Olympic Daily News: 10 July 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points: a new documentary featuring Eliud Kipchoge, BMX freestyler Chelsea Wolfe on trans representation and inclusion

By Scott Bregman

Twenty years ago today, the band Coldplay dropped its debut album 'Parachutes.' Since that release, they’ve gone onto achieve worldwide fame, including 2005’s best-selling album of the year ‘X&Y.’

Coldplay have several Olympic connections, including performing in the closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London and this performance by Team USA figure skater Adam Rippon at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games.

New documentary ‘Speed Sessions’ highlights marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge

A new documentary from the NN Running team shows the world the importance of speed sessions in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda.

“Track sessions seem not to be important to other marathoners, and other people see it is not beneficial,” said Rio 2016 marathon gold medallist Eliud Kipchoge, who stars in the documentary. “To my team, it’s really crucial. It’s beneficial to us.”

“First is that it helps us to make our body maintain the high pace, that’s the main thing,” said the world record holder. “The second thing is that it actually opens the whole body to feel how hard training is.”

Fans can watch the entire documentary, which features Abdi Nageeye, Kenenisa Bekele, Julien Wanders, Geoffey Kamworor, and head coach of Kenya Patrick Sang, in addition to Kipchoge, on the NN Running Team’s YouTube page (or below!).

BMX freestyler Chelsea Wolfe: “I want to be the person that I needed to see when I was younger.”

If Team USA’s BMX freestyle rider Chelsea Wolfe competes at Tokyo 2020, she would become one of – if not the first – openly transgender athletes to participate at the Olympic Games.

Like so many trailblazers before her, Wolfe knows how important that could be.

“I want to be the person that I needed to see when I was younger,” she said on the USA Today podcast ‘Changing the Game.’ “That's a big motivator on the difficult days when I'm on the receiving end of a lot of hate or facing a really just difficult thing to overcome.”

The American also credits Olympic inclusion with helping expand opportunity in her sport.

“It’s interesting to think that even the progress that we’ve made of women getting paid at all or even having a place to compete, mostly came when the Olympics and the UCI got involved and mandated that there would be some kind of equality and equal opportunity to everyone,” Wolfe said.

“Same thing with even my access to competitions as a trans woman, that came about because of the IOC and because the UCI getting involved and saying, if your sport wants to be in the Olympics, you have to equal opportunities for everyone to compete and participate.”

Olympic champion Charles Barkley joins 2022 World Games as ambassador

Two-time Olympic gold medallist and basketball legend Charles Barkley will participate in several major events for the World Games 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama, the organizing committee announced Thursday.

“I’ve always told anyone who would listen – and even those who wouldn’t – how great the state of Alabama and the Birmingham community are,” Barkley said. “Being able to be a part of an event like The World Games 2022 is another chance to show the world what this community and its people are all about. I’m excited to support this event, and am looking forward to trying my hand at Korfball.”

The World Games are an international, multi-sport event featuring sports and disciplines not currently on the Olympic programme, including acrobatic gymnastics, squash, billiards, and more.

”We are pleased that Charles Barkley, a sportsman with a tremendous reputation, has agreed to be an Ambassador for The World Games 2022,” said Joachim Gossow, CEO of the International World Games Association. “Being a member of the US Basketball Dream Team at the Olympics in 1992, he knows best how a multi-sport event can inspire athletes and spark the fire within the host country.”

Trivia time.

Yesterday, we asked which female gymnast was the last to win back-to-back Olympic gold on the floor exercise. That distinction belongs to the Soviet Union’s Nellie Kim who won gold at Montreal 1976 and tied four years later at Moscow 1980 with Romania’s Nadia Comaneci.

Here’s today’s question.

Which of the following was a demonstration sport at the Paris 1900 Olympics?

  1. Kite flying
  2. Water skiing
  3. Dueling
  4. American football

Finally, some goosebumps.

In need of some inspiration on this Friday? Look no further than Australian 3x3 basketball players Rebecca Cole and Maddie Carrick who open up on continuing their Olympic dream among the coronavirus pandemic.