This post, "Red, White & Trending: March 16-22" was originally published on Team USA Volleyball.

 

By Jamie MacDonald | March 23, 2018, 10:16 p.m. (ET)

What are Team USA athletes — Olympians, Paralympians and hopefuls — up to when they’re not competing? They’re training. They’re practicing. They’re traveling to competitions and meets and games and tournaments. They’re relaxing. They’re getting engaged and married and having children. They’re taking hard-earned vacations. Or retiring. Or coping with the raw emotions that come from losing and winning. And they’re sharing. Through the reach of social media, we’re able to follow along on their often extraordinary journeys. We’ll catch you up each week on what’s “Red, White & Trending.”

Closing Time

After a most successful Paralympic Winter Games, which included winning the overall medal count for the first time since 2002, the United States’ Paralympians had one more order of business to tend to before returning: celebrate at the Closing Ceremony. Thankfully, so many were willing to share their stories on social timelines.

Sled Heads

On the strength of an overtime game-winner in the gold-medal final from Declan Farmer, who scored 11 goals in five Paralympic games in PyeongChang, Team USA took home gold in the most dramatic of finishes. 

In South Korea, they had added motivation, too. In February 2017, head coach Jeff Sauer, who as the head coach at the University of Wisconsin had coached Olympians Tony Granato, Jim Johannson and Mike Richter, passed away. When medals were placed around the necks of Team USA, many players’ first thoughts were of Coach Sauer. Watch the beginning of the video for the tributes, and stick around for the end to watch the players belting out the anthem.

Even Granato, who’d only left PyeongChang a few weeks earlier as the head coach of the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, was thinking about his former coach after the win.

Welcome Back

How’s this for Paralympic snowboarder Mike Shea’s return? Getting your priceless swag jacked …

Going Green

Some on St. Patrick’s Day will, say, wear merely a hint of green. Still others lean in to the holiday …

Olympic gold medalist swimmer Summer Sanders took it one step further …

Boston Welcomes Team USA

Team USA star power spiked this past week in Boston, where Beantown hosted Olympians twice in the same building for two different professional events — a Celtics game and a Bruins game. Per usual, the Shib Sibs had it covered on social.

But they weren’t alone …

Twin Cities Welcome Team USA, Too

While the U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team has been authoring chapter after chapter of unforgettable memories upon its championship return from PyeongChang, the U.S. Olympic Men’s Curling Team has been giving its fellow gold medalists a run for their money. This past week, on back-to-back nights, the crew, which includes three Minnesotans and two from neighboring Wisconsin, made appearances in both of Minnesota’s Twin Cities — first at an NBA game in Minneapolis and then at an NHL game in Saint Paul.

They’re not done yet, either …

Snow What?

We’re typically used to seeing three-time Olympic soccer player Carli Lloyd rule in the summertime, but, in a testament to what it means to be an elite athlete, she went for an outdoor workout this past week in a nor’easter.

Titles Upon Titles

Two-time Olympic gold medalist alpine skier and one of the world’s best skiers ever at the ripe old age of 23, will have to clear some room in her trophy case …

Another young Olympic legend in the making, swimming’s Katie Ledecky, will also require a little more room in her own trophy case …

… anddddd Simone Manuel, too …

Generation Next

Her grandfather retired not long ago after more than 40 years coaching volleyball at the University of Hawaii. Her father is Olympic bronze medalist Kawika Shoji. What the future holds for Ada-Jean Ehiku Shoji we can only imagine. But volleyball will likely be part of it.

And there’s this feat of strength from David Horton, the 4-year-old son of two-time Olympic gymnast Jonathan Horton …

Happy 25th

At the age of 24, Sloane Stephens, who played for Team USA at the Rio Olympics, won the US Open title in an all-Team USA final, which makes 24 hard to top for Stephens. Which isn’t to say she’s not celebrating in style.

On The Road Again

The sacrifices …

Tick, Tock

For Paralympic triathlon champion Allysa Seely, defending gold is a way of life — every day.

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