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Serena Williams Won Her First Title Since 2017, Youth Olympics Commenced โ€“ 10 Things We Learned About Team USA

By Kara Tanner | Jan. 13, 2020, 12:29 p.m. (ET)

Serena Williams celebrates with daughter Alexis Olympia after winning the Auckland Open on Jan. 12, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand.


It seems like Team USA athletes are never slowing down. Whether it's the Winter Youth Olympic Games, world cups or regular training sessions it can be hard to keep up. Last week, Youth Olympians began to represent in Switzerland, Serena Williams won her first title since becoming a mom and Jordan Burroughs welcomed the newest member of his family.

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Winter Sports Are On A Roll

1. Led by Maame Biney and Thomas Hong, the U.S. short track speedskating team earned three medals at the inaugural ISU Four Continents Championships in Montreal. 



2. Jeffrey Chen is making a name for himself at the Youth Olympic Games! The brother of Olympian Karen Chen says he didn’t like skating when he started out, but fell in love with the sport with a little inspiration from his sister.



3. Dancing fixes everything! Youth Olympian Emma Resnick talks about where she gets her inspiration… and dance moves. 



Fencing Their Way To Tokyo

4. Third time's a charm! Lee Kiefer became the first American fencer to qualify for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. 





5. The U.S. men’s foil team is on a roll! This weekend the team won its 14th straight world cup medal in Paris.

6. After taking a gap year from Notre Dame to focus on fencing, Nick Itkin finally achieved his goal of winning world cup gold. 



Making A Combeack

7. Serena Williams won her first title since 2017 at the Auckland Open, and we just can’t contain our excitement!


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Our hearts are exploding ๐Ÿ˜

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8. Hello, Laurie Hernandez! The Olympian took to Instagram to show off a few practice sessions and we can’t stop watching. 


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when i flip, you flip, we flip!

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cool beans

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9. Call it a comeback! Freeskier Cody LaPlante returned to the slopes after being out for a year due to a knee injury, and scored his first-ever world cup podium. 

Family Of Five 

10. Last week, Olympic wrestler Jordan Burroughs and his wife Lauren welcomed their third child, Rise Ivory Burroughs, officially making them a family of five!


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Everyone meet Rise Ivory Burroughs, our newest addition to the Burroughs family. January 6 @ 7:11 am 8lbs, 5oz. With each of our little ones @lolo_burroughs and I agreed to select a symbolic name, as a means of direction for who they are, why theyโ€™re here, and how meaningful they are to us. We hope their names serve as reminders of the amazing people that we know they will become. Her first name, Rise, means to come into existence or take shape; move from a lower position to a higher one; and to uplift or ascend. We pray that her life is an embodiment of the quote, โ€œWe rise by lifting others. Her middle name Ivory is an ode to my ancestry. A few years back, I did a DNA test that informed me that the majority of my lineage could be traced back to the Ivory Coast of West Africa. We always want our children to remember where we come from. And thatโ€™s how we settled on a name. Our Rise Ivory. Lauren is doing great, and weโ€™re so thankful for our healthy little oneโ€™s arrival. We canโ€™t wait for you all to meet her. -JB ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ

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