Olympic Daily News: 31 August 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points as the US Open kicks off, Philippines Gymnastics targets Tokyo gold

By Scott Bregman

First round action at the US Open tennis tournament gets underway today in New York with No. 1 seeds Karolina Pliskova and Novak Djokovic scheduled to play. 2018 champion Naomi Osaka is also on Monday’s schedule.

This year’s event is the second grand slam of the season after the Australian Open. The French Open will follow after the tournament in New York. In addition to strict protocols for athletes, the event will be held without an audience.

Philippines Gymnastics targeting Tokyo 2020 gold

Gymnastics Association of the Philippines President Cynthia Carrion hopes there will be history made at Tokyo 2020.

"Our goal is to help the country win the first Olympic gold," said Carrion, according to Inside the Games.

That could change next summer with 2019 World floor exercise champion Carlos Yulo expected to be a medal contender. Yulo is currently training in Tokyo for those Games.

Carrion, who was just elected to her third term as the head of the GAP, has other lofty ambitions.

"Aside from first Olympic gold, we want to build another gym outside the Philippine Sports Commission to inspire more developmental kids," she said. "We also like to be more visible in social media and to make gymnastics a sport for everyone to join."

Olympic champion Allyson Felix adds designer to resume

Allyson Felix, the most decorated female athletics Olympian of all time, has added another line to her incredible resume: designer. The 34-year-old American recently launched a line of workout gear.

In an interview about the collection with Haute Living, Felix says becoming a mother has changed her perspective.

“Motherhood has given me a whole different drive and motivation. I’ve always been this really competitive person and athlete. Being a mom has shifted the reason why I am competitive and the drive to win,” said Felix. “It’s completely changed. For now, I really want to show Camryn how to overcome adversity, teach her to keep fighting and what that really looks like.”

Part of that mentality has been fighting for visibility and sponsorship in a male dominated world.

“I have a platform, and I want to affect change because of [Camryn] and because of the world that she will grow up in.”

1948 Olympic medallist Folke Alnevik and legendary basketball coach John Thompson Jr., pass away

Folke Alnevik, believed to have been the oldest living Olympic medallist, passed away recently at the age of 100. Born December 31, 1919, Alnevik went on to win bronze as part of the 4x400m relay at the 1948 Olympic Games in London.

"He was a kind, strong, determined and competitive father," said his son Mats Alnevik. "He devoted his whole life to sports and thought it was very fun."

With Alnevik’s passing, Team USA’s John Russell is now believed to be the world’s oldest living Olympic medallist. Russell turned 100 on 2 February and was an equestrian bronze medallist at the 1952 Games in Helsinki.

Legendary basketball coach John Thompson Jr., passed away Monday at 78. Thompson led Team USA to Olympic bronze at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. At the collegiate level, he led Georgetown to the 1984 NCAA basketball national title and took his program to three Final Fours in the 1980s.

Trivia time

Yesterday, we asked which track cycling event has a world record set at the Olympic Games. The answer: women’s team pursuit. The women's team pursuit world record of 4:10.236 was set at Rio 2016 by Great Britain.

The current men's individual, team, and women's individual pursuit world records were all set at the 2020 World Championships.

Here’s today’s question.

Allyson Felix has six Olympic gold medals. Which event did her sole individual gold come in?

  1. 200m at Athens 2004
  2. 400m at Rio 2016
  3. 200m at London 2012
  4. 200m at Beijing 2008