Yuto HORIGOME

Japan JPN

Skateboarding

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
  • First Olympic Games
    Tokyo 2020
  • Year of Birth
    1999
Olympic Results

Biography

Yuto HORIGOME

Born on January 7th, 1999, in Tokyo Japan, Yuto Horigome was sitting on a skateboard before he was standing on one. His father Ryota Horigome, a former street skateboarder, introduced his young son to the sport before he could walk.

Soon enough the board switched from toy to means of expression and Horigome began spending his days learning how to skate at the local “Amazing square” skate park in Tokyo.

Age 15, Horigome began entering skateboarding contests in America, drawing widespread attention for his ability to take on massive rails and gaps. Sensing California was the place to be to progress his career, in 2016 Horigome moved Stateside full-time.

His name lit up in lights when he became the first Japanese athlete to win a Street League Skateboarding event in May 2018. Demonstrating that it was by no means a fluke, the Tokyo-born skater followed his London title by going on to win a further two events later in the same year.

In 2019 things only got better for Horigome. He won two Olympic qualifying events and finished runner-up in the World Championships behind three-time defending champion and world number one, America Nyjah Huston.

Then at the 2021 World Championships in Rome, just one month ahead of the Games, the Japanese skater notched another win against Huston after he clinched the title ahead of his American rival.

At Tokyo 2020, in 2021, Horigome made history when he became skateboarding's first ever Olympic gold medallist.

The hometown hero who grew up near the Ariake Urban Sports Park wowed audiences around the world. In the two runs and five trick rounds, his highest scores for the final point count were 9.03, 9.35, 9.50 and 9.30, adding up to an astonishing 37.18 points.

"It felt significant to return to Koto ward, it means so much more for me," Horigome said after his win. "I couldn't miss the fourth trick so I put everything I believed and worked for into that trick."

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Tokyo 2020

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Men's Street
Men's Street Skateboarding

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