Olympic Daily News: 1 June 2020! Pride month begins around the world
The start of June means it’s LGBTQ+ Pride Month across the world.
Like so much in 2020, many of the usual events and parades have moved online this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Olympic Channel is marking the month including with a pride themed podcast featuring Olympic figure skaters Adam Rippon and Amber Glenn, footballers Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris, and surfer Keala Kennelly, plus an live Instagram workout on Tuesday with openly gay Jamaican swimmer Michael Gunning.
Podcast: Pride stories with Adam Rippon, USWNT, and more
Podcast: Pride stories with Adam Rippon, USWNT, and morePride month is usually a time for parades and parties. But COVID-19 means most events are postponed or cancelled. To help sooth the sadness, we have found some of the most inspiring stories across the Olympic world to celebrate our LGBTQ+ community. Featuring Adam Rippon, Amber Glenn, Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris, and Keala Kennelly.
Olympic bronze medallist Chaunte Lowe determined to make fifth Olympic appearance
U.S. high jumper Chaunte Lowe, who won bronze at Beijing 2008, is used to beating the odds. The 36-year-old has been to four Olympics previously and returned to the top of her sport after giving birth not once, not twice, but three times.
Even with all that, Lowe’s toughest challenge perhaps was a return to the games at Tokyo 2020. The American was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, and she underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy.
“I needed every single day of that time to be able to train,” she told Sports Illustrated. “I’ve come back from pregnancy three times, so I know that it’s not impossible. I know I could have done it [in 2020], but it would have been a lot harder.”
Chinese women’s basketball team turns ‘disadvantages into advantages'
After winning a spot at Tokyo 2020 in February in Belgrade, the Chinese women’s basketball team couldn’t head back to their normal training base at the General Administration of Sport.
Instead, they hunkered down together at Beijing Sport University, and head coach Xu Limin says their time in isolation has brought them closer.
"We have stayed together for two months, working on improving our weakness, especially some fundamentals," he said, according to Inside the Games.
“The team was very young and under huge pressure - however, we managed to find a way to turn disadvantages into advantages, so the whole qualification journey had a special meaning for us."
The Chinese women have won two Olympic basketball medals: silver in 1992, and bronze in 1984.
It’s… TRIVIA TIME!
Yesterday’s question asked which unusual event took place at the 1912 Olympics… and the answer was literature!
Here’s today question.
In which year were the first gold, silver, and bronze medals awarded?