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A Baby On The Way, A Fencing Power Couple Gets Married, Another Triple-Double - 16 Things We Learned Last Week

By Allie Dosmann | Sept. 04, 2019, 5:31 p.m. (ET)

Noah Lyles celebrates after winning the men's 100-meter at the Diamond League finals on Aug. 29, 2019 in Zurich, Switzerland.


Last week marked the end of a successful Parapan American Games, a major achievement on the track for Noah Lyles and exciting life milestones for Meghan Duggan, Lee Kiefer and Gerek Meinhardt. Plus, we're now at THREE successful triple-doubles caught on video by Team USA gymnasts. Let's catch up on everything that went down last week.

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1. “I feel like I’m exactly where I need to be. When I’m here, I’m competing for my country. At this level, you feel like you need to do absolutely whatever you can.”

Tanner Wright was advised to pursue Para track and field after a high school football game, but it wasn’t until college that he decided to make it his focus.

2. Jaleen Roberts has always had a “why not?” attitude. Growing up, she’d compete against able-bodied athletes because she saw no reason that she couldn’t do the things they did. Now, she’s well on her way to making the 2020 U.S. Paralympic Track and Field Team.

3. Even though it’s the summer, some winter sports are already in full swing. Up-and-coming star figure skater Alysa Liu celebrated another victory in Lake Placid this weekend.



4. Karateka Tom Scott has won the U.S. Open, North American championship, Pan American Championship, the Pan American Games and much more. Next, he’s pursuing his ultimate goal: to be an Olympian.

5. “I’m absolutely ecstatic. I’m really quite shocked; I don’t even know what to say. I was just hoping to make it on the podium so to be on top is beyond my dreams. I’m thrilled. Just to share it with two other incredible women on that podium gives me so much pride.”

Team USA absolutely dominated in track and field at the Parapan American Games Lima 2019. Scout Bassett was among the U.S. podium sweep in the women’s long jump.

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6. The US Open is in full swing, and we have to say, we’re big fans of this Team USA connection.



7. Serena Williams also celebrated her 100th US Open win this week.



8. It was down to the wire for Noah Lyles and Justin Gatlin in the men’s 100-meter Diamond League final. Gatlin is the reigning world champion and a five-time Olympic medalist, but he was beaten by Olympic hopeful Noah Lyles, who was the only sprinter to achieve a time under 10 seconds.

9. Last month, Brady Ellison broke a world record at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. And he credits an unorthodox injury treatment with why he’s now competing at the top of his game. Ellison saw Stanko Filipic, a Slovenian bioenergeticist who is known to treat people using energy. After seeing Filipic, Ellison is now experiencing the least amount of pain since 2016.

10. Last week, the U.S. women’s soccer team made history, welcoming its biggest crowd ever for a friendly in a match against Portugal in Philadelphia.



Power Couple Check-in

11. Team USA ice hockey player Meghan Duggan and Canadian player Gillian Apps announced they are expecting a baby! The couple announced #MegsIsPregs on social media last week.

12. Team USA foil fencers and Norte Dame alumni Lee Kiefer and Gerek Meinhardt were married this weekend in Kiefer’s hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. The couple has been engaged since New Year's Day in 2018 and celebrated with an assortment of fencing stars – who kindly referred to the matrimony as the Royal Fencing Wedding.


13. The U.S. Parapan American Team closed out competition with a bang. U.S. swimmers claimed 10 medals on the final day of swimming competition. Carson Sanocki led the way, as the only Team USA member to claim the top podium spot on the final day.

14. Another week, another U.S. gymnast showing off an impressive triple-double. This week, it was MyKayla Skinner who landed the feat in a video on her Instagram. First, Simone Biles completed the tall task at U.S. Gymnastics Championships in August. Next, it was Jade Carey. Now, we’re ready for worlds.

15. Ski lessons from Mikaela Shiffrin? Where do we sign up?



16. The Parapan American Games officially came to an end on Sunday when countries came together to celebrate the Closing Ceremony. The night was filled with fireworks, dancing, musical performances and much more. Here are some of our favorite photos from this night to remember.