Olympic Daily News: 8 September 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points as Chellsie Memmel takes to Ninja Warrior, Shaunae Miller-Uibo ends season, and Serena Williams advances

By Scott Bregman

If you need another reminder of how incredible Olympians are, here you go.

2008 Olympic gymnastics silver medallist Chellsie Memmel, now twice a mother and 32 years old, recently announced her intent to comeback to the sport. As if that wasn't enough, she's also taken to the Ninja Warrior course.

“Had the awesome opportunity to give Ninja Warrior a try,” Memmel said on Twitter Monday night. “I am proud of putting myself out there and stepping outside my comfort zone.”

Shaunae Miller-Uibo ends seasons after withdrawal at Iowa event

2016 Olympic 400m champion Shanaue Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas has ended her season after withdrawing from the finals at back-to-back events.

She “felt a little discomfort in my leg and decided to stop,” said Miller-Uibo after skipping the 200m finals at the Drake Blue Oval Showcase in Des Moines, Iowa. Three week prior, Miller-Uibo passed on the 100m final at the Star Athletic Sprint Showcase in Florida.

“We’ve had a really great season and it just wasn’t worth taking the risk,” Miller-Uibo said about the possibility of continuing her season in Europe. “This is my last competition of the season, so now it’s time to take a break and focus on being ready for next season.”

Previously, Miller-Uibo announced that she is leaning toward a focus on the 200m title at Tokyo 2020 where scheduling makes competing in both difficult.

Serena Williams, moms advances to quarter-finals of U.S. Open

Four-time Olympic gold medal winning tennis star Serena Williams is headed to her 53rd Grand Slam quarterfinal after holding off Greece’s Maria Sakkari. Williams took the first set before Sakkari won the second set tie break, forcing a decisive third.

Ultimately, Williams prevailed 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 to advance to the quarters. There, she’ll play Tsvetlana Pironkova of Bulgaria. Both Williams and Pironkova are mothers and, with Victoria Azarenka, mark the first time three mothers have made it to the quarterfinals of a tennis major.

Though there is no crowd on hand at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center due to the coronavirus, Williams has had a very special fan on hand: her daughter Olympia.

“She’s a fan of tennis, she loves watching,” said Williams. “She’s three now, I’ve gotta put my career aside and give her a racquet in her hand.”

Trivia Tuesday

Yesterday, we asked what was unique about Spain's silver medal in football at the Antwerp 1920 Games?

The format used for the football tournament in Antwerp saw all losing quarter-finalists enter a play-off tournament for the right to play for the silver medal. Spain lost to hosts and eventual champions Belgium in the quarter-finals, but won through the play-off tournament to clinch silver.

Here’s today’s question:

In what event did Serena Williams win her first Olympic gold?

  1. Sydney 2000 doubles

  2. Beijing 2008 Doubles

  3. London 2012 Singles

  4. London 2012 Doubles

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