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."
Now, how’s this for a resume? Alpine ski racer Julia Mancuso officially retired from the U.S. Ski Team this past January with thirty-six world cup podiums, five world championship medals, four Olympic medals and countless waves surfed along the way. She can now add a new hip to the resume. True to form, she went into it her way and is progressing just fine …
😱❤️👍 can't believe how amazing medicine is:) wow! I have a new hip! I'm just preparing to give a keynote at the Injury Prevention Symposium presented by the USOC and Steadman Philippon research institute. I'm pretty excited to share my story. I know it's a little ironic to go up there and talk about injury prevention days after a full replacement, but the fact that I was able to do so much with a not so positive situation is what I am planning to share:) you can prevent injuries by staying positive and working smart. Smart and hard, but trusting your intuition is the most important thing. And surrounding yourself with professionals you trust. I have been lucky to work with the best Doctors and therapists in the world:) so a big thank you to Dr. Philippon, Dr. Matta, @deep2peak @kazfridamaui @cotapilates @theunicornphysio @lindsaywinninger @annabrolenius @christariepe @aprilmreynolds @doctor.masi 🙌 and everyone else along the way! You guys rock:)
DWTS, The Cameo Chronicles
As we mentioned in this space a week ago, the current edition of "Dancing with the Stars" opened with a distinct Team USA influence — from a softball legend to recent Olympians. The cast also had a few visitors this past week.
No amount of @dancingabc “security rope”😂🤷🏾♀️ was going to keep me from giving this babe a big hug! If you haven’t been keeping up with @adaripp and the rest of my @teamusa fam on #DWTS... #youremissingout . . . #twinkletoes #quickstep #football #allthatjazz #sparkle #sirrippon #bae #dancebae #olympics #olympian #teamusa
New York State Of Mind
Styling only a week ago on the left coast in a sharp suit-and-tie combo for a family wedding, Olympic gold medalist and snowboarding icon Shaun White took the occasion of the Met Gala to make an impact at the notoriously stylish New York City annual event. He even rocked it with a pregame look.
#MetGala 2018 👑 @voguemagazine @EtroOfficial 📷: @BFA pic.twitter.com/Qk2gpCONeg— Shaun White (@shaunwhite) May 8, 2018
And lest we forget White’s iconic status has a good deal to do with his work on a skateboard. He posted an epic #tbt to remind us all.
Speed And Power
Among Team USA’s most versatile track stars, Olympic sprinter and long jump champion Tianna Bartoletta can also humble us in the weight room.
😁🤣😂 (don’t mind me I’m just being silly). We all have our strengths. pic.twitter.com/9Rx8OofKnB— Tianna T. Bartoletta (@tibartoletta) May 9, 2018
Derby day is full of traditions — a tradition that for the past few years has included the dynamic broadcasting duo of Olympic figure skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir. Per usual, they brought some fashionable conversation starters.
A visit from a Team USA athlete is a visit so many students will remember for the rest of their lives. This past week, a couple of recent gold medalists enjoyed the opportunity to inspire hundreds with their golden moments.
I love sharing my story especially with the youth and hopefully changing perspective on what disability is, and how it’s about our character that gets us to where we are and not what look like. I spoke to the elementary, middle, and High school. Each class was this large which was amazing. Thank you so much for having me @ryecountryday 💕
Speaking of school …
Two-time Paralympian Colleen Young spent much of the past week grinding out a final few days of the college calendar at Fairfield University, but the St. Louis native is headed back home with a smile.
ah yes nothing like being at the library at 2 AM I ❤️ finals week— Colleen Young (@_CRYoung) May 7, 2018
update: just left the library at 4:53 AM goodnight— Colleen Young (@_CRYoung) May 7, 2018
see ya soon st louis ✈️— Colleen Young (@_CRYoung) May 10, 2018
Young, a Midwesterner attending college in New England, has another few years of college to go, but Olympic mogul skiing champion Hannah Kearney, a New Englander who attended college in Utah, can close the books on another successful chapter …
I completed college and my dog is super cool. If Twitter isn’t for sharing information like this, I don’t know what it is good for. pic.twitter.com/HoiaqqbqNg— Hannah Kearney (@HK_Ski) May 7, 2018
View From The Top
It’s not often that an athlete can pick a seemingly right time to walk away from so much of what makes their successes possible — the training and traveling and missed moments while preparing to compete against the world’s best. Tyler George had just that opportunity. George won Olympic gold this past winter in PyeongChang, and he’s chosen to take a step back while on top.
After a life changing 4 years and a long run of grinding seasons, it’s time to step away from competitive curling and give the mind and body a rest. I’ll use this time as an ambassador to continue to #growthegame. Thanks to all for the amazing support to lift me up over this run! pic.twitter.com/O0RqqA2svY— Tyler George (@tgeorge1323) May 8, 2018
In George’s place, Team Shuster has welcomed a new member to its ranks, 2010 Olympian Chris Plys, who was quickly welcomed with open arms.
