Is this a possible preview of what we will see at the Olympic Games?
The X Games returned this summer after being cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s X Games gave us a glimpse of what we can expect at the Tokyo Olympic Games, where skateboarding is one of the four new sports that have been added to the games.
Women’s Skateboard Park
Sky Brown is simply a skateboarding prodigy. Brown made her X Games debut in 2019 at the age of 11, and she became the first female to land a frontside 540 at the competition. Despite her impressive bag of tricks, Brown would finish fifth.
Two years removed from that fifth place finish, Brown proved that she is now in a league of her own. She was catapulted into first place after her first run, landing her signature frontside 540, and she never looked back. Brown took home the gold in Women’s Skateboard Park, and may have shown people who the favorite at the Olympics should be. Brown will compete for Great Britain in Tokyo even though just a few months ago, the games looked to be out of reach.
While training for Olympic qualifying in May of 2020 Brown took a horrendous fall that resulted in several skull fractures, a broken hand, and broken wrist. Upon arrival at the hospital Brown was unresponsive. She eventually made a full recovery, and her wrist brace was on display throughout her X Games performance.
Even after her devastating injury, Brown maintained that her goal was to win gold at the Olympics. At age 13, Brown will be the youngest Olympic athlete to ever represent Great Britain.
Women’s Skateboard Street
Leticia Bufoni has been a model of consistency in street skateboarding for a decade, claiming six straight medals in X Games Women’s Skateboard Street from 2010 to 2014. In 2017 Bufoni returned to the X Games podium, earning a bronze medal. Bufoni has seemingly found her stride in the back half of the decade. She took home the gold at the X Games in 2018 and 2019, and looked to continue her winning ways into the new decade.
Samarria Brevard could almost taste the gold, as she sat at first place on the leaderboard with only one skater remaining. Unfortunately for Brevard, that skater was a four-time gold medalist in the event. Bufoni put together a flawless final run to leapfrog Brevard in the standings.
Bufoni broke the record for most gold medals in Women’s Skateboard Street history. She will look to add more gold medals to her resume as she travels to Tokyo to make her Olympic debut representing Brazil in skateboarding.
Women’s Street and Women’s Park Skateboarding will make their debut at the Olympics on July 25th and August 3rd, respectively.