“Teenagers Win All 3 Medals In Women’s Street Skateboarding Event” by Leila Fadel via NPR

“Teenagers Win All 3 Medals In Women’s Street Skateboarding Event” by Leila Fadel via NPR

Momiji Nishiya of Team Japan celebrates during the Women’s Street Final on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Monday at Ariake Urban Sports Park. Patrick Smith/Getty Images TOKYO — Thirteen-year-old Momiji Nishiya dazzled during the Olympic women’s skateboarding street competition. She skated through a park of rails, ramps and stairs meant to mimic city street parks at the Ariake Urban Sports Park. When she finished, she became Japan’s youngest-ever gold medal winner and one of the youngest Olympic champions of all time. Nishiya shared the podium with two other teenagers. It “could very well be the youngest Olympic podium ever,” the official Olympics news outlet says. Nishiya’s win also sealed Japan’s domination of the street competition. It debuted at these Summer Olympics and organizers hope it infuses the global sports event with youthful energy. In fact, half of the women in the eight-skateboarder final were 16 or younger. Brazil’s Rayssa Leal, a few months younger than Nishiya, took silver. Another Japanese skateboarder Funa Nakayama, 16, won bronze. Nishiya’s victory came the day after Japan’s Yuto Horigome, 22, took the gold in the men’s street competition. The sport is one of several new games at the Olympics this year including surfing, three on three basketball and rock climbing. NPR is an independent, nonprofit media organization that was founded on a mission to create a more informed public. Every day, NPR connects with millions of Americans on the air, online, and in person to explore the news, ideas, and what it means to be human. Through its network of member stations, NPR makes local stories national, national stories local, and global...
“A Son of Tokyo Wins Skateboarding’s First Gold” by John Branch via The New York Times plus highlight video of the finals courtesy of NBC Sports

“A Son of Tokyo Wins Skateboarding’s First Gold” by John Branch via The New York Times plus highlight video of the finals courtesy of NBC Sports

Yuto Horigome of Japan landed three tricks in a row to claim his gold medal. Credit…Alexandra Garcia/The New York Times Yuto Horigome won gold in the men’s street competition only eight miles from where he grew up, and after Nyjah Huston fell four times in a row. TOKYO — With its street-riding roots, youthful vibe and full immersion into culture of all kinds, skateboarding was invited to the Olympics because its global reach could no longer be denied. But it only had to look across town for its first Olympic champion. Yuto Horigome, the 22-year-old son of a Tokyo taxi driver, had the gold medal for men’s street skateboarding draped around his neck on Sunday in an empty, sun-drenched skatepark about eight miles from where he grew up. Skateboarding: Men’s Street FinalRESULTGOLDYuto Horigome – Japan 37.18 ptsSILVERKelvin Hoefler – Brazil36.15 ptsBRONZEJagger Eaton – United States35.35 pts4Vincent Milou – France34.14 pts5Angelo Caro Narvaez – Peru32.87 pts6Aurelien  Giraud – France29.09 pts7Nyjah Huston – United States26.1 pts8Gustavo Ribeiro – Portugal15.05 pts With the venue’s grandstands left empty because of pandemic protocols, the biggest ovation he received was from the army of volunteers working at Ariake Urban Sports Park, who trailed him with enthusiastic applause. But the victory was sure to resonate. A few miles away, Horigome’s father, Ryota, the one who first taught Yuto how to ride, was too nervous to watch, even on television. He left the family’s third-floor apartment in an unassuming eastside neighborhood and went for a bicycle ride. Eventually, calls and messages poured into his phone. He knew what it meant. Yuto had won. And Japan, where skateboarding in...
“Gui Khury outshines Tony Hawk, lands 1080 to win X Games gold” via ESPN and USA Today

“Gui Khury outshines Tony Hawk, lands 1080 to win X Games gold” via ESPN and USA Today

Push play to view the 1080 degree spinning that earned 12 year old Gui Khury X-Games Gold ESPN Article: Twenty-two years after Tony Hawk became the first skateboarder to land a 900 on a vert ramp at the X Games, Gui Khury made history of his own Friday night on Day 3 of the X Games in Vista, California. Khury, 12, became the first to land a 1080 on a vert ramp, winning the gold medal in the Vert Best Trick contest by besting eight others, including Hawk, who was a surprise entry at age 53. Khury became the youngest gold medalist in X Games history. Hawk, a 10-time gold medalist who hadn’t competed in the X Games since 2003, decided less than an hour before the competition that he would enter. The 18-year gap between X Games appearances is the largest in history. A victory in the Vert Best Trick, which is a gold-only event, would have made Hawk the oldest gold medalist in X Games history. USA Today Article: Gui Khury lands 1080 to win X Games gold medal Christian Ortega Competing against his childhood idol, Tony Hawk, Gui Khury dared himself to do something nobody had done before Friday night on Day 3 of the X Games in Vista, California. The 12-year-old dropped down the vert ramp, gained some air and then let physics take over as he rotated 1080 degrees and became the first skater to land the trick on a non-mega ramp. Hawk embraced Khury who was wiping tears from his face.  Khury became the youngest gold medalist in X Games history. He beat eight other...
“Skateboarding as an Olympic sport has even some on Team USA feeling conflicted” by Phil McCausland via NBC News

