Olympic Daily News: 16 July 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points featuring Tom Daley's new Olympic motivation and virtual ski school with Bode Miller

‘Lord of the Dance’ Michael Flatley turns 61 today!

Flatley earned worldwide fame for his performance in ‘Riverdance,’ and music from the show has featured numerous times at the Olympic Games.

One such memorable use of the music is figure skater Jason Brown, who will participate in his sport’s first-ever virtual competition Friday, at Sochi 2014.

Tom Daley: “I’m super motivated for Tokyo.”

British diving star Tom Daley, who won Olympic bronze at London 2012 and Rio 2016, says he see sport much differently than he did previously.

“Back then it really felt like the end of the world,” Daley told BBC Sport of his Rio elimination in the individual competition. “So I wish I could transport back and just tell myself that everything's going to be OK.”

Almost everything in Daley’s life has changed since his first Olympic appearance in London where he says he was the baby of Team GB.

“Now, I’m the granddad,” he jokes.

He’s also a father with husband Dustin Lance Black to Robbie Ray Black-Daley, which fuels the 26-year-old.

"I'm super motivated for Tokyo and to have my family all there would make success mean even more." - Tom Daley

Learn to ski – virtually – with Bode Miller

2010 Olympic super combined champion Bode Miller is hitting the virtual slopes in an effort to find and teach the next wave of world-class skiers.

“This is a total game changer,” Miller told the Associated Press. “Because this allows students to operate on their own schedule, get a first-class education and still develop into whoever it is they’re meant to be.”

Miller is launching a winter sports academy that will include an online learning program for ski racers, snowboarders and cross-country skiers. The program will feature video content, workouts, webinars and direct communication with Miller.

The American had been working on launching an academy, but the timeline was accelerated and venue moved to virtual when the coronavirus pandemic hit.

“We want to create a superstar — superstar kids, superstar people who are involved in the community,” Miller said.

Beth Tweddle speaks out amid gymnastics abuse allegations

Team GB’s most successful women’s gymnast Beth Tweddle added her voice to the on-going conversation around coaching methods and allegations of abuse in Great Britain.

“There is no place for bullying or abuse in the sport that I love,” Tweddle wrote on Instagram on Wednesday. “You should never be afraid to talk and it hurts me to learn that gymnasts have not felt like they can do this. Sharing feelings, talking about experiences and being open is, I believe, the only way to create a positive and healthy environment.”

Tweddle’s post comes a day after Rio floor exercise bronze medallist Amy Tinkler said abusive coaching, not physical injury, caused her step away from the sport.

“It was an account of my experiences as a club and elite gymnast, and the experiences I shared were the reason for my retirement in January, not a physical injury as was suggested by some at the time,” said Tinkler.

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Gymnastics is my life, and it’s been a difficult week or so for everyone in gymnastics reading and watching the stories in the news. You should never be afraid to talk and it hurts me to learn that gymnasts have not felt like they can do this. Sharing feelings, talking about experiences and being open is, I believe, the only way to create a positive and healthy environment. Gymnastics has given me everything and allowed me to achieve my dreams. I had amazing times, but I also had tough times, but whatever the setback, whatever the problem, I talked to my family, my coach, Amanda and my friends and it was their support that got me through it. Gymnastics allows you to have fun with your friends. It’s a sport that teaches you valuable life skills, and is open to anyone to try. It’s a positive sport, where respect is fundamental, and there is no place for bullying or abuse in the sport that I love. I welcome the independent review and I urge all gymnasts to talk, to contribute and share their experiences both positive and negative to ensure that our sport can be safe and enjoyable for everyone.

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Now, for some trivia...

Yesterday, we asked who is the only woman to set a world record heptathlon score at the Olympic Games. That is the great Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

Here's today's question.

What year did synchronized diving join the Olympic programme?

  1. 1996

  2. 2000

  3. 2004

  4. 2008

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