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TOKYO — Within the neighborhood the place he grew up skateboarding, 22-year-old Yuto Horigome received the primary ever Olympic Gold medal for skateboarding.
On the street skate competitors, Horigome expertly flipped his board within the air, sailed over staircases and glided on rails. On the fourth trick of the ultimate he achieved a most tough one: a “nollie 270 noseslide.” After taking off, he flipped his board, then slid it down the rail on its nostril.
Although he now lives in Los Angeles, Horigome received his medal in a metropolis the place skateboarding remains to be frowned upon and regarded a renegade pastime. There are indicators round Tokyo posted that learn “No skateboarding.”
After he received, Horigome instructed reporters that working towards within the streets and parks is what made him an Olympic champion.
Brazilian Kelvin Hoefler received the silver medal. “Yeah, man, I really feel blessed to skate with one of the best,” he mentioned afterwards, including that he is been stopped for skateboarding in public areas earlier than, however “now it is gonna be extra chill. Hope so.” Hoefler mentioned his father is a police officer. “Again within the day after I was leaping into faculty yards, my daddy was with me,” he mentioned, “it was enjoyable.”
Jagger Eaton, from Mesa, Ariz., mentioned he was “past stoked” to win the Bronze. “The final time I obtained bugged for skating I used to be filming my road park. We obtained kicked, however more often than not, the persons are cool.” he mentioned. “You gotta perceive that skateboarding’s a lot larger than a sport, it is an artwork type. It is a inventive outlet. Lots of people do not see it that method, and that is unlucky, as a result of that is how we see it.”
Gold medal favourite, Nyjah Huston of the U.S., positioned seventh.
The road skateboarding competitors for girls shall be on the road course at Ariake Skate Park on Monday. And in August, park skate boarders will compete in a big skatepark constructed for the Video games.