“Skateboarding as an Olympic sport has even some on Team USA feeling conflicted” by Phil McCausland via NBC News

Members of the first U.S. Olympic skateboarding team arrive on their boards for a news conference in downtown Los Angeles on June 21, 2021.Richard Vogel / AP “I think as a community, people were attracted to skateboarding because it was not part of something like the Olympics; it was not mainstream,” one expert said. For decades skateboarders have tossed on a beat up pair of sneakers and hunted for their town’s best skate spots. This month, however, eighty of the world’s best skaters will don sleek Olympic uniforms and look for judges’ point totals as skateboarding makes its debut as an Olympic sport in Tokyo. Some in the skateboarding community — including members of the U.S. national team — have mixed feelings about skating’s ongoing “sportification,” however, and have shared fears of further oversight and rigidity in a culture that values independence and self expression. USA’s first Olympic skateboarders: ‘It’s going to open doors’ AUG. 14, 201902:52 That dissonance echoes throughout skateboarding. Since becoming popular in Southern California in the 1960s, skateboarders have shaped film, fashion, music, video games, art, photography and writing. Tens of millions of skaters worldwide now make up a diverse and sought-after community — and a multibillion-dollar industry — while still remaining a counterculture powerhouse known for its rebellious inclinations. “I think as a community, people were attracted to skateboarding because it was not part of something like the Olympics; it was not mainstream,” said Ian Michna, the editor of Jenkem Magazine, a skateboarding and culture magazine. “It was more of an artistic activity you could do on your own independently and shape your own way, be your own...
“A pair of 12-year-olds qualify for Olympic skateboarding. So does a 46-year-old” by via NBC Sports & Yahoo Sports

“A pair of 12-year-olds qualify for Olympic skateboarding. So does a 46-year-old” by via NBC Sports & Yahoo Sports

Skateboarding’s Olympic debut will truly be one for the ages. World Skate announced the 80 qualifiers for the Tokyo Games on Wednesday — 20 each for men’s and women’s park and street. The youngest qualifiers are 12 years old — Brit Sky Brown, who turns 13 on July 12, and Japanese Kokona Hiraki, who was born two days after the Beijing Olympics ended. Brown and Hiraki are ranked Nos. 3 and 6 in the world, respectively. They are younger than any Olympian since Cameroon swimmer Antoinette Guedia at those 2008 Olympics. Either could become the youngest Olympic medalist since 1936, according to Olympedia.org. Brown suffered skull fractures in a spring 2020 crash off a vert ramp. The oldest qualifier is a man known as The Danish Destroyer. Rune Glifberg, 46, competed at the very first X Games in 1995 — and took third in the vert event won by Tony Hawk in Rhode Island. He was also in the very first Tony Hawk Pro Skater game for the original PlayStation in 1999. The 34-year age range is not close to the Olympic record. In 2016 alone, equestrian featured an 18-year-old and a 62-year-old. The U.S. Olympic skateboarding team of 12 is here. Skateboarding was added to the Olympic program for Tokyo under new rules that allow hosts to propose sports strictly for their edition of the Games. Skateboarding was added along with baseball, softball, karate, sport climbing and surfing. Skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing were also added for the 2024 Paris Games. If you are not yet a BRA Retail Member, you can easily opt in to either Regular (no cost) or Distinguished ($99/yr.) Membership via this super simple join...
“It’s Official: Here’s Who Will Be Surfing at the 2021 Olympic Games – MEET THE 40 OLYMPIANS WHO WILL BE HEADING TO TOKYO IN JULY” via Surfer.com

“It’s Official: Here’s Who Will Be Surfing at the 2021 Olympic Games – MEET THE 40 OLYMPIANS WHO WILL BE HEADING TO TOKYO IN JULY” via Surfer.com

Over the past week, surfers from all over the world have been duking it out in El Salvador for the chance to compete in surfing’s debut at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Towards the tail-end of 2019, right before the world shut down due to COVID-19, 18 ‘CT athletes provisionally qualified for the Olympics, with the remaining 12 slots allotted based on the outcomes of the 2019 Pan Am Games and the 2019 and 2021 ISA World Surfing Games, according to the somewhat byzantine Olympic qualification process. WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO SURF WITH A WORLD TITLE AND OLYMPIC SPOT ON THE LINE?A new mini-doc goes behind the scenes at Honolua Bay with Carissa, Lakey and Caroline Now that the last path to qualify has run its course (you can read all about the ISA World Surfing Games Now that the last path to qualify has run its course (you can read all about the ISA World Surfing Games here), the 40 Olympians have now been officially solidified. The roster below–broken down by the avenue each athlete qualified through–features a wide range of surfers, representing 17 different countries. At this moment in time–despite Japan recently extending its COVID-10 state of emergency–the Games will start July 23 and run through August 8. We’ll keep you posted if anything changes. Team Japan during the ISA World Surfing Games Closing Ceremony Women: 2019 WSL Championship Tour Carissa Moore (USA)Caroline Marks (USA)Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA)Silvana Lima (BRA)Brisa Hennessy (CRC)Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)Johanne Defay (FRA) 2021 World Surfing Games Yolanda Sequeria (POR)Teresa Bonvalot (POR)Daniella Rosas (PER)Leilani McGonagle (CRC)Mahina Maeda (JPN)Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN)Pauline Ado (FRA) 2019 World Surfing...