Olympic Daily News: 19 September 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points as LeBron James gets angry, and Sierra Leone women's footballers get equal pay

By Andrew Binner

Ahoy, me hearties! Dust off your best eye patch and practise your best ‘arghhhh’, because it’s national Talk Like a Pirate Day!

It also happens to be National Gymnastics Day in the USA, so let’s take a trip down memory lane to combine these two themes.

At the Athens 2004 Olympics, rhythmic gymnast Irina Tchachina performed her floor routine to rousing music from the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack.

The Russian clearly channeled her inner Jack Sparrow… as she was rewarded with a piece of Olympic silver!

LeBron is angry!

LeBron James has voiced his displeasure at receiving so few votes from fellow players and the media for this year’s NBA MVP award.

The award went to Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo for a second-consecutive year, with the Greek taking a whopping 85 votes.

Double Olympic basketball gold medallist James only got 16 out of 101 votes, and perhaps took some of his frustration out on the court, as his LA Lakers beat Denver Nuggets 126-114 yesterday to go 1-0 up in the NBA Western Conference final in Florida.

“Some things are just out of my hands, some things you can't control, but it p**d me off," James said in the post-game press conference. "The voting scale is a little weird to me."

Sport stars react to death of women's rights trailblazer

American Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died yesterday after a battle with cancer.

The 87-year-old was a trailblazer for women’s rights and gender equality.

She was also a much-loved and respected member of the sports community, a major advocate of leading an active life, and was famous for her body-weight workouts.

Tributes from athletes and Olympic gold medallist around the world have been pouring in.

Equal pay for Sierra Leone women's footballers

Life is about to change for the Sierra Leone women's international football team, who will now be paid the same as players in the men's national team.

The new measures implemented by the Sierra Leone government have even been backdated for the women's team who have been paid $2,000 each for participating in this year's maiden West African Football union (Wafu) Zone A tournament on home soil.

"We decided to harmonise match appearance fee so that we can see how best we can motivate the female footballers to develop the women's game," Sierra Leone sports minister Ibrahim Nyelenkeh to BBC Sport Africa.

"The female footballers have been left out for far too long."

Power PB

Team GB bobsleigh athlete Vicky Williamson doesn't do relaxed Friday evenings.

The former cyclist achieved a personal goal of hers to break the 1500W barrier... which is the same power used in a blender.

Congratulations Vicky!

More Le Tour, tennis, and golf coming up

There is a little something for everyone in the world of elite sport this weekend.

Over in the Tour de France, a tricky time trial awaits the cyclists on the penultimate stage, before Sunday's ceremonial last day of the event.

In what will be a pivotal ride for the general classification standings, only 57 seconds separate current leader Primoz Roglic and his Solvenian compatriot Tadej Pogacar.

Golf's U.S. Open continues with the third round at New York’s Winged Foot Golf Club.

The beach volleyball European Championships are taking place, with top seeds Mol and Sorum favourites for the men's title after telling us they're loving being back on the sand.

And in Rome, it’s a battle of the ‘ovs’ as Denis Shapovalov and Grigor Dimitrov lock horns in the Italian Open tennis quarter-finals, while Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal take on Dominik Koepfer and Diego Shwartzman respectively.

Saturday Trivia

Yesterday's question was: How long did the longest wrestling match in Olympic history last?

The Answer is 11 hours. In the wrestling semifinal of the 1912 Summer Olympics, Martin Klein and Alfred Asikainen grappled for 11 hours and 40 minutes before Klein finally managed to pin Asikainen. Klein was so exhausted from the bout that he was unable to wrestle for the gold the next day, leaving Swedish wrestler Claes Johansson with the title.

Here’s today’s question: In which city where the first Winter Olympic Games held, in 1924?

  1. St. Moritz, Switzerland
  2. Lake Placid, USA
  3. Vancouver, Canada
  4. Chamonix, France.