Olympic Daily News: 9 July 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points featuring Simone Biles on the cover of Vogue, Miller-Uibo and Felix set to face off in Rio redux 

By Scott Bregman

On the cover of Vogue.

That's where gymnastics superstar Simone Biles finds herself this morning. The four-time Olympic champion and 19-time World Championships gold medallist graces the August issue with images shot by the legendary Annie Leibovitz.

The wide-ranging interview covers everything from Biles dealing with the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, what will likely be her swan song in the sport, to finding her voice as a survivor of the abuse from former team doctor Larry Nassar.

“I felt like I knew, I just didn’t want to admit it to myself, that it had happened. Because I felt like, not that you’re supposed to be perfect, but I just felt like that’s what America wanted me to be—was perfect," Biles said of coming to terms with her abuse.

"Because every time an American wins the Olympics, you’re like America’s sweetheart. So it’s like, How could this happen to America’s sweetheart? That’s how I felt—like I was letting other people down by this.” - Simone Biles in Vogue

Athletics stars Felix, Miller-Uibo, Lyles set to face off across the world

Thursday’s Inspiration Games brings together track and field athletics stars from all over the world. The unique event will take place at seven stadiums across the United States and Europe, with digitally controlled starting guns sending runners on their way. Video will be broadcast on a two minute delay to allow for the footage to reach Zurich and be synchronized.

One of the marquee events will see Rio Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, running in Florida, face off with runner-up Allyson Felix in California in 150m race.

“I’m the type of athlete who does better in a situation where I’m racing against someone,” said Felix. “I feel like I rise to that occasion and feed off that so I think this will definitely be challenging to be out there by myself.”

Noah Lyles is also set to participate in the Inspiration Games in a 200m race, where he is the reigning world champion. Fans in India, Japan, Germany and Italy can watch the event live on OlympicChannel.com

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: “My life had been building up to this.”

Reigning World heptathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson of Great Britain opened up about dealing with uncertainy during the past few months of the global coronavirus pandemic in an interview with British Vogue.

“I’ve had to learn patience in the past and it’s definitely helped me in this period in my life,” she said of Olympic postponement. “I’ve been waiting a long time to have this moment, but everyone is in the same boat.”

At points during the pandemic, Johnson-Thompson took a break from training, only to realize it was about more than Olympic gold.

“I found when I had a week off, I missed it. When I started to set little goals, it got easier to get up and get out of bed and attempt to start the day, she said. “Just because I don’t have a competition where I can show off and get that accolade, doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the process.”

“I believe it is the right assessment,” says Padraig Harrington on Ryder Cup postponement

The P.G.A. of America announced Wednesday that golf's 2020 Ryder Cup has been postponed to 2021.

“It became clear that as of today, our medical experts and the public authorities in Wisconsin could not give us certainty that conducting an event responsibly with thousands of spectators in September would be possible,” said the group’s chief executive Seth Waugh.

Originally scheduled for Sept. 25-27, the event will now be held Sept. 24-26, 2021 at Whistling Straights in Kohler, Wisconsin.

European captain Padraig Harrington agreed with the decision.

"Rescheduling the Ryder Cup was never going to be an easy decision but I believe it is the right assessment given the unprecedented circumstances we are facing at this time,” said Harrington. "I know, right now, that September 2021 feels like a long time away but it will come around quickly and I guarantee that the European players and I will be ready when it does."

Trivia time.

Yesterday, we asked which player completed tennis’ golden slam, winning all four majors plus Olympic gold in the same season. That’s Steffi Graff who swept the tennis world in 1988.

Here’s today’s question.

Who was the last woman to win back-to-back floor exercise gold medals in artistic gymnastics?

  1. Nadia Comaneci

  2. Nellie Kim

  3. Simone Biles

  4. Aly Raisman