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Lex Gillette Is Unstoppable, USWNT Wraps Up 2019 Season - 13 Things We Learned Last Week

By Kara Tanner | Nov. 13, 2019, 10:35 a.m. (ET)

Lex Gillette (L) and Wesley Williams (R) celebrate at the World Para Athletics Championships on Nov. 10, 2019 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


This past week, the top U.S. Para track and field athletes took the world stage in Dubai. From David Brown and Jerome Avery to Lex Gillette and Wesley Williams, Team USA athletes showed up to compete. 

The USWNT played its first games under new head coach Vlatko Andonovski to cap off an incredible 2019 season, Adam Rippon took to the ice for his 30th birthday and Michelle Kwan posted the sweetest throwback photo. With all this and so much more, let’s get started.

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Dynamic Duos

1. David Brown and guide Jerome Avery are a match made in heaven. 

“We have a brotherly bond. I definitely feel like there is a strong relationship between a guide runner and the athlete he is guiding. If the athlete doesn’t trust you, it’s just not going to work.” –Jerome Avery

2. Power couple alert! Husband and wife Roderick Townsend and Ty Butts-Townsend are both hoping to compete at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.



3. Olympic ice dancers Madison Chock and Evans Bates are couple goals. The pair won their second consecutive silver medal of the ISU Grand Prix season at the Cup of China. 



4. Lex Gillette and his guide Wesley Williams are world champions once again. The duo is as inspiring as it gets. If you don’t believe us, ask Kerri Walsh Jennings. 




Representing The Red, White and Blue

5. Paralympic soccer player and U.S. Army veteran Seth Jahn is a true inspiration. After being injured in combat, Jahn says sport saved his life. 



6. Olympic hopeful Naomi Graham always said she wanted to be a part of something greater than herself. Now Graham is a top contender to the make the 2020 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team and an active member of the U.S. Army.

7. War veteran, Purple Heart recipient and two-time Paralympian Melissa Stockwell has served her country in more ways than one. Thank you, Melissa! 




All Eyes On 2020 For The USWNT

8. The Vlatko Andonovski era has arrived. The USWNT beat Sweden 3-2 in one of its final games of the 2019 season. 



9. Legendary team. Legendary year. 



10. And we can’t forget about Alex Morgan, who announced she is hoping to a make a comeback in time for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 after giving birth to her first child next spring.



Skating Legends

11. Adam Rippon stepped back on the ice to celebrate his 30th birthday, and he’s still got it! 



12. Olympic champion Michelle Kwan posted the sweetest tribute to her mom with this precious throwback photo. We’re not crying, you’re crying.



13. And we just can’t get enough of this 2011 throwback from Bradie Tennell.