By Jamie MacDonald | June 29, 2018, 6:49 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."

 

#OlympicDay Salute

Olympic Day. The closest thing to a holiday dedicated to everything Olympians hold dear — from the results to every last drop of blood, sweat and tears that went into those results. Even the most frustrating of results, or the most disheartening or the saddest. Olympians and Paralympians are indeed a special brand of athlete and their numbers are so few, so elite, so unique. The shared experience at its most elemental level — sacrifice, suffering, heartache, doubt, long odds and the shot at history — deserves a social celebration dedicated to the most taxing and lasting memories of one’s life. The most thoughtful of a thoughtful day on social media …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy #OlympicDay !! So blessed to do the sport I loveโค๏ธ

A post shared by Laurie Hernandez (@lauriehernandez_) on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been competing in the sport of #luge for 17 years. I have competed in three Olympic Games. I I have given my whole life to this sport and by doing this I have sacrificed time with family and friends and have missed out on many ‘normal’ experiences others get to have. That being said, I would do this all again. I have trained with, and get to call some of the greatest athletes friends. I have traveled to many countries, experienced completely different cultures other than my own and know I have plenty of friends and couches to sleep on in many countries. Thank you to everyone who has cheered me on, supported me, and celebrated with me. The Olympic rings bring everyone together for one common goal and I’m so honored to represent #teamUSA today on #OlympicDay and every day.

A post shared by Chris Mazdzer (@mazdzer) on

 


Farewells

Back in 2008, Dawn Harper-Nelson, appearing at her first Olympic Games at the age of 24, went out and won gold in the 100-meter hurdles. She’d been a hurdles star since high school and went on to earn All-American honors at UCLA beforehand, and at her second Games, in London, she won silver. Her impact on the sport should not be underestimated, and these days are more precious than ever. To follow up #OlympicDay, her Twitter post fits nicely within the theme.

Meanwhile, Olympic luger Matt Mortensen, who last week was honored in his hometown, officially retired — and came up with a beauty of a post that looked back to his earliest days in the sport.

 

It’s time to hang up the helmet, remove the spikes, and take off the suit. The start of a new journey begins today. Today, I am officially retiring from the sport of Luge. Thank you to everyone that has helped and supported me along the way. I have so many great memories that I will carry with me for the rest of my life because of this sport. Thank you all for them. Here are a few from over the years.. please read my full retirement letter posted on Facebook or in the link I have attached to my Instagram profile. . . . . #teamusa #usaluge #armywcap #retirement #retired #retire #party #success #olympics #olympic #motivation #lifestyle #inspiration #goals #travel #retiredlife #respect #athlete #athletes #athletelife #strong #motivation #future #memories #memory #love #missyou #thanks #thankyou #moving #movingon

A post shared by Matt Mortensen (@mmortensenusa) on

Mortensen’s partner and former opponent Jayson Terdiman offered his warm wishes …

 

Well, the news is out. Congratulations @mmortensenusa on an incredible career. I will never be able to thank you enough for the amazing memories we made over these past four years (and before that as teammate/opponents). From relearning how to slide, reaching our first World Cup podium together, becoming World Championship medalists, an overall Bronze crystal globe, setting the final track record in Nagano, and becoming 2x Olympians ๐Ÿคฉ There isn’t much we didn’t accomplish in our short time together. I know your next chapter will be full of successes and I wish you and @alexchitza nothing but the best in your future together. You will be missed my friend, lots of love - Jayson #ImSingleAgain #Divorced ๐Ÿ“ธ @placidtimesphotography @kevinjairaj @gettyimages

A post shared by Jayson Terdiman (@jaysonterdiman) on


Sneak Peek …

And from the Far East, a happy Olympic Day from 13-time Paralympic gold medalist Jessica Long, who has Tokyo on her mind.


Long, Read

Speaking of Long, congratulations are in order for Team USA’s newest author …

 


Bubba’s Week

Rio Olympic golfer Bubba Watson also had a pretty good week in Connecticut. And so did his son …

 

 

Watson managed to sneak in an Olympic Day post, no less …

… And then he went out and won for the third time this year.


Families That Hop Together …

Hard not to notice some similarities in Olympic alpine skier Daron Rahlves’ kids finding some fun at a post office parking lot.

 

Making a mail run fun.

A post shared by Daron Rahlves (@daronrahlves) on


Ski Season? Yes

It’s winter o’clock somewhere. Time for training. In France, for instance …

And Oregon, at Timberline, for some incredibly difficult slalom training …


Dancing Machine

Seems Olympic alpine skiing champion Mikaela Shiffrin remains critical of her results after “18 million years” of practice.


Warming Trend

Still remotely on the subject of skiing, Paralympic snowboarding star Amy Purdy is ready for a variation of the theme this summer.

Olympic figure skater Jason Brown is ready for summer, too. Hat and all …

Olympic snowboarding champion Hannah Teter also has the summer thing down on Lake Tahoe.

 

The bluest blue. ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿป‍โ™€๏ธ

A post shared by Hannah Teter (@hannahteter) on


Green Dreams

’Tis also the grass-court season. Wimbledon season. And Alexis Ohanian, who already has a Grand Slam victory to her credit along with Olympic tennis legend Serena Williams, is getting comfortable on the grass.

 

Hummm that looks yummy #wimbledon go Mommy

A post shared by Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. (@olympiaohanian) on


Transition Defense

The odds are now even more stacked against two-time Olympic alpine skiing medalist Andrew Weibrecht and his wife, Denja.


Going Stu Crazy

One of the world’s biggest sporting events, the FIFA World Cup, is underway in Russia, where men’s soccer Olympian Stuart Holden has been putting in the hours as a broadcaster. Perhaps too many hours.

Things didn’t get much better for Holden, either.


One To Grow On …

Pro tip from a pro mom (and Paralympic triathlete) …