Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk talked of his delight that the game had entered the Olympic area in the present day as American Jagger Eaton secured a bronze medal.
Jagger, 20, of Mesa, Arizona, gained the bronze within the males’s road occasion as skateboarding made its Olympic debut.
Eaton posted a last spherical rating of 35.35, 0.8 behind the 36.15 factors by Brazil’s Kelvin Hoefler. Yuto Horigome of Japan gave the host nation the consideration of successful the primary gold medal offered within the sport by scoring 37.18.
After he made it to the rostrum, skating legend Hawk mentioned having his sport enter the video games.
He stated: ‘It is thrilling. I do know there’s some individuals saying that it would not belong right here however it’s not just like the Olympics are inventing a contest for us (skate boarders).
‘I have been competing since I used to be 10 years outdated. Competitors has at all times been an enormous a part of skateboarding and I believe now that is going to reveal it to a complete new viewers and possibly get international locations to embrace it which have most likely discouraged it previously.
‘Contemplating that snowboarding has been within the Olympics since 1998, I am stunned it took this lengthy for them to determine it out.
Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk talked of his delight that the game had entered the Olympic area in the present day as American Jagger Eaton secured a bronze medal
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‘I imagine they wanted a youthful vitality to the summer season video games and it is overdue. Now with this, browsing and sport climbing, they’re gonna have it.’
Eaton, who has suffered accidents widespread together with his sport, stated he had achieved his lifelong ambition to skateboard on the Olympics after he started on the age of 4.
His brothers Jett and Koston are additionally aggressive skate boarders.
He and his siblings are all named after well-known individuals, together with older brother Jett, named after Joan Jett], youthful brother Koston after skateboarder Eric Koston and his different siblings are known as Bowie and Hendrix.
‘I do not suppose my dad and mom needed any of us to be rock stars, they only love music. Their first date was at a Rolling Stones live performance.’
In his youth Jagger tried taking part in the guitar, however he had already damaged each elbows attributable to skating, and could not maintain it correctly.
‘My dad was at all times okay with the chance of getting harm, however my mum’s been by means of some stuff with us. Having eight damaged bones earlier than I used to be 13 – my mum needed to cope with that.’
His grandfather Mark ‘Stormy’ Eaton competed in gymnastics trampoline at worldwide degree and gained a silver medal within the particular person occasion on the world championships in 1971.
He missed the 2019 World Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil attributable to an ankle damage and the identical yr he suffered a damaged collarbone whereas snowboarding and was unable to coach or compete for six weeks.
Eaton set the preliminary rating to beat within the prelims throughout the sport’s maiden yr on the Olympics
‘It is thrilling,’ he stated. ‘Contemplating that snowboarding has been within the Olympics since 1998, I am stunned it took this lengthy for them to determine it out’
He spent his childhood skating at his dad and mom’ Youngsters That Rip skatepark in Mesa.
‘That is once I realized I needed to skate for the remainder of my life. I began getting good and I used to be having a lot enjoyable. My dad confirmed me every part about skateboarding. I liked it from the very starting.’
‘I began off with that run and I used to be slightly shaky. I felt it, simply with the warmth and every part, slightly bit. I am positive everyone noticed it, however I used to be simply into my music and simply having such a very good time. I am simply so pumped. Let’s go USA. Let’s go.’
He stated of successful the bronze: ”I am shaking proper now. I can not even speak. I am about to cry. It is an enormous accomplishment for me and a aim I’ve had since I used to be a child rising up. I can not even make phrases proper now.’
‘Seven or eight years of labor went into this. I solely knew the Olympic dream about three years in the past. I dreamed of simply making it. I competed in my final contest to make it right here on a damaged ankle. I am taking medicine proper now to get me by means of this ache.
‘And the actual fact I simply obtained on the rostrum with these boys right here who I respect and care about a lot, it is a tremendous scenario.
‘I address the ache by going out and skateboarding. I have been by means of ache loads.’