Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points as Serena Williams advances, Aly Raisman speaks on mental health
On this day in 1960, gymnastics competition at the Rome Olympics concluded. The Soviet Union dominated competition, taking 10 of the 15 possible gold medals. Nine-time Olympic gold medallist – the second most of any athlete – Larisa Latynina left those Games with gold medals in the team, all-around and floor exercise finals.
Tennis superstar Serena Williams was pushed to the brink Wednesday at the U.S. Open, surviving a three settle battle with Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. The win moves Williams, a four-time Olympic champion, one step closer to her record-tying 24th Grand Slam title.
"It just shows me how tough moms are -- when you can birth a baby then honestly you can do anything,” Williams said on court after her match of Pironkova, who like Williams has returned to the sport after becoming a mother.
Williams will face another mother in Thursday’s semifinal: Victoria Azarenka, the 2012 and 2013 Australian Open winner who is in the middle of a resurgence.
“I love playing against Serena,” Azarenka said of the impending match up. “We always played on big stages. It was a lot of big fights.
“I’m looking forward to it.”
"I'm prioritizing my mental health and practicing self-compassion," Raisman said during an appearance on NBC’s Today Show. In her post-Rio life, Raisman has become an outspoken advocate for survivors of sexual abuse after coming forward to say that she, too, had been abused by former U.S. gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar.
"It's hard to put into words how much it impacted me,” Raisman explained. “I feel like the sexual abuse kind of took away that trust in myself, which I'm really struggling to get that back. (PTSD) has transferred into different parts of my life. I'm getting better at trusting in my gut and believing in myself if something isn't right."
Raisman also shared her advice for others.
"I've learned that the best thing to do is to ask for help and communicate with people," Raisman said. "I don't want people to feel alone, and healing isn't one size fits all."
The National Football League season begins Thursday night with the reigning Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs against the Houston Texans. The season starts amid concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic and will have a different look and feel.
Spectators will be allowed at tonight’s game, but in a limited capacity. Chief’s stadium, Arrowhead Field, will only see 22% of its 76,000 seats filled. Other changes include fewer people on the sidelines, with no cheerleaders, mascots or sideline reporters.
The NFL has a long history of Olympians, dating back to Jim Thorpe, who won two golds at the 1912 Olympics in athletics. Three players, Nate Ebner, Jahvid Best and Marvin Bracy, took part in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Yesterday, we asked who was the first Japanese singles tennis player to win an Olympic medal. That was Ichiya Kumagae, who took silver in 1920.
Here’s today’s question.
Who was the last NFL player to win Olympic gold?
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