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Lex Gillette Identifies Sneakers By Touch, Rico Roman Shares Uplifting Message & More Things We Learned Last Week

By Kara Tanner | May 04, 2020, 1:13 p.m. (ET)

Lex Gillette competes at the Parapan American Games Lima 2019 on Aug. 24, 2019 in Lima, Peru. 


As we all adjust to a new normal, see how your favorite Team USA athletes are staying active, giving back and - most importantly - staying safe. From backyard pole vaulting competitions to welcoming a new member to the Team USA family, there's a lot happening.

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Giving Back 

1. Melissa Stockwell is a real-life superwoman! The paratriathlete's program “Snacks for Superheroes” has been making deliveries once a week to the staff at a local Colorado Springs, Colorado, hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. 



2. From moguls skier Shannon Bahrke Happe to swimmer Michael Phelps, these Team USA athletes are getting creative in their ways to give back in this time of uncertainty and change. 

3. Also helping feed front-line workers is figure skater Mirai Nagasu. Nagasu has partnered with food industry nonprofit Power of 10, which is working with seven restaurants nationwide to help COVID-19 front-line workers receive free meals.



Stay-At-Home Workouts

4. Need some tips on how to stay positive? Wrestler Adeline Gray has you covered. 



5. Sam Kendricks, along with France’s Renaud Lavillenie and Sweden’s Armand “Mondo” Duplantis, have come up with a little backyard pole vaulting competition. Don’t believe us? See for yourself!


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Not so glorious.

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6. Staying fit both on and off the ice – figure skater Brian Boitano participates in the #OffIceChallenge with a little help from his four-legged friend Hunter. 



7. A workout and a positive message! This is why we love sled hockey player Rico Roman. 




8. Catch her if you can! Mountain biker Kate Courtney shows off how she’s staying active during quarantine. 



9. Also joining in on the at-home workouts is alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin! 



Also This Week…

10. Well isn’t this just the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? Paratriathlete Mohamed Lahna is teaching his son how to ride a bike.



11. There’s a new professional league coming to the U.S. and we couldn’t be more excited. A new women’s indoor volleyball pro league will begin play in February 2021! 

12. Lex Gillette is not just talented on the track, but off the track, too! Check out how the Paralympic track and field star is able to identify different type of Jordan sneakers just by touch.



13. Oh baby! Olympic medalist and NYC Marathon champion Shalane Flanagan announced the adoption of her son Jack!