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After the tragic acts of violence that took place over the course of the week, Instagram served as an outlet for people to celebrate the power of togetherness.

In addition to moving tributes for Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the victims of the Dallas Police shooting, a bunch of our favorite celebrities had reunions and spread the love.

Friends like Taylor Swift and her squad and teammates like Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps reconnected, a former Bachelor starring greeted a new addition to the family and President Obama shared a touching tribute to an inspirational survivor who recently passed away.

Here are eleven Instagram highlights from the past week that really resonated with us:

1. Dallas Police Shooting

Five police officers were killed and seven others were injured after a shooting took place during a protest of police violence in Dallas, Texas late Thursday.

The act of violence followed the recent deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Minnesota who were both shot and killed by police.

The White House posted a photograph to Instagram of President Obama dealing with the misfortunes and offering his condolences while in Warsaw, Poland.

The post is captioned, “I speak for every single American when I say that “weve been” frightened over these events, and that we stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas…Let’s be clear: There is no possible justification for these kinds of assaults or any cases of violence against law enforcement.

To consider President Obama’s full statement on the attack on law enforcement, visit


On July 4, NASA announced that their Juno spacecraft would finally be arriving in orbit around Jupiter.

After five years of traveling through space to reach its destination, Juno made history as the first spacecraft to orbit the poles of Jupiter since the end of the Galileo mission in 2003. NASA posted several photographs and videos to Instagram that gave us a glimpse of countries around the world from the spacecraft.

The probe will take the highest-resolution images of the plane to date, and maybe help discover new moons in orbit which is a huge achievement for the scientific world.

Way to go, NASA.

3. Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps

On Saturday, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte posted a collage in honor of his teammate, Michael Phelps.

Since Phelps ended his retirement back in April of 2014, the swimmer has been training for the 2016 Rio Olympics and after the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials, he announced he would be going to Rio to participate in his fifth and final Olympic Games.

Lochte posted photos of the two teammates from the 04, 08, 12 Olympics, along with the 16 trials, captioned, Last night was the last hour @m_phelps00 and I vied against each other on U.S. soil! It’s been an astonishing journey so far swimming with and against you, but our journey isn’t over yet! #roadtorio #usa #04 #08 #12 #16

We cant wait to see what the Rio Games have in store for these two athletes.

4. Taylor Swift

This Fourth of July had reaffirmed that Taylor Swift is the fearless leader of the squad that keeps on growing.

Last weekend, Swift hosted her exclusive annual Fourth of July bash in Rhode Island, with many die-hard squad members and several fresh new faces like Taylors new beau, Tom Hiddleston.

The fact that some BFFs like Selena Gomez( gasp) were not in attendance did not stop TSwift and Co. from documenting their galas and dedicating all of Instagram some major FOMO.

Taylor shared this shooting of her and 11 of her closest gal sidekicks Ruby Rose, Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevingne and Blake Lively included cavorting in the ocean.

5. Amber Tamblyn and America Ferrera

A mini Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants reunion took place on Monday, and it was just as phenomenal as wedded hoped.

Sisterhood co-stars and friends IRL, Amber Tamblyn and America Ferrera got together to celebrate the Fourth of July and the greatness that is Beyonc.

The Instagram video, captioned, Building America Great Again features the two BFFs goofing around by the pool, lip syncing to Beyoncs Formation and waving an American flag.

Heres hoping Blake Lively and Alexis Bledel will be present at the next shindig.

6. John Stamos

One of our favorite( fictional) couples has graced Instagram with a stunning Snapchat photo.

Full House favorites, John Stamos, who played the dreamy Uncle Jesse, and Lori Loughlin, who played Aunt Becky, took a selfie while on the Fuller House s tage featuring the beloved Flower Crown Snapchat filter…have mercy.

If this is what Snapchat entails when it says they are attracting an older demographic, then were totally okay with that.

Look out Jay Z and Beyonc, theres another flawless J+ B in township.

