Last week, we got to know figure skating prodigy Alysa Liu, took in the USA Curling National Championships and we watched our favorite athletes celebrate their loved ones for Valentine's Day on social media -- and much, much more. We know that it's hard to keep up with everything Team USA, but don't worry, that's why we're here to help.
1. Alysa Liu won your hearts last month when she became the youngest U.S. figure skating champion in history. Now, she’s just focused on training. She’s still three years too young to compete in any senior-level competition, but she doesn’t mind as it gives her “more time to practice.”
2. The medals handed out at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 are officially going to be made entirely of recycled materials. It will be the first time ever that the medals will be made from 100-percent recycled materials, thanks to donations from the Japanese public of old and obsolete consumer electronics.
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4. Congratulations to Olympic champion Carly Patterson Caldwell! The gymnast won the all-around gold at the Olympic Games Athens 2004, and welcomed her second child, Emmaline Rae Caldwell, into the world last week.
5. Brighton Zeuner has already made a name for herself in the skateboarding community, and now she has her eyes set on Tokyo and the Olympic stage. Zeuner is only 14 years old, but she has two X Games gold medals already under her belt.
6. Kumamon, a mascot who serves as a representative of the Japanese government, visited the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, last week to bring some excitement for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. Suffice it to say we are most definitely excited.
Happy Valentine's Day from Team USA!
7. “We met in Rio! Playing Uno in the USA Track & Field team room. We played a couple games, after that I knew he had a crush on me and we hung out all the time after that.”
8. On Valentine’s Day, Team USA athletes took to social media to celebrate their loved ones. From Dwyane Wade to Simone Biles to Ryan Murphy, there was plenty of social media love to go around.
A busy weekend in Lake Placid
9. Elana Meyers Taylor knows what it feels like to be on the podium. This weekend, the most successful U.S. women’s bobsledder in history came from behind to win gold with her partner Lake Kwaza on home ice at the world cup stop in Lake Placid.
10. Zoom zoom. Skeleton’s Kendall Wesenberg had a huge weekend in Lake Placid as well. Wesenberg gave the U.S. skeleton team its first podium finish of the world cup season on Friday. It was USA Skeleton’s first podium finish since Wesenberg’s silver in St. Moritz, Switzerland, back in 2017.
11. As if we were ever going to be able to forget Mikaela Shiffrin. She made history this weekend as the first skier ever to win four straight world titles in the same event. Shiffrin won the gold in women’s slalom, a discipline in which she currently has 38 world cup victories.
12. Did we mention that she was fighting a terrible cold that was limiting her ability to breathe? Thank you, Mikaela!
— Mikaela Shiffrin (@MikaelaShiffrin) February 17, 2019
14. Team Shuster and Team Sinclair are your 2019 USA Curling national champions. Next up, both teams will head to world championships, which begin March 30 in Alberta for the men.
15. Nathan Adrian gave us some good news!
As I had mentioned above, this story is far from over and I have a lot more to tell about the whole thing. But for now it is almost noon and I need to go to practice where I belong 🏊 💪🏽. pic.twitter.com/Zxu5b24BWq— Nathan Adrian (@Nathangadrian) February 18, 2019