Olympic Daily News: 1 July 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points. Figure skating's Grand Prix roster delayed, Dina Asher-Smith still targeting Tokyo gold.

By Scott Bregman

Happy Canada Day! 🇨🇦

July 1, 2020, marks the 153rd anniversary of the Constitution Cat, which united the Province of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick… it also gives us a perfect excuse to relive this golden moment from PyeongChang, featuring Canadian ice dance superstars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

Figure Skating Grand Prix fields delayed due to coronavirus

Speaking of figure skating, the coronavirus pandemic has put the 2020-21 Grand Prix of Figure Skating season somewhat in doubt. Typically, rosters for the upcoming season’s event would have been released in June, but the International Skating Union says those will wait for a report on the impact of the pandemic.

The ISU is not expected to release the rosters until after a Grand Prix group meeting schedule for August, according to NBC Olympic Talk.

Outside the World Championships, the Grand Prix series is skating’s marquee event, attracting Olympic champions Hanyu Yuzuru of Japan and Alina Zagitova of Russia, along with reigning men's world champ Nathan Chen.

Sprinting star Dina Asher-Smith targeting Tokyo gold

Team GB’s Dina Asher-Smith, the reigning 200m world champion, has indulged a bit since hearing of the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo to 2021.

“When I heard, I went out and got a chocolate cake and a six-pack of Coca-Cola, and I had a lot of McDonald's apple pies,” Asher-Smith told Harper’s Bazaar.

The fastest woman in British history is still targeting Tokyo gold and her first individual Olympic medal when the Games come around.

“I want to win at the Olympics, obviously,” said Asher-Smith, “but if it's not safe, then, well, it's not worth it.”

If Asher-Smith were to match her 2019 World Championship gold with an Olympic title, she would be the first British woman to win the 200m gold.

ICYMI: Motherhood rekindles Mexican diver Paola Espinosa’s drive for fifth Olympics

Mexican diver Paola Espinosa wants her daughter, Ivana, to see her compete at the Olympic Games.

"My motivation was reborn with her,” said Espinosa told Tokyo2020.org. "What I want is for my daughter to have the opportunity to see me on a diving board at the Olympic Games.”

Tokyo 2020 would be the fifth Olympic appearance for Espinosa, who took silver at London 2012 and bronze at Beijing 2008 in women’s 10m synchro.

"I want to show her the values that my parents taught me at home and that I developed through sports, give them to her and that she witness them from her own mother."


Yesterday, we asked you who was the first openly gay Olympic gold medallist. That distinction belongs with Australian diver Matthew Mitcham.

Here’s today’s question:

Which Olympian has appeared at the most Games?

  1. Oksana Chusovitina

  2. Ian Millar

  3. Hubert Raudaschl

  4. Raimondo d'Inzeo