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The Latest On Mikaela Shiffrin, Missy Franklin, Kyle Snyder & More - 15 Things We Learned Last Week

By Allie Dosmann | March 04, 2019, 6:22 p.m. (ET)

Last week, we got to know a first-time winner on the women's halfpipe snowboarding scene, we got an update from Olympic swimmer Nathan Adrian on his battle with cancer, and the U.S. women's soccer team celebrated famous women in history through their jerseys, and it was amazing. Plus, the USA Men's Eagles Sevens team got a big win, and USA Wrestling showed up and showed off at the Dave Kolov International. There's so much to cover, so let's get started.

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1. Three-time Olympian and eight-time Olympic medalist Nathan Adrian gave an update on NBC's "TODAY" regarding his battle with prostate cancer and how the entire process has gone since getting diagnosed. Adrian is currently done with treatment and was back in the water one week after surgery. The next thing on his mind: the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

2. Making dreams come true. Eight-year-old Tiago Cusano visited the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York, and lived out one of his dreams: to ride in a bobsled. Not only was this his first time seeing snow, but he got to feel like a part of the team, with his own U.S. bobsled photo ID and more. 

3. Less than two years ago, Josh Williamson was named the winner for bobsled in the first season of “Milk Life presents, Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful.” Now, he’s been named to his first bobsled world championship team.

4. “Becoming a better athlete is about more than just getting stronger. “
Lee Kiefer and Gerek Meinhardt left a lasting legacy on Notre Dame’s fencing program, and the fencers couldn't be more thankful for what the program gave them as well.

5. This weekend, the U.S. women’s soccer team wore jerseys honoring women who have been inspirational throughout history.

6. Six-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin is enjoying her retired life. Franklin talks about the next milestones in her life – such as getting married, graduating and working with charities – and how difficult it was to give up swimming.

7. What a weekend for 19-year-old snowboarder Maddie Mastro. Mastro beat out Chloe Kim by 12-hundreths of a point in the women’s halfpipe final at the Burton U.S. Open.

Congrats, Mikaela!
8. Mikaela Shiffrin claimed her third straight world cup title (aka the overall crystal globe) this weekend, without even having to hit the slopes. The alpine skiing stop in Rosa Khutor, Russia, was cancelled due to heavy snowfall, which mathematically cemented Shiffrin’s top spot in the standings, due to her insurmountable lead.

9. What’s it feel like to win just by waking up in the morning? Shiffrin explains. 

10. Leanne Wong made her senior circuit debut this weekend in style. The 15-year-old gymnast took home a victory at the American Cup for the women’s all-around, and Yul Moldauer won first place for the men’s. Moldauer pulled a major upset over two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak by one-thousandth of a point.

11. The Dave Kolov International tournament proved to be very fruitful for U.S. wrestlers. Team USA hauled in 12 individual medals, including four golds, and an additional gold for the men’s team and bronze for the women’s. Kyle Snyder, the youngest U.S. wrestler ever to be named an Olympic champion, and Jordan Burroughs, also an Olympic champion, went undefeated on the week.

12. The USA Men’s Eagles Sevens Team strengthened its grip on first place in the standings with a huge 27-0 victory over Samoa in the championship game of the USA Sevens tournament in Las Vegas. The top four teams in the standings will get a spot in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, so the win was huge.

13. Mood:

14. A violent crash took bobsled legend Elana Meyers Taylor and her partner Lake Kwaza out of the running for a world championship medal in women’s bobsled. Going into the run, Meyers Taylor and Kwaza were in second place. The loss brought Meyers Taylor's medal streak to an end, as she had won seven consecutive medals at world cup stops.

15. Never, never, never give up on your dreams.