Olympic Daily News: 15 August 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points. University for Zagitova, Soldatova trains publicly, USA Cycling improving sport's access, Paralympic swimmer finds new pool

By ZK Goh

It's National Relaxation Day in the U.S. today (and the holiday has also made its way to different parts of the world) – what better way to spend your Saturday than by checking out our Olympic Daily?

One Olympic champion who should be having a very relaxed day is Kerri Walsh Jennings, who turns 42 today.

The three-time beach volleyball champion is attempting to go to her sixth Olympic Games next year, and would be the oldest ever female beach volleyball Olympian if she does so.

Zagitova's studies and Soldatova's training

Olympic figure skating champion Alina Zagitova has chosen where she will attend university, according to reports from Russia.

She has decided to study for a degree in Production and Cultural Policy at the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration's Faculty of Journalism.

One of the professors at the faculty made the announcement on social media, posting: "Olympic champion Alina Zagitova came to us, hooray!"

Meanwhile, rhythmic gymnastics world champion Aleksandra Soldatova has shared pictures of an unorthodox training session she recently did – in public on the banks of Moscow's Moskva River.

The 22-year-old, who last year took time away from the sport in order to focus on her health, captioned her post: "Training time. Mixing business with pleasure."

USA Cycling to improve sport's access for women of colour

Cycling's national governing body in the United States is teaming up with an organisation, Black Girls Do Bike, to improve access to the sport for women of colour.

The national federation's collaboration includes working to support a Black Girls Do Bike racing team and to help girls and women of colour get into cycling.

"This partnership helps us better accomplish our goal of supporting a community of women of colour who share a passion for cycling and we are looking forward to further expanding our reach and impact," said Black Girls Do Bike founder Monica Garrison.

Actor David Duchovny helps Paralympic swimmer

Four-time Paralympian Rudy Garcia-Tolson has found a new pool to train in while public pools remain closed due to coronavirus.

Garcia-Tolson had been training in the Pacific Ocean near his home in California as he attempts to qualify for his fifth Paralympics, but the 31-year-old has since had support from an unlikely place.

The X-Files actor David Duchovny had seen an interview with Garcia-Tolson in the New York Times detailing his troubles with finding a space to train, and offered him the use of his private 25-metre pool in high-end Malibu.

Trivia time

Yesterday, we asked you which country was the last to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals in men’s football?

If you said Argentina, you were right. They won at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

Today's question is this: Who won swimming's "Race of the Century" – the men's 200m freestyle final at the Athens 2004 Olympics?

  1. Michael Phelps
  2. Grant Hackett
  3. Ian Thorpe
  4. Pieter van den Hoogenband