Olympic Daily News: 26 August 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points as 'Rising Phoenix' debuts on Netflix, Serena Williams compares her form to a toxic relationship

By Scott Bregman

Today is Tug of War Day.

Did you know that tug of war was once an Olympic sport? Which current athletes do you think would excel at it? Let us know on Twitter!

‘Rising Phoenix’ debuts on Netflix

A groundbreaking new Netflix documentary about the Paralympic Games, ‘Rising Phoenix’ has launched today. The film looks at the history of the Paralympics and examines how they “impact a global understanding of disability, diversity, and excellence,” according to the official description on the online video streaming platform.

Nine Paralympic athletes are featured: Bebe Vio (Italy), Ellie Cole (Australia), Jean-Baptiste Alaize (France), Matt Stutzman (USA), Jonnie Peacock (Great Britain), Cui Zhe (People's Republic of China), Ryley Batt (Australia), Ntando Mahlangu (Republic of South Africa), and Tatyana McFadden (USA).

“When I see a piece of work like this one, and especially something that a brand like Netflix is taking up, I think back to when I was nine or 10 years old and not knowing that Para sport even existed,” said Cole, a six-time Paralympic swimming champion.

“I think people who watch the film, particularly those who aren’t fans already, are going to finally understand that the Paralympic Movement is really multi-dimensional. It’s actually so cool.”

Serena Williams: “It’s hard to play the way I have been playing and stay positive.”

Less than two weeks after tennis legend Serena Williams was knocked out of the Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky, the four-time Olympic gold medallist and 23-time Grand Slam champ failed the reach the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open.

Williams fell to Maria Sakkari in the round of 16, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1.

"I don't know, to be honest. It's hard to play the way I have been playing and stay positive,” Williams said in response to questions about her final set collapse, according to Yahoo! Sports. “It was tough. I literally should have won that match. There was no excuse.”

While Sakkari will face Johanna Konta next, Williams will have to regroup as she gears up for a chance to tie Margaret Court’s grand slam record at the U.S. Open, which begins Monday.

“It's like dating a guy that you know sucks,” said Williams. “That's literally what I keep doing out here. It's like I have got to get rid of this guy. It just makes no sense. It's frustrating."

Figure skating’s Nebelhorn Trophy confirmed

The German Figure Skating Federation (DEU) confirmed this week that the 52nd Nebelhorn Trophy will take place – without spectators – in Oberstdorf, Germany, 23-26 September. The announcement comes as questions loom over the upcoming figure skating season due the coronavirus pandemic.

The International Skating Union previously announced that its Grand Prix Series would go forward, but as regional events limited to athletes living and training in or from the host country.

“We can only succeed with our event if we fulfill the various restrictions, follow the guidelines and only if we have your full cooperation in this regard,” the DEU’s information guideline document reads, before detailing social distancing, hand washing and mask requirements.

Past champions at the event have included Olympic champions Alina Zagitova and Aliona Savchenko, and Bruno Massot.

Trivia time

Yesterday, we asked which country has the second most athletics Olympic medals behind the United States. The answer? Great Britain. Go Team GB!

Here’s today’s question.

How many Olympic Games has figure skating Olympic champion Aliona Savchenko competed in?

  1. Two
  2. Three
  3. Four
  4. Five

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