Olympic Daily News: 2 August 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points featuring national Sister's Day, Roger Federer surprises viral rooftop tennis girls, and Frunday!

By Ken Browne

It's the first Sunday of August which means happy Sister's Day!

There are so many great Olympic sister stories, like Hannah and Marissa Brandt at PyeongChang 2018: Hannah played for the USA and Marissa for the historic Unified Korean Team.

Hannah came home with an Olympic gold medal and Marissa with memories that will last a lifetime.

Oops they did it again: Britney approves

But the Brandts weren't the only hockey sisters in PyeongChang.

Twin sisters Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson had an "Oops, I Did It Again" moment that won gold and even impressed Britney Spears!

Jocelyne and Monique scored the game-tying and the shootout-winning goals against Canada in the USA’s 3-2 gold-medal game, they explained the name of the shot and how Britney tweeted her appreciation afterwards on the Jimmy Fallon show.

Now that the NHL is back this week, you can enjoy some Olympic hockey with that full final between Canada and the U.S. here.

Venus and Serena Williams

And you can't talk about sisters without letting Venus and Serena dominate.

With four Olympic gold medals each, these two are the ultimate sister act, and they're not finished yet, Venus still wants more and Serena has no intention of hanging up her racket either.

“(If) I'm blessed enough to play again, that would be an amazing opportunity,” Venus said in January 2020 when asked about the Tokyo Games.

“In a perfect world, (Serena and I) will be there. (We’ve) had a lot of success in doubles. That's been a real highlight in my career.”

In the year 2000 at the age of 20, Venus won Wimbledon, the US Open, and Sydney Olympic gold singles titles in less than three months, with victories in 32 straight singles matches.

Imagine another gold medal next to her sister in Tokyo twenty years later. Fingers crossed we'll see them both there!

Dina and Arina gymnastic twins

Then there's the rhythmic gymnastics superstar Averina twins, Dina and Arina who are still winning events this summer despite lockdowns in specially coordinated online competitions.

Look out for this Russian double act at the Tokyo Olympics next summer, they're set to steal the show.

Let's see can you tell them apart:

Federer stuns viral rooftop tennis girls

Sometimes friends are like sisters too, and that's true of these two lucky Italians.

When Vittoria Oliveri (13) and Carola Pessina (11) uploaded a video of them playing a remarkable 12-shot tennis rally during lockdown in Italy between two different buildings - from one rooftop to another - the reaction was beyond their wildest dreams.

Everyone saw it.

Even Roger Federer saw it. And he decided to go and surprise the duo and elevate their game even further, playing on the roof with them in the Ligurian town of Finale Ligure.

Thinking they were just filming another interview with a local news station, they're asked who their favourite player is.

"Roger Federer," says Vittoria, "if I were to meet him I would jump on him, or I would be starstruck!" She was in for a surprise!

Federer was listening and stunned them both by walking out and playing across the same rooftops with the pair before having lunch with them.

As an added bonus, the girls were invited to an all-expenses paid summer camp at the Rafa Nadal Academy.

No we're not crying, you're crying.

It's Frunday!

When you miss Gael Monfils' Friday tweet but see it on Sunday... Frunday anyone?




So yesterday we asked what the Olympic motto ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’ means, and if you said Faster, Higher...

You win!

Today's teaser is like when the teacher says, 'let's see if you were listening today'.

Without scrolling back to the top of the page, how many Olympic gold medals have Venus and Serena Williams won each?

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Answer in tomorrow's Olympic Daily, so come back tomorrow, and join the fun on all of our social channels @Olympicchannel.