Olympic Daily News: 10 June 2020

Athletic stars confirmed for Inspiration Games, Cecile Landi on Simone Biles, and Alexandra Trusova's coaching switch confirmed, get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points.

72 years ago today, news that American Chuck Yeager had broken the sound barrier was released. The actual date of Yaeger's feat, which came while flying an X-1 rocket aircraft, had been eight months prior: 14 October 1947.

Breaking the sound barrier? That reminds us of someone...

Figure skater Adam Rippon ups donation in wake of Alexei Yagudin criticism

On 6 June, Olympic figure skating team bronze medallist Adam Rippon posted on his Twitter and Instagram accounts that he had donated $1,000 to the Okra Project, which supports Black Trans people.

In a now deleted Instagram story post, Olympic gold medallist Alexei Yagudin called Rippon and people who support Trans rights "Earth's mistake," asking "When will you die?"

Rippon responded Tuesday on his Twitter account announcing a second donation, this time in Yagudin's name.

"When Olympic gold medalist Alexei Yagudin found out I donated to a charity that helps black trans people he said that he COULDNT WAIT for people like me to die," Rippon wrote. "Because of that I feel INSPIRED to donate another $1000 to the @TheOkraProject but this time, in his name."

Simone Biles’ coach Cecile Landi speaks to Olympic Channel Podcast

1996 Olympic gymnast Cecile Landi (née Canqueteau) and now coach of four-time Olympic gold medallist Simone Biles spoke to the Olympic Channel Podcast in a wide-ranging interview.

“Gymnastics-wise, we knew she was talented, but she had, for me, more fear than than I expected her to have,” Landi said of Biles. “She believes in herself, but at the same time she has doubts on a lot of things that she hasn't done before. She's always like, no, I can't do it. I always tell her, you can do anything you put your mind to, you're fine.”

Landi also discussed the challenges facing Biles as she resets for a postponed Olympic Games, her coaching philosophy and how both she and Biles use their platforms to speak out.

Russia figure skater Alexandra Trusova move to Evgeni Plushenko confirmed

Nearly a month ago, news of Russian figure skating phenom Alexandra Trusova’s coaching switch started to swirl. Now, it’s official and confirmed by the Moscow Figure Skating Federation.

The two-time World junior champion and 2020 European bronze medallist will now work with Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko. Trusova had previously been training with Eteri Tutberidze who coached Alina Zagitova to gold at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games.

Trusova says the switch was made for personal reasons.

Athletics stars Allyson Felix, Noah Lyles and Shaunae Miller-Uibo line up for “Inspiration Games”

2012 Olympic 200m champion Allyson Felix of the United States is set to race reigning 400m Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas on July 9 in the “Inspiration Games.”

The event brings together more than two dozen of the world’s bests in athletics to compete across the world. The event features three-way battles with athletes from teams representing the United States, Europe and “Rest of the World.”

Felix and Uibo will be joined by Switzerland’s Mijinga Kambundi in a 150m race, while reigning World 200m champion Noah Lyles (USA) is also set to participate in the event.

Trivia time!

Yesterday’s question asked which city hosted the 1988 Olympic Games. The answer: Seoul.

And now – here’s today’s question.

Which of these was not an early name for table tennis?                 

  1. ping pong                   
  2. whiff waff                   
  3. flin flan                       
  4. Ding Dong

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