Olympic Daily News: 26 May 2020! Olympic champions, turtles and lakes - Oh, my!
Grab your wands.
J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter book series, announced today on Twitter that she’s planning to publish an previously unreleased fairy tale set in the Harry Potter-verse. The author was quick to say this is not a HP spin off, but it’s still exciting news nonetheless.
According to Rowling, the story will be rolled out a chapter to two each day online “so children on lockdown, or even those back at school during these strange, unsettling times, can read it or have it read to them.”
The story will be published later this year and Rowling says she’ll donate her author royalties to charities helping those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rowling and Potter do have some tie to the Olympics, with the Potter books being a favourite of 2017 world gymnastics champion Morgan Hurd, who stars in the Olympic Channel series All Around, and Swiss Olympic ski jump champ Simon Ammann often times drawing comparisons to the young wizard.
Olympic champ Lilly King finds new training home
The American 100m butterfly Olympic gold medalist Lilly King has had to improvise to keep her Tokyo 2020 training going during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The 23-year-old swimming star is currently training in Howard Lake in Bloomington, Indiana, according to The Indianapolis Star. The temperatures are so cold she has to wear a wetsuit, and she’s encountered a few new training partners: turtles.
“Definitely never thought I would be swimming open water, coming out and training in the pond,” King said. “But it’s kind of been a nice little change here.”
Women's 100m Breaststroke Final | Rio 2016 Replays
Women's 100m Breaststroke Final | Rio 2016 ReplaysFierce rivalry between the USA's Lilly King and Russia's Yulia Efimova continues in the pool, with King's win setting an Olympic Record.
Chris Nikic sets sights on becoming first person with Down syndrome to complete Ironman
Special Olympics competitor Chris Nikic is currently training for his first Ironman Triathlon. If he completes the 2.4-mile swim, 112 mile bicycle ride and 26.2 mile run, he would be the first athlete with Down syndrome to complete the gauntlet event.
"When you have a child with special needs, one of the things you think about often is if he's going to be okay when you're no longer here as a parent," Nikic’s father, Nik, told USA TODAY Sports.
He is currently targeting an event in November in Panama City Beach, Florida.
And that brings us to our trivia question of the day.
Which Ethiopian athlete won the 1960 Olympic marathon running barefoot in 1960?
Check back tomorrow for the answer!
Anatomy of a Marathon Runner: How does Desiree Linden Keep on Running?
Anatomy of a Marathon Runner: How does Desiree Linden Keep on Running?We studied the physique of Olympic marathoner and 2018 Boston Marathon Champion Desiree Linden to understand what powers her to run those 42.195 kilometers. With the help of fellow Olympian Lolo Jones, each episode of our sports science original series Anatomy of studies the powers and physiques of an elite athlete to find out what makes them special in their sport.
Finally, our 'Daily Dog'
If you’re anything like us, you’ve been spending this time getting prettttttty familiar with TikTok. So, we leave you – as we always will – with this adorable dog video from the platform.