Since snowboarding and fancy skiing have joined the ranks of the Winter Olympics, it wouldn't be long before skateboarding joined the Summer Olympics. So now in 2020, skateboarding becomes an official Olympic sport.
There will be two types of events,
street and park skateboarding. Not being a skateboarder, neither term
means much to me but to a skateboarder, they tell so much.
type skating generally refers to skating in the streets, parking lots,
or any public place. This is the most popular type of skating. Park
skateboarding is when obstacles are installed in a limited area for
people to skate in. Some of the obstacles include pyramids, banks,
ledges, and boxes scattered around. Many of the tricks are the same as
done in the street but the parks substitute for the street and is often
For the Olympics park skating will focus on dome
shaped bowls and complex curves while street skating will focus more on
rails, stairs, ledges, and curbs.
Why would the
Olympics include skateboarding as one of the official sports? They are
looking to attract more of the younger crowd. The crowd who are likely
to be out on the street performing their own ollies, bowls, riding
ledges, and kick flipping and who might see themselves performing side
by side with the Olympians.
I've watched skateboarding
in a park near the library when I've visited my siblings but how would
these tricks be scored at the Olympics? According to an article, judges
will look at speed, height, and combination of moves along with the
composition of the moves when they judge skateboarding because it is a
free performance competition.
So when the competition
begins, they will be scored on originality, composition, style, and
consistency but in street skating they add in overall board control
while in park skating they consider height and speed of air tricks.
you wonder who will make the first United States skateboarding team in
2020 and what it will take. There is already a lot of talk about Shaun
White medal winning snowboarder being on the team but I have not found
the process by which skateboarders will be selected to compete. I did
discover that skateboarders are under the folds of the International
Federation of Roller Sports but nothing more.
like this sport is still so new they have not had time to figure out
how the skateboarders will qualify for the United States Team. I know
there are tons of talented skateboarders who prowl the streets and parks
but will they have the chance to qualify? I hope so but I don't know.
Let me know what you think. I'd love to hear.