Everything you need to know about Olympic Skateboarding at Tokyo 2020

Leticia Bufoni of Brazil trains for the Women's Skateboard Park competition at the 2019 X Games Minneapolis at U.S. Bank Stadium  in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Leticia Bufoni of Brazil trains for the Women's Skateboard Park competition at the 2019 X Games Minneapolis at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Skateboarding is one of the five new sport to be introduced in the Olympic program in Tokyo. Find out all about who the key athletes to watch will be in 2021, when and where will Olympic athletes will be performing, and more. 

Skateboarding will be at the Olympic Games for the first time in its history at Tokyo 2020. It promises to be an exciting and momentous occasion. So, who are the skateboarders to watch? And when will competition take place, and where will it be held?

Here is our guide to Olympic Skateboarding at Tokyo 2020.

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Top Olympic skateboarders at Tokyo 2020

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Home fans will be hoping that HORIGOME Yuto of Japan can spring a surprise. The Tokyo-born skater finished runner-up to USA favourite Nyjah Huston at the World Skate/SLS World Championships in 2019.

Leticia Bufoni of Brazil is one of the favourites for victory in the women’s section of street. A keen fitness fanatic, Leticia has been a consistent performer at the World Skate/SLS World Championships since winning the title in 2015.

Bufoni has been under pressure in recent years from number of younger competitors like fellow Brazilians Pamela Rosa and teenager Rayssa Leal, plus Japanese skater NISHIMURA Aori.

Candy Jacobs of the Netherlands will also be in contention after signing a surprise deal with Tony Hawk’s Birdhouse skate company.

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Team GB’s Sky Brown put down some performances in 2019 that mean she is effectively guaranteed a spot at Tokyo 2020.

In the summer of 2020, aged just 11, she suffered a bad fall that left her in hospital. The pandemic has meant we haven’t seen the youngster compete since. But her Instagram feed suggests that she is heading back to full fitness and should be one of the main reasons to tune into park skateboarding.

One of Sky’s heroes, Lizzie Armanto grew up in California in the USA but chose to represent Finland at the Games. Amanto is the only female to complete Tony Hawk’s infamous 360 loop.

USA’s Heimana Reynolds finished off 2020 as the top ranked male in park skating with Tom Schaar highly rated. also hotly Fellow American and triple Olympic champion Shaun White won’t make a switch to the summer Games though after confirming he will concentrate on competing in snowboarding.

Olympic Skateboarding schedule at Tokyo 2020

The street competition will be held on 25-26 July and the park event on 4-5 August 2021

Here is the complete schedule and all times are in Japan Standard Time (JST).

Olympic Skateboarding competition format at Tokyo 2020

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The course should look familiar to anyone who has been to a skatepark before with features that echo those found in urban sites around the world.

A time limit is set but, otherwise skaters are free to choose whatever route they want around the stairs, handrails, curbs, benches, walls, and slopes.

Some factors in working out the scores are: difficulty of the tricks, height, speed, originality, execution, and composition.

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Park skating has its roots firmly in the drained swimming pools that skaters first used in the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles when skateboarding first emerged.

The smooth bowls have steep curved inclines meaning skaters can achieve massive height and have the freedom to put together a run as they see fit.

Again, the competitors are scored for the difficulty and the originality of their tricks.

Olympic Skateboarding venue at Tokyo 2020

The Ariake Urban Sports Park in Tokyo will host the very first Olympic skateboarding contest.

Check all the details about Ariake Urban Sports Park here.

By the Olympic Channel.