Skateboarding is one of the four newly added sports in Tokyo Olympic 2020, other three being Surfing, Karate and Sport Climbing. This new sport is dominated by the host ie Japan. Gold medal in skateboarding both in men’s and women’s category is won by Japan.
Japan’s 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya became one of the youngest gold medalist in the history of Olympics. She is only months older than current female record holder Majone Gestring who won gold in diving at the age of 13 years and 267 days, at Berlin Olympics 1936. Nishiya is also now the youngest gold medalist of Japan , it was previously held by Kyoko Iwaski , who at the age of 14 won gold for swimming at Barcelona Olympic 1992.
This 13 year old Champion also participated at Summer X Games in the women’s street event where she scored 90.00 and achieved a silver . She also secured a silver at 2021 street Skateboarding World Championship with a score of 14.17. She is truly a rising star of Japan and has more to come.
Horigame Yuto is equally impressive as Nishiya. He rocked the Olympics by securing gold at skateboarding in its debut. His all tricks scored 9.5 in the final round and made him the winner.