Olympic Daily News: 21 June 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points. Pajón's inspiration, Zanardi in serious condition, Duplantis to compete in Sweden

Today is 21 June, the summer solstice and longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the winter solstice and shortest day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.

On this day in 1997, ice hockey forward Joe Thornton was taken first overall in that year's National Hockey League draft by the Boston Bruins.

Thornton has gone on to have a stellar career that included winning Olympic gold on home ice at Vancouver 2010 with Canada.

Canada 3-2 USA - Men's Ice Hockey Final Highlights | Vancouver 2010

Canada 3-2 USA - Men's Ice Hockey Final Highlights | Vancouver 2010

BMX champ Pajón inspired by former Miss Colombia who lost a leg

One of Colombia's biggest celebrities and a former Miss Colombia winner, Daniella Álvarez, recently revealed on social media that she had lost her lower left leg.

Countrywoman and two-time Olympic BMX champion Mariana Pajón was among those to send her well-wishes.

"Your strength and bravery is crazy, that mind and huge heart will take you far," she wrote on Instagram.

"Thank you for being a great example and inspiring so many … I admire you loads."

Alex Zanardi remains in serious but stable condition

Four-time Paralympic Games handcycling champion Alex Zanardi continues to fight for his life at a hospital in Siena, Italy, following a serious crash on Friday.

The 53-year-old former race car driver, who lost both legs in a Champ Car accident in 2001, suffered head injuries after colliding with a lorry on a downhill during a race across Italy.

His "neurological picture remains serious," the hospital said on Saturday.

Zanardi is currently on a ventilator in a medically-induced coma, reports AP.

Milano Cortina 2026 have been among the Italian sporting organisations to have expressed their thoughts with Zanardi.

"Win again once more Alex, we are with you," they wrote on Instagram.

Duplantis to compete in Sweden

Pole vault world record holder Armand Duplantis will make his first appearance of the year in Sweden on 4 July when he competes in Gothenburg, according to the country's national broadcaster SVT.

The Swede normally lives and trains in the United States where he was born.

He will take on Poland's 2017 world silver and 2015 and 2019 world bronze medallist Piotr Lisek and Belgium's Ben Broeders behind closed doors at the Ullevi Stadium.

The exhibition meet, which will also include women's pole vault (featuring Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games champion Angelica Bengtsson) as well as long jump events, replaces the annual Gothenburg Youth Games.

Renaud Lavillenie: What makes my friendship with Mondo Duplantis so special

Renaud Lavillenie: What makes my friendship with Mondo Duplantis so special

Trivia time…

We asked you yesterday in which ocean will the Olympic debut of surfing take place at Tokyo 2020: the Pacific, Indian, Atlantic, or Arctic.

If you said Pacific, you were of course correct.

Today's trivia comes to you in a slightly different format. Why not check out the Olympic Channel Twitter Quiz? Let us know how you get on and see if you can get 5/5.

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