Skateboarding is often perceived as an activity for rebellious teenagers, but devotees of the sport hope that gold medals by Japanese athletes at the Tokyo Olympics will change that image and lead to the development of more places for skaters to do what they enjoy most.

“I didn’t expect a Japanese to win a gold medal. I think not many people had anticipated it,” 23-year-old skateboarding enthusiast Yuki Shiobara said of Yuto Horigome one day after the skater captured gold in the men’s street competition on Sunday. “In Japan, skateboarding doesn’t have a positive public image. So I think it was a great opportunity for the sport to dispel that image.”

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