Olympic Daily News: 9 August 2020
Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points featuring surfing returns with Kelly Slater and Carissa Moore, Serena Williams, Coco Gauff and Kenya's steeplechase king.
Think you could swim the length of a swimming pool with a glass of milk on your head and not spill a drop?
One man who's always up for a challenge is 9-time Olympic swim champion Mark Spitz, who did it with a glass of water on his head.
"How'd I do? Still got it?" Asks Spitz. "Would’ve been faster with the ‘stache," says Katie.
Relive Spitz' Olympic glory days here, and all with that magnificent moustache.
Tennis is back!
And Coco Gauff is giving us some Sunday chills with this video she posted. "Let's continue shall we?" is the caption...
Yes we shall Coco.
Serena's bicep kiss
Gauff will face greatness at the US Open at the end of this month with Serena Williams back on the court too.
"Right now I think sport has been one of the few things that can actually provide a breath of fresh air or a sigh of relief for people that are still stuck in their homes,” says Serena, who's ready to play the Kentucky Open.
It’ll be Serena's first competitive tennis since February, and it starts tomorrow 10th August, with the final on the 16th.
The four-time Olympic gold medallist gave a gem of a press conference saying “I never expected to be playing here in Kentucky, but it’s close to Florida and it’s easy to get here for me. I’m excited.”
“There won’t be fans here but it’s cool. We’ve been stuck at home for six months.”
"Sport has been one of the few things that can actually provide a breath of fresh air or a sigh of relief for people” - Serena Williams
But for Serena, quarantine was a blessing, “every part of me loved it, actually," she says, "because I haven’t been home that long since I was literally a teenager. Even when I was pregnant I was traveling a lot.”
A big highlight was Serena flexing her bicep and giving it a kiss, though she hasn't been able to go to the gym, the Florida-based tennis megastar is still is serious shape.
“This is God-given, thank you very much, from my mom!” Williams laughs. (4:29 in the video!)
Surf's up in Kelly Slater's back yard
Surfing's back too!
And it's all thanks to Kelly Slater's wave pool over 100km from the nearest beach. The Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California has become a bubble for some of the best surfers in the world as the World Surf League’s 'Rumble at the Ranch' goes down.
Today, 16 surfers will take part including 11-time world champion Kelly Slater himself and Olympic qualifiers Kolohe Andino, Caroline Marks and four-time reigning world champ Carissa Moore. The format will be a mixed doubles event with proceeds going to charity.
Watch out for Round 1 where Kelly Slater and Carrissa Moore are matched against each other, that's a total 15 world championship titles in one heat!
“It’s a specialty event, so the importance comes with, hey, athletes haven’t gotten to put on a jersey in five to eight months and the fans haven’t gotten to see live surfing in that amount of time, either,” Moore told Yahoo Sport.
“I think it’s good for everyone to get going again. I also think it’s something positive and a good distraction for us. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Here's Moore lighting up the ranch in practice:
Surfing is set to make its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games in the summer of 2021.
The Olympic Channel caught up with both Slater and Moore to talk about the past and the future of surfing.
Coronavirus ends Conseslus Kipruto's World Record tilt
But with all the positive news of sports getting back on track, we can't forget that there's a pandemic out there.
Olympic and world 3000m steeplechase champion Conselsus Kipruto has tested positive for COVID-19. He says he feels fine and is asymptomatic.
"I was actually in great shape. I was planning to go for the World Record: it has stayed too long outside Kenya," said Conseslus Kipruto after his test came back.
Kipruto was gearing up for the first in-person Diamond League meet of the year in Monaco on Friday 14 August 2020, but the positive test has ended his hopes of competing.
Get set for the Conseslus come-back soon!
Get a bit of Conseslus in action here, he's a machine in full flight:
So yesterday we asked which of the following is NOT an Olympic sport being contested for the first time at Tokyo 2020:
- Sport climbing
This was a tricky one, if you said No.4 Baseball, you win all the points and much respect.
While sport climbing, skateboard, and karate will debut at the Tokyo Games, baseball and has been at the Olympic Games before, most recently at Beijing 2008.
Today's brain boggler is all about long distance running:
Who is the only Olympic legend ever to win gold medals in 5,000m, 10,000m and the marathon at the same Olympics?
- Eliud Kipchoge
- Haile Gebrselassie
- Mo Farah
- Emil Zatopek