SKATEBOARDING AND THE OLYMPICS

 

In August of this year, it was announced that skateboarding would be a part of the Olympics games in Tokyo 2020. Skateboarders across the world all have different opinions in regards to how the Olympics will affect skaters and skateboarding as a whole. Since the announcement, there have been several high profile skaters speak out about it. Huck Magazine put the question to Chris Cole asking how do you feel about skateboarding and the Olympics?

It seems cool to me. It’s just another higher platform to get skateboarding seen. They’ve put other sports in there that the younger generation are in to, so it’s just smart for them to put skateboarding in there.
— Chris Cole interview from Huck Magazine

At the other end of the scale, there are people that do not believe that skateboarding should be introduced as an Olympics sport for many of different reason's however Will Harmon editor of Free Skate Mag had this to say in an interview with Huck Magazine.

 
“Sponsorship today is based on coverage through video parts, social media and magazines, for example,” Will explains. “But as interest in competitive skating grows, skaters are increasingly worried they won’t get sponsored if they don’t compete or be put under pressure to skate in the Olympics.”
— Will Harmon Interview with Huck Magazine

Out of all comments that have been made in regards to the Olympics our favourite has to be the statement that Silas Baxter-Neal said in a recent interview with Free Skate Mag when asked  what’s your take on skateboarding getting into the Olympics in 2020? Good or a bad thing?

I don’t know… There’s going to be some attractions from the outside world that’s going to be weird. It might change skateboarding a little bit. But I think skateboarding is really flexible and that’s not all that skateboarding will ever be. The contests and athleticism of skateboarding has really increased in the past couple of years and I think that’s gonna exist. The bigger skateboarding gets the more it attracts people that are into sports and things like that, but I think skateboarding is still flexible and it can still be lots of different things. I think we’ll always still have the videos and the travel side of it and more lifestyle, art form of skateboarding. I think there’s room for all of it. I think the attention that the Olympics will bring to skateboarding will benefit all sides of skateboarding. All the outside attention brings in a lot of money and therefore it allows companies to do cool things.
— Silas Baxter-Neal Interview by Free Skate Mag

The debate as to if it is a good or a bad thing will continue right up until the games start in Toyko 2020. If you would like to read more information in regards to skateboarding and the Olympics then check out the links below for more online interviews.

THE RIDE CHANNEL WITH GARY REAM

THE GOOD PROBLEM WITH NEAL HENDRIX

JENKEM "WHAT DO THE KIDS THINK"

THRASHER MAGAZINE "GO FOR GOLD"

SKATE DELUXE WITH CHRIS HASLAM