olympic skateboarding vote

Watch The Olympic Committee Vote On Skateboarding In 2020 – 129th IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro

The 129th IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro – Day 2 – got underway a few minutes, a live video cast is planned from the session. Today’s key topic for all of us that ride planks (if we care to know) is a vote on whether the 2020 Olympics will include Skateboarding as a discipline.

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In addition to Skateboarding in the 2020 Japan Olympics, today’s vote also includes surfing, rock climbing, baseball & softball. While there is a lot of talk about what Olympics mean for Skateboarding, it is my belief the real questions on the table today is what will Skateboarding do for the Olympics? I personally do not believe skateboarding needs the Olympics, but rather that the Olympics needs skateboarding. Watch the live session and possibly the vote…

You can watch the vote live —->  HERE at:

3:00 – 5:00 PM Rio Time
2:00- 4:00 PM Eastern Time
11:00 – 1:00 PM Pacific Time

Or on their youtube feed here:

While the intention of this post is not to ask the questions, ‘should skateboarding be in the Olympics?’, it is a question I am sure many of us have comment on. Currently, there is not a plan to include Downhill, Slalom and etc disciplines, outside of the ‘core’ market Street and Vert style events, already included in more mainstream competition like Street League and X-Games. Here’s a few editorials I find relevant and interesting for some further reading:

Editorial from RIDE – What Do the Olympics Really Mean for Skateboarding?
The 2020 Summer Games are more than four years away, but skating is already preparing for a civil war.

Cynical as ever, JENKEM magazine is well known for hating on anything not a popsicle stickle and antidisestablishmentarianism, often a leading source of hate on those of us that enjoy, long, soft or reverse gear. Maybe we can all get along over the Olympics? Check out their take – 4 Skateboarding Events the Olympics Can Have… wait, wut?! All I can hear is that theses dudes finally accepted downhill as “skateboarding” officially making JENKEM soft.

MPORA with some interesting quotables – “The Olympics could create an atmosphere where skateboarding was accessible to women as it is to men.” – more here: Skateboarding In the Olympics | Not Jumping Through Hoops – We talk to a pro, an academic and a magazine editor about skating’s Olympic prospects

Latest from WALL STREET JOURNAL – To Surfers and Skaters, Olympics Aren’t Cool: Some members of both sports are not stoked about their possible inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Games.

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