Olympic Daily News: 2 July 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points.

By Scott Bregman ·

Excellence, respect, and friendship are the three core values of Olympism – so we love to see a superstar appreciating another superstar.

That’s what tennisNaomi Osaka spent her evening doing. The two-time Grand Slam champ shared video on her Instagram story on Wednesday night, featuring Olympic legends Hanyu Yuzuru and Usian Bolt.

And of course she was watching on Olympic Channel.

Want to be like Naomi? Check out this Sochi replay below.

Japanese swimmer Ikee Rikako targets competitive return in October

Ikee Rikako returned to the pool in March after 406 days away spent conquering leukemia. Now, the Japanese swimming prodigy wants to return to competition in October.

“I think my swimming ability has returned to about the level in my first or second year of junior high school,” said Ikee, according to NBC Olympic Talk.

“My aspiration as a 20-year-old is to compete in some kind of event, get an accurate read on my current status, and then find more and more ways to get stronger.”

Once a gold medal favourite for Tokyo 2020, her 10-month hospitalization has delayed the dream of a second Olympic Games.

Despite Tokyo’s own delay, Ikee, who turns 20 on Saturday, still says she’s aiming for Paris.

“I’m aiming for 2024,” Ikee said. “I’m hoping to build a solid foundation since I’m no longer tied down by next year’s Olympics.”

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Real Madrid enters women’s football

Real Madrid is stepping into the women’s game. One of the only major football clubs in Europe without a women’s team, the Spanish giant has completed a buyout of the Madrid-based club Tacon.

The club says they wanted to “contribute to the sport’s development and growth,” according to a statement.

Tacon will be renamed ‘Real Madrid Femenino.’ Swedish stars Kosovar Asllani and Sofia Jakobsson, who both helped their national team to a third place finish at last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, joined the team in 2019.

“The time has come to build a team that you will all be very proud of,” said Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

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Skateboard legend Tony Hawk: Sky Brown ‘could definitely be one of the best female skaters ever’

11-year-old skateboarder Sky Brown has the potential to be Team GB’s youngest Olympian ever next year at the Tokyo Games.

She also could be the best skateboarder of all time, that’s according to someone who knows a thing or two about the sport: Tony Hawk.

"She has incredible potential," Hawk told ESPN. "She could definitely be one of the best female skaters ever, if not one of the best, well-rounded skaters ever, regardless of gender. She has such confidence, such force, even at such a young age. The way she's able to learn new tricks and the way she absorbs direction, it's so rare.

"She's a unicorn."

Last month, Brown took a scary fall and landed in the hospital. But she’s on the mend and looking forward to getting back on her board.

“I’m feeling great and excited to get back to skateboarding,” Brown said in a recent Instagram post.

Trivia!

Canadian Ian Millar (equestrian) is the answer to yesterday’s question. He holds the record for the most Olympic appearances by an athlete in any sport at 10.

Here’s today’s question.

Who is the youngest swimmer to claim Olympic gold?

  1. Michael Phelps

  2. Kyoko Iwasaki

  3. Katie Ledecky

  4. Adam Peaty