Among the novelties of the 2021 Olympic Games, skateboarding, star of the X Games, is making its debut. Among the two events of the discipline, the street, which will see skaters compete on an obstacle course.
Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be rock’n roll. This edition of the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo is marked by the introduction of several new sports, including skateboarding. The flagship discipline of the X Games, Olympic skateboarding will be divided into two disciplines: park and street.
The dates of the tests
Today, let’s take a look at the street. The Japanese events will take place on Sunday July 25 and Monday July 26. We will start with the men on Sunday, before the women the next day. The cutting? Four series in a row, before the final. All in the Ariake Urban Sports Park, on the seafront. The setting is not bad.
What is the principle?
The street consists of a course of urban obstacles on which you have to perform figures. There are ramps, stairs, benches, boxes, various slopes … something to get closer to the urban and spontaneous aspect of skateboarding, as many amateurs practice on specific areas or quite simply in the area. Street.
A time limit is set before departure. It is within this limit that the competitors can take the path of their choice over the various obstacles. For the scoring, several criteria are taken into account: degree of difficulty of the figures, height, artistic aspect, speed … The test takes place in two parts: two runs of 45 seconds; five “best tricks”, on which the rider must perform a trick.
The stars to follow
Among the women, one of the favorites is the Brazilian Leticia Bufoni, 28 years old. Just days before the Tokyo Games, the rider gleaned her fifth coronation at the X Games in the United States, becoming the record holder for the most wins in the urban sports mecca. She has also won the last three editions of her discipline. Almost a veteran among her young opponents: the Brazilian Pamela Rosa (22), her compatriot and 13-year-old prodigy Rayssa Leal or the Japanese Aori Nishimura.
For the men, we can cite the local of the stage Yuto Horigome or the American and recent winner of the X Games Dashawn Jordan. On the French side, let’s keep a close eye on Aurélien Giraud, on the podium during the Dew Tour in Des Moines in May, and on the 2019 European champion Vincent Milou.