Olympic Daily News: 17 July 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points - Valerie Adams' Barbie doll, big changes in surfing's WSL, Tiger Woods back on PGA Tour

By ZK Goh

On this day in 1976, the Games of the XXI Olympiad officially opened in Montreal, Canada. The Games were notable for a number of reasons, including Nadia Comaneci becoming the first woman to score a perfect 10 in Olympic gymnastics and new world records set in the decathlon, men's 400m hurdles, and men's 100m freestyle.

Double Olympic champ gets own Barbie doll

New Zealand's Valerie Adams, the two-time Olympic shot put champion from Beijing 2008 and London 2012, has been honoured with her own Barbie doll.

Adams was named Barbie's New Zealand Role Model for 2020, receiving a doll made in her likeness. It was special for Adams, who did not own any Barbie dolls growing up.

The 35-year-old had input into how her doll would look.

"When I first saw the Barbie and how well it was made, and also just how freaky it looked like me, it was pretty amazing to have that," she said.

"When I was growing up all we saw was, dare I say it, the blonde hair, blue eyes Barbie. Now, if you’re a Māori kid, or a Pacific Island kid, or you’re in a wheelchair, you can go to a shop and find a Barbie doll that’s in your likeness."

World Surf League cancels 2020 season

The World Surf League announced today that its Championship Tour and Qualifying Series would both be cancelled.

"After careful consideration and extensive discussions with key stakeholders, we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Championship Tour and Qualifying Series seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic," the WSL's CEO Erik Logan said.

At the same time, the WSL unveiled a new format for its competitions in 2021, including a single-day Finals event for both men and women.

Tiger Woods returns to the Tour

The PGA Tour's return from its coronavirus break continues this weekend with the addition of Tiger Woods, playing his first round on tour in five months.

Woods shot a one-under 71 first round at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio, five shots behind the leader Tony Finau.

"It’s been a while.  felt the same eagerness, edginess, nervy-ness. And it was good. I was a little bit rusty, but overall it was a good start," Woods said.

No fans were allowed on the course, but some spectators were able to catch a glimpse of Woods and the other players from a house adjacent to the fairway on the eighth hole.

"I didn’t have any issues with energy or not having fans’ reactions out there," Woods said.

Trivia teaser

Yesterday, we asked: In what year did synchronised diving join the Olympic programme? Was it 1996, 2000, 2004, or 2008?

If you said 2000, you are correct.

Today's question is this:

In which city did Michael Phelps, 23-time Olympic champion, first swim at the Olympics? Was it:

  1. Atlanta;
  2. Sydney;
  3. Athens; or
  4. Beijing?