Olympic Daily News: 30 August 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points as Sven Kramer opens academy, Hagino Kosuke makes comeback, Team USA sets up social justice advisory council, and Antiguan athlete aims for Winter Games

By ZK Goh

Today's Olympic Daily opens with our heartiest congratulations fo Denmark's Pernille Harder, who has been voted as the Women's Player of the Year in Germany.

The Wolfsburg striker, who recently spoke in an exclusive interview with the Olympic Channel, is the first foreign player to win the accolade.

Harder and her teammates will attempt to win the Uefa Women's Champions League tonight when they face six-time champions Olympique Lyonnais.

Olympic champ Kramer opens skating academy

"I owe a lot to ice skating and I would like to give something back with this initiative."

The words of Dutch four-time Olympic champion speed skater Sven Kramer, who has announced he is opening an academy to give lessons to children and adults in Heerenveen.

"My ultimate dream is that every child experienced the pleasure of skating at least once before his or her 12th birthday. That's why school skating will also be high on our agenda," he explained.

Hagino Kosuke returns to the pool

After missing a big part of the 2019 season due to what he described as a "lack of motivation", Olympic swimming relay champion Hagino Kosuke has made a successful return to the pool.

The 26-year-old posted his thanks to his fans on social media, writing:

"It was my first race in a long time today. I am happy to be able to race again like this; I'm happy that it's improving, little by little."

Team USA sets up council to advise on social justice issues

The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee has created a new 44-member council on racial and social justice.

Among the athletes on the panel is John Wesley Carlos, one half of the Black Power protest salute at the Mexico City 1968 Games.

USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland said the 44 athletes would "help us confront the issues of racism and discrimination in sport and society".

Antigua and Barbuda high jumper aims to take Caribbean island nation to Beijing 2022

Priscilla Frederick-Loomis, who represented Antigua and Barbuda in high jump at Rio 2016, says she wants to become the first Winter Olympian to represent the Caribbean island country.

The New York-born Frederick-Loomis has targeted the Olympic debut of the women's single bobsleigh (monobob) at Beijing 2022.

Speaking to Antiguan radio, Frederick-Loomis said she was speaking to officials from the country's National Olympic Committee about making the switch to winter sports.

"Just getting the facilities, learning how to drive and all that is something I am trying to do," she said. "Antigua has never had a winter athlete so that’s what I am working on."

Today's trivia

On Friday, we asked you: Who is the only judoka to win three straight Olympic gold medals?

If you said Japan's Nomura Tadahiro, you are correct. Nomura won gold at Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, and Athens 2004.

Today's brain teaser is related to track cycling. Of the following events, which has a current world record (as of the UCI's last update on 14 July 2020) that was set at the Olympic Games?

  1. Men's individual pursuit
  2. Men's team pursuit
  3. Women's individual pursuit
  4. Women's team pursuit