Braille Skateboarding is thrilled that skateboarding will finally be represented in the Olympics. With so many of the world’s best skateboarders competing for their spot at these upcoming Olympics, keeping up with who exactly will be skating at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, can be a little bit difficult. We’re here to help you sort through all of the information, as we’ll be taking a look at some of the Men’s Olympic hopefuls from the USA National Skateboarding Team.
As you may have seen with our Women’s Skateboarding Team and all the events, the men’s skateboarding team is no different. There are two teams, The men’s park team and the men’s street team. You’ll probably recognize a few of these names as there are some that are very well known and well respected in the industry.
Men’s Skateboard Park
Let’s take a look at the Men’s Skateboarding Park Team first.
Tristan Rennie is a 21-year-old professional skateboarder, skating out of Rialto, California. Tristan’s stance is Regular and his current Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Men’s Park is 17th place.
Tristan’s sponsors include Nike SB, Blood Wizard skateboards, Independent trucks, Ricta wheels, MOB grip, SoCal Skateshop, Rockstar Energy, and Taco Dudes. Rennie earned himself a second-place finish at the 2018 X-Games. She also had two third-place finishes at the 2019 Vans Park Series in Canada and Brazil.
Tom Schaar is a 20-year-old professional skateboarder, skating out of Cardiff By The Sea, California. Tom’s stance is Regular and his current Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Men’s Park is 6th place.
Tom’s sponsors include Element, Vans, Independent, Bones Swiss bearings, Alta wheels, Blenders eyewear, and Monster Energy. Tom Schaar is well-known in the skate community as the youngest skateboarder to land a 900, the first skateboarder to land a 1080, as well as the youngest X-Games winner at the age of 12.
Schaar has been equally impressive as of late, taking first place at the 2018 Vans Park Series in Brazil. Although it’s still a bit early to say, Braille Skateboarding believes we’ll be seeing Tom Schaar compete and do amazing things at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
Alex Sorgente is a 21-year-old professional skateboarder, skating out of Lake Worth, Florida. Alex’s stance is Goofy and his current Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Men’s Park is 8th place.
Alex’s sponsors include adidas Skateboarding, Spitfire, Bronson, MOB Griptape, Independent Trucks, Plan B, Grind for Life, Red Bull, and Oakley. Alex has been on the Grind For Life skate team since 2004. Grind For Life is an organization that aims to help cancer patients and their families with finances, travel expenses, meals, and personal needs.
A pair of notable wins, Sorgente placed first at the 2017 and 2018 X-Games in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Alex also placed first at the 2018 Vans Park Series in Suzhou, China. Be sure to keep an eye out for Alex in future qualifying events!
Zion Wright is a 20-year-old professional skateboarder, skating out of Jupiter, Florida. Zion’s stance is Regular and his current Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Men’s Park is 39th place.
His sponsors include Real Skateboards, Nike, Bronson Speed Co., Thunder Trucks, Spitfire Wheels, Shake Junt, and Red Bull. Zion is well known for his first professional skate park in Real Skateboards video, “REAL”. On top of his insane video part, he picked up a first-place finish at the 2018 Vans Park Series.
Keep an eye out for Zion Wright not only at Olympic Qualifying Park events, but at the Street Qualifiers as well. That’s right! Zion Wright is known for competing and doing well in both disciplines.
Men’s Skateboard Street
Now let’s take a look at the Men’s Street Team. This is the event, male or female, that I think most people will be excited about. The course is going to be incredibly exciting and you’re going to be seeing some crazy new tricks and lines coming out. You better believe that every single skater is going to be giving it their all.
Jagger Eaton is an 18-year-old professional skateboarder, skating out of Mesa, Arizona. Jagger’s stance is Regular and his current Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Men’s Street is 19th place.
Jagger’s sponsors include Independent, Bones wheels, and Redbull. He has a number of notable wins. He took home the gold with his first-place finish at the world-famous Tampa Pro skateboarding competition in 2018. On the other side, he placed third in the 2018 Vans Park Series. That’s right, he’s also great at skating transition!
Nyjah Huston is a 24-year-old professional skateboarder, skating out of Laguna Beach, California. He rides Goofy and his current Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Men’s Street is 1st place.
Nyjah’s sponsors include Nike SB, Element, Diamond Supply Co, Ricta, and Monster Energy. Huston has so many first-place finishes under his belt it would be insane to list them all here.
One of the best to ever do it, Nyjah Huston has been called “The X-Factor”, the “Best Male Action Sports Athlete”, and has won seven X-Games gold medals. More recently, Nyjah scored 8,000 Olympic Qualifying Points by winning the 2019 Street League Skateboarding World Championships in Brazil. He’s on fire, and has been an amazing skater that’s capable of pulling a lot of tricks. Keep an eye out for him, if you haven’t already.
Chris Joslin is a 23-year-old professional skateboarder, skating out of Hawaiian Gardens, California. He rides Regular and his current Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Men’s Street is 33rd place.
His sponsors include Plan B, Grizzly, Independent, Bones, Active Ride Shop, Etnies, Ethika, Rockstar, and Skullcandy. Beloved by skateboarders around the world, Chris Joslin is known for his incredible video parts and for making Street League Skateboarding history back in 2016 by scoring two consecutive runs in the nine club (9.0 in his first run, 9.2 in his second run).
On top of that, Joslin has a handful of X-Games medals under his belt, and Braille Skateboarding is confident that he will be adding more medals to his collection in the upcoming months and years.
Louie Lopez is a 24-year-old professional skateboarder, skating out of Hawthorne, California. Louie’s stance is Regular and his current Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Men’s Street is 24th place.
Louie’s sponsors include Independent, Spitfire, Hardies, Mob grip, Beats by Dre, New Era, Converse, and Volcom. Known for his smooth skateboarding style and numerous video parts, Lopez is no stranger to competition as he picked up a first-place finish at the world-renowned Tampa Pro contest in 2017.
Louie has been nominated for Skater of the Year in the past and Braille Skateboarding is confident that Louie will not only be nominated again but earn that SOTY title within the next few years!
We’re following the action and we’re here to keep you informed! Be sure to follow along with our blogs and social media posts as we cover the remaining qualifying events on the road to the 2020 Olympics.
Though it’s not guaranteed that all of the male members of the USA National Skateboarding Team will qualify to compete at the Olympics, Braille is willing to bet that the US will be well-represented by a few of our National Team skateboarding stand-outs at the very least!
Now that you know who’s on the men’s skateboarding team, it’s time to follow their journey! We’ll be following the action and we’re here to keep you informed! Be sure to follow along with us as we cover the rest of the road to the 2020 Olympics.
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