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April Ross Gets Creative With Backyard Volleyball Workout, Nastia Liukin Is Back On The Beam & More Things We Learned

By Kara Tanner | May 11, 2020, 1:17 p.m. (ET)

April Ross poses for a portrait during the Team USA Tokyo 2020 Olympics shoot on Nov. 21, 2019 in West Hollywood, Calif.


Even in times of such uncertainty, Team USA athletes aren't slowing down. From welcoming new members to the Team USA family to getting creative with their training, Olympic and Paralympic athletes have remained busy. This week, April Ross showed off her impressive backyard volleyball setup, Alex Morgan gave birth to a baby girl just in time for Mother's Day and Nastia Liukin found her way back on the beam. Miss anything? It's OK, we've got you covered.

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Always Training

1. Even during uncertain times, track and field star Christian Taylor is finding ways to stay positive and keep training. 



2. When you’re in quarantine, you have to get creative. Check out this inventive backyard volleyball setup by April Ross.



3. Nastia Liukin is back on the beam and we are here for it! 



4. It’s not as easy as it looks! Hunter Woodhall set the record straight about what it’s really like to run and train as a double amputee.



Daily Dose Of Cute

5. Melissa Stockwell’s pup Murphy learned a new skill and it’s just too cute! 



6. Paralympic snowboarder Mike Shea’s daughter on a scooter: Is there anything cuter?


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She loves to Kate! Aka (Skate).

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7. This is genius! Who needs to go to a real amusement park, when you have Jordan Burroughs' at-home roller coaster! 



For The Moms

8. Welcome to the world! Just in time for Mother’s Day, Alex Morgan gave birth to daughter Charlie Elena Carrasco. 



9. We love this throwback of baby Maia Shibutani and her mom! 



10. Alex Shibutani also shared this heartwarming video he and Maia made for their mom. We’re not crying. You’re crying. 



11. What do Adam Rippon, McKenzie Coan and Simone Biles all have in common? They all have incredible moms! Raising a champion wasn't always easy, but it was worth it.



12. Oh, and dog moms count, too! Right, Mallory Weggemann? 



Also This Week…

13. She’s back on track! After tearing her ACL and meniscus, softball star Delaney Spaulding speaks out about her injury, recovery and road to the Tokyo Games. 



14. Henry Cejudo is calling it a career! The former wrestling gold medalist announced he would be retiring immediately after defending his UFC bantamweight title on Saturday night.