Olympic Daily News: 15 July 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points featuring more Simone Biles gravity-defying moves and Tiger Woods' return to play

By Scott Bregman

In case you were wondering, the laws of physics still don’t seem to apply to four-time Olympic champion gymnast Simone Biles.

The current Vogue cover model and 19-time World championships gold medallist showed off yet another gravity-defying gymnastics combination – this time a double layout directly connected to a double back – on her Twitter account Tuesday.

Tiger Woods seeks 83rd PGA Tour win in return to competition

15-time major golf champion Tiger Woods will hit the competitive links for the first time since February this weekend at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.

A win in Ohio would give him the record for most PGA Tour wins. He is currently tied with Sam Snead’s record of 82.

"I would like to say that I'm going to win the event," said Woods. "That's my intent coming in, that's my intent going into every event."

Woods’ 82nd win came last October at the Zozo Championship in Japan.

"Whether that plays out come Sunday, hopefully that will be the case,” said Woods. "There's no reason why I can't do it again this week."

Japanese gymnast Teramoto Asuka planned to retire, until Olympic postponement

When 2012 and 2016 Olympic gymnast Teramoto Asuka of Japan tore her Achilles tendon on February 15, she thought her career was over.

“I’m going to finish my gymnastics life, I’m retired,” she texted friend and teammate Murakami Mai. “I’m sorry.”

Murakami had been injured when the Japanese team for the 2019 World Championships and Olympic qualifier had been selected. With Murakami absent from the team, Teramoto became an integral part in keeping Murakami’s Tokyo dreams alive.

Now, she can repay that debt.

“This time, it’s my turn for me to support you,” said Murakami.

As she returns to training, Teramoto revealed that she will perform her 2021 Olympic season floor exercise routine, likely the final of her career, to the music of ‘Origin,’ the song used by two-time Olympic figure skating champion Hanyu Yuzuru.

“I want to show off at the very end," she said.

Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton helping others become world’s best athlete

Double Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton earned the title of world’s best athlete.

Now he’s trying to help others become the best athletes they can and helping them understand the difference between how they think they are performing and the measurable data.

“If you can bridge the gap between what it feels like... and what you actually did from a skeleton’s perspective, that is a huge leap forward for how people can not only train but start out and learn how to do these things,” he told Reuters.

“That is what our project is working on; to extract how the skeleton is working and hopefully use that to not only give athletes insight and improve their performance, but also help fans who are watching sports deepen their understanding of what is going on.”

The technology is already in use with athletes readjusting their training regimes to adapt to the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games.

Trivia time!

Yesterday, we asked which Greek gymnast was the first to win Olympic gymnastics gold. The answer? Ioannis Melissanidis, who took gold on the floor exercise at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Here’s today’s question:

Who is the only woman to set the world record heptathlon score at the Olympic Games?

  1. Jessica Ennis

  2. Nafissatou Thiam

  3. Jackie Joyner-Kersee

  4. Glynis Nunn