Olympic Daily News: 11 July 2020
Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points: Hanyu, Chen, Medvedeva, the 'Triple A', all up for awards, Caeleb Dressel dancing, the story of Indian wrestling, a T-Rex and much more!
TIL: French astronomer Jean-Louis Pons discovered his first comet on July 11, 1801, then went on to spot a further 36 over 27 years - more than any other person in history.
(I also learned that TIL means 'Today I Learned')
Hanyu the chosen one
Japan's skating megastar talked about the pressure he feels as a result of his huge following and managing the expectations.
Here were the other awards and candidates:
2) Best Costume
- Madison CHOCK / Evan BATES (USA) (Free Dance) Winners
- Anna SHCHERBAKOVA (RUS) (Free Skating)
- HANYU Yuzuru (JPN) (Free Skating ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating)
3) Most Entertaining Program
- Kevin AYMOZ (FRA) (Short Program)
- Evgenia MEDVEDEVA (RUS) (Free Skating)
- Gabriella PAPADAKIS/Guillaume CIZERON (FRA) (Rhythm Dance) Winners
4) Best Newcomer
The award for Best Coach between Brian Orser, Rafael Arutyunyan, and Eteri Tutberidze went to Tutberidze with an elated Shae-Lynn Bourne picking up Best Choreographer, and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Kurt Browning.
Find out all the details and what they said here.
Indian wrestling history makers
Bronze at Beijing 2008, silver at London 2012, Kumar is the only Indian ever to win two individual Olympic medals.
But will Sushil himself make it to Tokyo and challenge for that lifelong dream of Olympic gold?
Caeleb Dressel dances
USA swim sensation Caeleb Dressel was doing a bit of shimmying himself. Already a double gold medallist at just 19-years-old, Dressel looks set to become one of the biggest shows in town at the Tokyo Olympics.
Oh and he dances too.
Dog of the day
We haven't done dog of the day for a while, so here, have a maritime T-Rex instead.
Yesterday we asked which sport was a demonstration sport at the Paris 1900 Olympics, and the answer is: kite flying.
Now for today's question:
Who holds the Olympic record long jump of 8.90m, which has stood for over five decades?
- Mike Powell
- Igor Ter-Ovanesyan
- Bob Beamon
- Ralph Boston
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