Olympic Daily News: 24 September 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points as American cyclist Chloe Dygert suffers a scary crash, Carlos Yulo shakes off slip at All-Japan Championships, Thomas Bach wins Seoul Peace Prize

By Scott Bregman and Nick McCarvel

American Chloe Dygert suffered a hard crash Thursday as she was leading the World Road Championships time trial, being held in Imola, Italy.

Dygert received immediate medical attention on site, but was airlifted to a nearby hospital and was undergoing surgery to “repair a quadricep muscle,” according to the Indy Star newspaper, who cited her father David Dygert as its source.

Dygert is coached by three-time Olympic gold medallist Kristin Armstrong of the U.S., and was seen as a favourite headed into Tokyo 2020 next year. She’s a eight-time world champion on the track, and last year set a world record one the road in the time trial.

USA Cycling said that Dygert was “conscious and talking” after her crash, but provided no further detail. 

In an exclusive interview with Olympic Channel in June, the 23 year old Indiana native didn’t parse words when it came to Tokyo expectations: “Any race, if it's a race I can win, I'm not going to show up to get any (place) at all. That's not how I function. People can say that I'm cocky, you know, whatever. But from since I started racing bikes… (the will to win) is really all I know.”

In lighter news, it's time to wish you all a Happy World Bollywood Day!

Let’s celebrate with this iconic ice dance program from Olympic champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White set to a medley of Bollywood music.

This program at Vancouver 2010, helped Davis and White to the silver medal. Four years later in Sochi, the duo took Olympic gold.

Gymnast Carlos Yulo still targeting historic Tokyo gold despite slip at All-Japan Championships

Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo, who won a history-making gold medal on the floor exercise at the 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, is still targeting winning his country’s first Olympic gold medal.

The 20-year-old, who trains in Japan, recently took part in the All-Japan Senior Championships where he finished 12th in the individual all-around with a score of 83.398.

On his signature event, the floor, he came to grief during his flair sequence after opening with difficult tumbling that included a double-twisting, double layout and a front double pike with a half twist. The error cost him, as he finished in a tie for 19th place.

“There will be another all-around competition that [Carlos] will join on December 13 and hopefully he will do much better,” said Gymnastics Association of the Philippines president Cynthia Carrion, according to the PhilStar.

2020 UCI Road World Championships start today

The 2020 UCI Road World Championships begin today in Imola, Italy. Originally the event was scheduled for a week earlier in Aigle and Martigny, Switzerland.

The four-day event features the women’s individual time trial on Thursday with the men’s on Friday. The women’s and men’s road races are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

One of the favourites in Friday’s men’s individual time trial will be 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medallist Geraint Thomas, who is fresh off a fourth place finish at a time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico.

"It's the first time I've actually come to the road Worlds feeling in shape, in my best shape,” Thomas told Olympic Channel. "Tirreno was encouraging, to be in the mix with (Victor) Campenaerts and Rohan (Dennis), after riding the GC (General Classification) as well, so that was a good boost,” he said. “Good confidence, obviously.”

IOC president Thomas Bach will receive the 2020 Seoul Peace Prize

IOC President Thomas Bach will be awarded the Seoul Peace Prize.

“It is a great honour to receive this award, and I would like to thank the Seoul Peace Prize Cultural Foundation for its decision,” Bach said Thursday in a statement. “This prize belongs to the entire IOC and the whole of the Olympic Movement, because without the support of so many, these achievements for peace through sport could never have been accomplished.

“All of us in the Olympic Movement take this prestigious prize as an encouragement to further strengthen our efforts to make a contribution to peace, solidarity and the unity of humanity, in all our diversity, through sport.”

The award, according to the Foundation’s website, “was established in 1990 to commemorate the success of the 24th Olympic Games held in Seoul, Korea, an event in which 160 nations from across the world took part, creating harmony and friendship.”

Trivia Thursday

Yesterday, we asked who won a historic gold medal on the balance beam at Rio 2016 in artistic gymnastics. That would be Sanne Wevers, whose gold medal was a first for a Dutch woman.

Though the Philippines have never won Olympic gold, 9 athletes have combined for 10 medals at the Summer Games. Who won the first Olympic medal for the nation?

  1. Simeon Toribio

  2. José Villanueva

  3. Teófilo Yldefonso

  4. Miguel White

A lesson in bravery from our ‘Daily Dog'

What a brave boy!