Olympic Daily News: 13 August 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points featuring Svetlana Romashina on Tokyo 2020, Adam Rippon 'covers' Yuna Kim

By Scott Bregman

Olympic figure skating champion Yuna Kim and Olympic team bronze medallist Adam Rippon have created some of the most memorable (and emotional) skating moments in recent memory. So Rippon performing Kim’s program to Danse Macabre, which the American posted on Twitter Wednesday, is a thing of beauty.

What other skating crossovers do you want to see? Tweet us your suggestions!

Svetlana Romashina: “This isn’t a chase for gold, it’s my personal chase.”

Five-time Olympic artistic swimming champion Svetlana Romashina says her dream of more gold at Tokyo 2020 is about more than a medal.

“I think I’ve already become the most decorated synchronisd swimmer in history in terms of medals taken at world championships,” Romashina told RT. “This isn’t a chase for gold, it’s my personal chase.

“The taste of victory and the thrill of performing at the Olympics are really incredible. I realise that this will be my last summer Olympics, that’s why I’m anticipating the moment of competing there.”

Romashina also weighed in on the possibility of adding men to the Olympic programme for artistic swimming.

“I think calls to include it in the Olympics are a bit premature, because there aren’t so many top-class athletes who can perform at the competition of such a high level,” she said.

Olympic bronze medallist Nico Porteous wins at Cardrona

With the New Zealand Winter Games unable to go on in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the all-Kiwi Obsidian Big Air event at Cardrona takes its place.

2018 Olympic bronze medallist Nico Porteous took the title in the men’s freeski big air.

“My day was off the charts. I haven’t had a day like this for so long. It was unbelievable,” Porteous said, according to the Otago Daily Times. “I ended up coming out and doing tricks I have only done twice before in my life. Beyond stoked to be standing on that top podium.

Porteous combined with his ‘Team Wells’ members Jossi Wells, Margaux Hackett and Carlos Garcia Knight to earn the top spot in all three categories contested at Obsidian.

Williams sisters set to face off as Djokovic confirms U.S. Open participation

Olympic champions and tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams will face off Thursday for the 31st time in their careers – a “rivalry” dating back to 1998.

“Quite honestly, this is perfect,” Venus Williams said Tuesday. “I haven’t played her forever so I want to play the best players, I think I got my wish playing Serena. So, here we go.”

The sisters are scheduled to play second (no earlier than 12:30 p.m. Eastern time/6:30 pm Central European time) on center court at the Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky.

Elsewhere in the world of tennis, world No. 1 and 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Novak Djokovic has confirmed he’ll play in the upcoming Western & Southern Open and U.S. Open tournaments.

“I am happy to confirm that I will participate at the Western & Southern Open and US Open this year,” the 17-time Grand Slam singles champion said in a statement. “It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on many sides, but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited.”

Trivia Thursday

At Rio 2016, Simone Biles won four Olympic gold medals in gymnastics, and yesterday, we asked which female gymnast last accomplished that feat before her.

The answer? Romania’s Ekaterina Szabo who took gold in the team, vault, beam and floor finals at LA 1984.

Here’s today’s question.

At what age did the youngest female individual Olympic champion win gold?

  1. 12

  2. 13

  3. 14

  4. 15