Olympic Daily News: 11 August 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points featuring the Williams sisters return, Noah Lyles live on Instagram Wednesday

By Scott Bregman

Eight years ago today, David Boudia, Qiu Bo, and Tom Daley shared the podium in the men’s 10m diving at London 2012.

For more on gold medal winner Boudia, don’t miss him in the Olympic Channel original series “What Moves Me.”

“Valuing the journey you are on, the day to day, instead of ‘This is what I need to accomplish,’ all the time, it brings you to the point where like, ‘Oh, okay, this little thing at the pool really wasn’t a big deal,’” says Boudia.

Serena, Venus Williams hit the court today in Lexington

As tennis returns to action ahead of this month’s U.S. Open, stars of the sport and Olympic champions Serena and Venus Williams are set to play today at the Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky.

“I’ve played through so many different generations and so many different things,” Serena Williams said over the weekend during a virtual press conference. “It's not just us as tennis players or us as athletes, as the whole world is going through this pandemic. I think sport is the one of the few things that can actually provide almost a deep, good breath of fresh air… a sigh of relief to people that are still stuck at home.”

Serena Williams gets underway at 11 am Eastern time (6 pm Central European time) against fellow American Bernarda Pera, while sister Venus is the third match scheduled for center court. Coco Gauff and 2017 U.S. Open Champion Sloane Stephens round out a star-studded day in Lexington.

Noah Lyles joins Olympic Channel live on Instagram Wednesday, as Diamond League returns

We’ll be chatting with 200m world champion Noah Lyles live on Instagram Wednesday at 4 pm Central European time (10 am Eastern in the United States) ahead of the first Diamond League event of the season. Lyles will join us from Monaco where competition gets underway on Friday.

The Diamond League event will also include stars like Grant Holloway, Mondo Duplantis, and Sifan Hassan.

Lyles is currently featured in the Olympic Channel original series ‘Athletes to Watch – Tokyo 2020.’

“There’s tons of people who are good. There’s tons of people who have gotten to where I am now, but to be great, you have to do what most people haven’t. You have to win the gold medal,” said Lyles. “You have to do it more than once. You have to do it three times, do it three times in a row. Break a world record. Do it again. These are things that make you great.”

Gymnasts continue to speak out about abusive training methods

More gymnasts in the United States and Great Britain came forward Monday to share their experiences of abusive coaching in the sport.

“I feel for many years emotional manipulation and being pushed through physical pain was certainly something I experienced,” Nile Wilson told the BBC. Wilson won bronze on the horizontal bar at Rio 2016.

"I think it was coaching methodology where we felt what it feels like to live in fear - you perform or there's a consequence," he said.

Stateside, Kennedy Baker, a former U.S. national team member and University of Florida standout, shared her experience in a post on Twitter. She is the latest athlete to post on social media using the hashtag #GymnastAlliance in the wake of the Netflix documentary ‘Athlete A.’

“I can no longer stay silent about some of the trauma and abuse I experienced at Texas Dreams Gymnastics,” Baker wrote before detailing her training experiences under coaches Kim Zmeskal, the 1991 World all-around champion and Olympic team bronze medallist, and her husband Chris Burdette.

“I come forward with these stories hoping to open eyes to the toxic culture of abuse that runs through the gymnastics community,” said Baker. “I don’t say these truths out of spite, but resilience and a testament to the beautiful woman I am today.”

Trivia Tuesday

Yesterday, we asked when golf had last been featured in the Olympic programme prior to the Rio 2016 Games. The answer: 1904.

Here’s today’s question.

How many countries have hosted either an Olympic Games or Olympic Winter Games?

  1. 20

  2. 21

  3. 22

  4. 23

Finally, dachshund puppies in a kiddie pool

If this doesn’t make you smile, nothing will.