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The Latest From U.S. Soccer, USA Rugby & More - 16 Things We Learned Last Week

By Allie Dosmann | June 17, 2019, 5:32 p.m. (ET)

The U.S. women's rugby sevens team celebrates winning gold at the HSBC France Women's Sevens on June 16, 2019 in Paris.

 

Last week, Team USA athletes were busy (as usual). The U.S. women's rugby team qualified for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, we got more of an insight into the success of the men's rugby squad, and the U.S. women's soccer team started off the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup on fire. Plus, we got some insight into what goes into training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center for Olympic swimmer Josh Prenot and much, much more. Let's dive in!

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1. CJ Cummings is a name you’re going to want to remember. The weightlifter is setting records left and right. This month, he became the first weightlifter from any nation to win four junior world titles in a row. The 19-year-old has his sights set on the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

2. Congrats to Brenna Huckaby and her longtime boyfriend Tristan Clegg! Huckaby, a two-time Paralympic champion, and Clegg were married last week in Moab, Utah,

3. Happy Father’s Day, Michael Phelps!


The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup

4. The U.S. women’s national soccer learned a lot from its early exit from the Olympic Games Rio 2016, and those lessons have been crucial for the team going forward. Head coach Jill Ellis took another look at the team’s lineup and decided to reorganize the defense into a more offensive-minded approach that the team still uses now.

5. “I want to really just focus on just taking in every single day. I think we as humans just often forget to do that. Being in the moment you find yourself more successful.”

USWNT veteran Carli Lloyd is embracing her role in what is likely her final World Cup.

6. In the team’s first game of the World Cup, the U.S. women came out firing on all cylinders. They scored 13 goals, led by number 13, Alex Morgan, who contributed five goals on her own. The amazing performance tied the record for the most goals ever scored in a World Cup match.

7. And social media did what social media does – it went crazy celebrating the team’s huge victory.

8. USA Softball stopped by the Chicago White Sox before heading overseas for a tournament against Japan.


Remembering Gabriele Grunewald

9. Runner Gabriele Grunewald battled cancer for the last 10 years and passed away last week. Her friend, Heather Kampf, posted on Instagram saying “If positivity, grit, grace, and love could win the fight against cancer, Gabe wouldn’t have just beaten it, she’d be lapping it.” We will remember Grunewald’s bravery and resilience.

 

 

10. U.S. men’s rugby sevens player Ben Pinkelman wrote, in his own words, about what is different for this year’s men’s rugby team. The team had its most successful season ever, finishing at a season-high second place. He talks about the step-by-step mindset that the team maintained all season long, not allowing itself to get caught up in the success.

11. And congrats to the women’s team for qualifying for Tokyo!

12. Olympic medalist Josh Prenot walks us through what it looks like to train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. First stop is the pool, then the dining hall, nap and recovery, lifting, another training in the pool, more recovery and then some time to relax. (We are tired just from writing this).

13. The #MondayMotivation we all needed.

14. Brooke Crain, a BMX Olympian, is targeting the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with a weight off her shoulders, as she is now open about her sexuality after announcing her engagement to Australian BMX racer Rachel Jones. Crain talks about what this means for her, as well as the inspiration from kids coming to her discussing the courage she has given them.

15. Luca Urlando is definitely a star on the rise. He broke Michale Phelps’ 200-meter butterfly record for the 17-18 age group this weekend at the TYR Pro Swim Series stop in Clovis, California. Olympians Kelsi Dahlia and Leah Smith also walked away with first-place finishes.

16. Also, it’s extremely important to watch the new Taylor Swift music video as to not miss out on Team USA stardom in action.