Olympic Daily News: 14 August 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points featuring 100 years of New Zealand at the Games, a decade of Youth Olympics

By Scott Bregman

Ten years ago today, the first-ever Youth Olympic Games opened in Singapore. Those Games have had a lasting impact both in the host country and around the world.

In 2010, the Singapore Olympic Foundation (SOF) was established to uphold legacy of those Youth Olympics. One of SOF’s goals was to help lift up Singaporean athletes as they strive to achieve their Olympic dreams.

That program paid off six short years later when Joseph Schooling became the first from his country to win Olympic gold, as he took the title in the 100m butterfly at Rio 2016.

Singapore 2010 included many athletes who are now household names, including Tom Daley, Jade Jones, Carolina Marin, and Chad le Clos

In the decade since, the Youth Olympics have served as a launch pad to Olympic glory for many more, with Kyle Chalmers, Ruta Meilutyte, and Tony Yoka among those who participated at a YOG before winning Olympic gold.

Centenary celebrations

100 years ago, Team New Zealand joined the Olympic stage for the first time at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, where they won one medal – a bronze by Darcy Hadfield in rowing.

In the century since Antwerp 1920, Kiwis have collected 120 Olympic medals, including 47 golds. Canoe athlete Ian Ferguson leads his country’s medal count with five, including four golds.

Simone Biles, Venus and Serena Williams among USA Today’s Women of the Century

As the 100 year anniversary of the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution which allowed women to vote for the first time, USA Today has named its Women of the Century. The list includes women – living and deceased – from all walks of like, including sports.

Several prominent Olympians feature on the list including tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams and gymnast Simone Biles.

Beyond their incredible skill on the court, the Williams sisters have been pivotal in the fight for equal prize money at major tournaments like Wimbledon and the French Open. Biles has become a voice for survivors of abuse in the United States while having gone nearly a decade without losing a competition.

Other Olympians on the list include Babe Didrikson, Florence Griffith Joyner, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Wilma Rudolph, and Pat Summitt (coach).

Shoe shopping? How about a pair of Michael Jordan’s sneakers

A pair of six-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic basketball gold medallist Michael Jordans sneakers sold at auction this week for a staggering $615,000.

The shoes were Air Jordan 1 Highs, worn in a 1985 exhibition match in Italy where Jordan dunked the ball so hard, he shattered the backboard.

“This is the original shoe with an actual piece of the backboard, a piece of glass, in the sole of the shoe,” said Caitlin Donovan, head of handbag and sneaker sales at Christie’s, according to AFP.

Jordan and the rest of the 1992 U.S. basketball team featured earlier this year in the Olympic Channel series 'Dream Team 1992 Revisited.'

Trivia time

Yesterday, we asked the age youngest female Olympic champion. The answer is 13 (and 268 days, to be exact), and the record belongs to American Marjorie Gestring, who took the springboard diving title in 1936.

Here’s today’s question.

What country last won back-to-back Olympic gold medals in men’s football?

  1. Brazil

  2. Argentina

  3. Spain

  4. Hungary