Reinventing a Wheels: Skateboarding rides into 2020 Olympic Games amid churned reactions from skaters

February 20, 2018 - skateboarding

International Olympic Committee member Anita DeFrantz recently visited ASU to offer her take on a row surrounding a further of skateboarding as an central Olympic foe in a 2020 games.

When asked about either skateboarding will fit into a athletic conventions of a Olympic Games, DeFrantz quipped during a QA: “Yeah, it fits as prolonged as we come to a games not doped, in all senses of a word,” that garnered a few giggles from a assembly when she spoke during a ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication on Jan 29.

“Doping” during a Olympic Games customarily refers to criminialized performance-enhancing drugs, though some students seem to cruise she was referring to a classify of skateboarders being drug users.  

Skateboarders have traditionally had a bad reputation, including a source of rapist activity, disregard for management and drop of property.

But that picture is changing, skateboarders say, and some don’t indispensably like it.

“Skateboarding was deliberate a crime,” says Justin Yap, 22, ASU Digital Culture and Music major, who has been skating for 15 years. “But now that it has come into a open light around a Olympics, loyal skaters see this as an advance in their culture. They are endangered that skateboarding will be too blurb and that a real, dirty, grimy, nonetheless pleasing art of travel skating will die out.”

International Olympic Committee member Anita DeFrantz (right) talks during ASU. Photo by Sarah Donahue

Rahshad “Peaches” Gentle, manager of Cowtown Skateboards in Tempe, says, “It’s removing recognition, though during a same time it’s not unequivocally what we all got into skating for.”

Gentle says skateboarding is some-more about a leisure and a art of expressing yourself than saying who’s a best.

“It’s only uncanny that we have to contest for a bullion award for something that we do for fun, we know?” Gentle says.

Some skateboarders are totally opposite it.

“I don’t cruise skateboarding belongs in a 2020 Olympics,” says Brandon Lin, 19, ASU Visual Communication and Graphic Design major, who has been skating for 10 years. “All a sports in a Olympic Games are unequivocally rival and all a athletes are tranquil by their coach. Skateboarding is not about being competitive; it’s about carrying fun and doing what we love.”

Female skateboarders will be represented in a Olympic Games and some are vehement to see a outcome.

“I am unequivocally vehement to see rival skateboarding in a 2020 Olympics,” says Chloe Janick, 19, who works during Zumiez and has been skating for 10 months. “I privately demeanour during skating as a sport, and there are really people who can take it to a subsequent level. I’m certain there will be a lot of certain outcomes from it.”

According to a “State of a Skateboard Industry” display by Glenn Brumage, executive executive of Surfing Heritage and Culture Center, skateboarding has some-more than 11 million participants and is a $4.8 billion market.

“There’s not adequate people from other countries good adequate for it to be in a Olympics,” says Luis Parra, 19, study during a ASU W.P. Carey School of Business, who has been skating for 4 years.

Some top-ranked skateboarders from other countries embody Nelson Garza from Mexico, Luan Oliveira from Brazil, Ivan Federico from Italy and Yuto Horigome from Japan. Nyjah Huston and Paul Rodriguez are top-ranked skateboarders from a U.S.

Michael Sturdivant does a frontside stone n’ hurl during Jack Malmgren Skate Park in Sedona. Photo by Sarah Donahue

In a Olympic Games, there will be dual disciplines: park and street. The park foe will have a architecture and curves and a travel apportionment will have rails, stairs and curbs. Judges will cruise altogether slight as good as height, speed, newness and style.

DeFrantz also talked about how a same doubt of “Will this fit in?” was lifted when bringing snowboarding into a Olympic Games, affirming there were no problems with “counterculture” sports.

DeFrantz, an Olympic rower, is credited for creation vital strides for gender equivalence in a Olympic Games. She spoke on what it was like to be one of a many athletes whose Moscow 1980 Olympic Games knowledge was taken divided since of a U.S. protest of those games. Her book, My Olympic Life, chronicles her knowledge and was expelled in September.

Immediately after her debate during ASU, DeFrantz left for South Korea to make final skeleton for a Winter Olympic Games, that began Feb 9 and continue until Feb 25.

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