By Jamie MacDonald | Sept. 07, 2018, 8:31 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."


Let’s Get It Straight

As evidenced by her two-time defending world cup champion status, alpine skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin has quite clearly left behind a label of “slalom specialist.” This week, she, along with some very fortunate Team USA alpine skiers, is flying in picturesque Chile.

Up&Up ☺️ (Freedo Remix - Coldplay)

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And when she wasn’t flying, Olympic alpine skiing legend Lindsey Vonn found some excellent vantage points from which to enjoy the view.

Training With A View

It’s not exactly a rule that when we have images from New Zealand they will automatically be highlighted here. But it’s close. And no wonder. For Team USA’s athletes who have to train on snow, these are the lengths to which they have to go in an effort to train for winning medals. It has paid off for Olympic cross-country skiing champion Jessie Diggins. Both in terms of the view and the work.


Little did we know how true this would turn out to be for Olympic swimming star Katie Ledecky …

… a few days later in Queens while watching fellow Rio Olympian Madison Keys.

Figure skating’s Shib Sibs also made the most of their visit to Flushing.

More New York State Of Mind

The great get-togethers that are state fairs bring all sorts of folks together. For some of the luckiest among them, an Olympic medalist such as luger Chris Mazdzer might make a young fan’s day.

New York’s state fair even offered up a chance to luge …

… and check out some Miraculous memorabilia from Lake Placid.

Camera, Rolling

Every once in a while, you just have a feeling something good is going to happen. This was the case for Olympic champion soccer player Sydney Leroux Dwyer while watching her husband, Dom Dwyer, who scored a goal this past July while playing for the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Super Selections

Predictions are in from the Weir family, and Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir likes a rematch.


Labor Day

Working on Labor Day? But of course for Team USA.


#HappyLaborDay + #MondayMood πŸ™ˆ

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For two-time Paralympic snowboarder Mike Shea, that meant working on another labor of love. Turns out he’s pretty skilled in the shop, too.

Flipping Out

How do you get comfortable in the air at a young age? Having a father who dives for a living, such as three-time Olympian and Olympic champion David Boudia, might help. Or you could just take a tandem ride with said three-time Olympian.

Rock Solid Effort

We may be months and seasons removed from Team USA winning gold in PyeongChang, but the Houston Astros are still hot on curling.

Yes, Goat Yoga

Apparently, this is a thing. Brought to you by Olympic swimmer Jessica Hardy.

Once More, With Feeling

We leave this edition as the end of an era. Two-time Olympic medalist Dawn Harper Nelson capped off a thoroughly distinguished career that included four straight Diamond League titles from 2012-15, an Olympic gold and an Olympic silver medal this past week by running her last 100-meter hurdles race in Zagreb, Croatia, at the IAAF World Challenge Meeting. Beforehand, she fired through the final routine of this kind …


Last time getting suiting up to go compete!!! πŸ˜©πŸ˜† #zagreb @nike

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