7. Sean Lowe

Chris Harrison must be thrilled because a new little addition to Bachelor Nation has arrived.

The star of Season 17 s The Bachelor , Sean Lowe, and spouse Catherine Giudici Lowe welcomed their first child, Samuel Thomas on July 2.

Since the couple learned they were expecting, they have not been shy to social media both tweeted from the hospital pre-delivery and posted celebratory “welcome to the world Instagram posts.

Sean shared this precious photo of himself cradling his newborn son on Instagram, with the caption, My boy and me.

Looks as though he and Catherine are loving life as parents.

8. Elie Wiesel

Last Saturday, it was announced that Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel had passed away.

The 87 year old, known for sharing the story of his teenage years at Auschwitz in the memoir Night , had a significant impact in the world.

President Obama shared a touching Instagram post about his happen, calling him one of the great moral voices of our time. Obama shared that he and Michelle would be joining people across the United States, Israel and around the globe in mourning.

Obama aimed his tribute with a powerful statement about the importance of love, empathy and compassion, exhorting us all to live a little more like Elie.

9. Kaley Cuoco

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The Big Bang Theory actress, Kaley Cuoco, caused quite the din on Instagram after she posted a photo of her three puppies on the Fourth of July.

The picture featured her three puppies in patriotic apparel, but appeared to show one of her puppies laying on top of the American flag.

Fans on Instagram began negatively commenting on the post, explaining that Cuoco was disrespecting the flag.

The actress has since deleted the original photo and shared this image of a heart-shaped American flag along with a formal apology. Cuoco expressed that she has the utmost respect for America and made a mistake.

She even spoke a little bit on the pressures of being in the public eye, sharing, Every mistake and every imperfection is amplified. I am not perfect. I am a proud American, today, tomorrow, always.

10. Lady Gaga

Grammy Award-winning singer, Lady Gaga has a new achievement to celebrate.

The 30 -year-old artist brought a much-needed explode of life to the DMV after finally receiving her drivers license.

Gaga, who has been driving with her learner’s permit and an adult present for years, was so proud of herself for eventually getting that glorious piece of plastic that she decided to celebrate with several hilarious( and very relatable) Instagram pictures.

This amazing picture of the singer alone in her classroom at the DMV was followed by one of herself on her knees outside of a vehicle, so thankful to have passed the test.

Congrats, Lady Gaga, and happy driving!

11. Daisy Ridley

A video posted by @daisyridley on Jul 6, 2016 at 7:15 am PDT

On Monday, the Star Wars actress blest Instagram with an exciting image that demonstrated Star Wars: Episode VIII filming.

Ridley, who is well-known in the Instagram world for sharing glimpses of her intense workouts, decided not to let her role as Rey stop her from sharing a video of herself on her workout grind.

To cover her secretive Star Wars hairstyle and shield us from spoilers, Ridley decided to wrap her head in a pillowcase.

She captioned the video of herself working out in her unique headwear, Ran to the gym between different put up so wore a pillowcase on my head to protect my Rey hairstyle from Instagram’s gaze.

A+ for impressive dedication and style, Daisy.

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The American is the only person to have won an individual swimming gold past the age of 31. Perseverance, fund and freakish talent have helped

Age 31 isnt over the hill in most endeavors. Baseball players routinely play into their 40 s, Phillip Dutton just won an equestrian medal at age 52, and writers often peak in their 50 s or 60 s( we hope ).

But what Michael Phelps has done in the pond is unusual. The list of individual medalists( excluding relays) in swimming whove passed their 30 th birthday is a short one counts 15( add relays, and the list expands to 23 ). Of that group, only Dara Torres was older than Phelps today when shewon multiple individual medals in one Olympics, taking three bronzes in 2000.

Individual gold medalists age 31 and up? None. Not until Phelps did it Tuesday night in the 200 m butterfly. That was his 12 th gold medal in an individual event, sending historians back to Greek antique for a comparable antecedent.

How is Phelps able to do what swimmers of the past have not?

