From World Ocean Day to Guillaume Cizeron, Larisa Iordache, and Julius Yego, get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points.
Happy World Oceans Day!
“On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honor our ocean, which connects us all. Get together with your family, friends, community, and millions of others around our blue planet to start creating a better future.” – WorldOceansDay.org
And hear what surfing pioneer Kelly Slater had to say about what humans are doing to the oceans in our exclusive interview.
Skate Proud is a ‘community inside of an already small community’ of figure skating focused on ‘supporting one another and be[ing] more united than ever,’ according to its website.
The community’s Instagram account @SkateProud is celebrating June’s Pride month with a series of Instagram live conversations this week, starting with reigning World champion ice dancer Guillaume Cizeron. The live is scheduled for Monday at 12 pm Eastern in the United States, 6 pm Paris time.
Cizeron recently came out publicly as gay, first in an Instagram post featuring his boyfriend and then on the cover of ‘L’Equipe.’
“Even though I have never spoken publicly about my sexual orientation, I am one of those who think that it is not something that [people] should have to do. Straight people don’t come out. ... I still hesitated a bit before publishing. Because I’m not in the habit of revealing really intimate things” he said, according to OutSports. “I don’t know what got into me, I said to myself, ‘What do I have to lose?’”
Cizeron and partner Gabriella Papadakis have dominated the ice dance world since taking silver at Pyeongchang 2018, winning the 2018 and 2019 World titles and 2019 European gold. They finished a surprise runner-up at January's European Championships.
"This will be the last Games in which I will be able to compete at the highest level,” Yego said, according to Inside the Games.
Since winning silver at the Rio Olympic Games, Yego has been plagued by injury. For him, time off due to the coronavirus pandemic has offered a chance to recover and refocus on his ultimate goal.
"I will do everything I can to become an Olympic champion, becoming an Olympic champion is my biggest dream, something that always inspires me.”
The 23-year-old is the last woman to come within half a point of American superstar Simone Biles in an all-around competition at the World Championships or Olympic Games. She finished second to Biles at the 2014 Worlds, just .466 behind.
Since that success, injury and bad luck have hampered the Romanian, including a torn Achilles tendon at the 2017 World Championships where she was a favorite for multiple gold medals. She has not competed internationally since.
“It’s time for one of my biggest challenges,” said Iordache, whose chance to qualify to Tokyo 2020 rests on a top-two finish in the all-around at the European Championships now scheduled for Baku in December.
“But if I’m optimistic and confident, everything will come out the way the coaches and I want it.”
Yesterday we asked who is considered the father of the modern Olympic Games? The answer is, of course, Pierre de Coubertin.
Here’s today’s question.
How many gold medals did Simone Biles win at the Rio 2016 Olympics?