Olympic Daily News: 7 August 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points featuring Nathan Chen on the Grand Prix series, golf's PGA Championships kicks off

By Scott Bregman

It’s Friday! You made it and a deserve a laugh, so here’s one courtesy of actress Reese Witherspoon.

Is there an Olympic athlete with the emotional range to represent the ups and downs of 2020?

Figure skating world champ Nathan Chen: “I’m thrilled that we’re actually getting the opportunity to compete again.”

Two-time world figure skating champion Nathan Chen of the United States says he’d 'love' to participate in October’s Skate America Grand Prix.

“I actually thought that we would be doing some virtual competitions,” Chen told NBC Olympic Talk. “Given that everything is right, I would love to be [at Skate America], but if things start to get a little bit shakier, I’ll have a little bit more questions.”

The International Skating Union announced earlier this week that its Grand Prix events would be limited to athletes from the host country or those who train there.

Though Chen shared with NBC many of the questions he’d like answered before competition kicks off on 23 October, he remains cautiously optimistic.

“Time will tell, and I’m not super concerned about those right now,” said Chen.

French cycling coach Thomas Voeckler says new Tour de France dates give enough recovery time

The international cycling governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale, announced new dates for the 2021 Tour de France last week. The iconic race was shifted to allow riders to be able to participate in both the Tour and the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The race is now scheduled to run 26 June to 18 July. The Tokyo men’s road race is scheduled for 24 July.

“A week after a Grand Tour, [cyclists] are usually in better shape than four weeks after,” Thomas Voeckler, the manager of the French national team, told Tokyo 2020 of the quick turn-around between events.

Voeckler did admit that skipping the Tour would allow cyclists one advantage, however.

“If a rider participates in Le Tour, he will have enough stamina for the Games,” he said, adding, “but if he doesn’t race it and can arrive earlier in Japan, he will have more time to acclimatise.”

Jason Day, Brendon Todd lead PGA Championships as first golf major of the season gets underway

The first golf major in more than a year is finally underway.

With postponements to the Masters and US Open and the cancellation of the British Open, the PGA Championships began Thursday at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. After the first round of play, Australian Jason Day and American Brendon Todd sit atop the leaderboard, both finishing five below par.

“Today I drove it really nicely, and when I was out of position, I left myself on the right side of the fairways to be able to at least get somewhere around the greens, and if I did miss the greens I left it in the right spot,” said Day, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Many of golf’s superstars are lurking with Rio Olympic champion Justin Rose four under and Tiger Woods three strokes back at -2.

Trivia time

Yesterday, we asked for the winning distance in the unique diving event – ‘plunge for distance’ – that was part of the Olympic programme at Paris 1904. The answer: William Paul Dickey dove 19.05 metres to win the Olympic gold medal.

Here’s today’s question.

Hanyu Yuzuru won back-to-back Olympic titles in 2014 and 2018 in men’s singles figure skating. Who is the last man prior to Hanyu to win back-to-back men's singles Olympic gold medals?

  1. Scott Hamilton
  2. Karl Schäfer
  3. Gillis Grafström
  4. Dick Button