Olympic Daily News: 25 August 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points featuring LeBron James on increasing US voter turnout, Evgenia Medvedeva plans an autobiography

By Scott Bregman

Today is Valentine’s Day in China!

It's the seventh day of the seventh month in the Chinese lunar calendar, known as the Double Seventh Festival (Qixi Festival). That's one of the most romantic days of the year in the Asian nation, so here’s one of our favorite romantic moments at the Olympic Games.

Moments after China’s He Zi had received her silver medal in the women’s three metre diving final, her then-boyfriend Qin Kai dropped to one knee and asked her to marry him.

Luckily, in front of the global crowd, He said ‘yes.’

LeBron James part of multimillion dollar ‘More Than a Vote’ campaign

Two-time Olympic basketball gold medallist Lebron James headlines a campaign called ‘More Than a Vote,’ aimed at "combating systemic, racist voter suppression" in the United States.

The group of black artists and athletes, will be "educating, energising, and protecting our community" to help people cast their vote in the upcoming Presidential election.

“First of all, Everyone needs to know the kind of BS happening about this election and get organized,” James tweeted last week in response to a Washington Post report that a group was using his image in a voter disinformation campaign, adding “misinformation=suppression!”

Allyson Felix is another of the 'More Than a Vote' team, who are behind a multimillion dollar effort to recruit young people to serve as poll workers in predominately Black communities in several states, including Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, and Ohio.

“I felt like I needed to do something in my community,” the WNBA’s Renee Montgomery told the New York Times. “We can’t just protest. We have a responsibility to take those protests and take that energy and march all the way to the polls.”

Evgenia Medvedeva: “I went through hard times when I wanted to quit”

Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva has one thing planned for her whenever she hangs up her skates: an autobiography.

The 2016 and 2017 World champion says that despite her incredible two-year winning streak on the ice, things weren’t always so easy.

"I went through hard times, when I wanted to quit, but I continued moving forward. I have a family and friends who didn’t allow me to give up and helped me to overcome difficulties,” she said according to RT. "If I could turn back time I would remind myself of the story of that [King Solomon’s] ring which says that ‘this too shall pass.’”

Now 20 years old, Medvedeva dominated the sport leading up to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang where she won silver behind teammate Alina Zagitova. Following those Olympics, she moved to Toronto to work with famed coach Brian Orser. She finished third at the 2019 World Championships in Saitama.

"I want to write my autobiography,” said Medvedeva. “I don’t know exactly when, I’m working on it. After retirement I want to write down what was happening on and off the ice during my career."

Japanese surfer Shino Matsuda looks forward to Tokyo 2020

Shino Matsuda will represent the host country in surfing next summer, having qualifier to the continental spot at the 2019 International Surfing Association World Surfing Games. But she has her sights set higher than just participating in the sport’s Olympic debut.

“It was my goal to be qualified to the Olympics, so I felt relief,” Matsuda told the ISA before adding, “I was not satisfied, and I will use that to drive myself to achieve a higher position next year.”

In surfing, she will likely be joined by compatriots Kanoa Igarashi and Shun Murakami. Matsuda has taken advantage of the Games being held in her home country, practicing at Tsurigasaki where Olympic competition will take place.

“I go to Tsurigasaki often for training,” she said. “It is definitely easier for me to compete there than somewhere I’ve never surfed. I love it there as Tsurigasaki has consistent waves, and although the size could be small, the wave quality is usually good.”

Trivia Tuesday

Yesterday, we asked who won the first men’s halfpipe snowboard gold medal at Nagano 1998. That would be Gian Simmen of Switzerland. In fact, only Swiss and American men have taken the gold medal at each of the six Olympics featuring the event.

Here’s today’s question.

The United States has won a staggering 795 Olympic medals in athletics. What nation has the second most?

  1. Soviet Union

  2. Great Britain

  3. Finland

  4. East Germany