Hunter Woodhall poses for a photo on Nov. 22, 2019 in West Hollywood, Calif.
Every week, Team USA athletes are making headlines with new records, podium finishes and life off the competition field. This past week, Paralympic track star Hunter Woodhall stopped by "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to share his story prior to the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, figure skaters Alysa Liu and Nathan Chen made more history and a few Team USA athletes welcomed babies. The world and the entire Team USA community also mourned the loss of legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant. In case you missed any of it, here's a glimpse into the last seven days.
1. This is our year! It seems only right to talk about the countdown to the Games. Less than six months until Team USA touches down in Tokyo.
2. Wheelchair rugby player Chuck Aoki jumped in on the celebration, and gave us an insight for his goals going into the Paralympic Games this summer.
3. No surprise here! Simone Biles is always on, and continually making her way toward Tokyo 2020.
4. The U.S. women’s softball team has also been hard at work in its preparation for Tokyo, gearing up for the Stand Beside Her Tour.
5. And last but not least Paralympic track and field athlete Hunter Woodhall made his way to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to share his story in the lead-up to the Paralympic Games.
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6. Back-to-back champ! At just 14, Alysa Liu became the first U.S. women’s figure skater to defend a national title in 7 years, and we wouldn’t expect her to do anything less.
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I am so honored to be a 2x national champion! I am beyond happy and grateful for everything! I am very blessed to be where I am right now! Thank you to everyone who supported me and wished me well! I also want to thank my coaches, family and friends! I am going to work on improving my components, skating skills, jumps, spins, and everything! Thank you for all the support and happiness! 💗🥺🤗
7. And not only is she a national champion, but she’s a TikTok master.
8. Back-to-back-to-back-to-back! Yes, you read that right. Nathan Chen is first men's figure skater to win four straight national titles in 32 years.
9. Everyone needs a hype man like Adam Rippon, are we right?
10. The Knierim’s are back! After a rough 2019, Alexa and Chris Knierim won their third pairs national title.
11. Three Team USA athletes announced the arrivals of their little ones. Decathlete Ashton Eaton, figure skater Sasha Cohen and Para snowboarder Brenna Huckaby all welcomed new family members this month.
Thank you all for the birthday wishes on the 21st. It was super special; Brianne gave birth to our son that day. His name is Ander. Being a dad is the most exciting and awesome thing I’ve ever done. pic.twitter.com/aiQg8G2RUD— Ashton Eaton (@AshtonJEaton) January 26, 2020
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💕Sister, sister 💕 The cats out of the bag. World, meet Sloan! January 24, 2020. I’m a mommy of two little baby girls. Pitocin, 9 hours of labor, 12 min of pushing = successful VBAC! I wanted no epidural, but lawd have mercy the pit had me feeling some type of way. I got an epidural around hour 7 and y’all. Game changer. 😂 We are so thankful for healthy baby, healthy mommy, and healthy family.
Losing A Legend
12. On Sunday, the world lost one of the greatest in the game of basketball. Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant were among nine people who died in a helicopter crash in California. Many among the Team USA community shared their condolences and memories of the two-time Olympic champion.
Legend.— Team USA (@TeamUSA) January 26, 2020
Rest In Peace, Kobe Bryant. pic.twitter.com/AbAbNzUEwR
rest in peace Kobe 🕊 pic.twitter.com/YtlMAVJHIJ— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) January 26, 2020
Kobe always showed up for us. He was there before 2015. He continued to be there after 2019.— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) January 26, 2020
We’ll miss you and we’ll miss Gigi. Rest In Peace, friend. We’ll carry that Mamba Mentality forever. pic.twitter.com/SQQX4lss5W