Tokyo-bound inaugural class of Olympic skateboarders announced

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA - AUGUST 03:  Heimana Reynolds practices for the Vans Park Series Men's Prelims at the Vans Pro Park on August 3, 2018 in Huntington Beach, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA - AUGUST 03: Heimana Reynolds practices for the Vans Park Series Men's Prelims at the Vans Pro Park on August 3, 2018 in Huntington Beach, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Team USA stars Nyjah Huston, Heimana Reynolds and Mariah Duran join strong squads from Japan and Brazil among the 80 athletes set to roll in the first-ever Olympic Skateboarding Competition at the Tokyo 2020 (in 2021) Games.

The 80 athletes who’ll take part in the first-ever Olympic skateboarding competition at Tokyo 2020 (in 2021) are now known. With 20 skateboarders each in the men’s and women’s park and street disciplines, the competition will see 18 different countries represented (in street) and 17 (in park).

Among the biggest names heading to Tokyo are world number-one ranked men’s street and park specialists Nyjah Huston and Heimana Reynolds (both from Team USA).

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Zion Wright, who put in a scintillating performance at the Dew Tour event in Iowa last month, 2021 women’s national champion street skater Mariah Duran, Bryce Wettstein and Brighton Zeuner (both women’s park) will also represent Team USA as part of a strong core of American talent with high hopes of grabbing gold.

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Brazil and Japan will arrive with strong teams in Tokyo too.

The Brazilian women’s street trio of Pamela Rosa, young phenom Rayssa Leal and veteran icon Leticia Bufoni are up among the favourites.

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Japan’s HORIGOME Yuto and SHIRAI Sora (men’s street), NISHIMURA Aori (women’s street) and OKAMOTO Misugu and YOSOZUMI Sakura (women’s park) are among an impressive Team Japan who'll be eager to bag some medals as hosts of the historic competition.

Zion Wright of the USA in action at the 2021 Dew Tour in Des Moines (Photo Dew Tour/Dangaard)
Zion Wright of the USA in action at the 2021 Dew Tour in Des Moines (Photo Dew Tour/Dangaard)

The best of the rest

From elsewhere in the world of skateboarding, Belgium’s silky Axel Cruysberghs and France’s hard-charging Aurelien Giraud (both men’s street) are in position to contend for podium places – as is Oskar Rozenberg of Sweden (men’s park). Young Sky Brown of Team GB (women’s park) and Roos Zwetsloot of the Netherlands (women’s street) will also head to Tokyo with confidence high after impressive performances in recent competitions

The inaugural Olympic skateboarding competitions will take place between 25 and 26 July (street) and 4 and 5 August (park) on the scenic shores of Tokyo Bay at the Ariake Urban Sports Park.

The full list of skateboarders for Tokyo 2020 (in 2021)

Men’s Street

  • Nyjah Huston (USA)
  • HORIGOME Yuto (Japan)
  • SHIRAI Sora (Japan)
  • Kelvin Hoefler (Brazil)
  • Gustavo Ribeiro (Portugal)
  • Aurelien Giraud (France)
  • Jake Ilardi (USA)
  • Jagger Eaton (USA)
  • Vincent Milou (France)
  • Matt Berger (Canada)
  • Manny Santiago (Puerto Rico)
  • Shane O’Neill (Australia)
  • Angelo Caro Narvaez (Peru)
  • Felipe Gustavo (Brazil)
  • AOKI Yukito (Japan)
  • Giovanni Vianna (Brazil)
  • Micky Papa (Canada)
  • Axel Cruysberghs (Belgium)
  • Luis Jhancarlos Gonzalez Ortiz (Colombia)
  • Brandon Valjalo (South Africa)

Men’s Park

  • Heimana Reynolds (USA)
  • Cory Juneau (USA)
  • Luiz Francisco (Brazil)
  • Pedro Barros (Brazil)
  • Zion Wright (USA)
  • Keegan Palmer (Australia)
  • Oskar Rozenberg (Sweden)
  • Pedro Quintas (Brazil)
  • Ivan Federico (Italy)
  • Steven Pineiro (Puerto Rico)
  • Alessandro Mazzara (Italy)
  • Vincent Matheron (France)
  • Jaime Mateu (Spain)
  • Kieran Woolley (Australia)
  • HIRANO Ayumu (Japan)
  • Tyler Edtmayer (Germany)
  • Danny Leon (Spain)
  • Andy Anderson (Canada)
  • Rune Glifberg (Denmark)
  • Dallas Oberholtzer (South Africa)

Women’s Street

  • Pamela Rosa (Brazil)
  • Rayssa Leal (Brazil)
  • NISHIMURA Aori (Japan)
  • Leticia Bufoni (Brazil)
  • NISHIYA Momiji (Japan)
  • Mariah Duran (USA)
  • Roos Zwetsloot (Netherlands)
  • Candy Jacobs (Netherlands)
  • Hayley Wilson (Australia)
  • NAKAYAMA Funa (Japan)
  • Alexis Sablone (USA)
  • Keet Oldenbeuving (Netherlands)
  • Margielyn Arda Didal (Philippines)
  • Alana Smith (USA)
  • ZENG Wenhui (China PR)
  • Lore Bruggeman (Belgium)
  • Julia Brueckler (Austria)
  • Charlotte Hym (France)
  • Asia Lanzi (Italy)
  • Boipelo Awuah (South Africa)

Women’s Park

  • OKAMOTO Misugu (Japan)
  • YOSOZUMI Sakura (Japan)
  • Sky Brown (Great Britain)
  • Poppy Starr Olsen (Great Britain)
  • Lizzie Armanto (Finland)
  • HIRAKI Kokona (Japan)
  • Bryce Wettstein (USA)
  • Dora Varella (Brazil)
  • Isadora Rodrigues Pacheco (Brazil)
  • Brighton Zeuner (USA)
  • Jordyn Barratt (USA)
  • Yndiara Asp (Brazil)
  • Julia Benedetti (Spain)
  • Lilly Stoephasius (Germany)
  • Xin Zhang (China PR)
  • Madeleine Larcheron (France)
  • Amelia Brodka (Poland)
  • Josefina Tapia Varas (Chile)
  • Bombette Martin (Great Britain)
  • Melissa Williams (South Africa)
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