Olympic Daily News: 23 September 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points as Laurie Hernandez relishes extra year, British Olympians and Paralympians call for green recovery

By Scott Bregman

Music superstar Bruce Springsteen turns 71 today – so happy birthday, Bruce!

‘The Boss’ has an Olympic connection through his daughter, Jessica, who in early March was second in the U.S. Equestrian show jumping rankings. Jessica is targeting Tokyo 2020 after missing out in 2012 and 2016.

“My dream is always to represent the United States in championships, so I am definitely always working toward that,” Springsteen said, according to the Palm Beach Post.

U.S. gymnast Laurie Hernandez: Olympic postponement “was a huge blessing.”

2016 Olympic gymnastics gold medallist Laurie Hernandez has returned to full-time training in California after months on the East Coast of the United States due to COVID-19 related shutdowns.

“It was such a wonderful decision,” Hernandez told TeamUSA.org of her choice to return home to New Jersey in mid-March, just before the postponement of the Tokyo Games was announced.

“I was ready to go out and compete, just because I missed that feeling, and to have to wait another year at the time was daunting. It felt like a lot of pressure, but as the months have gone by I’ve realised that in terms of training for me it was a huge blessing.”

The extra time to Tokyo gives Hernandez the opportunity to relearn more of the elements that made her a star of her sport at Rio 2016 and even maybe learn something new.

“We’re going to get to try a bunch of new stuff that I haven’t competed before just because we had time,” she said.

Three hundred British Olympians and Paralympians call on British government for a ‘green recovery’

Five-time Olympic champion Steve Redgrave, five-time Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft and four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah are among the 300 British Olympians and Paralympians calling on their government to priortise a ‘green recovery’ from the coronavirus pandemic. The effort is part of the ‘Champions for Earth’ initiative.

“If it were not for the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s hearts and minds would have been captured by the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games: events that have ‘Passing on the Legacy for the Future’ as part of their core mission,” the letter, addressed to UK Prime Minster Boris Johnson, opens.

That legacy, the letter argues, includes addressing the challenges around global warming and climate change.

“We can sit timidly in the pack, pretending that we have no role to play in the unfolding race. Or, like the athletes we would have watched this summer, we can race to win,” the athletes write.

A little of this, a little of that

The Denver Nuggets took game 3 against the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night, 114-106. The Lakers lead the Western Conference Finals 2-1.

“We are in this for the long haul,” coach Mike Malone said, according to Yahoo! Sports. “This gives us that much more confidence, letting them know we are here.”

Elsewhere in the world of basketball, the NBA’s G League is considering a bubble tournament in November or December, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. If that goes ahead, Filipino stand out Kai Sotto could make his much anticipated debut as he hopes to become the first from his country in the NBA.

TIME magazine named its 100 most influential people of 2020. The who’s-who includes several Olympians and Olympic sport athletes including Olympic champions Maya Moore, Megan Rapione and Allyson Felix. Recently crowned U.S. Open tennis champion Naomi Osaka, who grabbed headlines around the world as she wore masks representing Black individuals killed in police violence, also made the list.

Finally, ahead of Indian Premier League play on Saturday, we’ve put together a helpful guide to finding your perfect team. We’ve matched up your favorite Olympian to teams in the IPL.

Trivia time

Yesterday, we asked who owns the most Olympic medals in alpine skiing. That would be Kjetil André Aamodt of Norway with eight, including four golds.

Laurie Hernandez won balance beam silver at Rio 2016. Who was the champion?

  1. Simone Biles

  2. Sanne Wevers

  3. Aly Raisman
  4. Fan Yilin

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