20 Things We Learned About Team USA Last Week

By Darci Miller | April 02, 2018, 2:56 p.m. (ET)
Isabella Isaksen (R) and Amro Elgeziry compete in the mixed relay at the UIPM Pentathlon World Cup on March 30, 2018 in Los Angeles.
 

 

Team USA athletes do a lot in a week. In case you missed any of it, here's a glimpse at our takeaways from the last seven days.

Download the Team USA app today for breaking news, Olympic and Paralympic team bios, videos and more.

1. Katie Ledecky has officially turned professional, putting a bow on her collegiate swimming career. In her two years as a Cardinal, she broke 11 American records and won eight NCAA titles. 

2. Serena Williams is the GOAT, and there’s not really room for arguing. But in case you need proof, here are 14 reasons why

3. Not only are the women of Team USA winning medals and setting records, many of them are pulling double duty as gold-medal moms

4. And the women of Team USA always have each other’s backs!

5. Laura Berg is the only U.S. woman to win four Olympic softball medals. Now a coach, she’s helping to develop some of the players that will welcome the sport back to the Olympic program in 2020

6. It was a glimpse into the future for the U.S. men’s soccer team as a young squad took down Paraguay in an international friendly: 17 of the 23 players on the roster were 24 or younger

7. Swimmer Jessica Long has 23 Paralympic medals to her name and, at 26, is just getting started making an impact

8. From volleyball to sales to bobsled, Lauren Gibbs can do pretty much anything she sets her mind to.

9. There are 16 Olympic events in which U.S. women hold the world record. Three of them were set 30 years ago

10. In Team USA’s storied alpine skiing history, only one athlete has won two gold medals in the same Olympic Winter Games: Andrea Mead Lawrence

11. If you found yourself marveling at the feats of U.S. women during the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, you weren’t alone. Here are 18 women that made history

12. Laurie Hernandez is always up for the challenge!

13. Short track speedskater Maame Biney made her Olympic debut in PyeongChang. Her takeaways? Tons of hype, celebrities are just regular people and the Olympic Winter Games should happen every two years

14. Don’t call it a comeback! Well, actually… you should probably call it a comeback. These eight incredible women had some of the greatest comebacks in Olympic history

15. Lee Stecklein is called Shamu. Hilary Knight’s weapon of choice is fake cockroaches. Brianna Decker once almost ate a hairball. You can never accuse the U.S. women’s ice hockey team of being boring

16. If you watched the NCAA women’s basketball title game, you may have spotted Youth Olympian Arike Ogunbowale. Maybe.

17. Hope you paid attention during PyeongChang, because it may have been the final time you’ll see legends like Kelly Clark, Erin Hamlin and Lindsey Vonn compete on the Olympic stage

18. In sickness and in health… in silver and in gold? Married couple Isabella Isaksen and Amro Elgeziry won silver at the UIPM Pentathlon World Cup in Los Angeles

19. Sloane Stephens took her talents to South Beach. The Coral Springs, Florida native won her hometown tournament, taking the title at the Miami Open

20. John Isner won the men’s title and took a moment to bask in the glory.