Sheer persistence helps. Mark Spitz won two medals as a teen phenom in 1968 and seven golds in his standard-setting streak in 1972. Then he retired, apart from a short-lived comeback endeavor years later.

One reason Phelps has chosen a different career path is simple: the life of an Olympic star is no longer one of monastic poverty, thanks to a series of changes internationally and domestically through the 1970 s. Were no longer talking about Jim Thorpe being stripped of his 1912 medals because he accepted a pittance for playing a totally different sport. Today, Thorpe would win cash only qualifying for the US team.

And swimmers such as Phelps get paid, with prize money at the World Aquatic Championships now up over$ 5m and a steady creek of sponsorship money available. Even swimmers who arent anywhere close to Phelps level can earn a healthy $3,000 monthly stipend.

Financial comfort is important because swimming is such a demanding sport. Not that most Olympic events are for weekend warriors, but swimming including with regard to requires a lot of pool period and the occasional dry workout. At 35 hours a week, its not the kind of thing you can do with a full-time task. And the money helps swimmers take in staggering amounts of food to refuel. No wonder the U.S. Olympic swim squad is skewing older these days. Male swimmers average in 1988 was 20.9. In 2012, 25.8.

Yet those changes have also revved up the level of competition in the Games. The Olympics are no longer just for college student, the independently wealthy and state-funded machines. Phelps has stuck around, but so have Ryan Lochte, Laszlo Cseh and many other legitimate challengers.

And Phelps is still outdistancing not just the previous generations of Olympic athletes but his peers as well. This summer, 2012 Olympic champion and multiple world medalist Tyler Clary retired after failing to stimulate the US team in multiple events. Hes merely 27.

The ageless Dara Torres notwithstanding, females have had a more difficult time sticking around in the athletic. Natalie Coughlin has 12 medals from the last three Olympics, but at age 33, she was unable to attain the US team for Rio. Kate Ziegler was the Katie Ledecky of the mid-2 000 s, winning world titles and setting records in distance races in her teens, but she didnt make an Olympic final in 2012 and didnt make the team at age 28 this time around. Katie Hoff swept the individual medley world titles in 2005 and 2007, took a couple of individual medals in 2008 while still in her teens, then faded and eventually retired due to persisting issues such as blood clots.

Other swimmers eventually break down. Lochte has dealt with traumata, including a freak run-in with a fan that wrecked his knee. Most of those injuries took place outside the pool, but even in calm, cool water, overuse injuries can pile up over time.

Phelps has likely performed over 10 m arm strokes and 7m dolphin kicks in his career, wrote swimming expert Gary Mullen. This volume increases his danger of shoulder impingement and low back disc degeneration, two of the more common traumata in the sport.

Phelps has been able to stay healthy, and his physique surely doesnt hurt. Even in a pond full of perfectly tapered torsos, Phelps has always stood out with his long limbs and big feet.

The last part of the perfect blizzard that built Phelps the perfect swimmer is coaching. Phelps satisfied Bob Bowman at age 11, and the coach has stuck with him through a successful yet often tempestuous relationship.

Phelps has slackened a little. He scratched from the 100 m and 200 m freestyle at the Olympic trials this summer , no longer willing or able to attempt the daunting eight-event program he swept in Beijing eight years ago. But his times in individual events are comparable to his times in the past 12 years, excluding the two-year techsuit era that led to faster days for everyone in 2008 and 2009. Compare the 200 m butterfly, Phelps first individual gold medal of these Games. He won the 2011 world championship in that event in 1:53.34. His time in Rio? 1:53.36.

Phelps, Bowman and his entourage have a few other tactics that may also have come into play. Maybe the cupping therapy that leaves big hickeys all over his torso is improving his endurance in ways yet to be explained. Perhaps Phelpss retirement after the 2012 Games stimulated him come back rejuvenated and hungry.

But much of Phelps success is readily apparent. Hes a physically gifted swimmer who learned picture-perfect strokes, his body has not failed him in any major route, and his support system has helped him preserve those gifts longer than most.

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