By Allie Dosmann | May 06, 2019, 4 p.m. (ET)

Sam Kendricks gives a thumbs up at the IAAF Continental Cup on Sept. 9, 2018 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. 

 

Last week, the U.S. women's soccer team got us hyped for the World Cup, Claressa Shields gave us even more reason to be excited about her future and Sam Kendricks talked about the importance of planning for the future, while still staying on your toes. Let's dive right in.

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1. “I try not to look back in my past too much because I love looking forward. Everything I look forward to is just amazing for me.”

Not only is Claressa Shields the first-ever U.S. boxer, male or female, to win back-to-back gold medals at the Olympic Games, but she's also the first-ever undisputed women's middleweight champion. That means one thing is for certain: the future is bright.

2. Brianna (Rollins) McNeal spent this offseason focused on something different. Instead of showing off her record-breaking speed, her coach had her relying on her fitness and improving her form. World championships are her first focus this summer, followed by the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

3. More than just teammates.

4. First stop college volleyball, second step Olympic bobsled medalist. Lauren Gibbs describes her journey from the court to the ice and what she has learned about herself along the way.

Mental Health Awareness Month

5. For the month of May, we’re taking some time to talk about the importance of mental health. One of our Team USA sports psychologists, Karen Cogan, talked about the how mental health is just as important as physical health for elite athletes and describes what sports psychology is all about.

6. The U.S. men’s foil team took home the gold for the third time this world cup season! 

7. Henry Leverett is a 17-year-old phenom in the world of pistol shooting. Leverett has had an exponential rise that led to him already earning an Olympic quota spot for the USA Shooting team. Next up he will try to make that quota spot his own.

8. "As a military man, planning is everything and plans are nothing. You want to always be thinking about what’s going to give you an edge.”

Pole vault world champion Sam Kendricks was excited to kick off IAAF Diamond League competition in Doha, Qatar, the same spot where world championships will be held this fall.

9. The end of Olympic competition is far from the end of the career for an athlete. Sasha Cohen has been working with thought leaders after recently going to a TED conference and has given her own TEDTalk; Tanith and Charlie White are raising their son, and Charlie has been focused on choreography work; Meryl Davis is planning her wedding and much, much more.

10. Congratulations, Melissa Stockwell!

11. Ashley Twichell and Jordan Wilimovsky dominated at Open Water Swimming National Championships this weekend and qualified for the FINA World Championships in July. In addition, they also qualified for the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. 

World Cup Ready
 
12. Is it June yet? We are more than ready for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. U.S. Soccer announced its roster on Thursday, and there’s just over a month until competition begins. The roster is headlined by Team USA stars Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and more. Out of the 23-woman roster, 15 are Olympians.

13. The hype over the upcoming World Cup had social media buzzing as well. Soccer legends Mia Hamm and Jozy Altidore chimed in, as well as Zach Ertz, football player and husband to Julie Ertz. The message was the same across all of the current stars: They will be ready.

14. Also, this is our new favorite roster announcement video.

15. Congrats are in order for the U.S. sled hockey team! Team USA defeated Canada 3-2 in overtime on Saturday at the world championship.

16. Make that FOUR world titles!