Olympic Daily News: 6 July 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points featuring Rafa Nadal on Federer rivalry and MyKayla Skinner's Tokyo 2020 motivation

July 6th: A good day to be in London.

On this day in 2002, superstar tennis players Venus and Serena Williams faced off in the Wimbledon final.

Serena was the victor, giving her the first Wimbledon title of her career. She’s gone on to win six more titles at the All England Club, plus two Olympic golds there at London 2012 (including doubles with her sister).

July 6 is also the day in 2005 when those London 2012 Games were awarded.

Rafael Nadal on Roger Federer: “It's been a very healthy rivalry.”

19-time Grand Slam tennis champion and two-time Olympic gold medallist Rafael Nadal opened up about his rivalry with Roger Federer in an interview, which aired Sunday on ’60 Minutes.’

“We are able to appreciate that it's not just about winning,” said Nadal. “We've had a very intense rivalry throughout our careers, but it's been a very healthy rivalry. An elegant, respectful rivalry.”

The Spaniard was also candid about when he might walk away from the sport.

"I'm not worried about retiring at the end of my career," Nadal said. "I just want to be happy and enjoy playing as much as possible. And when I retire, I think, fortunately, there are many things in my life that will make me happy."

Missing out on Rio 2016 motivates U.S. gymnast MyKayla Skinner for Tokyo 2020 run

U.S. gymnast MyKayla Skinner says her experience as a replacement athlete for the U.S. team in 2016 pushes her forward as she makes a third attempt at the Olympic Games.

“Being an alternate is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in gymnastics,” Skinner told NBC Olympics. “With this comeback, that has pushed me so hard just because I was so close.”

After missing out on Rio, Skinner went on to enjoy superstardom at the University of Utah, where packed crowds of 15,000 fans come to see the Arizona-native flip and twist.

But she left Utah behind before what would have been her senior season, choosing instead to try one more time for Olympic glory.

“I think it’s cool that I can have this opportunity to go and push myself one last time so I can reach that end goal,” says Skinner.

Two-time Olympic diver Alicia Blagg stepping away from the sport with shoulder injury

Team GB’s Alicia Blagg, who competed at London 2012 and Rio 2016, has announced her retirement from diving, due to a shoulder injury.

The former British champion and 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist had hoped for a third Olympic berth, but suffered an injury in May 2019 that has now forced her to step away.

"In my mind I just couldn't keep doing this," she told BBC Sport. Blagg says she is still currently unable to lift her right arm above her head. "It's still in so much pain and it's time I listened to my body.”

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This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to write but after a lot of thought and consideration I have decided to retire. Since 2013 I’ve battled with injury after injury - having countless injections in my wrist, then 2 surgery’s on it and then injuring my shoulder, which led to another surgery last year. This year I’ve kept pushing and doing rehab on my shoulder, working with some of the best people I’ve ever met in Miami, however due to how intense this sport is, my shoulder just could not handle it anymore. I’ve worked my ass off over the past 7 years trying to fight off these injuries but it’s time to listen to my body AND my mind and call it a day. I’ve been diving since I was 7, I’ve worked hard to get to the places I ended up, and if you would of told 7 year old Alicia that she would of competed in 2 Olympic Games, 3 Commonwealth Games (getting a gold in one of them with @rgallantree), medals at the European Champs, and many World Champs and World Series, I would never of believed you. I have had one hell of a career and I just cannot believe it is coming to an end. I am also honored that I got to finish my diving career off at the University of Miami, being able to get a degree and to dive at the same time has always been a dream of mine and the people I’ve met there too, they are my people for life. My coaches have worked tirelessly to make sure I was the best athlete I could possibly be, and for that I am thankful to every single one of you. (Edwin, Ady, Marc and Randy). @rgallantree you took me under your wing when I was only 12 years old, you are my inspiration and my role model. We have been through some of the toughest times and the most incredible times. Thank you to every single person who has supported me, been there for me through the tough times and the amazing times, it’s been one hell of a journey these past 17 years and I would not of changed anything (well minus all the injuries). It’s time for my next chapter... which is a masters program in Edinburgh, where I will be studying Forensic Psychology with Criminology! I’m excited and nervous to start a life without diving, but it’s time for new experiences! 🤍

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Trivia!

Yesterday, we asked which great philosopher won two Olympic gold medals in the discipline of pankration - a form of no-holds barred wrestling and fighting?

The answer: Plato.

Here’s today’s question.

In which winter sport does Great Britain have the most Olympic medals?

  1. Skeleton

  2. Curling

  3. Figure Skating

  4. Bobsleigh

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