Gallery: Skateboarding makes its Olympic debut

Japan 2020

Dora Varella of Brazil competes in the women’s park skateboarding prelims at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

TOKYO, Japan (BRPROUD) – Skateboarding has officially made its debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Historically, the sport is relatively new with its origins suspected to have started in the 1940s in the United States. The game grew more popular in the 1970s and into the 1980s.

There are two different events for skateboarding in the Olympics — Park and Street.

Street competition is just as it sounds — the court replicates a street-like course equipped with stairs, handrails, curbs, benches, and walls. Competitors skateboard through the course while displaying tricks. Judges consider the types of tricks and level of difficulty to award points.

Park competition uses an empty pool-like course with curved surfaces and inclines. Skateboarders are to move throughout the course to gain speed and momentum before performing tricks in the air. More difficult tricks include rotating in the air.

During finals, skateboarders have less than a minute on their runs to complete as many tricks as possible.

Final Scores in Skateboarding at Tokyo 2020

Men’s Street Final:

  • Gold – Yuto Horigome (Japan)
  • Silver – Kelvin Hoefler (Brazil)
  • Bronze – Jagger Eaton (United States)

Women’s Street Final:

  • Gold – Nishiya Momiji (Japan)
  • Silver – Rayssa Leal (Brazil)
  • Bronze – Funa Nakayama (Japan)

Women’s Park Final:

  • Gold – Sakura Yosozumi (Japan)
  • Silver – Cocona Hiraki (Japan)
  • Bronze – Sky Brown (Great Britain)

The Men’s Park final takes place on Wednesday, Aug. 4.

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