Olympic Daily News: 1 September 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points with Alina Zagitova set to host 'Ice Age,' Naomi Osaka wins first round at US Open, Viktoria Rebensburg announces retirement

By Scott Bregman

Welcome to September!

The first day of this month also happens to be Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Gloria Estefan’s birthday. The Cuban-American has an Olympic connection, having performed the official song of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta: “Reach.”

“Reach” was later nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1997.

The Games will head back to the United States in 2028 when Los Angeles plays host, and today is a big day: the launch of the new LA28 logo.

World, Olympic figure skating champion Alina Zagitova to host ‘Ice Age’ show

Olympic figure skating champion Alina Zagitova will host the ice skating competition ‘Ice Age,’ according to a report from Sport24.

The news comes amid uncertainty about the 18-year-old’s competitive future. Zagitova has returned to training after taking time away after a disappointing sixth place finish at December’s Grand Prix Final. Recently, she was part of a long-list for Russia’s international squad for the 2020-21 season and is expected to take part in the Russian federation’s test skate in Moscow 12-13 September.

According to the report, filming of the season of ‘Ice Age’ may preclude Zagitova from competing at the Russian Cup, a qualifier for the Russian national championships.

Naomi Osaka wins first round match, continues activism on day one of U.S. Open

2018 U.S. Open tennis champion Naomi Osaka walked onto the court at the Arthur Ashe stadium on Monday for her match against fellow Japanese Misaki Doi wearing a face covering with the name Breonna Taylor. Taylor, a Black medical worker, was killed by police officers raiding her Kentucky apartment in March.

“I have seven [masks], and it’s quite sad that seven is not enough for the amount of names,” said Osaka on court after defeating Doi, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.

“For me, I just want to spread awareness. I’m aware that tennis is watched all over the world, and maybe there is someone that doesn’t know Breonna Taylor’s story,” she added.

The move comes days after Osaka took to social media, saying she would not play her semi-final match at the Western & Southern Open to stand in solidarity with protests in the wake of the police shooting death of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.

Olympic champions Andy Murray, Serena Williams and Venus Williams are scheduled to play Tuesday at the U.S. Open.

2010 Olympic giant slalom champ Viktoria Rebensburg announces retirement

Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg announced her retirement from skiing Tuesday in a post on Instagram.

“Today is certainly not an easy day for me, as I have decided to end my career with immediate effect after 13 years,” the post read. “I made this decision with a heavy heart and after much consideration over the last few weeks.

“After my injury in spring and the past two months of snow training, I realised that I would no longer be able to reach my absolute top level.”

Rebensburg steps away from the sport having claimed the Olympic title in giant slalom at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. She also took bronze in the event at the 2014 Games in Sochi. In addition to her Olympic triumphs, she was twice the world silver medallist (2015 and 2019) in her signature event.

The 30-year-old is the second Olympic champion to quit alpine skiing in the last few months after Anna Veith in May.

Tuesday Trivia

Yesterday, we asked what event Allyson Felix’s sole individual Olympic gold medal was won. Felix struck gold in the 200m race at London 2012.

Here’s today’s question.

Who is the only woman to win back-to-back Olympic titles in the giant slalom?

  1. Mikaela Shiffrin

  2. Tina Maze

  3. Deborah Compagnoni

  4. Debbie Armstrong