Skateboarder Kokona Hiraki to become Japan's youngest Olympian

Summer Olympics May 25, 2021

Skateboarder Kokona Hiraki to become Japan's youngest Olympian

Twelve-year-old Kokona Hiraki is set to become the youngest Japanese summer Olympian on record after finishing fifth at a Dew Tour event, the final Tokyo Olympics qualifier for women's park skateboarding. The Hokkaido native's latest performance lifted her to third among Japanese skateboarders in the ...

Olympic skateboarding hopeful Sky Brown fractures skull

More Sports Jun 2, 2020

Olympic skateboarding hopeful Sky Brown fractures skull

Eleven-year-old skateboarder Sky Brown, who is hoping to become Britain's youngest Olympian next year, fractured her skull and broke bones in her left hand after falling from a ramp during a training session in California. Brown posted a video of the accident on Instagram and ...

High-flyer Misugu Okamoto eyes skateboarding gold

More Sports Feb 21, 2020

High-flyer Misugu Okamoto eyes skateboarding gold

Having won four qualifying tournaments to date, including the world championships in September, the maiden Olympic gold medal in women's park looks well within the grasp of 13-year-old skateboarder Misugu Okamoto. Likely to be Japan's youngest athlete at the Tokyo Games at age 14, Okamoto ...

'Street sports' gain ground in Japan ahead of Olympic debut

Olympics Jun 13, 2019

'Street sports' gain ground in Japan ahead of Olympic debut

As Tokyo prepares to host the inaugural Olympic 3x3 basketball, freestyle BMX and skateboarding events, youth-focused "street sports" are breaking new ground in Japan, providing unexpected benefits and opportunities in some unlikely places. While the X Games and the French Festival International des Sports Extremes ...