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!

By Ken Browne

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')

And while we're on the subject of stargazing, today's figure skating big news is in, Hanyu Yuzuru is the Most Valuable skater of the year, chosen at the ISU Skating Awards 2020.

Hanyu the chosen one

Yuzu was chosen ahead of double world champ Nathan Chen and French pair Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron.

Japan's skating megastar talked about the pressure he feels as a result of his huge following and managing the expectations.

Read his interview and all the other results here.

Here were the other awards and candidates:

2) Best Costume

3) Most Entertaining Program

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

And from figure skating to another sport with impressive quads, we love this mini Insta doc which tells the story of how Sushil Kumar started a wrestling revolution in sleeping giant India.

Bronze at Beijing 2008, silver at London 2012, Kumar is the only Indian ever to win two individual Olympic medals.

Following in his footsteps and tipped to do great things at the Tokyo Olympics are Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, and 86kg rising star Deepak Punia.

But will Sushil himself make it to Tokyo and challenge for that lifelong dream of Olympic gold?

Some say his chances are slim, others that he's in with a shout, but one thing's for sure, he'll keep fighting to the very end.

Staying with wrestling, this hands-only rope workout is child's play for Greco-Roman wrestling Olympic champ Artur Aleksanyan.


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.

Dressel's goal is simple: to be the best. Michael Phelps thinks he can win eight gold medals in Tokyo. Just don't call him the new Phelps.

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?

  1. Mike Powell
  2. Igor Ter-Ovanesyan
  3. Bob Beamon
  4. Ralph Boston

Let us know: @olympicchannel on the socials.