Olympic Daily News: 6 June 2020
Michael Jordan has made more history.
The Barcelona '92 Olympic gold medallist has helped raise a record amount of money, to aid racial equality following George Floyd's death.
We take a closer look at this seismic effort, at Russian figure skating stars Alena Kostornaya and Anna Shcherbakovar's return to the ice, how reigning marathon Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge's virtual endeavour is uniting the running world, and we also take inspiration from J'den Cox's unbelievable triumphs on the wrestling mat in the latest Olympic Channel Podcast.
Michael Jordan’s Racial Equality donation
Basketball legend Michael Jordan has grabbed headlines around the world after pledging to contribute $100 million (€88m) over the next 10 years to increase racial equality following George Floyd’s death.
In conjunction with the Jordan Brand, the largest corporate donation ever made will be distributed to organisations whose primary function is to increase racial equality, social justice and education access around the world.
“Jordan Brand is us, the black community,” read their statement. “Until the ingrained racism that allows our country’s institutions to fail is completely eradicated, we will remain committed to protecting and improving the lives of black people.”
Alena Kostornaya and Anna Shcherbakova are back on the ice
Ever hear of the expression 'like Bambi on ice?'
Well that's almost how it looked as Russian figure skating stars Alena Kostornaya and Anna Shcherbakova tentatively returned to training in the ice rink for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak. It just goes to show that even super stars take time to get back up to speed!
At one point, last season's Grand Prix finals winner Kostornaya tripped over the side, while Russian national champion Shcherbakova also looked uneasy.
"Why am I so unstable?!" Kostornaya shouted with a smile at the camera, before both skaters executed a few perfect triple jumps. Normal service resumed then!
Eliud Kipchoge to race in virtual marathon
For any runners that have ever dreamt of racing against marathon maestro Eluid Kipchoge, your chance has finally come!
The Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist will take part in a global virtual marathon this Saturday and Sunday, in an effort to unite the running world during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Runners can register for free, either in teams of four or as an individual and be placed in another group of three. Each athlete will run 10.5km between Saturday and Sunday at a location of their choosing, to make up a collective 42km, which is logged on an app.
The Kenyan legend will compete digitally alongside three teammates in Bangalore, India, while nine other teams will also benefit from expert endurance athletes like Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele, Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei and Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor.
“We all look forward to a positive future and I believe that this a great first step in that direction.” Kipchoge said.
J'den Cox triumphs in adversity
Balance is one of the key components to being a successful freestyle wrestler.
Imagine then, what a disadvantage it would be for an athlete to compete with a hearing impairment that meant at any given moment, their world can feel as if it's been turned upside down. This is USA grappler J'den Cox's reality.
The Missouri man started going deaf in his twenties and, despite also battling with depression, triumphed in the face of adversity to become an Olympic bronze medallist and a double world champion.
For your daily dose of inspiration, look no further than Olympic Channel Podcast's latest episode with a man who is now hoping to defy more odds by beating the reigning Olympic champion at the USA Wrestling Olympic trials.
Podcast: J'den Cox on rivals, wrestling, and mental health
Podcast: J'den Cox on rivals, wrestling, and mental healthJ'den Cox is an inspiration on the mat. The 2019 freestyle wrestling world champion is partially deaf and suffered from depression but has found a way to thrive. Speaking before the protests in the USA, J'den talks candidly about Tokyo 2020 postponement, mental health, and his rivalry with team-mate Kyle Snyder.
Yesterday, we asked, What was the nickname of Sydney 2000 hero Ian Thorpe? The answer? Thorpedo of course!
Here’s today’s question.
American Eddie Eagan is the only athlete who won medals in both Summer and Winter Olympic Games, but in which disciplines?
- Boxing and ice-hockey
- Shooting and biathlon
- Long jump and ski jumping
- Boxing and bobsleigh