Olympic Daily News: 30 July 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points featuring Kai Sotto channels LeBron, surfing set to resume in August

By Scott Bregman

July 30 is International Friendship Day!

What better way to celebrate than listening to two Olympian friends on the Olympic Channel Podcast: figure skaters Evgenia Medvedeva and Jason Brown.

The duo began training together at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club with coaches Brian Orser and Tracy Wilson following the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.

Surfing set to return 9 August with Rumble at the Ranch

Live surfing competition in the World Surf League will be on display for the first time since March at the Rumble at the Ranch, 9 August at the Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California.

The event will include 16 surfers who currently reside in the United States to compete in a mixed-doubles team event. The prize money will benefit a charity of the winner’s choice.

Confirmed athletes include 11-time WSL champion Kelly Slater, along with Olympic qualifiers Caroline Marks, Kolohe Andino and Carissa Moore.

"I've really been looking forward to getting 2020 going, so an event here in California is super exciting," said Marks. "I love the Surf Ranch so I can't wait to get out there and surf again. It'll be fun for us athletes and the fans too."

The remaining roster will be announced during a selection show on WorldSurfLeague.com, 4 August at 9 am Pacific time. The Rumble at the Ranch will stream live online at 12 pm Pacific time on 9 August.

Kai Sotto impresses with LeBron James inspired dunk

Filipino basketball star Kai Sotta delighted fans on social media with a LeBron James-inspired dunk video.

The 18-year-old has more than 200,000 fans on Instagram and has admitted to feeling the pressure to be the first many from the Philippines to compete in the NBA.

“I understand that I have a lot of responsibility for all my fellow countrymen who are dreaming of seeing a Filipino in the NBA,” he wrote in a May 13 post, which announced that he would join the league’s minor league system.

“I’m very proud and excited to start my professional career with the NBA G League Select Team,” Sotto continued. “I hope to continue counting on your support.”

Dutch gymnastics halts training, launches abuse investigation

The Dutch gymnastics federation announced Wednesday that it was suspending its elite training program in order to investigate recent abuse allegations. One of the coaches under investigation for ‘unacceptable behavior and intimidation’ is Vincent Wevers, whose daughter, Sanne, won Olympic gold on the balance beam at Rio 2016.

The suspension in training comes as gymnastics athletes from around the world have stepped forward to share their stories of abusive training after the release of the Netflix documentary ‘Athlete A.’

Sanne Wevers, along with other current Dutch athletes, posted on Instagram that they had not suffered the alleged abuse.

“We do not recognise ourselves in the picture that is now sketched of Dutch gymnastics with regard to the stories of the past,” the statement read. “Where in the past, there was room for physical and mental abuse, this is, in our opinion, a thing of the past.”

Trivia time

Wednesday we asked what musical act performed the official song of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. That was recording superstar Celine Dion with the song ‘Power of a Dream.’

Here’s today’s question.

Only two countries have won Olympic gold in women’s basketball. Which two?

  1. United States and Soviet Union
  2. Soviet Union and Brazil

  3. United States and Australia

  4. Soviet Union and Spain

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