Olympic Games

Yuto Horigome wins gold medal in Olympics’ first-ever skateboarding event

The 2021 Tokyo Olympics debuted their first skateboarding event this year and Japan’s own Yuto Horigome won gold in the same city he learned to skateboard.

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The Olympic Games organizers hoped to showcase the fun and adrenaline that skateboarding involves, and they certainly achieved that.

Horigome's nollie secures him the gold medal in first-time Olympic Skateboarding Game

As for Horigome, his highest-scoring trick was an impressive one called a nollie 270 noseslide, in which he flipped the board underneath him and slid down a jagged rail on the nose of the board.

Horigome, 22 years old, faced experienced competitors like world champion Nyiah Huston and X-Games gold medalist for Brazil, Kelvin Hoefler. But his last trick sealed the deal. “I couldn’t miss the fourth trick so I put everything I believed and worked for into that trick,” Horigome said.

After Horigome, Kelvin Hoefler took the silver, just one point behind Horigome, and USA’s Jagger Eaton went home with the bronze.