Olympic Daily News: 29 July 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points featuring Naomi Osaka's at-home workout and Evgenia Medvedeva on an emotional exhibition program

By Scott Bregman

A wipeout for Wednesday.

Let this video of Keala Kennelly cannonballing into a massive wave at the Jaws Big Wave Championships at Pe’ahi, Maui, Hawaii, take your breath away.

The World Surf League announced its first 2020 Big Wave Award winner today, with this video taking ‘best wipeout’ honors. The awards continue through August 24.

Naomi Osaka: “I’ve always compared myself to other players.”

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The 22-year-old, who won the 2018 U.S. Open and 2019 Australian Open grand slams, took fans through an at-home workout before taking questions.

When asked what message she’d put on a billboard, Osaka said she’d want to spread a message of accepting yourself and your strengths without looking at others’ abilities.

“You can’t compare yourself to another person,” she said. “I’ve always compared myself to other players.”

“I felt like that was really holding me back mentally and as soon as I got over that curve, I just focused more on myself and what I could do to better myself as a person and a player.”

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Figure skating’s Evgenia Medvedeva opens up about gala program

Two-time World figure skating champion Evgenia Medvedeva took to her art-focused Instagram account Tuesday to clarify the meaning behind her exhibition program “Experience.”

“I realized that lots of you was looking at this gala with a really wrong sight,” the 2018 Olympic silver medallist wrote.

The program, used in both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons and choreographed by Medvedeva herself, chronicled her first relationships, the skater revealed.

“’Experience’ was about my first relationships. About a pain when your the most favorite person is leaving you at the worst time of your life and you realize that all was just a game to make him feel better,” Medvedeva wrote. “It’s about the struggle of losing a person but of an anger and feeling helpless at the same time.”

“Real life hits hard, too,” she concluded the post.

U.S. national governing bodies launch ‘Giving Games’ to support athletes for Tokyo 2020

Marking the original dates of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, several Team USA national governing bodies launched the Giving Games. The campaign is “an effort to support and sustain U.S. sports federations and their athletes on their journey to Tokyo in 2021,” according to a press release about the initiative.

“America’s athletes need our support to compete in 2021,” said Max Cobb, Chair of the National Governing Bodies Council. “At a time when America feels extraordinarily divided, this is an opportunity to come together in our common love of country and sport for the pursuit of success on the world stage, raising funds to directly support our athletes and our sports that sustain them, and their dreams, during this critical next year.”

For more information on offering support, fans can text ‘GIVINGGAMES’ to 243725 or visit givinggames2020.com.

Trivia time…

Yesterday, we asked on which apparatus has Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina won back-to-back Olympic titles. That would be the uneven bars. (Also, don't miss our short film on the seven-time Olympic medallist.)

Here’s today’s question:

Which musical act performed the official song of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta?

  1. Mariah Carey
  2. Boyz II Men
  3. Celine Dion
  4. Bryan Adams