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By Jamie MacDonald | May 04, 2018, 1:22 a.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."


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:

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 …


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.





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 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.

Class Act

For retirement posts, this is about as good as they come, courtesy Olympic alpine skiing medalist Andrew Weibrecht. 










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

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Medal Moment

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.


Fly-nap-speech-workout-fly. ✔️Tuesday. #keepgrinding

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White, Wedding

Three, two, one … awwwww

Sidenote: Olympic snowboarding gold medalist Shaun White remains just as stylish in the halfpipe.


🌴🤺 📷 @andrewarthur

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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 …

Fellow USWNT star offered a quick postscript, incidentally:

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 …

Derby Daze

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.


Struttin’ into Derby weekend. 👗by @bronxandbanco @harperspr #kentuckyderby

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After some trouble getting to Kentucky, Weir recovered nicely.



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.

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 …

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Sandi Morris

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Andrew Weibrecht

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Hilary Knight

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Marquise Goodwin