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Valériane Ayayi-Vukosavljević: “We really can’t wait!”The French women’s basketball team’s small forward is still not over the enormous frustration of taking fourth place at the 2016 Games in Rio, and is looking forward to returning to the great Olympic stage, with another year to prepare and aim for the stars in 2021 in Tokyo.
Denis Gargaud-Chanut aiming to enter Tokyo through the front doorWhen the reigning Olympic champion in men's canoe slalom single (C1), Denis Gargaud-Chanut, took a long break from training during the COVID-19 pandemic, he realised how much he loved his sport, competing and the Olympic Games. Having been pre-selected for the Games that were to have been held this year, he is delighted to learn that he will now have to start over to qualify, because he wants to arrive in Tokyo "through the front door" to defend his title in the summer of 2021.
In uncertain times, athletes send messages of supportAthletes from across the world have been using social media to send messages of hope and support during this difficult time. Here are some of the latest posts from your favourite sportspeople, complete with helpful tips on how everyone can help tackle the spread of the COVID-19 illness.
The day when Simon Ammann became the most decorated Olympic ski jumperThe Swiss ski jumper is the only person to have achieved two doubles at the Winter Games, eight years apart. He won his fourth title on 20 February 2010 in Vancouver, on Whistler’s big hill, leaving his rivals far behind, inscribing his name in golden letters in the Olympic history books.
Snapped: Mark Spitz on his remarkable seven-in-seven at Munich 1972Tall, dark, goggle-less and, most crucially of all, moustached, Mark Spitz is one of the most instantly recognisable Olympic athletes of all time. At the Munich 1972 Games the swimmer won seven gold medals in a scarcely believable seven world-record times. According to the man himself, his legendary performances were not wholly unexpected, goggles are over-rated, and the moustache was key.
In Sapporo on 7 February 1972, compulsory figures made for compelling viewingBeatrix Schuba is still today Austria’s most recent Olympic figure skating champion, and only its second after Herma Szabo in 1924. And in 1972, she was also her country’s last world champion. She owed her victory in Sapporo to her excellence in the compulsory figures, a part of skating competitions that was scrapped at the start of the 1990s.
5 February 1976, Innsbruck – Franz Klammer writes the greatest page of his storyHe remains the king of the downhill, the most successful skier of anyone in his discipline in the World Cup. But Franz Klammer's career took an exceptional turn when he won in front of a huge crowd during the Innsbruck Games on 5 February 1976. The story of a day like no other...
The unique achievement of sisters Marielle and Christine Goitschel at Innsbruck 1964On 3 February 1964 at the IX Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck, the Goitschel sisters achieved something remarkable. After a Christine-Marielle one-two finish in the slalom, the two French skiers, born in 1944 and 1945 respectively, repeated the feat in the giant slalom, but in reverse order, with Marielle finishing ahead of Christine. Other brothers and sisters have secured one-two finishes at the Winter Games, but never twice in a row. Today, we celebrate the anniversary of a remarkable piece of history.
Olympic DayOlympic Day is much more than just a sports event, it is a day for the world to get active, learn about Olympic values and discover new sports. Based on the three pillars move, learn and discover, National Olympic Committees are organising sports, cultural and educational activities throughout the world.
The Olympic dream of Kelsey-Lee Barber, 2019 world javelin championSince javelin appeared on the Olympic programme in 1932 in Los Angeles, Australia has had only one Olympic medallist, Louise McPaul, who won silver in Atlanta in 1996, and two silver medals at the IAAF World Championships since 1983. But everything changed with Kelsey-Lee Barber, who took gold in the discipline at the Doha 2019 World Championships and is determined to win again at Tokyo 2020!
Tom Mitchell talks rugby sevensOne of the world’s leading rugby sevens players, Tom Mitchell captains England in the World Rugby Sevens Series and led Great Britain to silver at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. In an energy-sapping sport of unrelenting action, big hits and electrifying bursts of speed, played on a pitch the same size as the one used in rugby union, he has all the attributes needed to excel at the very highest level.
Steffi Graf’s 1988 Golden Slam – an unprecedented achievementOn 1 October 1988, in winning the final at the Olympic Games in Seoul, German tennis player Steffi Graf achieved what no one else had done before or has done since. Her gold medal came after victories in the Grand Slam tournaments at Melbourne, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and New York, giving rise to a new term: “the Golden Slam”. The world of tennis is still waiting for another player capable of such a feat in the same calendar year!
Skateboarding - the show, the entertainment, the paceSkateboarding made its stunning debut on the programme of the first World Beach Games, Doha 2019, a multi-sports competition that brought together around 100 National Olympic Committees. Some of the world’s best skateboarders were taking part, including current world champion Heimana Reynolds, who is excited at the idea of competing at the Tokyo Games next year.