Olympic Daily News: 11 September 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points with Montreal Ice Academy set for live show, Patty Mills targets Tokyo gold

By Scott Bregman

Thursday night, Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka won their U.S. Open semi-final matches, advancing to Saturday’s final.

For Osaka, her win over American Jen Brady, means she will have the chance to wear all seven of the face masks she brought to the Grand Slam to honour the memories of Black individuals whose deaths have led to marches for racial justice around the globe.

Azarenka’s hard-fought win came over tennis legend Serena Williams, denying her the chance at a record-tying 24 Grand Slam wins. Currently ranked 27th in the world, the Belarusian’s run in New York has signaled a resurgence from the former world No. 1 player.

Madison Hubbell, Zachary Donohue ‘excited’ for Ice Academy of Montreal Live event

The Ice Academy of Montreal, home rink to reigning World ice dance bronze medallists and 2018 Olympians Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, will give fans an inside look at their training magic Friday with a live-streamed show scheduled for 1 p.m. Eastern time in the United States/8 p.m. Central European Time. The show will stream at https://www.iceacademyofmontreal.com/iamlive.

“It's going to be, you know, casual is not like a normal simulation where we would put on costumes or anything,” Hubbell told Olympic Channel in a phone interview this week. “It's more like our normal training.”

Donohue added, “It’ll give an inside look at what a daily training session in Montreal looks like.”

Those sessions include some of the Hubbell and Donohue’s biggest competitors, including reigning World champs Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France.

“Because the school really puts an emphasis on respecting each other and focusing on yourself and having a good attitude, it really fosters like a friendly, friendly rivalry,” said Hubbell.

“It is time to kind of get back into that competitive mindset and that hunger for being better every day,” she added. “This event was kind of created to not only show the way that we support each other, but also the way that we push each other every day and work towards our goals.”

Patty Mills wants a gold medal at Tokyo 2020

Three-time Olympic basketball player Patty Mills of Australia has a clear, history-making goal in mind for his team at Tokyo 2020.

“A gold medal,” Mills said Friday during a panel on identity and well-being for the Australian Olympic Committee’s Well-being Week. “And I say that in all seriousness. It is what you dream of as a kid, and it is what you continue to dream of as an adult.”

Australia has never won a basketball medal at the Olympic Games. The 32-year-old, who plays for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, was part of the Australian team that finished just off the podium at last year’s FIBA World Cup. 

“When you look down the line and see your teammates presented with a gold medal around their neck, and to share that moment with the rest of the country – that is what I can’t wait for at Tokyo,” said Mills.

Russian gymnastics planning for November competition in Japan

Russian gymnastics coach Valentina Rodionenko confirmed that the Russian men and women’s national teams are planning to attend a friendly competition in Hiroshima, Japan, on 8 November, according to Gymnovosti.

“The Japanese Gymnastics Federation which is organising the competition sent us the directives,” said Rodionenko. “According to them, the competition will take place in one day, on November 8th. Four teams plan on attending the competition – Americans who also expressed the wish to participate were added to Russia, Japan, and China. Each country will send eight athletes – four men and four women.”

In an email to Olympic Channel, USA Gymnastics said a final decision on its participation had not yet been reached.

Rodionenko also previewed a busy few weeks for the Russian national team with their men’s national championships scheduled for 26 October to 1 November. The women’s championships will run 2-8 November. Athletes competing in Japan will skip the national championships, according to the coach. Finally, both senior and junior athletes are planning to compete at December’s European Championships in Baku.

Trivia time

Yesterday, in honor of the NFL season opener, we asked which player was the last to win Olympic gold? The answer is James Jett, who won gold at Barcelona 1992 as part of the U.S. 4x100m relay effort.

Here’s today’s question:

Who is the top scorer in men’s Olympic basketball?

  1. Pau Gasol

  2. Andrew Gaze

  3. Oscar Schmidt

  4. Wlamir Marques

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