Olympic Daily News: 13 July 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points featuring Katie Ledecky on the 'Greatness Code,' and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce's return to the track

By Scott Bregman

Is it cake?

That’s the viral question being asked online, as videos of very real looking items are revealed to be delicious dessert.

Should we start thinking about cake Olympic gold medals? Let us know online at @OlympicChannel.

Katie Ledecky after London gold: “I kinda told myself there's no looking back”

Five-time Olympic swimming gold medallist Katie Ledecky of the United States says her success at London 2012 – where she won a surprise gold medal in the 800m freestyle – changed her career.

"A lot of people think my world record races are my best races, but I still always come back to 2012 Olympics," says Ledecky in the new Apple+ series ‘Greatness Code.’

“Once I had that first international experience and won one gold, I kinda told myself there's no looking back," she added.

No looking back indeed. Since those London Games, Ledecky has gone on to set world records in the women’s 400, 800 and 1500m freesteyle, collecting four more Olympic golds and 15 World titles.

Two-time Olympic champ Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce runs 11 seconds in 100m return

In Jamaica’s first post-pandemic athletics race, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wasted no time, setting the world’s fastest time of the year in the 100m: 11 seconds flat.

The previous best time belonged to American Sha’Carri Richardson at 11.05.

“Back at it,” said Fraser-Pryce on her Instagram after posting the time. Fraser-Pryce is the 2008 and 2012 Olympic 100m champion and the reigning World Championships gold medallist in the event. She will likely be among the favorites in the event at next summer's Tokyo Olympic Games.

Oksana Chusovitina sees Tokyo as her final Olympic moment

Uzbek gymnast Oksana Chusovitina has competed at every Olympic Games since Barcelona 1992, but tells CNN Tokyo will be her last.

At 45 years old, Chusovitina’s longetity is stunning: she’s been to seven Olympic Games and at 20, Chusovitina’s son is older than many of the women she competes against at the Worlds Championships and Olympic Games.

None of that has slowed her.

"I can't imagine doing gymnastics now," Olympic champion Svetlana Boguinskaia said. Boguinskaia competed at the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Games and now coaches Chusovitina. "Now looking at her and seeing what she is capable of doing, she becomes better with every quadrennium."

Even with all that experience, the 1992 Olympic gold medallist says even she still has fear in her sport.

"Everyone has fear -- only fools don't have it,” said Chusovitina. “But, when you train every day, when you do different exercises, you can control your fear better.”


Yesterday, we asked for the time of the longest wrestling match in Olympic history. The answer is a stunning 11 hours and 40 minutes.

In the wrestling semifinal of the 1912 Summer Olympics, Martin Klein and Alfred Asikainen grappled for 11 hours and 40 minutes before Klein finally managed to pin Asikainen. Klein was so exhausted from the bout that he was unable to wrestle for the gold the next day, leaving Swedish wrestler Claes Johansson with the gold medal.

Here's today’s question:

After taking gold in 2008 and 2012, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce came up with bronze at Rio 2016. Who took the gold medal?

  1. Tori Bowie

  2. Elaine Thompson

  3. Carmelita Jeter

  4. Veronica Campbell-Brown

Finally - Hudson can't stop watching tennis

You know the old saying, find a sport to watch the way Hudson watches tennis.