By Allie Dosmann | Oct. 10, 2018, 5 p.m. (ET)

Alex Morgan celebrates after scoring a goal against Mexico at the CONCACAF Women's Championship on Oct. 4, 2018 in Cary, N.C.

 

Off season? What's an off season? It seems like Team USA athletes are never slowing down. Whether it's World Cup qualification season or an athlete's first Youth Olympic Games, they are training on and off the court, field and ice to be ready. This week, Team USA fans got the opportunity to show their support through custom digital wallpapers, the U.S. women's soccer team began it's qualification bid for the upcoming World Cup and the Shib Sibs showcased their excitement for the upcoming games. And more, much, much more.

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1. As if we needed another reason to be excited about the lead up for softball’s return to the Olympic Games in 2020! Cat Osterman, one of the members of the 2008 gold medal team, is coming back out of retirement to tryout for the Olympic team. Osterman is one of three members from the 2008 team attempting to make a second go.

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“I’m just following my dream and doing my thing,”

The three-time Olympian for Egypt Amro Elgeziry now competes for the U.S. in decathlon and has high hopes to join Team USA in 2020.

3. Last week was a big one for Team USA fans who follow us on social media. Around 500 fans received custom wallpapers on Twitter in honor of the U.S. women’s soccer team’s journey to World Cup qualification. Gamer (and big Team USA supporter) Ninja even got a special custom digital wallpaper.

4. Winter is coming, which means that hockey season is here. Fourteen members of the U.S. women’s hockey team that won gold will play this season in the National Women’s Hockey League. Five others will play in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League and the rest for their respective college programs.

5. How do you win a gold medal? One step at a time. Taekwondo’s Paige McPherson has her mind set on winning gold in Tokyo in 2020, but she isn’t looking beyond 2018 quite yet. She just got her first win on the big stage, and now she’s doing everything she can to chase that feeling.

6. This year has been a big one for speed skater Maame Biney. So far, she’s turned 18, qualified for the Olympic Winter Games, competed in said games, and then took a much deserved four and a half month break. Now, she’s getting her legs back and preparing for competition.

7. Welcome to Buenos Aires, Youth Olympic Team! Now let’s bring it in.

8. U.S. youth rugby player Alex Cleary was selected to carry the flag at Opening Ceremonies for the Youth Olympic Games that begun late last week in Buenos Aires. Cleary is co-captain of the rugby team and is the first rugby player in an Olympic or Youth Olympic Games to serve as flag bearer.

9. How would you like to see Lebron James, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook take the court for Team USA in 3x3 basketball? The variation is one of the sports at this year’s Youth Olympic Games. It requires teams to share a basket and only play on half court. It’s worth following because the sport makes it Olympic debut coming up in 2020.

10. Number one cooling system, right here.

11. Megan Rapinoe can do (and has done) it all. To kick off CONCACAF, she sported the captains band for only the second time in her U.S. career. It was clearly good luck because she netted two goals in their 6-0 win.

12. Tatyana, meet Tatyana.

13. It came down to the wire, but did we really ever doubt Olympic gold medalist Helen Maroulis? She is on her way to worlds after defeating Alex Hedrick in a wrestle-off.

14. Buenos Aires kicked off the Youth Olympic Games on a historical foot. They let Opening Ceremonies be open to the public for the first time in Olympic history.

15. Whether you’re a summer or a winter athlete, Team USA come together in support of an upcoming Olympic Games.

16. Paralympian Daniel Romanchuk won his first major marathon victory in the men’s wheelchair division on Sunday. He got the W out of the 22 Paralympian's and 10 countries represented.

17.  The next Youth Olympic Games are coming to Senegal, which marks the first time that Africa will host Olympic competition.

18.  Congratulations to (one of) our favorite alpine skiiers Bode Miller and his wife Morgan! They welcomed a baby boy to the world this weekend

19. Team USA fans, meet Ryhan White. She's one of the big names to watch at this year’s Youth Olympic Games. She won the first medal of the games and continues to finish near the top in all of her heats.

20.  Congratulations to skeet shooter Caitlin Connor, the U.S. jumping team and volleyball’s Matt Anderson! Not only did they all have spectacular Septembers, but they won Best of September honors.