By Allie Dosmann | March 25, 2019, 6:38 p.m. (ET)

Nathan Chen competes in the men's free skate at the 2019 ISU World Figure Skating Championships on March 23, 2019 in Saitama, Japan. 


Last week, Team USA celebrated major success at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships, we reflected on the milestones of our female athletes as part of Women's History Month, and our gymnasts put on a show across the world. Also, Lindsey Vonn showed off her ski ballet moves... and it was something. Let's dive in.

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Women's History Month

1. This season for Mikaela Shiffrin:

  • Third consecutive overall world cup title
  • 17 world cup wins in one season, the most of any male or female skier
  • The only alpine skier ever to win world cup races in slalom, giant slalom, super-G, downhill, combined and parallel slalom
  • The only athlete, male or female, to win the slalom, giant slalom, super-G and overall globes in one season

We could go on.

2. Also, Shiffrin hung out with Jimmy Fallon, and now we may or may not have a new phone background.

3. “She’s really come light-years, and it’s been a lot of fun to watch the progress. My husband is more so her coach. I’m not a total silent bystander, but I try to be. I’ve got to remember my patience, not just as a mom, but as a coach in the wings.”

Speedskating legend Bonnie Blair Cruikshank talks about her relationship with speedskating now that she’s retired and her daughter is competing.

4. Simone Biles means business. As she travels around the world for different gymnastics competitions, she has a tight schedule focused entirely on training and competing. Biles took a year off after the Olympic Games Rio 2016, so she stills feels fresh as she puts her entire focus ahead on gymnastics.

5. Before there was the famous 1999 U.S. women’s soccer squad that won the World Cup, there was the team that won the gold medal at the Olympic Games Atlanta 1996. Eleven of the 13 members of Team USA who won the world cup were also a part of that Olympic team, including the big names we know and love like Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly and more. We visit where they are now and remember their success in those competitions.

6. We think we need to see much, much more of Lindsey Vonn and ski ballet.

7. First stop softball player, next step Mets advisor. Jessica Mendoza won a gold and silver for Team USA in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. Since then, she’s joined the broadcast crew for ESPN’s Sunday night baseball broadcasts, and she’s one of only a handful of women in front office roles in Major League Baseball.

8. Cheers to the record-breakers and the trend-setters. This is for the women of Team USA.


9. Five-time Paralympian Alana Nichols announced that she is pregnant via social media last week, on the same day as her birthday. Nichols' boyfriend, Roy Tuscany, is also a Para skier, so there’s no doubt that we need to be prepared for this baby to hit the slopes.

10. Bradie Tennell and Mariah Bell both have a lot to be proud of after this week after ISU World Figure Skating Championships. Tennell bounced back for a personal-best score and earned herself a seventh overall ranking. Bell also skated her personal best, coming away from championships ranked ninth overall. Most importantly, now they both know one thing for certain: they belong in the conversation.

11. “To be able to come back here and put out the skate that I did in front of this amazing crowd, it’s breathtaking to be here.”

Nathan Chen bringing in the FEELS after his remarkable feat this weekend. Chen defeated two-time Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu (nicknamed the G.O.A.T. if that tells you anything) on his home ice in Japan to be crowned the figure skating world champion. Did we mention this is the second year in a row that Chen has earned the honor?

12. The torches have been revealed for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020! And honestly, in our unbiased opinion, they're beautiful.

Gymnastics Is Back In Full Swing, And We Are Here For It
13. Jade Carey already sits at number one in the individual world cup rankings for women’s vault, and now, she’s making a name for herself on the floor. Carey took home the gold in both events this weekend at the FIG Gymnastics World Cup stop in Doha, Qatar.

14. No rust for McCusker. Riley McCusker hadn’t competed since October, but she came out with a vengeance this weekend. The 17-year-old took silver in the all-around at the FIG World Cup stop in Birmingham, England. She finished just behind 2010 all-around world champion Aliya Mustafina of Russia, so it’s safe to say she’s in good company. 

15. Making history. Lilly King can't be stopped!