Olympic Daily News: 10 August 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points featuring Collin Morikawa's PGA Championship win, Fiona Ferro taking the Palermo title

By Scott Bregman

Remember the first time you heard your new favourite song? That’s the concept of a video that went viral over the weekend featuring twin brothers, Tim and Fred Williams, listening to Phil Collins’ mega hit ‘In the Air Tonight.’

That got us thinking: which moment in Olympic history do you wish you could experience for the first time? Head over to our Great Olympic Moments’ channel for the chance!

Collin Morikawa wins PGA Championship

American Collin Morikawa put down a spectacular six under round on Sunday to win golf’s PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. The title comes in the 23-year-old’s first major appearance as a professional.

Only three other players have won the PGA Championship at 23, and he’s in good company: Tiger Woods, Rory McIllroy, and Jack Nicklaus.

“Any time you're in the conversation of the greats, Jack, Rory, Tiger, no matter who it is,” Morikawa said, according to Yahoo! Sports, “if you're in that conversation, you're doing something well.”

Morikawa finished his four rounds -13, while American Dustin Johnson and England’s Paul Casey finished joint second two strokes back at -11.

Olympic men's champion Justin Rose managed a top-10 finish.

Fiona Ferro shocks to win WTA's first event since March

Ranked No. 53 in the world, France’s Fiona Ferro was the surprise winner over the weekend at the Palermo Ladies Open. Ferro triumphed over fourth seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, 6-2, 7-5.

"It means a lot especially after a five tough months of practice,'' Ferro said, according to the Associated Press. "I was already feeling so happy just to be back competing and be on the court but it's even nicer to finish the week this way."

The event in Palermo was the first WTA event since March, due to cancellations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and included health protocols including fewer ball kids, limited fans and no post-match handshakes.

"I'm just really happy we're back playing tennis and able to compete,” said runner-up Kontaveit.

U.S. gymnast MyKayla Skinner refocuses on Tokyo 2020

Like so many athletes, U.S. gymnast MyKayla Skinner had already made plans for 2021 when she – after nearly two decades in her sport – would finally step away.

“Me and Simone [Biles] were like, ‘We’re almost done! We’ll never have to go to a camp ever again. We’re almost there,’” Skinner said in an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune. “And all this stuff starts happening, and me and Simone are sitting there texting each other like, ‘I can’t believe this is happening!’”

Skinner has said that her previous Olympic experience – as an alternate to the U.S. team for Rio 2016 – motivated her to take one more run at the Games. And now, five months after the announcement that the Olympics would be postponed, Skinner has refocuses her sights on Tokyo 2020 in 2021.

“It’s like the gymnastics gods are calling my name saying, ‘You can’t be done with gym,’” said Skinner. “Like, I guess there’s always a reason I’m still doing it, you know?”

Trivia time

Yesterday, we asked who is the only Olympian to win gold medals in the 5,000m, 10,000m, and marathon at the same Olympic Games.

That feat has only been accomplished by Emil Zatopek.

Here’s today’s question.

Golf returned to the Olympic programme at Rio 2016. When had it last been featured in the Games?

  1. 1896
  2. 1904
  3. 1984
  4. 1996