Olympic Daily News: 19 July 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Muhammad Ali's iconic moment, Bolt begins, Aljona Savchenko's triple Axel, Nikita Nagornyy is a viral vitamin.

"I'm the greatest ever," he said, and it was hard to argue. Still is.

24 years ago today Muhammad Ali lit the flame at the 1996 Atlanta Games, giving us one of the Olympics' most iconic moments.

Gold at Rome 1960 helped set him on the path to sporting immortality and so much more, today we remember a great fighter, a great man, and a great moment.

  • Muhammad Ali receives lost gold medal

    Muhammad Ali receives lost gold medal

Lightning Bolt at 15

An while we're remembering stuff, on July 19 in 2002 Usain Bolt announced his arrival to the athletics world. At only 15 years, 332 days, Bolt became the youngest ever junior world champion, winning the 200m in Kingston, Jamaica.

It was just the beginning.

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Bolt would go on to become a sprint superhero, holding 8 Olympic gold medals, and his talent shone from an early age. This is what he was like at 17:

Aljona Savchenko tries triple axel at 36

"It's never too late to try new things," says figure skating gold medallist Aljona Savchenko who's practising a triple Axel.

Anyone else really want to try the lifty harness thing?

Savchenko won gold for Germany in pairs at PyeongChang 2018 with partner Bruno Massot.

Watch their sparkling performances again:

Would you be jealous?

And did you ever think that the husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, significant others and maybe even pets of figure skaters might get jealous when they see the on-ice chemistry with their skate partner?

"It's all about trust," Savchenko says, reminding us of 2012 hit 'What's Luv?' by Fat Joe featuring Ashanti.

"What's love? It should be about us, it should be about trust, babe."

Playing in your head all day long.

Summer-sault Challenge

Is one of your favourite places in the world underwater?

Good, then Brazilian swimmer Bruno Fratus has a challenge for you - How many underwater somersaults can you do?

Just please be careful, this Olympic Daily writer once smashed their face on the pool floor trying this and walked around with a Harry Potter scar for months afterwards.

Nikita Nagornyy is a giant vitamin

If you have never entered the wonderful realm of world champion Russian gymnast Nikita Nagornyy, you're in for a treat.

Here he is as a giant vitamin.

"Now we know who is hiding under the mask of Vitamin," he reveals, "you can't knock the Vitamin out because he has no jaw."

Fun workout!

(no vitamins or humans were harmed in the making of this video).

Nikita loves a funny video. Here is carrying off his girlfriend, who just happened to be doing the splits in a public park.

Gymnastics can be an outdoor sport too.

For some of Nikita's more conventional work, here he is talking about his ultimate goal. When it comes to clutch time, Nagornyy is as serious as they come.

Trivia

So from yesterday, which nation has won the most fencing medals in Olympic history?

Italy is the correct answer! Well done you.

Today's brain bender:

Why did Bobby Pearce slow down during his rowing race at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam?

  1. He lost an oar
  2. To smile at the cameras like Bolt
  3. To let a family of ducks pass
  4. To wave to his fiancée

As always, you can post your answers on our social media: @OlympicChannel on twitter, facebook, instagram, and more.

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