Olympic Daily News: 4 August 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points featuring Uno Shoma's new YouTube channel and Abdul Hakim Sani Brown joins Olympic Channel live on Instagram

By Scott Bregman

Five-time Olympic gold medallist swimmer Katie Ledecky provided Monday’s example of just how incredible Olympic athletes are when she posted an amazing video of her balancing a glass of milk on her head as she swam an entire pool length.

“What can you do without spilling a drop?!” the post asked. For us… well, not that, that’s for sure.

Uno Shoma launches YouTube channel, hopes to show “what I’m really like”

Olympic silver medal-winning figure skater Uno Shoma recently launched a YouTube channel, his first official social media platform.

“There are all kinds of social media, but I’m not on any of them,” Uno said in his first video. “I don’t post, I don’t take pictures regularly. Even if I started doing it, I probably wouldn’t last.”

Uno, who won World silver in 2017 and 2018, announced in January that he would begin working with 2006 Olympic medallist Stéphane Lambiel. The fruits of that partnership have yet to really be seen on the world stage, due to the cancellation of the 2020 World Figure Skating Championships due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement issued by the Japanese Skating Federation at the time, Uno said he and Lambiel would "continue to devote ourselves day to day, and will do our utmost to showcase the performance that will be the culmination of the season at the World Championships."

As for the goals of the YouTube channel: “I hope I can show everyone a genuine Shoma Uno, what I'm really like,” he said.

U.S. gymnast Sam Mikulak says 2021 will be his final year of gymnastics

Two-time Olympian and World bronze medallist Sam Mikulak says 2021 will be his gymnastics finale. The 27-year-old has dominated the sport in the U.S., winning all but one national title since 2013. Previously, he had indicated he hoped to compete through at least Paris 2024.

“This is going to be my final year of gymnastics,” Mikulak said in a video posted to his YouTube account earlier this week. “I’ve had a lot of time to think about it during quarantine.”

He went on to detail a nagging wrist injury that – despite a November cortisone shot and coronavirus-induced lay off – has not healed.

“It seemed to get worse,” he explained. “I was a little shocked because all the other parts of my body… they were all feeling so much better.”

Mikulak, who recently became engaged to Mia Atkins, has promised to chronicle the journey of his final gymnastics season on YouTube.

Abdul Hakim Sani Brown joins Olympic Channel live on Instagram!

Japanese sprinting star Abdul Hakim Sani Brown will be chatting with Olympic Channel live on Instagram today at 3 p.m. Eastern time/9 p.m Central European time.

The Tokyo-native, who trains at the University of Florida in Gainesville, is one of only two Japanese men to ever break 10 seconds in the 100m.

“My goal is to win the Olympics,” Sani Brown says in the Olympic Channel original series Athletes to Watch. “I wanna be first.”

No Japanese man has ever won an Olympic medal of any colour in the 100m.

“Just running in the home crowd would make me faster,” says Sani Brown of the opportunity to compete in his hometown. “We are here to represent Japan, we are here to win.”

Trivia Tuesday

Yesterday’s question asked where the first Paralympic Games were held in 1960. The answer: Rome!

Here’s today’s question.

Who was the first Japanese athlete to win Olympic gold?

  1. Naoto Tajima

  2. Mikio Oda

  3. Chuhei Nambu

  4. Yoshio Iimuro