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."
Keep Looking Up. And Ahead
Sandi Morris may be a world-class pole vaulter and Olympic silver medalist, but here’s a little secret about Team USA athletes: They’re crazy driven. So, when Morris goes out and wins the Drake Relays after clearing a meet record 4.88 meters, she’s looking ahead to bigger things. Higher things, in fact, like a new American record:
For those curious, here is one of my attempts at 5.01m! This is my last attempt. I think my first was also good, but don’t have video of it 🙈 I believe I have this in me! Let’s GOOOOO! 💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/W5nbI8liRU— Sandi Morris (@sandicheekspv) April 29, 2018
She also took a photobomb moment before making that bit of history:
And when three-time Olympian Jenny Simpson breaks the American two-mile record at the same meet, her focus is on …
Onto the next challenge... @dldoha— Jenny Simpson (@trackjenny) April 29, 2018
Team USA In Prime Time
’Tis the season. "Dancing with the Stars" is back, and with a heavy Team USA impact, including softball star Jennie Finch, Olympic figure skaters Mirai Nagasu and Adam Rippon, gold medalist snowboarder Jamie Anderson and Olympic luge medalist Chris Mazdzer, to name a few.
Hey everyone, I know this is confusing but over the next 12 hours you need to call 1-800-868-3403 and cast your vote for us because this counts towards week 2!!!! Yes, the next 12 hours decides week 2! Please help #teammoveitorlugeit @witneycarson get to week 3 because only bigger things are happening!!!! 🙌🏼
Guys, I’m so nervous but I can’t wait to compete with my partner @alanbersten I literally just finished my @starsonice and can’t wait to hop on my red eye to join my new @dancingabc fam. Tomorrow 8/7 central. I’m counting on you to vote! #team🔥❄️🌶 And I think @alanbersten said he’ll give you a shoutout for your votes!
And heading into Week 2, Team USA, including Adam Rippon remains strongly in the hunt.
Still, the whole thing can, after all this time, rattle the likes of Simone Biles.
the dancing with the stars elimination music still makes me so nervous— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) May 1, 2018
The Family That Curls Together …
If you thought since the PyeongChang Games that it might just be a good time to hang out with the Hamiltons — two of whom, Matt, who won gold with the men and teamed up with sister Becca in mixed doubles — you would be correct.
For retirement posts, this is about as good as they come, courtesy Olympic alpine skiing medalist Andrew Weibrecht.
Well folks, there comes a time in every young man’s life that he decides it’s time to retire and move on. It was tough to pinpoint one “amazing” photo that summed up my sixteen year experience, and then I figured “hey, the internet’s free and since we’re all just wasting time anyway…" I started my @usskiteam career in 2002 around the same time as @steven_nyman and @ted_ligety. Man were we dorks...But hey, we were young and having a great time.
Anyway, what it comes down to is this; the stress of being on the road and away from my family no longer made ski racing worth it. I will always love the experience, but I no longer love the lifestyle and I’m happy to say that I’m retiring the way I wanted to; without regret and ready for the next adventure. I’m sorry for the long windedness, but you know what they say “ you only retire from your first career, at thirty two, once”. Thanks to everybody who has supported me through my career, I really can’t say enough to show how grateful I am. To the athletes: it was a pleasure to compete against you all. For those of you sticking around, I look forward to watching you do things I no longer have to do (Kitzbuhel first training, etc.) and to those retiring, thanks for the great times. Thank you all, I couldn’t have done it without you and I wouldn’t have wanted to. From NYSEF to Team USA, I have had the honor of being associated with some of the best people I will ever know, and that will always be my privilege. Andrew
When it comes to loved ones and medals coming back from the Olympic Games, it’s nearly impossible to compete with gold around the neck of a beaming grandmother.
Don’t Try This At Home
Among the great many talents shared by Team USA athletes is the one that makes the rest of us feel lazy and weak. Congratulations, again, Lindsey Vonn.
Three, two, one … awwwww …
Sidenote: Olympic snowboarding gold medalist Shaun White remains just as stylish in the halfpipe.
Getting Their Kicks
Congratulations are in order for soccer icon Mia Hamm, who can see the fruits of some of her labor as an owner …
So proud of this woman. Pregame w the only female owner in MLS right now, the amazing @MiaHamm. Here's to many more women joining her and joining @NWSL. Wink wink nudge nudge. pic.twitter.com/T08pKw0F87— Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy) April 30, 2018
Fellow USWNT star offered a quick postscript, incidentally:
I was told Mia is the only female owner in @MLS when in fact there are 3 others (& hopefully that # keeps growing). Kay Rawlins w/ @OrlandoCitySC & Wendy Nelson and Erika Binger w/ @MNUFC. Love when I can correct myself w additional women. https://t.co/sXCMuMvoHw— Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy) April 30, 2018
In any event, here’s the view from an even higher angle:
Team USA Dream Teamer and hoops legend Magic Johnson can also add ownership of another franchise to his roster …
We won 1-0! pic.twitter.com/NMyUinNGZx— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 30, 2018
They’re back. Team USA’s dynamic special events broadcasting duo of Olympic figure skaters Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski will once again be on board for the Kentucky Derby.
After some trouble getting to Kentucky, Weir recovered nicely.
Well my flight has been delayed five hours. There isn’t a sundae big enough to dull that pain. #crypretty— Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir) May 2, 2018
Marquise Goodwin is no ordinary Team USA athlete — truth is, all are extraordinary athletes, but Goodwin does have a pretty impressive resume that includes pro football. The 5-foot-9, 179-pound Olympic long jumper and NFL wide receiver recently signed a contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers, and this fan has been with the Texas native all the way back to his days at UT.
When someone says they’re your biggest fan this is a great depiction of the vision I have !! pic.twitter.com/1M3tSHbWfK— Marquise Goodwin (@flashg88dwin) May 2, 2018
It's Wintering Here
It’s still winter somewhere. While temps were well into the 60s to end the week, Saranac Lake, New York - right outside Lake Placid - opened the week with considerable snowfall — captured by U.S. skeleton head coach Tuffy Latour.
Meanwhile, it’s also ski season for Team USA …