Gold-, silver- and bronze-medal finishes, retirements, new leagues and more - it was yet another big week for Team USA. From rugby to figure skating, alpine skiing to ice hockey, let's review what you might have missed.
1. The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be here sooner than you think, and we want you to be prepared. This week’s lesson is on the Japanese Yen. Pro tip: Hold on to your coins while in Japan as it has more vending machines per capita than anywhere else in the world.
2. “I know how to fly. I know what to do. It is really peaceful. You're in your element when you're in the air.”
3. Figure skater Alysa Liu is already a national champion, and now she’s charming America.
4. The U.S. women’s field hockey team is ready to amp up its training with Olympic medals on the mind. This season will mark the first for the FIH Pro League, a competitive women’s league featuring nine countries. The games will be televised, feature home and away matches with an emphasis on ticket sales, and bring a new level of competition to the U.S. women’s team’s preparation.
Thank you, Lindsey.
5. Lindsey Vonn announced that she is retiring this month, due to injuries and chronic pain that she has been unable to overcome. But Vonn’s legacy is something that will not be coming to an end anytime soon. She retires with the most world cup wins of any female alpine skier in history, just four wins shy of the overall record. And who can forget her gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010, the first gold in downhill by an American woman.
6. Four-time Olympian and full-time champion.
7. In snowboardcross, age is just a number. Nate Holland is 40 and is competing against 2016 Youth Olympian Jake Vedder who is only 20 years old. Holland notes that his 3-year-old daughter is closer to Vedder’s age than he is, but he isn’t letting that get in his way.
8. Christian Taylor coming in to give us the feels.
9. “I’m on the clouds. I don’t know if this will ever sink in. This is the craziest moment of my life.”
10. The last year for Kendall Coyne Schofield:
- Won Olympic gold at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018
- Married Super Bowl champion Michael Schofield
- The first woman to compete in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition
- An analyst for a nationally televised NHL game
11. Another weekend, another W for Mikaela Shiffrin. Shiffrin earned her 13th world cup victory of the season this weekend with the top finish in women’s slalom, and she now holds the record for the most world cup victories in a single season by an American. Reminder: Shiffrin is only 23 years old.
12. Last week, the U.S. men’s soccer team won its first game under new head coach Gregg Berhalter. Now (knock on wood) we have the beginnings of a streak. Team USA defeated Costa Rica with two goals in the 80th minute and have a 5-0 score advantage over the last two games.
13. Things keep rolling for the U.S. men’s rugby sevens team as it won its fourth straight silver medal on Sunday. The team is still tied for New Zealand for the top ranking after four of the 10 tournaments for this season. The top four teams will qualify for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
14. The U.S. women’s rugby sevens team is close behind. They secured the bronze this weekend, thanks to a score by Kris Thomas just 30 seconds into the medal match. The podium finish moves them up to second place in the standings.
15. Congratulations to Nate Ebner, Olympian and three-time Super Bowl champion!