Olympic Daily News: 26 May 2020! Olympic champions, turtles and lakes - Oh, my!

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends and talking points

By Scott Bregman

Grab your wands.

J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter book series, announced today on Twitter that she’s planning to publish an previously unreleased fairy tale set in the Harry Potter-verse. The author was quick to say this is not a HP spin off, but it’s still exciting news nonetheless.

According to Rowling, the story will be rolled out a chapter to two each day online “so children on lockdown, or even those back at school during these strange, unsettling times, can read it or have it read to them.”

The story will be published later this year and Rowling says she’ll donate her author royalties to charities helping those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rowling and Potter do have some tie to the Olympics, with the Potter books being a favourite of 2017 world gymnastics champion Morgan Hurd, who stars in the Olympic Channel series All Around, and Swiss Olympic ski jump champ Simon Ammann often times drawing comparisons to the young wizard.

Olympic champ Lilly King finds new training home

The American 100m butterfly Olympic gold medalist Lilly King has had to improvise to keep her Tokyo 2020 training going during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The 23-year-old swimming star is currently training in Howard Lake in Bloomington, Indiana, according to The Indianapolis Star. The temperatures are so cold she has to wear a wetsuit, and she’s encountered a few new training partners: turtles.

“Definitely never thought I would be swimming open water, coming out and training in the pond,” King said. “But it’s kind of been a nice little change here.”

Chris Nikic sets sights on becoming first person with Down syndrome to complete Ironman

Special Olympics competitor Chris Nikic is currently training for his first Ironman Triathlon. If he completes the 2.4-mile swim, 112 mile bicycle ride and 26.2 mile run, he would be the first athlete with Down syndrome to complete the gauntlet event.

"When you have a child with special needs, one of the things you think about often is if he's going to be okay when you're no longer here as a parent," Nikic’s father, Nik, told USA TODAY Sports.

He is currently targeting an event in November in Panama City Beach, Florida.

And that brings us to our trivia question of the day.

Which Ethiopian athlete won the 1960 Olympic marathon running barefoot in 1960?

  1. Haile Gebresselassie
  2. Kenenisa Bekele
  3. Gezahegn Abera
  4. Abebe Bikila

Check back tomorrow for the answer!

Finally, our 'Daily Dog'

If you’re anything like us, you’ve been spending this time getting prettttttty familiar with TikTok. So, we leave you – as we always will – with this adorable dog video from the platform.