Last week, the U.S. soccer team reached one step closer to the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019, Shawn Johnson and Jason Lezak were inducted into their respective sports' international halls of fame, and this weekend's Diamond League stop had no shortage of drama. Here's what you might have missed amongst all the excitement.
1. “I do have expectations, but it’s not a pressure kind of expectations. I’m excited to compete.”Madelynn Gorman-Shore talked about her approach going into taekwondo worlds and is looking ahead to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
2. We’re six month into the 18-month qualification period for weightlifting at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and so far so good for Team USA athletes. If qualifying ended now, the U.S. would have seven out of its possible eight athletes going to the Games. Here are all the details about Olympic qualification for the sport.
3. Largely thanks to breakout performances for Team USA over the last two years, Patrick Kane has become the all-time leading scorer for the U.S. ice hockey team at world championships. As of Wednesday, when he set the record, he had 34 total points. Kane has served as the captain for the men’s team for the last two years at worlds.
4. Cemented in history. Congrats, captain!
5. Volleyball brothers Erik and Kawika Shoji won medals together at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, but success in Tokyo would mean so much more. The siblings’ grandparents are from Japan, and with the country’s love of the sport, the importance of the 2020 Games is top of mind.
6. Quota spot = secured. Ashley Carroll claimed an Olympic quota spot for the U.S. with a world cup bronze medal in women’s trap. She locked down the bronze by hitting 36 out of her 40 targets.
Swim, bike, run.
7. A day in the life of Allysa Seely involves several workouts and some quality time with her service dog. Seely recorded an undefeated season in her ITU World Paratriathlon Series races in 2018.
8. It was a big weekend for USA Triathlon, which saw an women's sweep at the World Triathlon Series stop in Yokohama, Japan!
Each race this year has held a special meaning to me. Today’s was getting my third WTS win of the season and sharing it with my two fellow Americans @summerrappz and @tkspivey. I believe this is my fourth All-American WTS podium I’ve gotten to be a part of and the feeling as I’m listening to our national anthem and watching the three flags rise with one another is inimitable. #WTSYokohama 📸: @tzaferes
9. The U.S. women’s soccer team is playing its final matches as it prepares for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and, last week, the Team USA legends shined. Carli Lloyd scored twice in the team’s 5-0 win over New Zealand, and Ali Krieger achieved her 100th cap.
10. It was almost too close to call at this weekend's Diamond League stop. Youth Olympian Noah Lyles and Olympian Christian Coleman both finished with the fastest time in the world this year in the men’s 100-meter, but a photo review determined that Lyles claimed the victory – by a leg.
11. You should take a look for yourself.
12. Gymnast Shawn Johnson and swimmer Jason Lezak were inducted in their respective international halls of fame this weekend! Johnson and Lezak are both known for their dominant performances at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Johnson is a four-time Olympic medalist and Lezak an eight-time medalist.
13. We are so proud of Nathan Adrian for returning to competition this weekend! This was the first time Adrian has competed since announcing his testicular cancer diagnosis and undergoing treatment.