Olympic Daily News: 27 June 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points. Marc Gasol starts 3x3 team, Shiffrin back on the slopes, Nina Derwael targets 2024

By ZK Goh

On this day in 1979, Olympic boxing champion Muhammad Ali announced his retirement from professional boxing for a third time.

It came nine months after he beat Leon Spinks to regain his world heavyweight champion belt, becoming the first man to win it thrice.

Ali would later return for two more professional fights, which he lost, before retiring for good.

He also famously lit the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony of Atlanta 1996.

Spain's first professional 3x3 basketball team launched

Are you ready for the Olympic debut of 3x3 at Tokyo 2020? Two-time FIBA World Cup and current NBA champion Marc Gasol wants to ensure Spain is.

The Toronto Raptors player owns Girona Basket in the north of Spain, and the club has now formed a 3x3 section.

Spain's national 3x3 coach Jaume Costas will lead the team.

Captain Nacho Martín said: "I have already received calls from clubs interested. That is a good sign, since we seek to make a 3x3 league throughout (Spain)."

Shiffrin and U.S. women return to Copper Mountain slopes

Two-time Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin and the American women's ski team held a training camp at Copper Mountain in Colorado last week, marking the team's formal return to training after a coronavirus-enforced break.

Things were tricky for the course officials, who had to create trails for the team while battling against warm weather and the occasional rain.

"To be able to train at Copper in the spring is something we’ve always wanted to do and to be able to achieve it in a really challenging situation with COVID is a real win for the team," coach Paul Kristofic told AP.

World uneven bars champ Nina Derwael eyeing 2024

Nina Derwael fans, rejoice - the Belgian artistic gymnastics world champion says she'll keep going until at least the Paris 2024 Olympics.

"Why not?" was her response, according to De Standaard. Previously, Belgium's Sportswoman of the Year had not committed beyond the Tokyo 2020 Games.

However, with the postponement of Tokyo 2020 to 2021, there will now only be two years after that to a home World Championships in Antwerp in 2023.

"I always wanted to participate in a World Championships in my own country," she said. "This will take place in Antwerp in 2023, and then Paris is only another year."

Before then, if you want to watch Derwael rock her routine on the uneven bars, she says she will likely take part in December's European Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.

You can watch her podium training routine from the 2019 World Championships below.

Trivia time

Yesterday we asked you: Who is the only women’s figure skater to win three-straight Olympic gold medals?

If you said Sonja Henie, you were right. The Norwegian won in 1928, 1932, and 1936.

Today's question is related to an item above. Basketball 3x3 will make its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, but at which Youth Olympic Games did it first appear?

  1. Lillehammer 2016
  2. Singapore 2010
  3. Buenos Aires 2018
  4. Nanjing 2014