We are extremely excited for the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Yes, skateboarding is in the Olympics. But, we’re more excited that there’s a women’s skateboarding team representing the United States!
With the last of two qualifying seasons already underway, it’s a matter of mere months before we know with certainty who will be competing at the 2020 Olympic Games.
The USA National Skateboarding Team is comprised of incredibly talented skateboarders, and many more who want on the team. With so many skateboarders competing in these Olympic Qualifying Events, it can be hard to keep track of where the USA National Skateboarding team stands.
Don’t you worry, we’re here to keep you up to date! In this article, we’re going to take a look at the eight USA National Team skateboarders competing for the 2020 Olympics.
As with the Men’s Team, the Women’s Skateboarding Team is made up of two teams. There’s the Park Team and the Street Team.
Women’s Park Team
We’ll start with the Park Team. This team is made up of some incredibly talented skaters that know how to shred a skatepark. The park itself isn’t being released, however, in order to keep that element of surprise in.
A good thing to note is the next qualifying event is in Rio De Janairo, Brazil from November 11th – November 19th.
Here is the Women’s Park Team, the first half of the women’s skateboarding team.
Jordyn Barratt is a 20-year-old professional skateboarder, skating out of Carlsbad, California. Jordyn’s stance is regular, and her current Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking is 30th place.
Jordyn’s sponsors include Vans, Toyota, and Samsung. A notable win, Barratt placed first at the 2017 Vans Girls Combi Pool Classic Pro competition. Barratt also earned a silver medal at the X-Games in 2017.
Nicole Hause is a 22-year-old professional skateboarder, skating out of Oceanside, California. Nicole’s stance is Goofy and her current Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Women’s Park is 33rd place.
Nicole’s sponsors include Nike SB, Antihero Skateboards, Independent Trucks, Bronson bearings, Spitfire Wheels, Mob Grip, and The House Boardshop. She placed first at the 2018 Dew Tour Women’s Park competition, and the 2018 Vans Girls Combi Pool Classic Pro competition.
Bryce Wettstein is only 15-years-old! She’s a professional skateboarder based out of Encinitas, California. Bryce’s stance is Regular and her current Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Women’s Park is 10th place.
Bryce’s sponsors include Silly Girl Skateboards, McGills Skateshop, 187 Killer Pads, Triple 8 Helmets, Converse, Bones Wheels, Independent Trucks, MOB Grip, and even more local sponsors. She placed second in a 2018 Dew Tour Women’s Pro Park competition. She also had a second place run in the 2017 Vans Park Series in Huntington Beach, California. Both of which are very notable achievements!
Brighton Zeuner is another 15-year-old professional skateboarder, skating out of Encinitas, California. Brighton’s stance is Regular and her current Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Women’s Park is 21st place.
Brighton’s sponsors include Vans, Frog Skateboards, Independent, Bronson, Mob Grip, Pro-Tec Helmets, 187 Pads, and Red Bull. A notable win, Zeuner placed first at the 2018 X-Games in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Zeuner also snagged the first place run in the 2017 Vans Park Series in Huntington Beach, California.
It’s crazy how on this team, there are two 15 year old skaters. They’ve clearly been working towards this goal for a long time, so it’s very exciting to see them achieving it at such a young age!
Women’s Street Team
Now, let’s continue on to the Women’s Street Team.
Mariah Duran is a 22-year-old professional skateboarder, skating out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her stance is Goofy and her current Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Women’s Street is 7th place.
Mariah’s sponsors include adidas Skateboarding, Meow Skateboards, Cloud 9 Griptape, CHPO Brand, and Mountain Dew. A notable win, Duran placed first at X-Games 2018 in Sydney, Australia. You may also recognize Mariah Duran as one of the competitors of the 2019 Women’s Battle at the Berrics.
Alexis Sablone is a 33-year-old professional skateboarder, skating out of Brooklyn, New York. Her stance is Goofy and her current Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Women’s Street is 9th place.
She has a myriad of sponsors including WKND, Thunder, Bones bearings, Mob grip, Converse, Dialtone, Chrystie, and Orchard. A notable win, Sablone placed first at X-Games 2016 in Austin, Texas. You may also recognize her as one of the competitors of the 2019 Women’s Battle at the Berrics.
Jenn Soto is a 23-year-old professional skateboarder, skating out of Los Angeles, California. Jenn’s stance is Goofy and her current Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Women’s Street is 30th place.
Jenn’s sponsors include Adidas Skateboarding, Primitive Skateboards, Bones wheels, Thunder trucks, Andale bearings, and Skullcandy. As a notable win, she placed first at Street League Skateboarding 2018 in London, England. You may also recognize Jenn Soto as one of the competitors of the 2019 Women’s Battle at the Berrics.
Upcoming Pro-Tour Olympic Qualifying Event
The Oi STU Open is the next major Olympic Qualifying event. As mentioned above, it’s taking place from November 11th-17th, 2019, in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. It’s considered the largest skateboarding and urban culture event in Latin America. It will host approximately 300 skateboarders competing for Olympic qualifying points.
The Park competition will score as a Pro-Tour event, with first-place skateboarders in both Women’s and Men’s Park taking home 60,000 points. The Street competition will score as a Five-Star event, with first-place skateboarders in both Women’s and Men’s Street taking home 40,000 points.
We’re in the middle of the second qualifying season, so it’s hard to say exactly who’s going to be competing. Based off the rankings thus far, it’s safe to say that the USA National Skateboarding Team will have skaters present in Tokyo, though it’s not guaranteed that all eight female members of the National Team will get the chance to compete.
Now that you know who’s on the women’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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