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Red, White & Trending: May 4-10

By Jamie MacDonald | May 11, 2018, 7:05 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."


Hip Lady

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 …


Here we go! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’ช

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๐Ÿ˜ฑโค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ 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 ๐Ÿ™Œ and everyone else along the way! You guys rock:)

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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.





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.


Getting ready for #metgala tonight! Thank you @voguemagazine for the invite!

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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.



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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.

Race Day

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.

School Daze

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.


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.




all smiles for the end of sophomore year!!! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

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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 …



1st ride unencumbered by college. #whatnow? ๐Ÿ“ท: Mike

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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.

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.


Welcome A’Board

Congratulations are in order for four-time Olympic swimming medalist Maya DiRado, who was also quickly welcomed with open arms.



Wedding Bells

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.


She’s stuck with me forever! Lizzy Braun-not-for-long. ๐Ÿ’

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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.

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.

Giant Leap

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.

Ski Season?

Yes, ski season. Starring …


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 …

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.

Swim, Lesson

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.

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