Teenage kicks at the Olympics' first women's skateboarding final as 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya takes gold

有明アーバンスポーツパーク, 東京 When the three athletes on an オリンピック podium have a combined age of 42, ええと — in the words of English rock band The Whothat the kids are alright.

That was the case as women’s street skateboarding made its bow at the Olympics, with 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya of Japan taking gold ahead of Brazil’s Rayssa Leal — また 13 — and 16-year-old Funa Nakayama, also from Japan.
If organizers wanted to engage a younger audience by adding skateboarding to the Olympic program, then it was mission accomplished at Tokyo’s Ariake Urban Sports Park.
    Nishiya, who becomes one of the youngest ever Olympic champions, moved into the gold medal position with her fifth and last trick in Monday’s final. Her score of 15.26 saw her leapfrog Leal (14.64) and Nakayama (14.49).
      I’m simply very, very delighted. I am so happy,” Nishiya told reporters, adding that she felt her success hadnothing to do with her age.
        Nishiya celebrates gold in the street skateboarding final.

        Japan strikes double skateboarding gold

        While fans being kept away from nearly all Olympic venues has led to a surreal, eerie atmosphere at some events, this street skateboarding final hummed with energybe it the music that was pumped from speakers, or the lively announcer who encouraged and cajoled the skaters from the sidelines.
          ザ・ 20 competitors brought an energy of their own, あまりにも, fist-bumping and elbow-tapping each other in between rounds.
          Combine that with the constant buzz of the cicadas that could be heard from a nearby cluster of trees and the absence of fans was almost forgotten.
          The heats — これ, like the final, saw riders scored on two 45-second runs and five individual trickswere topped by the three skaters who would eventually stand on the podium, although it was Nakayama who initially led the way with a score of 15.77.
          As the eight best riders advanced to the final, the stands began to fill up with the competitorsteammates and a growing number of media members. On several occasions, the announcer had to remind spectators to wear masks.
          With the final heating up, USA’s Alexis Sablone and NetherlandsRoos Zwetsloot both had chances to move into the medal positions, but neither could stick their last two tricks.
          Nishiya, Leal and Nakayama all had an opportunity to take gold with their final tricks, but NishiyaJapan’s second Olympic champion in skateboarding after Yuto Horigome’s victory in the men’s street competition on Mondaywas the only rider to land one.

          ‘Wild to see

          For 34-year-old Sablonemore than twice as old as each of the medal winnersskateboarding’s Olympic curtain-raiser was a clear sign of how the sport has grown among young women.
          It’s wild to see,” she told reporters ahead of the final. “正直なところ, 沿って 2024 (the Paris Olympics), I really won’t believe what I’m seeing there. I look forward to watching from the sidelines somewhere.
          For Leal, her skateboarding career came full circle in Tokyo when she met with legendary skater Tony Hawk ahead of Monday’s event. Landing a silver medal capped off her whirlwind Olympic experience.
          I’m very happy to make this dream come true,” 彼女は記者団に語った. “It’s a dream for my parents and it’s a dream for me to be here at the Olympics. It’s fantastic to represent Brazil and get this medalI had great fun.
          Leal competes in the women's street preliminary round.

          Skateboardingand a lesson in failure

          Hawk, その間, has seen skateboarding grow from a small community in southern California to a global stage like the Olympics during his lifetimealthough he maintains that the Olympics needs skateboarding’scool factor more than skateboarding needs the Olympics.
          長年にわたって, skateboarding’s influence has been felt across many cultural spheres, including music, art, and fashion; some would argue that it is too wide-reaching to be identified purely as a sport.
          I think the Olympics is definitely putting it in a sporting category because obviously that’s what the Olympics is, and that’s absolutely fine. There’s always been competitions that have existed in skateboarding,” British skateboarder Helena Long, consultant curator of the No Complyskateboarding exhibition at London’s Somerset House, 言った CNN Sport ahead of the Games.
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          The only thing is, it’s in that format where it’s being judged and everyone has their own opinion on what they like to see in skateboarding, whether it’s someone wearing baggy trousers or someone wearing skinny jeans, or they like to see that trick or this trick.
          While noting that the Olympics has helped to get peoplelooking into skateboarding a bit more,” Long added that the very nature of competitive sport is often a contradiction of what skateboarding is about.
          Putting it into a sports category, something competitive, it’s either a win or lose scenario; if you fail, you failit’s not something you aspire to do. You win, that’s what you want to do, that’s the endgame,” 彼女は言いました.
            Whereas with skateboarding, you fail all the timeYou can hurt yourself; you can get cuts and you can get bruises. It’s pretty painful. You fail, I’d say, 80 percent of the time.
            The men’s and women’s park skateboarding events take place next week, 8月に 4 そして 5.

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