Horigome Shines in the Olympics’ First Skateboarding Competition
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have officially awarded the very first Gold medal in skateboarding to Japan’s own Yuto Horigome.
Horigome brought home the Gold after scoring 37.18 on July 25 at the Ariake Urban Sports Park in Tokyo. The 22-year-old was on familiar turf, competing in his hometown of Koto City.
The young skateboarder is a natural — his father, Ryota Horigome, taught him the art of skating early on.
Although he now lives in sunny Los Angeles, the importance of competing at such a high level in his hometown was not lost on him. “It felt significant to return to Koto ward, it meant so much more for me,” he said.
He managed to outperform the competition by scoring 9s for all of his qualifying tricks. His highest score, 9.5, came after landing a nollie 270 noseslide.
Equally as impressive, 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya and 16-year-old Funa Nakayama brought home Gold and Bronze respectively for Japan’s women’s street skateboarding.
Rayssa Leal, also 13-years-old, earned a Silver medal for Brazil’s women’s side. Gen Z is killing it!
U.S. Buckles Under Pressure
USA’s Nyjah Huston finished in 7th despite being the favorite heading into the games. Huston, who is arguably the sport’s biggest name at the moment, posted a heavyhearted message to his fans.
Perhaps it was the weight of the Olympics that caused Huston’s poor performance. Just over a month ago, the 26-year-old finished right behind Horigome at the World Championships in Rome, bringing home the Silver medal.
Gymnastics superstar, Simone Biles, was a victim of the intense pressure that comes with competing in the Olympics. She withdrew herself from performing in the finals, citing mental health issues.
Nyjah came out in support of Biles, telling TMZ, “I feel like sometimes people see us as like robots and out there expecting to win every time. But, in reality, that’s not how it is, and it’s not that easy.”
However, competition wasn’t a total loss for the U.S. — Jagger Eaton, from Mesa, AZ, secured the Bronze medal. Brazil’s Kelvin Hoefler brought home Silver.