Olympic Daily News: 16 September 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points as Ian Thorpe reflects on Sydney 2000, Olympians set for NBA playoffs

By Scott Bregman

Today is Mexican Independence Day!

The country has a rich Olympic history, including as host to the 1968 Summer Games in Mexico City, and has totaled 69 medals at the Games. Who can forget the thrilling football gold medal win below from London 2012?

Denver Nuggets advance as conference finals set

The Denver Nuggets became the first team in NBA history to come back twice from a 3-1 series deficient in the playoffs, defeating the Los Angeles Clippers 104-89 to advance to the conference finals.

“This is a special crew. Nobody wants us here. Nobody thinks that we can do something,” said center Nikola Jokic after the victory. “We proved to everybody and proved to ourselves that we can do something.”

Jokic, who won basketball silver at Rio 2016 with Serbia, is one of four Olympians remaining in this year’s playoffs. Olympic champs LeBron James (Lakers), Anthony Davis (Lakers) and Jimmy Butler (Heat) are also still in action.

In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Miami Heat won Game 1 against the Celtics 117-114 in overtime. The Nuggets will face off with the Los Angeles Lakers Friday in Game 1 of the Western Finals.

“Whatever we do, I’m going to remember this team,” said Jokic.

Maya Moore weds Jonathan Irons

WNBA star and double Olympic champion Maya Moore announced her marriage to Jonathan Irons Wednesday during a segment on 'Good Morning America.' The couple met as Moore helped Irons overturn his wrongful conviction.

"We wanted to announce today that we are super excited to continue the work that we've been doing together, but doing it as a married couple," Moore said. "We're excited to share this new chapter of life together."

Moore, the four-time WNBA champion and 2014 league MVP, stepped away from the 2019 season to focus on the effort with Irons, who was facing a 50 year prison sentence after being found guilty of breaking into a Missouri home and shooting the owner twice. Earlier this year, a judge ruled that evidence which would have bolstered Iron's case had been suppressed, and he was released on July 1.

Australian swimming superstar Ian Thorpe looks back at Sydney 2000

Five-time Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe says his triumph at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney “feels like yesterday.”

At those Games, which are celebrating their 20th anniversary this week, Thorpe became a national hero and international star, capturing three golds and two silvers. Thorpe's first Olympic gold medal came 20 years ago today.

“I can still relate and feel it [the pressure]. People made the assumption I would win without acknowledging the things that could go wrong,” Thorpe said during an interview on The Ray Hadley Morning Show. “There’s an expectation of the nation as well.”

Nicknamed the ‘Thorpedo,’ the Aussie went on to win four more medals at Athens 2004, including gold in the 200 and 400m.

Jacobellis honors first responders

2006 Olympic silver medallist and 10 times X Games gold medal winner Lindsey Jacobellis reminds us to take a little time to give back. The snowboard cross great (virtually) sang songs including “Take Me the Way I Am” to front line workers at Vail Health in Colorado.

The performance was part of Musicians On Call’s Virtual Bedside Performance Program.

“It is so out of my wheelhouse, and it challenges me,” said Jacobellis. “And the challenges that medical professionals have to take every day – and that’s just their normal work – I owe this challenge to myself because I owe it to them.”

Trivia time

Yesterday, we asked the first man to win back-to-back titles in the 10,000m. That’s Emil Zátopek in 1948 and '52.

Here’s today’s question.

What sport has Mexico collected the most Olympic medals in?

  1. Football

  2. Diving

  3. Athletics

  4. Boxing

Name a better workout partner

Seriously, does it get better than Marley?