I’ve never really been a huge fan of the Olympics. I’m just gonna put that out there. It’s not that I’m not a proud American, it’s just that no event really grabs my attention as must see TV. The 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo will be vastly different. That’s when the best skateboarders in the world will compete in the Olympics for the first time ever!
The inaugural skateboarding team for Team USA has officially been announced. The team’s roster is comprised of eight men and eight women. Ladies first…the women competitors include Lacey Baker, Bryce Wettstein, Nicole Hause, Brighton Zeuner, Mariah Duran, Jenn Soto, Alexis Sablone and Jordyn Barratt. Representing the men are, Louie Lopez, Chris Joslin, Nyjah Houston, Zion Wright, Jagger Eaton, Alex Sorgente, Tristan Rennie , Tom Schaar and Jagger Eaton.
Only 12 skateboarders will be eligible for the Olympics so USA Skateboarding will help pare down the list. According to Josh Friedberg, CEO of USA Skateboarding, “Skateboarding grew up outside of the Olympic structure. It’s a lifestyle, it’s a culture, it’s about finding freedom of expression. All these things are why the IOC wanted skateboarding in the Olympic Games in the first place.”
So get your popcorn ready for 2020 people. I personally can’t wait for them to light that torch. In the meantime have you seen this new Chris Joslin Pro Deck from Plan B? I call it the Nightmare On Your Street. Let's go USA!