Olympic Daily News: 28 July 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points featuring Lindsey Vonn meets the Rock and Alina Zagitova hits the links

By Scott Bregman

On July 28, 1951, Walt Disney released the classic animated film ‘Alice in Wonderland.’

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Lindsey Vonn meets the Rock

“Name a better workout partner… I’ll wait.”

That’s the question that Olympic champion skier Lindsey Vonn posed Monday on her Twitter – and it’s hard to think of an answer.

The post featured the American star breaking a sweat with Dwayne Johnson, aka the Rock, and her fiancé and NHL player P.K. Subban. The couple were in the middle of a workout at Johnson’s home gym in Virginia, which he calls an ‘iron paradise.’

Vonn announced her retirement from competitive skiing in February 2019 after a series of injuries hampered her. She ended her career with three Olympic medals – one gold and two bronze – and 82 World Cup victories, the most by a woman.

World and Olympic champion Alina Zagitova hits the links

Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova seems to have found a new hobby (and potential second Olympic sport): golfing.

The reigning World and Olympic champion hit the links over the weekend as part of the ‘Strong Figures’ golfing festival in the Tver Region, according to RT.

"I'm so happy to discover a new sport for me. Zavidovo is a beautiful place with amazing nature. I'm grateful to the organizers of 'Strong Figures' for inviting me," Zagitova said.

After dominating figure skating and earning World, Olympic and European golds, Zagitova suspended her season following a sixth place finish at the 2019-20 Grand Prix Final. The 18-year-old has since announced that she has resumed training but has yet to confirm if she plans to compete in the upcoming season.

Olympic rings drawing sold at auction

A drawing of the Olympic rings by modern Olympic founder Pierre de Coubertin was sold Sunday for 185,000 euros.

The drawing dates back to 1913 and depicts the iconic five, interlocking rings which represent Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe. The rings made their debut as part of the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium.

The auction comes eight months after the Coubertin’s 1892 Olympic Manifesto was sold for more than 8 million U.S. to a Russian who then donated it to the International Olympic Committee.

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Tuesday’s Trivia!

Yesterday, we asked which Olympic torch was the first to travel in space. The answer: Sochi 2014, which included a spacewalk by Russian cosmonauts as part of its torch relay.

Here’s today’s question:

Aliya Mustafina, who stars in the Olympic Channel short film ‘A Day in the life of Aliya Mustafina,’ won back-to-back Olympic gymnastics titles on which event?

  1. Vault
  2. Uneven bars
  3. Balance beam
  4. Floor exercise