Olympic Daily News: 20 August 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points featuring Simone Biles and Valerie Adams asking you to wear a mask, five Australians receive Tokyo 2020 tickets

By Scott Bregman

2020 has taken a lot of unexpected twists and turns, and this week, the Swiss town of Olten got a surprise of its own.

After a malfunction with a ventilation system at the Lindt & Spruengli chocolate factory, particles of fine cocoa powder started to ‘snow’ across Olten.

That snow left one lucky car lightly dusted with chocolate, according to the company. Lindt & Spruengli have offered to pay for cleaning of the car, and the ventilation system has now been repaired.

Let's all file this one under dreams coming true.

Olympic champs Simone Biles, Valerie Adams encourage you to wear a mask

Four-time Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles of the United States and New Zealand’s two-time Olympic shot put champ Valerie Adams may be from different sides of the planet, but they’ve got one message for the world: wear a mask.

Biles joined other prominent Black Americans, including Oscar winner Viola Davis, in a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ad campaign titled ‘You Will See Me.’

“Join us in wearing a face covering to help stop the spread of the coronavirus,” says Davis, whiles Biles tells the audience they will see her “as a champion, for my people.”

Adams echoes that message: “We have to be there for each other and back each other up. Let’s continue to wash our hands, wear a mask, stay home and be safe,” she says.

“I got your back.” - Valerie Adams

Olympic silver medallist Eddy Alvarez featured on HBO’s ‘Real Sports’

Eddy Alvarez, who won an Olympic silver medal in short track speed skating at Sochi 2014, made his Major League Baseball debut two weeks ago, and is now featured on HBO’s ‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.’

The Florida-native’s journey to the MLB hasn’t always been a direct path, a story Alvarez shares in the show as his brother jokes about growing up with an ice skater in Miami.

“You gotta stop doing this skating stuff,” said Nick Alvarez, who played professional baseball for seven years. “[Miami] is the mecca for baseball, this is a hotbed for baseball!”

But now, Eddy Alvarez has achieved his dreams in both his sports.

“I loved skating, I loved going fast, I loved racing,” he said in response to his brother's ribbing.

Five Australians receive Tokyo 2020 tickets

The Australian Olympic Team on Wednesday named five athletes from track and field athletics events to its team for Tokyo 2020, including reigning world javelin champion Kelsey-Lee Barber and Rio Olympic medallist Dane Bird-Smith. Bird-Smith took bronze in the 20km walk.

Runners Jessica Hull (5000m), Stewart McSweyn (5000m and 10000m), and racewalker Jemima Montag will make their Olympic debuts next summer.

“Congratulations to these five athletes on earning their spot on the Team for the Tokyo Games,” said Australia’s Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman. “This is a challenging time for athletes and sports across the world, but this is a day to celebrate for the athletes, their families, coaches, supporters, friends and the athletics community who have helped them reach this milestone.”

Barber agrees.

“It’s a wonderful feeling, it makes the Games feel real again,” she said. “It’s been my motivation since Rio to get back to an Olympic stadium – it’s something now I can set up the plan and start working towards it."

Trivia Thursday

Yesterday, we asked which is the only Olympic Games NOT to feature wrestling as part of the official programme. That would be Paris 1900.

Here’s today’s question:

China’s Wang Zhen won Rio gold in the men’s 20km race walk. What was his average speed per km?

  1. 2 mins, 44 seconds
  2. 3 mins, 57 seconds
  3. 4 mins, 6 seconds
  4. 5 mins, 28 seconds