re accustomed to seeing Olympic alpine skiing legend Lindsey Vonn’s feats of strength (or glamorous appearances in fabulous locations), but here’s a feat of balance that offers a glimpse of just how gifted an athlete one has to be for success in ski racing.


Fall Down, Get Up

Jessie Diggins, the anchor of the history-making cross-country skiing sprint team earlier this year, spends a lot of time running (and dancing and bouncing around) outdoors. Inevitably, some blood was bound to spill. True to form, it wasn’t long before the buoyant Diggins was up and at ‘em again.



Pitch Counts

Throwing out a ceremonial first pitch remains one of the great lighthearted perks of success, and Team USA has certainly enjoyed its fair share of that spotlight. And yet it really never gets old. Every one of the athletes has his or her own individual Olympic or Paralympic story and connection to the teams for whom they try their darnedest to groove one over the plate. Paralympic star Jeremy Campbell also earned extra credit for his boomerangs.

Wisconsin native and Olympic ice hockey gold medalist Brianna Decker earned her own extra credit for staring down the count before throwing a strike.


Feats Of Strength

From Olympic bobsled medalist Lauren Gibbs, who appears to be in decent shape this offseason …

… a pro tip:

Not to be outdone, or outworked, here are the young children of 2008 Olympic decathlon champion Bryan Clay, moving a tire the hard way …


Lake Life

Hannah Teter may be well known for her efforts on the snow, where she won Olympic gold in the halfpipe at the 2006 Torino Games and silver in Vancouver four years later, but, this time of year, she’s all about life on or near Lake Tahoe.


Cup Runneth Over

It had been since 1998 that the Washington Capitals had made their only Stanley Cup finals appearance, losing to the Detroit Red Wings at the time. But, with the help of Olympian T.J. Oshie, who left an indellible mark on the Sochi Games, and his 21 points throughout the playoffs, the Caps won their first Cup this past week. Afterward, Oshie thanked … his family.




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Caps teammate John Carlson, who scored an overtime gold medal-winning goal for Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Championship in 2010, had himself some family fun, too.

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Laurie Hernandez

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Rickie Fowler