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U.S. Figure Skating Made History & 13 Other Things We Learned Last Week

By Allie Dosmann | Nov. 20, 2018, 12 p.m. (ET)

Madison Hubbell (L) and Zachary Donohue compete in ice dancing at Skate Canda on Oct, 27, 2018 in Laval, Quebec,


Last week, the U.S. women’s soccer team finished the season in an impressive fashion, Team USA athletes talked about the people in their lives who have changed their lives through their kindness, and four-time Olympic medalist David Boudia returned to the platform with no rust. Did you miss something? It’s OK – that’s what we’re here for! We’re happy to have you. Let’s get caught up.

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1. Unbeaten

The U.S. women’s soccer team finished the 2018 season unbeaten, going 18-0-2 capped off with a 1-0 win over Scotland. Next stop: the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

2. The Tokyo Tower is a staple of Tokyo’s culture and a site you will see a lot of come time for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. It shares a strong resemblance to the Eiffel Tower but is distinguished by its bright orange color.

3. My prosthetist has been there from the very beginning. He was the guy who was like, I don’t know if this is possible but we’re going to give it a go. Jared is one of the kindest people I’ve ever met.

- Keith Gabel, Para snowboarding. Last week marked World Kindness Day, so Gabel, along with 15 other Team USA athletes, talked about people who made a difference for them in their careers as well as their lives.

4. The future is bright.

Eleven U.S. Olympians made Forbes list of 30 remarkable athletes under the age of 30. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin, ice hockey’s Lamoureux twins, figure skating’s Adam Rippon and more made the list in representation of the red, white and blue.

5. Hats off to the King.

Salute to you, @KingJames πŸ‘‘

The current @Lakers and 3x Olympian moved up to No. 5⃣ on the ALL-TIME @NBA scoring list among an elusive group of #TeamUSA πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ greats. pic.twitter.com/vOgUnny8f5



6. Don’t worry, Sue Bird isn’t retiring, but she is expanding her resume. Bird, a four-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time WNBA champion, is joining the Denver Nuggets staff as a basketball operations associate. She will also return to the Seattle Storm for her 18th season in 2019.

7. Virginia Fuchs is a true inspiration. She battles Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which causes an irrational fear of contamination and germs every time she puts on boxing gloves and goes into the ring up close to the blood and sweat of an opponent. Instead of letting that get her down, she focuses on being the best competitor she can be and cementing herself in history in Tokyo.

8. The LA Rams wanted to work on training at altitude and came by the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs!

Putting in work at @TeamUSA's house πŸ’ͺ pic.twitter.com/rhohgurTlz


9. Team USA’s top runners have strong roots in the NCAA. Many of the greats from Olympic medalist Emma Coburn to Shalane Flanagan, the first American woman in 40 years to win the New York City Marathon, to many, many stars in between.

10. Mikaela Shiffrin won her third FIS slalom event in Finland this weekend, and with it, earned a very unique prize: a reindeer. A real, live reindeer. “Mr. Gru” (named after the movie "Despicable Me") joins her reindeer Sven (named after the reindeer in "Frozen") and Rudolph (you know, the guy with the red nose).

11. Mr. Gru still has some things to learn.

12. U.S. Figure Skating is making history.

Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko medaled at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow this weekend, which marks the fifth U.S. ice dance team to podium during the 2018-19 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. This is the first time Team USA has had that many teams medal during the season, getting only four teams on the podium in 2013-14 and 2014-15. It also marked Carreira, 18, and Ponomarenko's, 17, first grand prix medal as a senior team.

13. Four-time Olympic medalist David Boudia is back. Prior to this weekend, Boudia hadn’t competed in diving since the Olympic Games Rio 2016. At the Gold Coast Grand Prix in Australia on Saturday, he showed no rust in capturing the silver medal in the men’s 3-meter springboard.

14. We celebrated the birthday of the legend Allyson Felix by looking back at some of our favorite moments from her wins on wins (on wins.)