Olympic Daily News: 29 June 2020
Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points. Chellsie Memmel eyes comeback with support of Bonnie Blair, Carli Lloyd speaks on the 'The Corner'
June 29 would have marked the opening day of the 2020 Wimbledon tennis tournament, but the coronavirus pandemic and scheduling issues around the famous grass courts means this year’s edition is going virtual.
Olympic tennis has twice been played on the hallowed courts of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in 1908 and 2012.
Here’s a look back at Serena Williams’ gold medal win at London 2012.
Gymnast Chellise Memmel eyes comeback with support of Bonnie Blair
American gymnast Chellsie Memmel, who helped Team USA to a silver medal at Beijing 2008 and was the 2005 World all-around champion, has been playing around with the idea of a return to her sport for months now.
“I am by NO means committing to training yet,” Memmel wrote in a tweet containing a video of herself training in late March. “But the seed has been planted.
Since then, the now 33-year-old has shared weekly updates with her fans via YouTube. In this week’s installment, fellow Wisconsinite Bonnie Blair, a five-time Olympic speed skating champion, stopped by with some words of encouragement.
“I think a lot of it is just your body and what your body can handle,” said Blair. “The heart, the love that you have for it, putting all those things together, then you can do anything.
“No matter what, she’s got a fan in me.”
Emily Large getting creative in dryland training sessions
British swimmer Emily Large, the 2017 200m butterfly World junior champion, is getting creative with her training as pools remain closed in Great Britain.
Instead of her typical routine at the West Denton Leisure Centre, Large has been joining around 40 other swimmers virtually over Zoom for a Pilates class aimed at swimmers.
“I have found this to be extremely helpful, especially during lockdown when I was out of the pool,” said Large. “Unlike dry land training, which can be very generic, [Swimming Specific Pilates] specifically targets the core, shoulders and glutes, all key muscle groups for swimming.”
Though she’s eager to return to “normal training,” the Commonwealth Games finalist is already seeing some pay off.
“I have already noticed the difference it has delivered in my core, glutes and shoulders even after the short time I’ve been doing it."
Don’t miss our interview with World Cup champ Carli Lloyd
The two-time Olympic gold medallist and two-time World cup champ says she and her teammates are working for the future they want to see.
“We all have a voice. I'm all about pushing for things, wanting to make things better,” said Lloyd. ‘Collectively, our team is doing a phenomenal job of being united on that front and doing what we can to help make things better.
“And I think we're fighting for our own issues and things that we want to see get better. But it's also giving other women across the globe more confidence in their respective areas to keep pushing on and making things better as well.”
Fans can catch Lloyd and her Sky Blue FC teammates on Tuesday, as they take on the Tacoma, Washington-based Reign club in the National Women’s Soccer League’s Challenge Cup, the first professional sport to return to action in the United States since the coronavirus pandemic.
Yesterday, we asked you which Olympic sport features both male and female athletes competing against each other in all events. That’s equestrian.
Now, here’s today’s question.
How many swimming events were included in the first modern Olympic Games in 1896?
Finally, a look back at Olympic Day!
Nearly a week ago, we celebrated an amazing Olympic Day with live workouts in 20 time zones around the world. Enjoy a look back with this compilation video!