Skateboarding finally made its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, and competitors were able to display the skills they learned on the streets and skateparks to the people of the world.
Let’s explore some key details about skateboarding and how making it to the Olympics has changed its trajectory for the future.
Making it to the Olympics has been an interesting turn of events for the sport as a whole. Many skateboarders were enthused at the opportunity to bring more attention to skateboarding as an incredibly acrobatic sport that requires true skill and mastery.
Since the era of Tony Hawks and before, individuals have been learning and developing new skills and tricks and craving an opportunity to show off their talents and hard work on the grand stage of the Olympics.
Many skateboarders have been rebelling against authorities and finding 'off-limits' areas to practice their skateboarding, such as backyard swimming pools and other makeshift skating rinks.
The skateboarding pioneers of the 1970s have instilled this rebellious passion into the younger generation to keep the soul of the sport alive, and this has finally been acknowledged at the Olympic games of 2020.
After the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved of allowing skateboarding to grace the grand stage, many skateboarders took on the role with great enthusiasm. They showcased their talents for the world to see.
In the summer Olympics of 2020 in Tokyo, the gold winners for women were both from Japan, and the men's winners were Australian and Japanese.
Brazil also showed great talent, and 3 of the 4 silver winners were from Brazil, including men and women, and Japan showcased their hard work once again by taking home one of the silver medals.
The United States and Great Britain also made an appearance in the bronze category, with Japan, once again, securing a bronze medal and showing an unbelievable love for the sport.
Skateboarding's grand debut at the Olympics shows just how deep the sport's roots are and gives the younger generation motivation to turn their hobbies into professional careers in order to become skateboarding pros like their hero Tony Hawk.