Olympic Daily News: 17 August 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points featuring Elizaveta Tuktamysheva on 'Skate Island,' Nishikori tests positive for COVID-19

By Scott Bregman

Adam Rippon didn’t make us wait too long for more figure skating mash-ups. Days after the 2018 Olympic team bronze medallist posted a video of him performing an iconic Yuna Kim program, he posted a video of his version of Michelle Kwan’s 2014 Tosca long program.

Rippon, never one to shy away from bold statements, also used the tweet as an opportunity to remind people to wear masks and vote in the upcoming U.S. presidential election.

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva: “I would be interested in having a ‘Skate Island’”

2015 World figure skating champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva says she’d support a UFC Fight Island-style competition for her sport.

“I would be interested in having a ‘Skate Island,’ because I really miss competitions abroad, I miss the passion of performing,” Tuktamysheva told RT. “If the ISU proposes to have a ‘Skate Island,” I would support it. Meeting all your friends on an island and having an opportunity to skate would be really cool.”

Tuktamysheva's comments come weeks after the ISU announced the 2020-21 Grand Prix series would be held as a series of regional events, limited to athletes already living or training in the host country or athletes from the host country.

“If we knew that we would have a regular season, I would calmly continue working on new programs,” Tuktamysheva said.

Nishikori Kei tests positive for COVID ahead of Western & Southern Open

Japan’s Nishikori Kei, a 2014 U.S. Open tennis finalist, tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday. The positive test means he will not participate in this week’s Western & Southern Open, a tune-up event for the U.S. Open. Nishikori won bronze at Rio 2016.

"I am feeling well and have very little symptoms but will obviously be in complete isolation for the safety of everyone," Nishikori said.

While Nishikori is out, the event will feature many stars of the sport, including reigning men’s singles Olympic champion Andy Murray of Great Britain and four-time Olympic champion Serena Williams. Other stars scheduled to participate include world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, two-time Grand Slam champ Naomi Osaka, and four-time Olympic champion Venus Williams.

World Cup champ Rose Lavelle set to play in Europe

American footballer Rose Lavelle is expected to join a European soccer club imminently. The move comes after Lavelle was traded from the Washington Spirit to OL Reign in the U.S.-based National Women’s Soccer League.

"Lavelle is expected to sign an agreement to play outside the NWSL," said a Reign statement. OL Reign will control Lavelle’s playing rights should she decide to return to the NWSL.

Lavelle was a crucial part of Team USA’s 2019 World Cup win, scoring three goals and starting in six matches. She was named the tournament’s third-best player behind teammate Megan Rapinoe and England’s Lucy Bronze.

"We are willing to make the necessary short-term sacrifices, exercise the needed patience and do whatever work is required to realise our goal of bringing Rose to OL Reign in the future,” said OL Reign chief Bill Predmore.

Trivia time

Yesterday, we named four Royal Olympians, asking which was the only to have participated in the Winter Olympics. The answer is Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Here’s a quick rundown: Princess Anne competed in equestrian, while King Harald V and King Felipe VI were both sailing Olympians. Prince Albert II represented Monaco in bobsleigh five times at the Winter Olympics.

Now, today’s question.

What women’s football player holds the record for most Olympic goals scored at 14?

  1. Tiffeny Millbrett

  2. Birgit Prinze

  3. Cristiane

  4. Christine Sinclair

Waking up on Monday like Marty, the golden retriever

Should we all be setting our alarms to classical music?