The skateboarders at Tokyo 2020 have been turning heads for more than one reason. Not only is the sport making its Olympic debut, but it is doing so in STYLE.
Fashion and skateboarding have always gone hand in hand, meaning that Olympic uniform manufacturers were under pressure to deliver something memorable and unique in Japan.
It is fair to say they succeeded, with many fans heading online to enquire where they can purchase their nation’s skateboarding top.
There’s something for everyone, from newly-crowned men’s street Olympic champion Horigome Yuto’s retro multi-coloured T-shirt to the plain white overalls of French skater Vincent Milou.
The first skateboarding event at an Olympic Games is won by the hosts. Horigome absolutely nails four of his five tricks, all scoring in the 9s, and those will be his four best scores. A total of 37.18 points and that means he cannot be caught for gold!
The current second-best skater, Jagger Eaton, would need 10.03 points – not a possible score – to displace him.
So the remaining skaters will be trying for silver and bronze from here.
It won’t be Nyjah Huston, pre-event favourite, who won’t even place on the podium after missing four of his tricks. He gives Horigome a big hug.
It’s Brazil’s Kelvin Hoefler (36.15) who takes silver. Jagger Eaton then falls on his last trick so it comes down to France’s Aurelien Giraud who misses his attempt so Eaton wins bronze!