Thank you @Team_HMcCormick for the last two seasons. I had the time of my life.— chris plys (@chrisplys) May 8, 2018
Next season I accepted an opportunity to play with @TeamShuster & Im excited to do everything I can to help my new squad.
Thanks to my team, sponsors, family and fans for everything.#GivesYouWings pic.twitter.com/j554lD4StA
Sad to see @tgeorge1323 go but happy to have @chrisplys take his place. Couldn’t ask for a better couple of teammates! #curling #proud @TeamShuster https://t.co/k4Vuep4xPE— Matt Hamilton (@MattJamilton) May 8, 2018
Congratulations are in order for four-time Olympic swimming medalist Maya DiRado, who was also quickly welcomed with open arms.
Excited to welcome four-time Olympic medalist @MayaDiRado to our Board of Directors!!— USA Swimming Foundation (@SwimFoundation) May 8, 2018
📰: https://t.co/KUpDi0Opj5 pic.twitter.com/G3McWvuiLT
The excitement is mutual!! https://t.co/MGxRX12H4l— Maya DiRado (@MayaDiRado) May 8, 2018
Welcome to the family!!! We love you @MayaDiRado https://t.co/NIWnOEJaPN— Elizabeth Beisel ⚓ (@ebeisel34) May 8, 2018
Congratulations are also in order for Nick Goepper, whose 2018 includes Olympic gold in freestyle skiing, throwing out an opening day pitch in Cincinnati and getting engaged in Florida.
Making History, Again
As a player, AJ Mleczko, a Harvard hockey star and Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner, won the first gold medal in Olympic women’s ice hockey history. All these years later, her life as a broadcaster, which has included work at the Olympic Winter Games, now includes another bit of history.
1998 Olympic gold medalist @AJMleczko is blazing a trail for other U.S. women's hockey players to pursue broadcast opportunities. #TeamUSAhttps://t.co/c3IegZrlUe— USA Hockey (@usahockey) May 8, 2018
Along the NHL’s second season, she’s also encountered the shenanigans of one of the best U.S.-born players in NHL history, Jeremy Roenick.
This #WinnipegWhiteout is no joke people! Found @Jeremy_Roenick ready to rock n roll. @NHLonNBCSports pic.twitter.com/Pdjwly032z— AJ Mleczko Griswold (@AJMleczko) May 7, 2018
Super athlete Sam McGuffie, a 2018 Olympic bobsledder who set a U.S. Olympic Training Center record with a 42.5-inch vertical jump, has now earned a Houston publication’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement award.
🙏🙏Such an honor to receive the first ever Lifetime Achievement award from @vypehouston • • • Glad I was able to say a few words and see some awesome high school athletes/coaches win end of year awards, well deserved! • • • Also thanks to @emilyeskinbomar7 for coordinating a lot of the moving parts behind the scenes and @mattmalatesta @toddfreed for hosting such a beautiful event! #vype #vypehouston #cyfair #rice #bfnd
Yes, ski season. Starring …
BIG thank you to @mammothmountain Mountain and the @usskiteam Speed Ladies for the incredible training these last 10 days! The weather feels like summer here but we have a great crew of people who have been working their tails off to make the conditions awesome. Thank you, thank you! Here’s a little peek at what I have been up to here on the speed side☺️. (Vid cred @kevinwestenbarger ) 👍👋👌☺️😏🙃😋
Waiting For Winter
Then there’s this guy, who is just waiting for his favorite season.
Carving More Turns
And there’s always Iceland for Olympic snowboarding medalist Scotty Lago …
You know that feeling? Peeking over the edge before the drop. This line took it all the way to the ocean. we rented an rv and toured around the island Looking for lines, chutes and fun stuff to ride. You can’t find a better place to ride and scope spots right from the road @wienerschnitzel @mtnops @lagosnowboards 📷 @ramihanafi #snowboarding #bigmtndreams #iceland🇮🇸 #scottylago #adventurevisuals
Meanwhile, In Paradise …
Alpine skiing legend Lindsey Vonn, on the other hand, has not been skiing this past week. But she has been working.
Paradise, however, does have its perks.
Paralympic star Amy Purdy, who has competed on "Dancing with the Stars," landed her work on The New York Times bestseller list and inspired thousands as a speaker, had until recently shied away from swimming in the ocean. No more.
Whatever you want to do, begin it, start now! Make it happen! Getting these swim feet for me was an amazing way to begin something I always wanted to try! Open ocean swimming! But I had to stop talking about it and just make it happen. What have you always wanted to try but haven’t? Comment below! I read all your comments! Take the first step and Start Your Impossible now! Wearing @freedominnovations swim feet, shot with @gopro #goprotravel #startyourimpossible #toyota #makeothappen #declareit #bionicmermaid #motivationmonday