Olympic Daily News: 9 June 2020

Simone Manuel 'will be ready to win' and Japan names Tokyo BMX team, get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points.

By Scott Bregman

On June 9, 1973, Secretariat completed the triple crown in horse racing. He was the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes in the same season since 1948.

Horses have quite a history in the Olympic Games, as well. Take a look below at the evolution of the equestrian events at the Games.

Swimmer Simone Manuel: I will be ready to win, whenever the chance comes

Rio 2016 Olympic swimming champion Simone Manuel is the only woman to win seven medals at a single swimming world championships. She was hoping to ride that accomplishment from 2019 into massive success at Tokyo 2020 – but then came the coronavirus pandemic and Olympic postponement.

However, the 23-year-old Texan remains determined.

“The way that I am trying to look at it is that if I continue to work hard to maintain my competitive edge and confidence, that I will be ready to win, whenever the chance comes,” Manuel said in an interview with Forbes. “That’s the only thing I can do.”

Japan names BMX team for Tokyo 2020

The Japanese Cycling Federation named its 2020 Olympic Games team Tuesday. The roster includes 18-year-old Nakamura Rim, who won the overall World Cup title last season and was considered a shoo-in for the Tokyo Games.

Gold at home next summer is his next dream.

"I'm shooting for the top now that I'm on the team," he said. "The crowd plays a huge part in BMX. I think that gives Japanese athletes an advantage being at home."

Oike Minato (freestyle), Nagasako Yoshitaku (racing), and Hatakeyama Sae (racing) round out the Japanese team.

Trivia time!

Looking for the answer to yesterday’s question? Here it is: Simone Biles won four gold medals at Rio 2016 in artistic gymnastics: team, all-around, vault, and floor exercise. She also picked up a bronze medal in the balance beam final.

Now, here’s today’s question.

Which city hosted the 1988 Olympic Games?

  1. Los Angeles
  2. Beijing
  3. Moscow
  4. Seoul