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The International Olympic Committee have added several new sports to its roster for Tokyo 2020, primarily in the hope of appealing to a more youth-oriented international audience. 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 25-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.”

Having won everything there is to win in regular competitions, the rider is determined to add an Olympic gold medal to his list of honours. “That is definitely one of my ultimate goals in life,” says Huston. “But at the same time I try not to think about it too much and put too much pressure on myself because when it comes down to it, I approach all these contests the same. I’m always going out there giving it my all.”

And he’s enthusiastic about what he is seeing about Tokyo 2020. “I’m sure the course is going to be great. I heard it’s going to be a lot bigger than your normal X Games street league course.