Olympic Daily News: 18 June 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points. Serena Williams excited for U.S. Open, Tutberidze returns to Russia, and Rhys McClenaghan back to training centre

By Scott Bregman ·

“Look into my eyes, you will see what you mean to me.”

With those immortal words, Canadian singer Bryan Adams opened his smash hit “(Everything I do) I do it for you,” released today in 1991.

The song went on to break records and still holds the longest unbroken run at number one on the UK Singles Chart, with 16 weeks in the top spot.

In 2010, Adams helped to open the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, performing ‘Bang the Drum’ with fellow Canadian Nelly Furtado.

Serena Williams ‘excited’ for U.S. Open

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Serena Williams announced on Wednesday that she intends to compete at the 2020 U.S. Open in late August. The tennis grand slam revealed its plans to be held amid the coronavirus pandemic, which include – among much more – no spectators present.

“I really cannot wait to return to New York and play the U.S. Open 2020,” Williams said in a video message. “I feel like USTA is going to do a really good job with ensuring everything is amazing, everything is perfect and everyone is safe."

Scheduled for Aug. 31 to Sept. 13, the U.S. Open will be Williams’ first chance to win a record-tying 24th grand slam title since she lost in the third round of January’s Australian Open.

“I’ll certainly miss the fans – don’t get me wrong,” said Williams. “It’s going to be exciting.”

Eteri Tutberidze returns to Russia, coaching duties

Famed figure skating coach Eteri Tutberidze has resumed her coaching duties at a training camp at Novogorsk, according TAAS. The coach had been visiting her daughter, Diana Davis, in the United States and was required to quarantine after returning to Russia.

"[Tutberidze] has completed her two-week quarantine after her arrival from the United States and has already started her work," Russian Figure Skating Federation President Alexander Gorshkov said.

Among those Tutberidze resumes work with are reigning World and Olympic champion Alina Zagitova and current European champion Alena Kostornaia. Zagitova recently returned to training after having taken an extended break from the sport.

Notably missing is two-time World junior champion Alexandra Trusova, who recently changed coaches to work with Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko.

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Gymnast Rhys McClenaghan returns to training in Dublin

2019 World pommel horse bronze medallist Rhys McClenaghan of Ireland has returned to his national training center in Dublin, as his quest to become his country’s first-ever Olympic medallist in gymnastics.

“It's great to be back, it really is and I'm excited to get back into the way of things," said McClenaghan, according to BBC Sport.

McClenaghan has made a name for himself in recent years, battling with Olympic champion Max Whitlock of Great Britain for pommel horse supremacy at major meets. The 20-year-old Irishman says he’s hoping to compete in December’s European Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, where he stands a chance to reclaim the title he won in 2018.

"It's a great thing to have self-confidence,” he said of his recent successes. “It’s something that I thrive off, something that motivates me to train, knowing that I've got that end goal of getting that Olympic gold medal, that's in my mind when I'm training.”

Trivia Thursday

Yesterday’s trivia was a bit of a gimme, as we asked who took the men’s 100m title at Rio 2016. That is the one and only Usain Bolt.

Now, here’s today’s question.

Which sport was originally played with a champagne cork and cigar boxes?

  1. Baseball
  2. Cricket
  3. Tennis
  4. Table tennis

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Finally, more crazy gymnastics

Yesterday, we ended with a video of four-time Olympic gymnastics champ Simone Biles performing a triple-twisting double back off the balance beam.

Today, we give you 2017 World all-around champion Morgan Hurd attempting the double-twisting, double dismount. Of the element named for Biles, Hurd, who stars in the Olympic Channel original series ‘All Around,’ later tweeted, “idk how Simone competes this lol”

Neither do we, Morgan. Neither do we.