Olympic Daily News: 6 August 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points featuring Grant Holloway joins Olympic Channel live on Instagram, Jack Laugher targets Paris 2024

By Scott Bregman

Happy birthday to musician Geri Halliwell – better known as ‘Ginger Spice.’

She, along with Mel C, Emma Bunton, Mel B, and Victoria Beckham, lit up the Olympic Stadium at London 2012 for a much anticipated reunion as part of a spectacular Closing Ceremony.

Grant Holloway joins Olympic Channel live on Instagram this afternoon!

The reigning 110m hurdles world champion Grant Holloway is the latest to star in the Olympic Channel series Athletes to Watch, and he’ll join us live on @OlympicChannel on Instagram today at 2pm EDT (18:00 UTC).

“A lot of setbacks, a lot people telling me I can’t do something or I’m not good enough to do this or that, kind of fuelled me,” Holloway says in the series. “Ultimately, you want to figure out what was better for yourself versus what everybody else was saying.”

Before his 2019 world title victory, Holloway dominated the collegiate ranks winning the 60m hurdles (indoor) and 110m hurdles (outdoor) at the 2017, 2018 and 2019 NCAA Championships.

Now he has his sights set on world domination.

“My dreams and my goals were so much bigger than staying local. I wanna go global,” said Holloway. “We’re going to put USA hurdling back on the map.”

Olympic diving champ Jack Laugher: “I think I’d like to go through to 2024 if I can.”

British diving Olympic champion Jack Laugher, who won 3m springboard synchro gold at Rio 2016 with Chris Mears, says the Olympic Games delay has caused a change of plans.

“I was really looking forward to being able to compete at the Olympics and then take a good amount of time off, let myself rest and my body regenerate itself really,” said Laugher, according to Swimming.org. “Now I guess what’s going to happen is we’ll be competing in 2021 then I’ll take a little break and then compete at 2022 at the Commonwealth Games."

From there, he sees Paris in his sights.

“My original aim about six years ago was going through to 2022 and maybe hang up the trunks there but I think I’d like to go through to 2024 if I can,” Laugher said.

Mears retired a year ago with Laugher now partnered by Dan Goodfellow who won bronze with Tom Daley in the 10m platform synchro in Rio.

Eddy Alvarez makes MLB debut

Team USA’s Eddy Alvarez, who won an Olympic silver medal in short track speed skating at Sochi 2014, has achieved another milestone: professional baseball player.

The 30-year-old was added to the Miami Marlins' roster earlier this week, but made his playing debut Wednesday evening against the Baltimore Orioles.

And his debut was a winning one as Miami, who hit the headlines when several players tested positive for COVID-19 last week, won 1-0.

"He surprised me," said Marlins manager Don Mattingly ahead of Alvarez’ debut, according to CNN. “I had not really seen much of him, but seeing him in spring, he is impressive just from the standpoint of he can play.

“He's been a fun guy to watch, and he's a good guy to have."

Thursday’s Trivia

Yesterday, in honor of Usain Bolt’s 100m Olympic record, we asked who held the record prior to Bolt? The answer is Canadian Donovan Bailey, who ran 9.84s at the Atlanta 1996 Games.

Here’s today’s question.

The 'plunge for distance' diving event featured at just one Olympic Games, in 1904. But how deep did Olympic champion William Paul Dickey dive?

  1. 17.526m
  2. 18.9m
  3. 19.05m
  4. 20.74m