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