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Brandon Penny  Proud owner of three kidneys. @teamusa managing editor.

#TBT to that time I was in South Korea for some event in February. I think it started with an “O.”

It was the middle of the night. I was walking from the bobsled track {covering @elanameyerstaylor/@lagibbs84’s awesome silver medal} back to the office. And I fell. Didn’t trip on anything. Just fell face first. My ~50-pound backpack with my life’s belongings and lots of layers didn’t help stop my fall. The second I hit the ground some combination of crying (from pain/exhaustion) and hysterical laughter occurred, and I moaned, “I want to go home.” I eventually got up (with some help), made it to work and stayed there until 5 a.m.

And that’s life at the Games. Enjoy this gem.

📸: @moritzcrackerswithcheese

Fun fact: There are six kidneys in this picture. Only two work.

I spent #OlympicDay covering #USATFoutdoors and meeting my kidney idol, Olympic hurdles gold medalist @amhurdlestar. Doesn’t get any better than that!

Since receiving his sister’s kidney in 2015 this dude has won multiple Diamond League races and finished fifth at last year’s worlds. As for me - well don’t expect me to do any of that! I’ll just keep traveling the country/world with my mom’s kidney, covering athletes like Aries, while I let him do all the hard work! 😜🇺🇸
📸 @ashleytmitchell

I, like many others, tend to use social media to show off the highlights of my life. So here’s me at “Dancing with the Stars” last week. You’re welcome. (Oh and, @mirainagasu, I’m super excited to talk to you as well. Always.)

Well... My fourth #TeamUSAAwards and fourth @whitehouse visit in the books. All I can say is this doesn’t get old. Oh and #TeamUSAWeek involved a lot of Mr. T.

Last week @mbrucato16 and I met @mrbobbybones (😱 kind of my idol), and about five days later I met Megan’s baby, Henry. What a week! (Mostly for Megan...I did nothing.) Super proud of you for becoming a mom, Megan! More importantly, I appreciate youuuu for not giving birth at or before the show 😬



#MegansAMom #IMetBobby #SoMuchAwesomeness #PimpinJoy #FightGrindRepeat #NotMyBaby #IPromise #ThanksHenryForStayingPutAFewMoreDays

The photo on the left has sat framed on the dresser of my childhood bedroom for roughly 16 years. My humorous and encouraging dad made it after a trip to Lake Placid.
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The photo on the right is of Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall on Feb. 21, 2018 achieving what used to be viewed as impossible - winning Team USA’s first cross-country skiing gold medal (and first women’s medal!). While I am bummed I wasn’t the one to win it (ha!), I am blown away to know I was there to witness their feat in person as part of the #TeamBehindTheTeam. And yes, Jessie and Kikkan can thank my dad for somehow, indirectly, predicting their success.
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#GoTeamUSA #GoJessieAndKikkan #LoveMeSomeTeamUSA #WayToMakeHistory #AndHerstory #BadassAthletes #EveryoneWasCrying #ItWasIncredible #Woohoo

So proud of this woman! Congrats to four-time Olympian, Olympic bronze medalist, the nation’s most decorated singles luger, A+ Team USA ambassador and good friend @erinhamlin on being selected @TeamUSA’s flag bearer for Opening Ceremony!
📸 @gettyimages


#winterolympics #GoErin #GoTeamUSA #LoveMeSomeTeamUSA #iknowher #thanksGetty #thatsme #withourflagbearer #ilikehashtags #letsgetthesegamesgoingalready #pleaseeee

Apparently I posted to Instagram zero times in 2017. So, here’s a {very limited} look at my year and a few highlights. Kidneys + #TeamUSA (and I guess friends/family too) pretty much sums it up!



#LoveMeSomeTeamUSA #DidntExpectToNeedAThirdKidney7MonthsAgo #ThanksMomForSavingMe #KidneyTransplant #LifeIsWeird #SportsAreCool #ReadyForPyeongChang

Congrats to the #FinalFive on winning Team of the Olympic Games at #TeamUSAAwards! Wonderful night celebrating the incredible achievements of every @TeamUSA member at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

It remains my honor and privilege to have spent the past seven years covering these athletes and countless others.

#TeamUSA #Rio2016 #TeamUSAinDC #LoveMeSomeTeamUSA

Crazy where a far-fetched dream and a little hard work can take you! #TBT courtesy of @jpenny27... From being an Olympic enthused kid, to covering Team USA and hanging with @rickiefowler down in Rio. Could not be more proud of my little bro @bppenny
Keep up the good work!#tbt #rio2016 #teamusa

#TBT to that time two years ago when I was told to escort trampolinist @Nicole_Ahsinger around the world to China for the @youtholympics. Two years later and this young woman is GOING TO RIO as #TeamUSA's sole women's trampoline competitor!!! Congrats, Nicole, on accomplishing a dream you first voiced at age 3. So proud to know you.
((L: Proof Nicole arrived safely at the Shanghai airport. R: Nicole competing for her spot on the Olympic team last weekend.)) #LoveMeSomeTeamUSA #RoadToRio #Rio2016 #GoTeamUSA #IKnewHerWhen #YoureWelcomeForProtectingYou

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