Olympic Daily News: 19 July 2020
"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.
Atlanta 1996 Official Film | Atlanta's Olympic Glory
Atlanta 1996 Official Film | Atlanta's Olympic GloryThe final athlete to lift the Olympic flame and light the huge cauldron in Atlanta was heavyweight boxing legend, Muhammad Ali. Director Bud Greenspan again relies on detailed studies of individual athletes, and this film features conversations with sprinter Michael Johnson, British rowing ace Steven Redgrave, veteran French cyclist Jennie Longo, and Ireland's controversial gold medallist in swimming, Michelle Smith. Archery, weight-lifting and gymnastics are also featured, as well as the men's marathon, won by South African Josia Thugwane. These centennial Summer Games marked the fourth occasion on which a U.S. City hosted the Olympiad.Bud Greenspan | 1997 | 206'
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.
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
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:
Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot: Our PyeongChang Highlights
Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot: Our PyeongChang HighlightsGerman Figure Skaters, Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot, set a record score on their way to winning the Pairs Gold.
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.
Trust is key: Aljona Savchenko's husband on watching her perform
Trust is key: Aljona Savchenko's husband on watching her performAljona Savchenko and her husband, Liam Cross, on the importance of trust and what it's like for him to watch her skate.
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
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."
(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.
Nikita Nagornyy eyes "ultimate goal" of team gold in Tokyo
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?
- He lost an oar
- To smile at the cameras like Bolt
- To let a family of ducks pass
- To wave to his fiancée
As always, you can post your answers on our social media: @OlympicChannel on twitter, facebook, instagram, and more.