By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
A controversial topic indeed among the skateboarding community around the world. Some people claim that it will take the life of skateboarding and some other state that it is a great chance for the development of the discipline in other not-so-fortunate countries were skateboarding is still look down on, one thing is certain, skateboarding in the Olympics WILL happen and whether you agree with this or not, we are pretty sure that once the events are taking place you will be glued to the screen keeping up with the whole SHIT®.
Important updates surfaced during this week, one of those and the clearest one is that the summer events (including skateboarding) won’t take place until next year, World Skate spent March and April reviewing the qualification rules and decided to extend season two of the current Olympic qualification period until June 29th, 2021 after backlash for the closing of the qualification period due tot he world pandemic that caused many dudes and dudettes to not get a chance of being up for consideration to participate in the games.
The best four results skaters have during this time WILL have and impact in their overall score and count towards qualification, event tiering, the points system, points acquired, and the quota system is still the same for the time being.
Summer Skateboarding Events Structure
The Olympic skateboarding program will feature 80 athletes evenly distributed and it will consist of two disciplines and four events.
- Men's Park Skateboarding: 20 athletes
- Women's Park Skateboarding: 20 athletes
- Men's Street Skateboarding: 20 athletes
- Women's Street Skateboarding: 20 athletes
Japan has automatically qualified two male and two female competitors being the hosts of the events, the remaining 76 skateboarders (19+19+19+19) will secure their qualification spots depending on their performance in the most important skateboarding events, scores, and the following criteria:
World Skate World Skateboarding Championship Events from October 2019 - June 29, 2021
The three highest-placed athletes in each of the four disciplines ( man and women’s park and street) held in 2021will be secure a spot in the Olympic Games regardless of their placings on the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings (OWSR) as of June 30, 2021.
Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings (OWSR) As of June 30, 2021
Sixteen skaters will qualify based on their rankings on the OWSR and thor achievements held until the extended qualification period of June 30, 2021.
World Skate (WS) and Street League Skateboarding (SLS)
In April 2028, WS and SLS announced a partnership to set the qualification criteria and events for street skateboarding at Tokyo 2020.
The SLS World Tour is the now official WS professional skateboarding circuit.
The best skaters in the world will get a chance to get the gold, silver, and bronze medals at the Ariake Urban Sports Park built in the heart of Japan with a capacity for 7,000 spectators that will get to see the best performances as these dudes and dudettes try to take the glory and the gold home.
The courses are built to create a real street like environment featuring obstacles like stairs, handrails, curbs, benches, walls, and banks. While the park contest will take place on a hollowed-out, bowl-like course.
Skaters will need to show off a wide variety of skills that need to be translated into beautifully performed tricks, the degree of difficulty of the tricks, height, speed, originality, execution, and the composition of maneuvers will be the determinant factor of the score the riders are going to get after each street run. The different grab techniques and the height gained launching out of the park's curves will be the defining factors for the park events.
You will be able to check out the full official communicate release form World Skate and the Olympic Games here.
There you have it my dudes and dudettes, a big opportunity given to those we were not able to qualify on the first run, we are still very excited to see the development because one thing is for sure, only the best skaters around the world will be able to participate on the games and we are sure some sick performances are on the way and we will be there to cover that SHIT®!