By Allie Dosmann | Jan. 07, 2019, 5:41 p.m. (ET)
(L) Christian Pulisic dribbles the ball at an international friendly match between England and United States on Nov. 15, 2018 in London.

 

Team USA didn't slow down for the end of the year and the holidays. Soccer player Christian Pulisic set a new U.S. record, USA Luge is gaining speed and Lindsey Vonn gave us a lot to be excited about. We know, it's hard to stay up to date on all the news, but it's okay; let's get started.

Want to learn to curl like the pros? Looking for breaking news, videos, Olympic and Paralympic team bios all at your fingertips? Download the Team USA app today.

 

1. What better way to start the year other than with a healthy competition between a couple of legends?

2. In 1964, Tokyo not only hosted the Olympic Games, but the country of Japan made strides in the modern technology that it is still known for today. The Shinkansen, commonly referred to as a bullet train in English, was built nine days after the Opening Ceremony of the 1964 Games. This has us excited to see what 2020 has in store…

Big news for U.S. Soccer

3. Christian Pulisic signed a deal with Premier League powerhouse Chelsea last week for a record-breaking amount of money. This is a big deal for the 20-year-old, who was transferred for $73.1 million dollars, more than triple the previous record for a transfer for an American player.

4. And he earned a casual one million likes on Instagram as a result. So far, so good.

5. 2018 was a pretty great year for wrestler David Taylor.

  • Won his first world title.
  • Didn’t lose a match all season.
  • Took home the men’s freestyle award from United World Wrestling.

6. "Every day I’m trying to get better so it’s a balance. There is some pressure that comes with (winning gold medals) but there’s also being able to have that confidence that you can do it.”

- Para Nordic skier Kendall Gretsch is ready for the next season.

7. The end of the year was pretty exciting for members of Team USA – and their significant others. Para swimmer Brad Snyder and BMX cyclists Connor Fields and Nic Long all announced their engagements over the holiday season.

8. Team USA has a pretty eventful schedule lined up for 2019. Check out 19 of the awesome locations that Team USA athletes are set to travel to this year.

9. Some things are constant: the sky is blue, snow is white and Mikaela Shiffrin is dominating in alpine skiing. Shiffrin took home the win in slalom at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup stop in Zagreb, Croatia. The victory marked her first of 2019 and her fourth career Snow Queen title.

10. Even stars like Shiffrin have people that they look up to.

11. Luger Summer Britcher is getting pretty comfortable with the rebound. She won silver at the FIL Luge World Cup on Saturday, thanks to a second run that boosted her to the podium. This is becoming a pattern for Britcher, who had the fastest time on the track at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on her second time down.

12. Britcher then medaled again the next day in the team relay alongside Chris Mazdzer, Jayson Terdiman and Tucker West. The bronze-medal finish has Team USA in third in the world cup standings.

13. Three-time Olympic bobsled medalist Elana Meyers Taylor and new partner Lake Kwaza got their second medal finish of the world cup season over the weekend. The finish is a good sign of progress for the new duo. For Kwaza, this is her second medal in her first-ever world cup season.

Volleyball world, take note

14. Beach volleyball duo Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil took home the silver after an impressive run at the FIVB 4-Star Tournament in The Hague, Netherlands. This was a career-best finish for the pair, so take note of their momentum going forward.

15. Lindsey Vonn simultaneously getting us pumped and giving us the feels.