Olympic Daily News: 22 August 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points featuring Drake and LeBron, J Cole and the NBA, Simone Biles surprises foster kids, and Mo Farah to set the pace at the London Marathon

By Ken Browne

Sport, culture, and music crossover all the time, like LeBron James' bromance with rap royalty Drake - he's even had LeBron onstage with him at a concert in LA - or Serena Williams appearing in the music video for Beyoncé's 'Sorry'.

But could rap star J Cole pull off the ultimate crossover and go from five platinum albums to an NBA starting five with the Detroit Pistons?

Earlier this month it was reported that the Cole (35) was given a tryout with his beloved Pistons, so we'll have to wait and see.

If the viral videos of him mixing it with some top NBA players is anything to go by, then it looks like Cole has a chance!

So is this for real? Self-proclaimed dreamer J Cole looks like he's out to take a legit shot at the big league.

Imagine J Cole at an Olympics in a USA Dream Team jersey.

"You can't be serious. I know you're not gonna try and do what I think you're about to try and do, because that would be crazy."

Writer of hit songs 'Lights Please', 'Dollar and a Dream II', and 'No Role Modelz', looks like he's working to make some records on the court too.

Icing those knees will be essential in a dream many say is impossible.

Simone Biles surprises foster kids

Speaking of surprises, Simone Biles showed big heart as she stunned a group of recently adopted kids from the DePelchin Children's Center, which is a foster care and adoption agency with an expertise in trauma.

It's getting harder for the world to love Simone more, but she keeps coming up with ways to make it happen.

4-time Olympic gold-medallist Biles read stories, answered questions, and gave advice to kids with stars in their eyes

Just a few more people who can't wait to see Simone dazzle the world once more at the Tokyo Games next summer.

Sir Mo to set the pace in the London Marathon

And while we're on the subject of Olympic legends, another 4-time gold medallist Mo Farah has announced that he will help out at the London Marathon as a pacemaker.

Want to make the cut and compete in the Olympic marathon? All you have to do is keep up with Sir Mo.

Easier said than done.

"The London Marathon has been so important to me since I was a schoolboy," Mo told the race's official website, "and when they asked me to do this I thought it would be great to help."

Farah will help British athletes by running an Olympic qualifying pace for other British athletes to follow. Sir Mo is the British marathon record holder and finished third in 2018 and fifth in 2019 at the London Marathon.

"I am in good shape, I'll be in London that week, and it fits in with my training. I know just how special it is just to compete for your country at an Olympic Games, and it would be great to help other athletes achieve this."

The 2020 Olympic qualifying standards are the hardest outdoor standards ever, the men's marathon mark is 2:11:30 and the women's 2:29:30.

Only Callum Hawkins and Jonny Mellor from Team GB have run inside that time, apart from Mo himself of course. Farah will not run the marathon at the Japan Olympics however, deciding instead to try and make more track history in Tokyo.

The London Marathon is set for 4th October, postponed from its original date in the Spring because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The stars will align in London for the race with defending champ Eliud Kipchoge aiming for a record 5th title, and Ethiopian triple threat Kenenisa Bekele, Mosinet Geremew and Mule Wasihun trying to take Kipchoge's crown.

Women's defending champ Brigid Kosgei is also going to be there, setting up a fascinating duel with world champion Ruth Chepngetich.


We'll see plenty of friends reunite at the London Marathon, and as friendship is one of the core Olympic values we said we'd celebrate it today.

Because we all need someone to watch our back - and scratch it too sometimes.

Harder bags 4 in Champions League demolition

But some friendships have been put on hold with the Women's Champions League kickstarting yesterday.

Superstar Danish striker Pernille Harder scored four goals in Wolfsburg's 9-1 demolition of Glasgow City as the German champions made a strong opening statement as cup contenders.

You can read more on leader and viral sensation Harder here.

But Wolfsburg will have to watch out as defending champs and women's game giants Lyon lurk on the other side of the draw.

With Barcelona beating Atletico Madrid in the other all-Spanish quarter-final played yesterday, we have our first two confirmed semi-finalists Wolfsburg and Barcelona.

Today PSG face Arsenal and Lyon take on Bayern to determine the other two.


And finally for our daily piece of trivia fun.

Yesterday we challenged you with this question and gave you four options below.

Which nation has the most gold medals in field hockey (men’s or women’s) at the Olympics?

  1. Great Britain
  2. Australia
  3. India
  4. The Netherlands

Ding! India is the correct answer. The Indian men's hockey team is the most successful team ever in the Olympics, winning eight gold medals - six of them in a row (from 1928-1956) and added two more at Tokyo 1964 and Moscow 1980.

Ready to wind back the clock at the next Olympics, India's coach Sjoerd Marijne says the team is "ready for anything" in Tokyo.

Here’s today’s question:

Who is the reigning Olympic champion in women's football from Rio 2016?

  1. USA
  2. Sweden
  3. Netherlands
  4. Germany