20 Things We Learned About Team USA Last Week

BY DARCI MILLER

Helen Maroulis takes down Kayla Miracle in the 58 kg. finals at the USA Wrestling Women's World Team Trials on April 29, 2017 in Las Vegas.

1. Figure skater Ashley Wagner’s 2016-17 season didn’t go the way she’d hoped it would, but now she’s ready to look ahead to the Olympic season.

2. Two-time Olympic champion Ashton Eaton is enjoying life in retirement with his wife, Brianne. On his to-do list: take a trip to Mars.

3. Nancy Kerrigan felt very nervous about Week 6 of “Dancing with the Stars,” as she had to learn two new dances and suggestive choreography. Despite her worries and the increasing pressure, the two-time Olympic medalist knocked it out of the park.

4. The U.S. Greco-Roman wrestling team has only won four world-level medals in the last nine years. But a new crop of athletes will look to change that at this year’s world championships.

5. Wrestler Kelsey Campbell just missed qualifying for the Olympic Games Rio 2016, but she’s excited to hit her stride again as the road to Tokyo 2020 begins. 

6. Team USA’s brightest star in rhythmic gymnastics is 17-year-old Laura Zeng. Zeng might be young, but she’s no stranger to the spotlight: she competed at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games and the 2015 Pan American Games before making her Olympic debut in Rio.

7. When Nic Carniglia was a kid, he loved to swim. However, he found his true calling in swimming fast and throwing a ball into a net when his mom signed him up for water polo. 

8. Baseball player Marcus Stroman is known for being an ace on the mound. When he was growing up, his short stature meant he had to fight just to prove he belonged there. 

9. Wrestler Helen Maroulis won her 2015 world title in the 55 kg. weight class and her 2016 Olympic gold medal in the 53 kg. weight class. These days she’s competing in 58 kg. and crushing it, naturally.

10. Maroulis will be going for her fourth career world championship medal, her first in a weight class other than 55 kg.

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