The International Olympic Committee added several new sports to its roster for Tokyo 2020. The most “street” of these sports is skateboarding: once considered the domain of the rebel, it will now become a fully codified Olympic discipline. And that means a new generation of extremely cool Games superstars – among them Nyjah Huston.
The 26-year-old American from California is widely regarded as the best skateboarder in the world. He won gold at the World Skateboarding Championship in 2014, 2017, 2018 and 2019, and has also dominated the street category at the X Games, at which he has won 12 gold medals since 2011 (making him the competition’s most decorated skater). One of the most highly paid skaters ever (in terms of both prize money and sponsorships), he has also been massively influential in terms of his moves and style. He is hugely admired by his peers: Mike Mo Capaldi once said that Huston is: “probably the best skateboarder that I’ve ever seen. He does everything in, like, two tries.”
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