Skateboarding in the Olympics

Nolen Cooper, Reporter

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For the first time in history, the Olympics will feature skateboarding as an event. There will be four medal events. The Olympics will be held in Tokyo, starting on July 24, 2020.

“I’m excited to actually have a reason to watch the Olympics this year. The other events aren’t as exciting to me,” junior Jory Spiroff said.

Skateboarding is one of five sports in the 2020 Olympics that has no guarantee of being included into the next Olympics. The will be four events, park skating, street skating, both being mens and womens non co-ed events. Each event will have 20 competitors.

“There’s always people who say they are the best at skating, but after the Olympics we will know who the real best in the world is,” junior Brennan Higgins said.

Skaters will qualify based on their three best scores in the World Skate sanctioned events during 2019, this is can be a way to make automatic qualification.

“Hopefully, it stays for future Olympics, because it makes it a much bigger event and brings some more attention to the sport,” junior Jackson Fenner said.

According to ESPN Team USA has many skilled riders such as Lacey Baker who won gold in the 2014 X games. The U.S. national team also features 14-year-old Brighton Zeuner, who is the youngest to ever win gold in the X games.

“Skateboarding is very entertaining, because of how skilled the riders are, and how cool the tricks look,” Higgins said.